One of the 12 Driving Forces, things that motivate you to do what you do is ‘Objective”. Objective is defined as “driven by the functionality and objectivity of their surroundings”. In other words, what you do serves a functional purpose.
Today is a gorgeous day outside! As we gazed out the window sipping coffee my friend mentioned that he has difficulty making time for golf, even on a gorgeous day like today. While on the course he can only think about the work he “should” be doing. I asked what was the purpose of his golf game. He said he wanted to relax, be outside, unstressed, enjoy friends. Then why are you thinking about work? He gave me a quizzical look.
The person with an extreme Objective Driving Force like my friend is not as impacted by his surroundings. The golf course could be under construction and it would not effect his golf game. He can compartmentalize personal from professional issues. The golf course becomes a great place to get his head out of business and into the functionality of his golf game. He suggested that perhaps his goal for golf should be to not feel guilty about playing golf. Or, as related before, his stated goals are to relax, be outside, unstressed, enjoy friends. Really? In Driving Forces language that is more Harmonious, enjoying the experience of playing golf. His harmonious driver is -0-! Those things are not going to drive him to get on the course! Maybe he thinks in the perfect world, or to allay his own guilt, they should. What will relax him is the game itself since he is not as impacted by his physical surroundings or experiences. As a highly Objective person he would do better to concentrate on the functionality of his game instead of his surroundings, play efficiently and separate work from play. That may be what will help him compartmentalize his business issues and get away from the office. If he can do that perhaps he will be driven to have a great day on the golf course!