“We are at our very best, and we are happiest, when we are fully engaged in work we enjoy on the journey toward the goal we’ve established for ourselves. It gives meaning to our time off and comfort to our sleep. It makes everything else in life so wonderful, so worthwhile.”
– Earl Nightingale, personal development pioneer (quote found here). Check that link, there is some interesting stuff there to think about.
From my side, notice what are the key words in that quote:
- we are at our best (to be also understood as I am)
- we are engaged (or I am engaged)
- our goal (or my goal).
Should you take this quote directly, it will mean that if the goal has been set for you and you don’t like it, or if you are not engaged in your work for any reason, you will not even come close to do your best. This directly means that organisational goal must be your own because you want it so yourself, the work environment must fit you for you to be engaged and then you will enjoy what you do to the fullest.
Some leaders don’t care and approach all workers with “do what I say or else” attitude. No care about goal alignment, no care about work atmosphere. Those are the ones accepting “good enough” as the best. Others do care – those have to take above into account when trying to squeeze the best out of their people.