• Woody

Increase Satisfaction and Improve Performance

Updated: Dec 23, 2019

Day 299


This morning, I listened to Ryan Hawk interview author Jon Acuff on episode 222 of the Learning Leader Show (only 122 episodes left to catch up on).

Acuff is the author of a handful of books, and I haven't read any of them, yet. A couple of them are on my list because I really enjoyed listening to both of his interviews with Hawk on the Learning Leader Show. His first appearance was episode 93.

A portion of the conversation turned the topic to the idea of fun; specifically in terms of how it relates to getting things done. Not everything has fun inherently incorporated within the confines of the tasks required to accomplish the goal. You don't have a group of cheerleaders following you around with encouragement as you wade through the doldrums of fulfilling the menial tasks that exist, to some extent, in any project.

Acuff discusses the ideas of satisfaction and performance. Those two factors often have an inverse correlation rather than a positive or direct relationship...meaning that improved performance doesn't imply increased satisfaction, and vice versa.

If you want a positive relationship between satisfaction and performance, Acuff says this:

"The principal is you have to make it fun. It's not, "have fun." Have fun is a cheerleader saying, "Turn a frown upside down." Make it fun is an adult making a deliberate decision to add joy to something that might naturally not be fun."

Let me share that last sentence again.

"Make it fun is an adult making a deliberate decision to add joy to something that might naturally not be fun."

You have a choice. Fun is a choice. Joy is a choice. Boredom is a choice.

I've heard it said, and I'm sure you have too, "There are no boring times, only boring people."

After listening to Acuff, in accordance with the scientific research he studies, it sounds like that statement is true.

We don't have to be bored.

We don't have to leave fun and joy to chance.

You don't have to be the life of the party.

And you don't have to be the death of it either.

Make it fun.

Choose Joy.



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