What is one thing I can do to increase my motivation this week?

Martin Luther King, Jr. Candlelight Prayer Service.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Candlelight Prayer Service - January 2020

Remember that we expanded Daniel Pink’s intrinsic motivation paradigm beyond autonomy, mastery, and purpose to include relationships. Research has shown that even short, surface-level interactions, while completing your errands, for example, can increase your well-being by improving your mood and boosting your sense of belonging. Doing things for others can be a powerful force for personal change.

This week’s installment is a challenge to reach out to just one person in the division. Fostering that connection might be just the intrinsic motivator you and your colleague need as we face a new year of challenges. Together.

Suggested Activity

CHALLENGE: Reach out to one person in our division this week for no other reason than to check in. Use whatever means you feel most comfortable with: send an email, share a meme, chat on Google, send a text, or make a phone call (the latter earns you bonus points if you are introverted or younger than Gen X). Consider choosing someone you do not work or meet with on a regular basis to reinforce your social network at work.

Take to Your Team

Take a moment during your team meeting to answer a fun, off-topic question like: What is your favorite holiday indulgence: eggnog, cinnamon rolls, hallmark movies, or shopping? Check out 100 Conversation Starters for Virtual Meetings for a solid list of ideas.



Find Support

Does the holiday break already seem like a lifetime ago? Are you struggling to get back into the swing of things? Are you carrying a new burden that seems too heavy to bear? Don’t go it alone.