Updated: May 27, 2020
Maslow believed that the highest level we could attain was “self-actualization.” Is that fulfillment? What does it mean to you and what does it mean to your clients? ~ David M. Reile, Ph.D.
FOCUS ON: Encouraging Fulfillment at the Corporate Level
Seeking a sense of satisfaction from work does not only come from the tasks at hand, but also from the environment in which it’s created, according to at least one company. Brazil’s Semco Group has made a dedicated effort to embrace a spirit of experimentation that allows for people to think outside the box and determine their own personal best work styles. Curious about a company that trusts in “adult behavior” and has a program entitled “Retire-a-Little”? Read more at: http://management.fortune.cnn.com/2012/05/01/happiness-at-work-fulfillment/
FOR PRACTITIONERS: Recognizing Your Life’s Work
During a time in which adults change jobs more often than ever before, it can be tricky to feel settled about a career. Yet recognizing the moments in which you feel connected to your work in a way that goes beyond a paycheck can be incredibly beneficial. Not only will that recognition help you feel more enthusiastic about your work on a daily basis, it can also help you identify the moment in which you’ve discovered the work, and the passion, that will help you build a satisfying, lifelong career. For some quick tips to understanding that you are experiencing true fulfillment, click on the following Fast Company article.
TOP TEN: Traits for Long-Term Fulfillment
Welcoming failure may not seem like the path to fulfillment, but consider both the lessons you’ve learned and the strength you’ve gained from your own disappointments in life. Consider also the value of full engagement, win-win thinking, and acting in spite of fear along that path to fulfillment. For the complete top ten traits for long-term fulfillment, check out this Positivity Blog.
FOR PRACTITIONERS: When Your Job Just Won’t Be The Fulfillment You Seek
For some people, the idea of finding fulfillment at work is certainly a nice thought, but it may not be realistic at this point and time. If you find your clients cannot create a sense of fulfillment at work – because of a tight economy, a recent merger or a new boss that has changed expectations – consider the idea of helping them create a sense of fulfillment elsewhere. Artistic hobbies and entrepreneurial tasks may be a place to start. Learn more by reading, “Why Work Does Not Have to Be Fulfilling“.
“Occasionally in life there are those moments of unutterable fulfillment which cannot be completely explained by those symbols called words. Their meanings can only be articulated by the inaudible language of the heart.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Life is a promise, fulfill it.” - Mother Teresa