Leverage for Growth Podcast

Episode 115: Control Your Destiny

Episode Date:Jul 6, 2023

Today's topic is the self-determination theory and taking control of your destiny. Explore the three basic needs of autonomy, competence, and relatedness and how they drive motivation and personal growth. Discover the impact of self-determination theory on success and its application to body, being, balance, and business. Reflect on areas where you need more autonomy, competence, and relatedness and redefine success on your own terms. Embrace self-determination and fuel your motivation and personal growth.

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You are now listening to Leverage for Growth. Hey everybody, this is Jesse P. Gilmore, founder of Niche in Control and creator of Leverage for Growth. Welcome to the Daily Leverage Edition. Today’s topic is this, control your destiny, a deep dive into self-determination theory. Sit back, relax, and welcome to today’s Daily Leverage. Today we’re diving deep into a psychological theory that revolutionizes how we perceive motivation and personal growth, the self-determination theory. more than just academic jargon, is a blueprint for success that empowers us to live life on our own terms. Now let’s start by understanding self-determination theory. Self-determination theory, or SDT, is a psychological framework developed by Desi and Ryan. It posits that we as humans have three basic needs, autonomy, competence, and relatedness. that drive our motivation and personal growth. Autonomy refers to being in control of our actions and decisions. Competence is about gaining mastery in what we do. And relatedness is our desire to connect with others and feel a sense of belonging. So why is self-determination theory important? SDT is crucial to our topics because it gives us insight into our innate needs and how to fulfill them. By focusing on these needs, we can improve our motivation, productivity, well-being, and overall life satisfaction. A study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that individuals who experienced more satisfaction of these needs reported greater well-being. The impact of self-determination theory on success. Self-determination theory has significant implications for our success. Research published in the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology suggests that a work environment that supports employees’ needs for autonomy, competence, and relatedness results in higher job satisfaction, performance, and well-being. So let’s see how self-determination theory applies to our domains of body being balanced in business. For body, take control of your health and fitness journey. Embrace activities that make you feel competent and foster connections with others who share your fitness interests. For being, drive your personal growth towards autonomous actions that make you feel competent and help you connect with others on a similar path. For balance, establish relationships that allow autonomy, mutual respect, and growth. For business, create an environment that fosters autonomy, competence, and relatedness to boost productivity, satisfaction, and success. So let’s take a moment for some self-reflection. Take about 20 or 30 minutes to write out what success means to you. Complete the sentence, I will be successful when blank. And this exercise will provide you with a clear vision of your own version of success. based around your personal goals and not on societal norms or expectations. So self-determination theory is not just a theoretical concept, but a life philosophy that can change and shape our path towards success. By focusing on our inherent needs for autonomy, competence and relatedness, we can fuel our motivation and personal growth. And it’s time to redefine success on our own terms and embrace the journey of self-determination. So now it’s time for the daily leverage. So where in your world, whether in your life or business, are you not focused on autonomy, competence, and relatedness and need some change? Is it in your life with your health and body? Is it in your life with your spirituality or self-direction? Is it in your relationships with your spouse, partner, or kids? as in your business, finances, or team. And once you’re located where you need a bit more autonomy, relatedness, and competence, go through that activity of self-reflection and focus on what are you willing and able to do about it today. That is the end of the Daily Leverage. This is Jesse P. Gilmore. You’ve been listening to Leverage for Growth podcast. If you’re enjoying these Daily Leverage and agency leverage episodes, make sure to subscribe on Apple or Spotify now.