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Motivation is something external to the person. It’s done to them. And it’s too difficult a job for you as a leader to constantly motivate your people. Inspire them instead. It’s much easier and enjoyable for you and more energizing for your people.
How to inspire instead of motivate? Here are the top 3 steps to inspire:
- Find out what are their talents and strengths
- Discover their highest values
- Help them to achieve their aspirations – their STARs
Talents and Strengths
The magic is knowing your people’s talents – knowing what they are great at and helping them to apply the things they love doing. This makes them enjoy what they do and feel happy about it. When people know and are confident about their key talents and apply them in what they do and want to achieve, it enhances their success opportunity extraordinarily. It brings confidence, impact and focus to deliver with excellence.
Why would you as a leader in business want to spend time and effort to motivate someone to do things that they are not inspired about and will not feel passionate about doing? Instead give them the opportunity to do the job they are excited and inspired about. It takes less effort for you to place people in roles that they are inspired and talented to contribute and excel, rather than to keep motivating people to do a job they dislike in a culture they can not shine in.
If you are clear on what are your values and choose your job, role, relationships in accordance to them, you generate energy.
If among my strong values are independence and creativity, but I choose the job where I have to strictly follow the rules, like risk manager or underwriter, then I will not be happy about the content of my role as I will constantly have to do something that does not naturally resonate with my core being. The set of values that each individual has is unique to them.
Highest value – you are spontaneously inspired to do the job that resonates to your highest value. You get up and do it, You do not need a motivation to do it. Napoleon Hill called it, chief aim. It is a burning desire to fulfil. Doing the job that fulfils your highest value is one of the secrets to master your life. It’s intrinsic.
Lowest value – you need a motivation to do the job that is in congruence with your lowest values. You find it difficult and de-energizing. You do not enjoy doing a job that relates to your lowest values. Therefore you need an external stimulus to motivate you to complete that job.
It is more difficult than doing the job that you are naturally inspired by . And for leaders it takes much more effort, time and energy to motivate people to do the job that they do not feel naturally inspired to do. It is much more rewarding to inspire people to excel in their jobs that they enjoy doing and that are contributing to their highest values.
Inspiration is calling from within, building on intrinsic values and talents. Motivation is pushing from outside to do something that your person does not enjoy.
Help to reach their STARs
Nobody goes to work for the sake of the company. People go to work to fulfil their highest values, aspirations, to reach their stars – whatever stars mean for each and every individual. If they see how their job, vision, mission of company helps to fulfil their highest value, they are inspired to contribute and to be effective to deliver. If not – they have low productivity and need to be constantly motivated. If their job fulfils their highest value, they can not wait to get to work each and every day and add value to the company. They feel ownership, responsibility, commitment. They are engaged and constantly improve their customer service to deliver upon their personal excellence.
Your wisdom as a leader is to place people in the right role that will help them to reach their stars and add massive value to the company. The role that they feel inspired about, so you do not need to put an extra effort to motivate them. Instead – inspire your people by giving them projects and opportunities that play to their strengths , talents and values.
Your wisdom is to fill your day with high priority things where you add value. If you do not fill up your day with high priority actions that inspire you, it will be automatically filled with low value distractions projected by other people that are low according to their values.
Ask yourself on a daily basis what the highest priority actions I can do today that generates most income, inspiration etc. Rest – delegate to somebody else. How do you live an inspired life if you keep doing desperate things? There is always somebody that matches the job you need to delegate. Make sure its congruent with their values, so you do not need to micromanage and motivate them. Inspire them instead!
Are you living an inspired life or do you need to have motivation to get out of bed in the morning and go to work? If you are choosing your projects and job roles that allow you to work in accordance to your highest values, then you do not need motivation to go to work. You are excited to get out of bed in the morning and inspired to live a fulfilling life where you feel that you are contributing.
In this article I will share with you 3 steps that you can take to enhance your inspiration to live a fulfilled life.
As per Dr.John Demartini, the human behaviour and values expert – if you do not live in accordance to your values, you will have illnesses and constantly feel unhappy, as your mind protests against it through your body. If you are clear on what your values are and if you choose your job, your role, and your relationships in accordance to your values, you will generate energy. You are born to live a fulfilled life in accordance to your highest values. This set of values is unique to you. Whatever set of values you hold, dictates your destiny. Destiny is a destination of your life journey.
Highest value – you are spontaneously inspired to do things that are related to that. You get up and do it, you do not need motivation to do it. Napoleon Hill called it a chief aim. It is a burning desire to fulfil. This highest value is one of the secrets to mastering your life. It’s intrinsic. When the voice of the inside becomes louder, you start to master your life. Lowest value – need motivation to do things related to it.
