Getting beyond resistance by finding our joy
All the evidence, including our own lived experience, tells us that living our purpose is joyful. Yet even in this flow there will be things we need to do, that are still part of living our purpose, to which we feel less inclined, more resistant. We’d rather not. It’s the same for all of us, irrespective of whether it’s in our personal or work lives and, in work, our position.
I’ve been pondering the polarities here. How do we find the joy in things we’d rather not (have to) do? We could, of course, not do them. But, if they’re essential that’s not an option. And things done joyfully will be of better quality and with better outcomes than those completed through duty alone.
There’s no magic bullet here. The joy point will be different for each of us. Personally, I find mine in achieving something I had no idea how to do and had, therefore, been putting off. It plays to my competitive spirit…winning through in spite of.
For others it may be about discovery, learning something new – about themselves or the situation. Or it may be about inventing a new approach that draws on the abilities we most enjoy using.
Our duty in this is to identify what we love in all aspects of our work, and to help others do the same. In doing so we’ll be unlocking contributions of greater quality and an experience of work that is so much more satisfying.