Why Does Great Work Matter? With Dr. Amanda Crowell – Encore | UYGW28

We are excited to bring you this encore presentation of our first episode which remains one of our most popular ones. We hope you enjoy! 

In this, the inaugural episode, we start at the very beginning: What is Great Work, and Why does it matter? And, of course, we start where all good podcasts should: with death. 

Join me as we discuss:

  • Why knowing from a young age that we will die sparks our desire for Great Work
  • How Great Work feels
  • Why the screaming face emoji is so important
  • Who am I, and why does Great Work matter to me?
  • What Great Work is, and what it isn’t.

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Transcript
Dr. Amanda Crowell:

Welcome to unleashing your great work, a podcast about doing the work that matters the most to you. I'm your host, Dr. Amanda Crowell, a cognitive psychologist, coach, and the creator of the aligned time journal. Every week, we're here asking the big questions. What does it take to create something of your own? How do we overcome the procrastination, failure and rejection that comes prepackaged with great work? And while we're at it, what is your great work? How would you know? How can you find out? We'll explore all of this and more. So get in here, and let's unleash your great work.

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This resolution allows us to calm down, you know enough to get on with it. We grow up, we finish school, we learn a lot of things about ourselves. Turns out we're definitely afraid of heights. So being an astronaut is a non starter. But at the same time, you discover that you have an incredibly deep seated almost indefatigable commitment to social justice, or comic books, or pets, or something else. And every person, there are a few things that call them from the inside that stop you in your tracks and make you wonder, could I do that? Could I be a part of the solution for the problem that keeps me up at night? Could I illustrate heroes who unexpectedly save the world? Could I help save pets from untimely deaths in shelters? Or I don't know. Could I build a multimillion dollar business selling gadgets that change the face of work? Could I could I really, that right there, that voice in your head, spinning those tales of impact and creation and excitement? That's the voice of your great work? Great work is the tuning fork or the homing pigeon, or, you know that submarine radar thing? No, I'm talking about the great work inside of you emits this sound. And then when that sound hits opportunities to do your great work, it comes back to the summary and that is to say it comes back to you. That's your great work calling. Every time you hear it, it picks your ears when you see it catches your eye. When you see someone else doing it, you get envious. And every time your mind wanders into the realm of daydreams, there you are standing on that stage inspiring the masses or in the Shark Tank pitching your great idea, or working away in your light flooded artists studio. Whatever your great work is, there you are doing it. unleashing your great work is sponsored by the aligned time journal. As you think about great work, you might think, okay, but how? How do I figure out what my great work is? How do I make progress on it? How do I overcome procrastination, burnout and perfectionism. What I like to call The three horsemen of the gold pocalypse. My answer to that question is use the aligned time journal. It's a whole person time management system that will keep you moving forward on your great work without ever feeling overwhelmed. Click the link in the show notes to check it out. Give it a try and get busy unleashing your great work out into the world.

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What makes it possible given how easy it is to procrastinate and hide away? Let's say that we do decide to do our great work what gets in our way, when we get started? What helps us persist? How can we finish more of it and get it out into the world? I've been studying this for decades in lots of different ways. I studied it from a scholarly perspective. As I was earning my PhD in cognitive psychology and teaching psychology at the University level. I was and still am desperate to discover how we learn what motivates us and how our expertise or our highest level of capability develops across the lifespan. I've looked at it from a developmental perspective seeking answers about what in our lives as children, encourage us to pursue our great work versus pushing our great work down, pretending it doesn't exist. And in the past seven or so years, I've supported great work through coaching. People come to me all the time asking me to help them overcome their stuckness work through their overwhelm and get busy so they can finally finally do their great work. We'll dig into what I've discovered to be the characteristics of great work in the very next episode. with what I've discovered in my journey may very well surprise you. I'll see you then.


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