Have you ever felt like you needed more? More money, more prestige, more status, and more accomplishment? 

In this week’s podcast episode Tara McMullin, the author of What Works: A Comprehensive Framework to Change the Way We Approach Goal-Setting, helps us peek behind the curtain.

Listen in as she unpacks the programming creating this lack of satisfaction and gives us important clues about how to de-program ourselves. Tara will help us focus on being in process with ourselves instead of seeking ever more, ever more.

One of the things I really liked about Tara’s interview was how much she questions the fundamentals. 

I share this trait of questioning what others take for granted, and it has led to an independence of mind that I believe has made most of my true accomplishments possible.

Though questioning whether it is worth to continue striving for the benefit of others will almost certainly annoy people in positions of authority, it is something we all need to do more of. 

Knowing our motivation doesn’t mean we will stop caring about others or meeting our obligations to them, but it will help us notice when we go too far, work too hard, and ignore our own Great Work simply so we can meet these external expectations.

Valuing productivity for its own sake is the fruitless pursuit of more, more, more. 

Instead, can we say “no” to more and “yes” to our Great Work? 

Or, as Tara reminds us, can we line up our planning, achievement, and productivity so we get more of what we want? More fulfillment, more impact, more connection, and more Great Work? 

About the author

Dr. Amanda Crowell is a cognitive psychologist and business coach who helps accidental entrepreneurs get more clients and have a bigger impact. She is the author of Great Work, the host of the Unleashing Your Great Work podcast, and the creator of the Great Work Journals. Amanda's TEDx talk has received almost two million views and has been featured on TED's Ideas blog and Ted Shorts. Her ideas have also been featured on NPR, Al Jazeera, The Wall Street Journal, Quartz, and Thrive Global.