Inspiration – calling from within, from the soul. Motivation – pushing from the outside to do it.
Wisdom is filling your day with high priority things. If you do not fill up your day with high priority actions that inspire you, it will be automatically filled with low value distractions projected by other people that are low according to their values. You make your choice and design your destiny.
Integrity – when we live to our highest values. Your brain is doing everything it can to help you maximize your living.
Selective biased attention – to the things that are of the highest values of our life. If you set a goal and place the attention that is in congruence with your highest value, you will have created the highest probability in achieving it. If you walk your talk, you increase your self worth, confidence and belief in yourself. Goals with the lowest values allow you to procrastinate and do not achieve. If your goal is in the highest value – you end up a leader in that space, if your goal is in your lowest value – you end up as a follower.
If you become deceased, its from not fulfilling your highest values. Modern medicine deals with symptoms not causes. Cause is related to your highest values. When you have more integrity to your highest values, you wake up your leader inside.
Let’ s be honest – nobody goes to work for the sake of the company. They go to work to fulfil their highest value. If they see how their job, vision, mission of the company helps to fulfil their highest value, they are inspired and are effective. If not – they generate low productivity. If their job fulfils their highest value, they can not wait to get to work. You will see ownership, and engaged people who know the product and will serve customers with excellence.
You can find the tool that helps you to unlock your highest values in www.TheSuccessPlannerBook.com
Here is a practical 3 step exercise for you to help you enhance what you are doing and how it contributes to your highest values:
1.step Write down the list of your responsibilities and tasks. And now – for each of them write down how specifically each item of your job responsibility helps to fulfil your highest value. Do it 30x times.
It has nothing to do with your job, it has to do with the perception of your job. How specifically doing this action helps you to fulfil your mission. Master of destiny uses the outside to fulfil their mission. No matter what you have in your life, it’s on the way, not in the way. It helps you to progress.
2.step During the week, make a list of everything you do and how it helps you to fulfil your highest values. Do it until you feel engaged and excited. And you will see – the days fly. You do not want to break, you are engaged and eat to live, not live to eat. You do not need a stimulus to keep yourself going.
3.step Ask yourself on a daily basis what are the highest priority actions that I can do today that generates the most inspiration, energy, income etc.? For the rest of actions – delegate them to somebody else. How can you live an inspired life, if you keep doing desperate things? There is always somebody that matches the job you need to delegate. Make sure it’s congruent with their values, so you do not need to micromanage.
Every human being wants to be appreciated by who they are. Be mindful of who you are, what are your highest values and how you can best serve the world by living a fulfilled life.
Life is short. If there was ever a moment to follow your passion and do something that matters and is meaningful to you, that moment is now.
New year start is energizing. There is a feeling of excitement and opportunities to enhance your life, achieve your goals, be more successful, feel happier. Many people write their new year resolutions at the beginning of the year. Some maintain the focus and achieve their goals, many don’t. University of Scranton in US research suggests that just 8% of people achieve their new year’s resolutions or goals.
I have noticed, that I feel more energized and focused to achieve my goals if I set them in congruence with my passion. If I do something that I am really passionate about and feel inspired doing, I can focus on it constantly without feeling any tiredness or exhaustion. I can do it for many hours, days and weeks until I get to the results and I do not notice the time flying. Despite long hours invested, I gain more and more energy doing it.
Recently I created a new year present for my team – a success mindset calendar. It’s a calendar of inspiration. I was working on it for weeks, developing ideas and designing the present. I spent long evenings after the office hours and in the weekends working on it. And I felt really energized. When I ordered it to the publisher, I could not wait to receive the ready made product. I was so inspired and energized! And this inspiration and motivation spread over to my team when I gave the present to them. One colleague even said that I am like a box of surprises. They did not expect this one coming. Hmm… Why not?
During the last few months I have also been working on creating the success planner – a success mindset development toolbox that will help people to discover their special talents, understand what is their passion and what are their true goals that they want to achieve this year. And, most importantly, it will help in developing success mindset by focusing on their passion and purpose, having tools that keeps them focused to achieve goals, as well as to notice and celebrate their success.
What inspires me in this creativity and following my passion journey is – when you focus on leading a purposeful, passionate and meaningful life, you are also inadvertently creating a spectacular ripple effect of inspiration in the lives of people around you. When one person follows their passion, tries something new, or takes a daring leap, everyone nearby feels their passionate energy; and before too long, they are making their own daring leaps while simultaneously inspiring others.
In conclusion – life is short. If there was ever a moment to take decision to follow your passion (if you have not yet done so), that moment is now. Do it yourself and inspire people around you!