How often do you engage in self-determination?

Today is January 29 and the Navigate the Chaos question to consider is “how often do you engage in self-determination? People who navigate the chaos work hard at determining their self. They commit to a variety of personal growth and professional development strategies in order to engage in self-determination.

Self-Determination Theory (SDT) was initially developed by Edward L. Deci and Richard M. Ryan, and has been elaborated and refined by scholars from many countries. SDT is an approach to human motivation and personality that articulates enhanced performance, persistence, and creativity, arguably three critical skills everyone needs to succeed, best fostered by an individual developing a sense of autonomy, competence, and relatedness. Deci and Ryan claim that there are three essential elements of the theory:

  1. Humans are inherently proactive with their potential and mastering their inner forces (such as drives and emotions)

  2. Humans have an inherent tendency toward growth development and integrated functioning

  3. Optimal development and actions are inherent in humans but they don't happen automatically.

To best develop these three elements individuals need nurturing from the social environment to practice autonomy, competence, and relatedness.

  • Competence: People need to gain mastery of tasks and learn different skills. When people feel that they have the skills needed for success, they are more likely to take actions that will help them achieve their goals.

  • Connection or Relatedness: People need to experience a sense of belonging and attachment to other people.

  • Autonomy: People need to feel in control of their own behaviors and goals. This sense of being able to take direct action that will result in real change plays a major part in helping people feel self-determined.

For the person with high self-determination who fails to complete an important project at work they will admit their fault, believe that they can do something to fix the problem and take action to correct the mistake.

On the other hand, for the person with low self-determination, they might instead look for other things that they can blame and make excuses, or refuse to admit that their own role.

How often do you engage in self-determination?