When you discover someone's passion, you have discovered what motivates them. And, that is the key to communicating with them in the most productive way possible. Bubba's passion was prize-winning show chickens.
Innovators are known for their ability to think outside of the box, but more than anything it is their broad-based knowledge that gives them the courage to challenge accepted beliefs. The most successful innovators are those who make the acquisition of knowledge part of their lifestyle.
When leadership is thrust upon us, many of us are motivated to rise to the occasion. Sometimes, however, leadership must rise in a vacuum. What motivates us to become leaders when there are none? As a manager, you can motivate your employees by giving them a mantle of leadership. With a position of responsibility, those persons will be empowered to do more and be more.
Cool is when there's a problem and you do not get upset by it. When everyone else is panicking, rushing around and over reacting, the cool person is the one who stays calm, assesses the situation, then makes a reasoned decision on what to do.
Nine words. Nine little words that were so heartening that over the next 15 years they grew into hundreds in my mind. Nine words that motivated me to stick to my dreams. My point? Even the least bit of praise can be powerfully motivating. So, don’t keep it in – use your power!
When our dog became an adult and her instincts kicked in, I learned that our family was her pack, that I was alpha-dog, and that she had no intention of being at the bottom of the pecking order. It's all about status and exclusivity. And human beings are just as motivated by it as a pack animal.
There is one ingredient that makes the cake, and that is simply your belief that you will succeed. It’s called Self-Efficacy. Your belief in your ability to achieve what you seek is the biggest part of actually getting there. The best part is that self-efficacy is a trait that can be acquired at any age.
We all suffer doubt occasionally, and its cure is always the same: proof. Proof that we are indeed talented enough to do what we set out to do. A proof doesn't need to be big to eliminate doubt. A series of little ones can be just as effective.
During my presentations I frequently conduct straw polls, where I ask my audiences what motivates them. The first answers are usually about desires, but eventually someone remembers the most powerful motivator of all: FEAR.