I was not as resilient as I expected to be while unemployed. I had dozens of technical areas I wanted to grow and extend, when I finally had time, I expected to jump to it. I found myself without motivation and watching a lot of TV.
I was beginning to re-think from scratch my approach to taking care of my emotional and psychological health – including motivations for work. Now that I am about to return to the working world, I’ve realized that I still need this re-think.
From my undergrad and after I have various models of sequential human growth. They don’t do it for me – wandering in the un-definable direction of ‘self-actualization’ or trying to identify and apply some step-wise abstract process based on Erikson’s or Kohlberg’s stages of personal development.
I really like and understand Capability Maturity Models (CMMs)
to define and measure progress. For years as a home-office based consultant I have had a daily ‘Personal Capability Maturity Model’ taped on my computer. Level 0 includes behavior such as overeating, no exercise, watching TV incesantly, no social activities, and work being irregular and unchecked.
Level 6 includes daily minimum goals for exercise, social progress, minimizes TV watching, requires documenting the effort for and the number of completed accomplishments, and requires some daily time on short and long term goal re-setting.
I am now expanding my personal CMM (PCMM) to apply beyond daily for personal and professional goal setting and tracking of how I’m doing. It is my intention to define and use a PCMM model which defines capability maturity levels in terms of specific actions and modes of thought. This model supports both gradual and step-wise progress from psychological resilience:
toward general happiness, passion for work and an accelerated ability to gain expertise. There are increasing bodies of practice around what used to be general terms like ‘hapiness’.
Similar to Maslow’s Hiererchy and CMM, my PCMM is beginning to define the lower layers that must be maintained to achieve and maintain the upper layers. Clearly resilience is a precursor to maintaining happiness and the continued improvement in the ability to learn, grow and be more effective. Another key component for my progress appears to be in examining and strengthing my inner credibility. This will involve:
1) better understanding and definition of my ethical system consistant my evolving view of the best motivations (e.g. Gaia, creating a better future)
2) ensuring that ethical system supports and brings energy to my personal goals including – but not limited to or by – happiness and professional goal fulfillment.
3) an increased confidence that I am increasing the level that my actions are ethical and effective at acheiving my goals.
4) ensuring that I deeply understand the organizations I support. work with and work for and align my passions with the goals of those organizations.
Please don’t mis-understand, I’m not going to be a slave this thing or set myself up for failure according to this system. That said, I refuse to allow my thinking to preclude or stop working achieve the hightest PCMM level that I can define, as often as reasonable. For this to work, my joy and passion have to be congruent with my ethics and goals in a way that causes action. The PCMM is a defacto measurement of this congruence on a scale that includes the best and most effective actions that are possible for me.
Can’t find anything on the web that talks pychological, emotional and effectiveness progress in a similar way to this, but if you know of related areas of thought – I am interested.