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Navigating Languishing - From Personal Reflection to Organisational Vision

Updated: Apr 24


In today's fast-paced world, feelings of languishing—characterised by aimlessness, joylessness, and a lack of engagement—can infiltrate both our personal and professional lives, despite retaining energy. Coined by occupational psychologist Adam Grant, languishing feels like "navigating through life with a foggy windshield, where everyday lacks excitement or direction."


Amidst economic strains and constant bleak news updates, the past few years have heightened these feelings, leaving many individuals languishing. In its extreme form, languishing disrupts our focus and dampens our motivation, leading to “indifference towards our own indifference” and, consequently, to our professional performance.


However, the concept of "flow" offers a beacon of hope. This state of complete absorption in activities fosters peak performance and satisfaction, yet it remains elusive when languishing persists. Without it, professional success becomes an uphill battle, impacting business outcomes and personal fulfilment alike.


As a management and staff coaching company, we've witnessed firsthand the profound impact of languishing on businesses. CEOs, Managers, and Business Owners, grappling with charting a course for their organisations, often find themselves similarly adrift personally. Yet, through our 7-step Vision Development Programme, they've not only crafted compelling organisational visions but also found personal inspiration and direction.


Our approach is rooted in 7 Strategic Thinking Modes, guiding individuals towards growth and fulfilment:

  1. Analytical Thinking (Understanding the Current State) Evaluating the strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities of the organisation or individual sets the groundwork for both business and personal advancement.

  2. Utopian Thinking (Ideal Future Vision) Envisioning an ideal future state, independently of feasibility or limitations ignites personal aspirations.

  3. Goal-oriented Thinking (Based on Insights) Clear, specific goals drive progress, whether in business endeavours or personal pursuits.

  4. Realistic Thinking (Restraining and Acceleration Factors) Identifying factors, both internal and external, impacting goal achievement fosters adaptability and resilience in both spheres.

  5. Creative Thinking (Dealing with Factors) Generating innovative solutions empowers individuals to overcome obstacles and maximise opportunities, professionally and personally.

  6. Strategic Thinking (Leading to a Concrete Action Plan) Developing a strategic action plan bridges the gap between vision and reality, propelling both business success and personal growth.

  7. Practical Thinking; Execution and Follow-Up Implementing the action plan, monitoring progress, and adjusting strategies ensure momentum and continuous improvement, professionally and personally.


Reflecting on our exploration, we underscore the interconnectedness of personal fulfilment and professional success, a theme woven throughout our journey. At Sales Call Training Ltd., we grasp the intimate link between the two domains, fostering this understanding through reflective spaces that facilitate making often intimate connections between the professional and the personal. Together with a network of professionals like psychologists, life coaches, and even sports and lifestyle coaches, we remain committed to supporting individuals on their journey, nurturing their development and success—both in business and in life.

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