“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” — Steve Jobs
Welcome to the power of Triple F – Focus, Flow, and Fulfillment. I created Agile Results, a simple productivity system for meaningful results, designed to embrace change, improve learning, and ignite growth in every facet of your life.
In a world that’s constantly changing, we need to stay flexible, adaptable, and ready to seize opportunities.
That’s where Agile Results comes in.
Focus is our starting point. It’s about channeling our energy, cutting through the noise, and zeroing in on what truly matters. Then comes Flow, a state of deep immersion where we’re at our creative and productive best. Finally, Fulfillment – the deep satisfaction that comes from meaningful achievements.
For more than two decades, I’ve coached Agile Results to teams of all sizes, within Microsoft and beyond. I’ve seen the transformative power of the Triple F in action. It’s not just about doing more, but about doing what counts, and doing it well.
In this article, I’ll walk you through what Triple F Power is and how you can use it to unlock your infinite potential.
Let’s make our work and our lives a testament to our strengths, our passion, and our resilience. Together, we can achieve extraordinary results.
Triple F Power
Triple F Power refers to the combined force of Focus, Flow, and Fulfillment. Focus allows you to direct your energy and attention effectively, enhancing productivity and performance.
Flow, a state of complete immersion and engagement in a task, boosts creativity and efficiency. Fulfillment, the deep satisfaction derived from meaningful achievements, fuels motivation and resilience.
Together, these three elements form a powerful triad that can supercharge productivity, inspire innovation, and lead to a more satisfying and balanced work-life experience.
Focus, Flow, and Fulfillment
Let’s step into each of these ideas a little more. The more you understand the power of each one, the more you can appreciate the power of the combined three.
Here is a reminder of each of these cornerstone concepts:
- Focus: Focus refers to the ability to direct your attention and cognitive resources towards a specific task, goal, or activity, while ignoring distractions. It’s a crucial skill for productivity and performance, as it allows you to work more efficiently and effectively. In a broader sense, focus can also refer to the act of prioritizing certain tasks or goals over others, aligning your actions with your values and objectives.
- Flow: Flow is a psychological state characterized by complete immersion in a task or activity. It was first proposed by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. When you’re in a state of flow, you’re fully engaged in what you’re doing, and you lose track of time. Your actions and awareness merge, leading to heightened productivity and creativity. Flow often occurs when you’re performing a task that is challenging but well-matched to your skills.
- Fulfillment: Fulfillment is a sense of satisfaction or happiness resulting from achieving or realizing something desired, promised, or predicted. It’s a deep, lasting sense of contentment that comes from living in alignment with your values, goals, and potential. In the context of work, fulfillment often comes from doing meaningful work that you’re passionate about, that challenges you, and that contributes positively to others or to the world.
Agile Success: Agility is Key to Your Success in Work and Life
Agile success breaks the idea of big, upfront or instant success down into achievable activities, outcomes and experiences.
Agile success, in the context of both work and life, refers to the ability to navigate and adapt to change effectively, while continuously growing and finding deep, meaningful fulfillment in your endeavors. It’s about achieving a state of agility where you’re not just reacting to changes, but proactively embracing them as opportunities for learning and improvement.
You don’t react. You respond, and you choose your adventure.
In work, agile success means being able to pivot quickly in response to new information, feedback, or changing circumstances. It’s about making your work an ultimate form of self-expression, where you’re constantly learning, innovating, and improving. It’s about creating value, not just for yourself, but for your team, your organization, and your customers.
In life, agile success means being resilient and adaptable in the face of personal challenges or changes in your environment. It’s about seeing these changes not as obstacles, but as opportunities for personal growth and self-improvement. It’s about aligning your actions with your values and goals, leading to a deep sense of fulfillment.
Ultimately, agile success is about being flexible and resilient, continuously learning and growing, and finding fulfillment in the journey, not just the destination. It’s about making both your work and your life a testament to your values, your abilities, and your potential.
How Agile Results Helps You Achieve Focus, Flow, and Fulfillment
Agile Results, a productivity methodology inspired by Agile software development, can help you realize and experience focus, flow, and fulfillment in several ways:
- Focus: Agile Results encourages you to prioritize your tasks and goals. By defining your “Daily Three” or “Weekly Three” priorities, you can focus your energy on what’s most important. This approach helps to eliminate distractions and ensures that your efforts are directed towards tasks that have the most impact. As you grow with Agile Results, and embrace 3 Wins: 3 Wins for Today, 3 Wins for This Week, 3 Wins for This Month, 3 Wins for This Quarter, 3 Wins for This Year. This simplicity is your advantage to create clarity and carve out a focused path to realize your goals.
- Flow: Agile Results promotes iterative work cycles, similar to the sprints in Agile development. These cycles, whether daily, weekly, or monthly, provide a rhythm to your work. This rhythm, combined with focused effort on prioritized tasks, can help you achieve a state of flow, where you’re fully immersed and engaged in your work. And by mapping your strengths to your work, you challenge yourself to grow better, faster, and easier, while enjoying the experience more.
- Fulfillment: By aligning your daily tasks and goals with your larger life values and long-term objectives, Agile Results ensures that the work you do is meaningful and fulfilling. It encourages regular reflection and adjustment based on feedback, allowing you to continuously align your work with what brings you fulfillment. By mapping your work to your values, you achieve a deeper level of meaning. Your moments matter more when you’re mindful, engaged, and connecting your efforts to your deepest motivations and inspired goals.
Each of these components is built into the Agile Results system so that you naturally find your focus, find your flow, and achieve fulfillment as you go. And it’s perfectly seamless, just like when the Karate Kid learned how to wax the car or paint the fence.
Agile Results effectively provides a framework that helps you manage your time and tasks effectively, promoting focus and flow, while also ensuring that your work is aligned with your personal values and goals, leading to a greater sense of fulfillment.
So by using Agile Results as your productivity system, you naturally achieve your Triple F Power.
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