Einorghia: the energy or force a person needs to complete a task and do it well when the will to do so is low.
What is Einorghia?
It’s a strange word isn’t it? Einorghia, taken here It represents the will that an individual needs to complete something in a productive way. Let’s look at some interpretation of this spelling. Ein: in Hebrew it means ‘null, or none which means lack of, which ties in well with missing energy or force. Ghia means best or top of the line performance, well it does when related to cars anyway, and I guess cars represent movement and force, so we shall stick with that explanation. So lack and then high performance through a force seem to sum up the word.
You know that feeling that you get when you simply can’t muster up the will to finish something. This often applies to projects that are started with great gusto, but then slowly over time the lustre is lost and despite knowing it needs to be finished, the will isn’t there. I wonder how many jumpers are lingering in sewing baskets, half finished for this very reason? In the business world, this presents more of a challenge, because whether or not you are feeling the love for a project, if it needs to be finished, and you have the responsibility of doing so, just how do you then get this done with anything like the semblance of enthusiasm that you first felt?
Positive psychology and motivation
Well positive psychology has many tools for just this type of motivation, which just need to be applied mindfully and in the right context which can bring back some of that missing zest. There are many ways that this can be done too.
We can chunk down a project and give ourselves a break by putting a timeline onto it, which can make the task less onerous and allow for more of a ‘one step at a time’ approach to be used. This helps by reducing the enormity of the overall task at hand and making it more manageable.
More importantly however one can look at the meaning behind why you have fallen out of love with or lost momentum for a project or task:
Is it too much for you? If so, who can you ask for support?
Is it not succeeding in the way you thought? If so what will success look like for this particular task?
Is it not challenging enough? If so can you add something to the delivery to make it more worthwhile?
Does it need to be reframed? Sometimes a quick session of running something by knowledgeable colleagues if it feels lacking can really make the difference.
When people are asked for help in this way it is actually also a compliment if they are being asked to share their knowledge, which is not the same obviously as palming the job off onto someone else of course. Mentors really do rock, so if you don’t have one, find one.
I’ve often found myself at this lacklustre stage in a project, whether an academic project, a thesis or a project at work. In fact who hasn’t looked at a sink full of dishes and wondered where they are going to muster the will to get the task done. Incidentally for that one I find loud music or bribing the kids works wonders.
Work and energy
Aristotle had a word which was similar ‘energiea’ which referred to work and also to energy, or to act, which I came across when trying to figure out how to explain my thoughts on Einorghia and he linked this to happiness and eudamonia, so this is not dissimilar to what is described here.
If one were to look at the capacity to find this force when a task needs to be finished it is then tapping into something which makes you happy or satisfied which can create the energy needed to complete it.
So when you are lacking the will to do something it is the Einorghia force that you are looking for to complete that something to its best potential. Using practices from mindfulness, reminiscing, or even developing a more robust sense of wellbeing or eudamonia can help. Another great reinforcer is finding a knowledgable mentor which can really help you shape your goals and find energy and creativity. Prospection really helps too, which is future projection of what can happen, almost shaping the future in a positive and creative way.
With so many ways to tap into positive energy to work that inception of ideas through to completion, it has to be worth a shot.
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