Three factors are important for meaningful work:
Being your own boss is one of the main factors of finding meaning in your work. It makes you more invested and allows real innovation.
Add complexity in your work by challenging yourself, incorporating your passions, exploring new skillsets and being the best at what you do.
If your efforts are not rewarded, your passion and energy can wear off.
You can help see more rewards by tracking your efforts daily, weekly or monthly, and seeking feedback from your team.
There’s a tendency for most of us to be scared of not having someone tell us what to do. It can feel safe because ultimately, you never feel entirely responsible for your fate.
The cue triggers a craving, which motivates a response, which provides a reward, which satisfies the craving and, ultimately, becomes associated with the cue.
Together, these four steps form a neurological feedback loop—cue, craving, response, reward; cue, craving, response, reward—that ultimately allows you to create automatic habits.