PROJECT MOOD CURVE2022-01-12T14:52:56+00:00

PROJECT MOOD CURVE

The Mood Curve is a tool for encouraging perseverance and perspective. The Mood Curve follows the shape of the PATH, the trajectory between HERE and THERE. It shows the opportunity, power, and reason for perseverance along the journey.
Everything in life follows the structure of the Project Mood Curve

Nothing is immune to the Mood Curve. It is inevitable in every human relationship, project, and organization. The only difference between one PATH and another is the depth of the “pit of despair” that must be navigated. You don’t get to choose the circumstances or the depth of the pit, but you can choose to own the 3 things you can control within it. It is important to understand that the Project Mood Curve can be experienced both in individual undertakings, and in a team dynamic.

Project Mood Curve
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The Mood Curve Goes Through 5 Phases

1. FORMING

We begin a project (or relationship) with certain hopes and expectations for how it will end or the effect it will have on us. With the myriad of options available, we only choose to be involved in things if we expect to experience a benefit. Relationships go through the honeymoon phase, team members have the excitement of getting to know each other and begin a new project together, etc.

2. STORMING

Reality never exactly matches expectations. When this comes to bear, we enter the storming phase or the pit. The honeymoon is over, conflict begins to take place, and the challenges are underway. Although we try to avoid this phase, it is inevitable and even proves useful/necessary for developing intimacy and achieving vision. Our most meaningful learning happens here, intimacy is developed most pointedly. The pit is not just to be endured, but valued – we are refined by fire. When in the pit there are two options: quit or persevere.

3. QUITTING

We quit either because we are not committed to our THERE (it isn’t worth the challenges) or because we have an inaccurate perspective that struggle means we have already failed. If we quit, we start another project and enter into the forming phase again. Quitting is not always the wrong choice – it invites us to reorient effort toward a better objective. In “The Pit”, despair or opportunity is a matter of choice. Quitting might be viewed as an opportunity to reset and start a better objective. Or it might be viewed as failure, together with a decision that we are worthless and should not try anything else.

4. NORMING

If we persevere, we enter the norming stage. We have learned, are resolving conflict, building trust, and growing in the ways only overcoming challenges can do. Roles in a team/relationship dynamic become more clearly defined.

5. PERFORMING

We start to see meaningful successes that are, ironically, even higher than our imagined future in the forming stage. We have learned and adapted throughout the curve to refine our vision and goals to meet reality and serve purpose. You don’t stay in this stage forever; the Mood Curve is defined by momentum and will recycle itself (performing leads to a new level of expectations/forming which restarts the curve).

Mood Curve Misnomers

LIE: Everyone will be in the same zone at the same time in a team/relationship dynamic.
TRUTH: Our curves will all look different, even when we are walking down the same path together. Unity is not conformity – our individual values, beliefs and perspectives will highly influence our Mood Curve experience.

LIE: Quitting is never a good thing.
TRUTH: While we need to learn commitment and how to persevere through difficult things, quitting is not always a bad thing. We need to make sure we are on the right path, and that the THERE we are pursuing aligns with our values.

LIE: Choosing to stay in the pit will keep you from quitting.
TRUTH: Choosing to stay in the pit is the same as quitting. There is no place on the Mood Curve where you can set up camp, you will constantly be moving through the curve, and a refusal to do so is the equivalent of quitting. Your new project may be apathy or a “refusal” to do anything, but even that endeavor will follow The Mood Curve.

LIE: Performing is the final destination and the place worth living for.
TRUTH: Life is full of ups and downs. As we learn, grow, and succeed, our potential for output gets higher and our pit is less deep. But The Mood Curve continues and recycles, always in motion.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

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PODCAST EPISODES

BLOG POSTS

THE HUMBLING POWER OF REALITY
THE CYCLE OF GIVING UP
ON THE OTHER SIDE OF STRUGGLE
AN OBSESSION WITH SHORTCUTS IS KILLING US

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Project Mood Curve

Awareness of our HERE can motivate us and help us to move towards our THERE. The Project Mood Curve is a tool that can help us to define our current reality, and give us hope through the hard times.

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