Creating Your Best Day, Every Day: Component #1 Identify Intention
This first component for “creating one’s best day” has to do with the critical starting point. In order for each of us to to pursue better days at work, we need to make a conscience effort to do so. For this reason, the first and most important task is to Identify Intentions . On an individual level, this simply means that we pause to understand our purpose and our goals to experience our best days. In other words, we have the power to craft our own positive mindset. We have the choice to bring our best selves to work each and every day to in order to perform and function at a high level.
As we all know, many of us may wake up each day with the best of intentions but then something throws us off. How do we then recalibrate and return to our original goal? Well, recent research teaches us that in order to bring ourselves back to our center, we need to uncover our purpose or reason for what we really want to accomplish. Each of us stores our own set of values that drives our behaviors.
So what does all of this have to do with being healthy and well? Despite the fact that it feels great to experience good days, new research is proving that when we have strong purpose in our lives and aspire to live and align our values with that purpose then we can experience greater health and wellbeing. The research highlighted in this WELCOA interview with Dr. Vic Strecher from The University of Michigan explains this well; https://www.welcoa.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/ei-vic-strecher-pt1-20140725.pdf.
From an organizational perspective, the same is true of the need to align the organizational mission and values with the intent of supporting employees to perform at their best every day. In the interview linked above, Dr. Strecher answers this question; Does purpose matter at an individual level or at an organizational level? He answers;” Both. When an organization goes through trauma, such as a downturn in the economy or an acquisition, the purpose (often called a “mission”) of the organization becomes its north star. Organizations with a strong purpose have been shown to out perform those with a weak purpose by roughly eight to one. Employees who find meaning and purpose in their workplace have, on average, lower absenteeism and higher motivation and engagement than those who do not”.
In summary, organizations have the power to create environments where employees can perform at their best while individuals have control to bring their best selves to work each. It all starts with identifying your intentions through a positive mindset and mutual purpose.