What drives you every day?
Is it money? Of course we all need money to live.
Is it fame? We all need positive feedback sometimes.
Neither of these rewards are sustainable nor as joyful. And in fact, they may be a fragile reward system that is subject to fail.
Is it the thrill of solving a problem? Or learning something new? Apparently, finding joy in the task of solving the problem over a specific reward is more sustainable. Having a passion in the job you do alone can lead to joy.
This is described in Drive, by Daniel H Pink in more detail. Edward Deci, in 1969 as a psychology student discovered this by comparing the process of solving a puzzle to the subjects and how they approached the puzzle. Each participant seemed curious and worked to solve the puzzle without complaint. When a reward was introduced, the participants worked even more diligently at solving the puzzle. However, when the reward was removed, their efforts dwindled. They dramatically spent less time solving the puzzle. A similar puzzle that the previous time had seemingly provided joy. Enhancing performance with rewards may decrease the longer-term motivation to continue the effort. Whereas, those that had no reward were consistently interested and joyful at solving the puzzle.
I am so fortunate to have a job that I find joy in while I solve problems. During a physical therapy exam, I find so much joy in finding out what the body is trying to tell us so we can work towards healing; it's a puzzle. Although we need money to live and of course I get paid, I think the journey and problem solving brings me more joy than the monetary value.
Not everyone wants to do hard work, but success comes from those who find joy in the process despite...no BECAUSE of the efforts.
Health is always a work in progress. Yet it is sustainable and joyful because of the process of finding it.
Eat Well. Move Well. Sleep Well. Soar On.
Dr Carolyn Dolan DPT, Cert MDT, MSHN
Where physical therapy, nutrition and lifestyle meet, because how you live your life determines whether or not you soar. Inspiring action with information so you can reduce pain, optimize healing and improve function naturally during recovery from injury, surgery or painful condition. This is a website for the open-minded; obstinate need not apply.