Content is keeping me busy, because I like learning. Content as an ongoing process, learning something (new) every day, which I enjoy, but which, every now and then, also makes it difficult to deem a piece ready for release. Like this article, a script, a checklist, a procedure, a report. However, getting stuck in improvement, for sure doesn’t deliver results.
Rules, guidelines, ‘musts, shoulds and coulds’ apply to work. I had times I found myself immersed in (new) rules and procedures, which did prevent progress and actual realizations. However, I learned to apply these in a way that supports the work to be done and isn’t a load.
The actual work to be done, my to-do-list, didn’t feel beneficiary for people in the past. Instead, far away from delivering results! Work nowadays, is just part of the things I do for people I care about.
What stood in my way was my need to feel secure before taking action. Which showed up in overthinking, over preparing, checking even more and following the rules up to tiny details before getting things into practice.
Also my knowledge and the training I had prevented me from realizing things. All the details I learned that should be in place before taking action and receiving the first results... Every now and then ‘not knowing’ appeared to be an advantage with regards to the outcome. E.g. in negotiations.
Preparing for the future, for what I had to say, what I should know, what people want and need. Instead of trusting my knowledge and ask.
As I write this, I see I dedicated time and energy to the opposite of what I wanted: realizing what I care for.
3 Tips to realize what you care for:
TIP #1: ‘See’ people, instead of your work. It’s not about work, it is about the people you do your work for that gives your work direction. ‘See’ the people you do your work for first.
TIP #2: Listen to the people you do your work for. Listen to them - beyond yourself. Especially people involved in policy activities (e.g. government, assurances), tend to receive their information from internal staff, internal teams or experts instead of having a conversation themselves with the people (e.g. consumers, customers, citizens, users) they design their policies for.
TIP #3: Hold people you do your work for as perfectly capable of looking after themselves. Which means; believe they can choose and do best themselves. So ask them instead of ‘knowing’ about them.
For research, science and politics, listening beyond your knowledge often turns out to be the most valuable thing you did in the project. In terms of time, energy, relations and money. And as seen in progression and actual results.
Met vriendelijke groet / Kind regards,
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