Rebel tendencies can make things a little tricky at times. Take it from me! It can difficult to work within existing rules and regulations and take detailed instructions from others. Autonomy and agency is key – we’re often self-employed or working in less formally structured businesses.
Being part of a team could be challenging if you’re expected to do certain things at certain times, or given restrictive orders. And friendships and relationships can come under strain if people want you to conform or obey.
As the ability to choose is so important, you may even make a choice just to prove you can, even when that might not be your preference or in own self-interest (cutting off your nose to spite your face kind of vibe!).
Motivation and self-discipline can be elusive. Sadly, you rebel against yourself as well as others so it can be tricky to put plans into action, create routines and adopt automated habits – essentially anything that’s like giving yourself rules and regulations. Many productivity and accountability strategies that work for others, just won’t for you.
So what to do? I really like Gretchen Rubin’s Four Tendencies approach and her advice for motivating yourself (and other rebels). Check out her quiz to see how you score. This can even help you to help others to get the best from you, if you’re willing to share some of the advice below with your friends, partners, colleagues, even bosses.
Here’s how to help your inner rebel work for, rather than against, you:
If you’ve got rebel tendencies and you’re struggling with motivation or productivity, this is a great starting point. But I think there’s more we can do too to get some benefit from automating tasks and creating routines whilst honouring our inner rebel.
More about that next week…