Where Synchronicity & Magic Happen
By Peter Metzner
I once heard at a Symposium that: “Genius is focused passion” .
To grow, to develop and become the best at your “art” is a meaningful calling. Joseph Campbell writes: “Art is the making of things well. The aim of Art is the perfection of the object”. “If you follow your bliss, you will always have your bliss money or not. If you follow money you may lose it and you will have nothing” (J. Campbell Reflections on the Art of Living” p. 39)
Ideally, to successfully innovate; we need to feel passionate about and love what we do. We also need to feel our work – our “art” is beneficial to others. That is the rocket fuel that can propel us to new heights.
What keeps teams or people from performing optimally?
Sadly only 30 percent of employees in America feel engaged at work, according to a 2013 report by Gallup. For many work is a depleting, dispiriting experience, and in may ways, it’s getting worse. Demand for our time is increasingly exceeding our capacity — draining us of the energy we need to bring our skill and talent fully to life. “Increased competitiveness and a leaner, post-recession work force add to the pressures. The rise of digital technology is perhaps the biggest influence, exposing us to an unprecedented flood of information and requests that we feel compelled to read and respond to at all hours of the day and night”. (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/01/opinion/sunday/why-you-hate-work.)
To maintain engagement it is important to have enough rest and renewal. Over work, stress and a lack of capacity leads to burnout. Interpersonal conflict, unaware leadership and not feeling valued or appreciated add to the malaise that causes disengagement, lack of commitment and turnover.
When people and teams feel connected to a shared vision and mission that is inspiring and larger than themselves, positive energy and appropriate actions result. When relationships are trusting and safe enough to give and receive feedback and engage in constructive conflict; everyone becomes “smarter” than anyone one. Kurt Lewin – PhD, a Harvard psychologist found that “When we are in a supportive environment we are better equipped to deal with the complexities of our working lives”
As times change, technology advances, new applications and opportunities will emerge. Yet, we need to always keep the timeless qualities that make us “successful” and feel fulfilled. Excitement, energy, common purpose and dedication come from feeling, that we are doing what we do best and are challenged to better in the service of “something” larger and beneficial to others.
“When completely caught up in something, you become oblivious to the things around you, or to the passage of time. It is this absorption in what you are doing that frees your unconscious and releases your creative imaginations”. Rollo May, The Courage to Create
This is the place where synchronicity and “magic” happens.