We think that the title in itself is basically arrogant!
It truly is essentially arrogant to think that one can walk into a group – specifically of strangers – and MOTIVATE them.
As you could possibly be aware, we do lots of different and diverse things at Movers and Shakers including Outdoor team building activities and indoor teambuilding events, Firewalking, Helicopter Teambuilds, Team Building Games and Team Game Activities, Wildlife talks, Fashion Cooking Teambuilds and Military simulations. You name it, we do it. You see, we have found that there is a science attached to motivation. And the first law of motivation is:
1. You have to want to motivate yourself.
Invariably we find that whether you’re presenting to a small group or a large group, you’ll discover that sceptical individual seated there with their arms crossed, their fingers crossed, their legs crossed, and their eyes crossed as if to say, “Very well? Come on and motivate me then!”
Let’s be reasonable,we can talk until we're blue in the face and sing “I feel I can fly” in our best opera voice and it’s not going to work.
First and foremost we need to want to motivate ourselves.
Sadly you'll find just some people who for whatever motive, just don’t wish to be motivated. And sadly it can be these individuals that will ultimately take down an entire team.
Perhaps there exists just too much past history that they've needed to endure within the group.
Maybe their poor attitudes have been so long embedded that they find it impossible to change, and have even found comfort within their pessimism.
Probably their relationships within the team are actually compromised and their trust level so depleted that they are able to barely tolerate some relationships and their bitterness and unforgiveness have eaten into them.
After all they say, “unforgiveness is like drinking a poison and expecting the other person to die!”. One of the important characteristics of everyday life is being prepared to pick your self up after a disappointment. Try and remember to have a hard skin along with a soft heart, NOT the opposite way around.
And yet, we at MOVERS and SHAKERS identified several years ago that no one wants to go to work and hate their job! Most persons are prepared to try and do anything toward making work a better place to be, because they spend a lot of their lives there. In reality statistically people will give up a great deal to avoid a conflict.
That may be why we really like what we do a lot. We love to come alongside people and present them some alternative perspectives on how some things, which could possibly have been taken for granted, may very well be far better, and that change is most certainly possible.
At times for those with a negative mindset, the proper thing would be to take the attention off themselves and make an effort to move it onto how they could in uncomplicated means, make other individuals feel better and much more motivated.
That is not to say that we promote that one must make an effort to change other individuals and seek to mould them into what you would like them to be. No, the change that is certainly going for making a lasting difference has to come from inside oneself. I realize it’s starting to sound like Michael Jackson singing “man in the mirror”, but I’m afraid the king of pop was right on the button.
You can’t try and take the speck out of your colleagues eye when there is really a log in your own. You'll purely become labelled as a hypocrite and individuals see through you far quicker than you could possibly expect.
Nevertheless then, how will we take the focus away from ourselves and pass it to those people around us? I’m so glad you ask, since it brings us to the following law of motivation that we've found:
2. What you give is what you get.
More specifically, A rising tide raises all ships. If you happen to be lifting up, encouraging and promoting the individuals all around you, you in turn will be lifted up yourself.
You see laws of motivation can also be as elusive as the laws of leadership which from time to time seem to fly in the face of what we would generally expect.
The simple fact of the matter is – You get that which you give. What goes around comes around. Basically this is a biblical meaning couched as: You reap what you sow.
Its strange nevertheless, when we occasionally ask groups as an illustration to inform us what you receive if you plant corn, they all reply “corn!”. What do you receive when you plant wheat, they all rightly reply “wheat!” What if we plant barley? They expected response is “Barley”.
But what if we plant Hatred? By this stage the conditioned answer would be “Hate”.
Then things take a bit of a turn. When we ask “What if we plant love?”, most would reply “Love” (though a couple witty ones may well chuckle “babies!”).
But our following interrogation frequently puts groups into a tailspin. “What if we were to plant money?” Here, the responses turn out to be somewhat more erratic. Some reply, “You get dirty money”, other people come back “ You get your head examined”, others just seem perplexed.
But why does it not work for money as well? Why is money the exception to the law? Basically, It’s not!
In justifying this we are not looking to say after you plant money you always get money back (Certainly the lottery is a good example of this fact), but to be able to count on money it has to get planted initially.
Think of any person you know who is doing well financially, maybe they’ve climbed the corporate ladder, maybe they own their very own business. I promise you there was a day when they have been planting money into an education, or start up capital, or stock or facilities.
What goes around comes around.
Returning to our discussion of motivation, be careful though that you are not giving in order to receive. When you give it will come back, at some time, some place and in some way. It does not necessarily come back in the same way that you gave it. In most instances in a corporate team that upliftment may only come back purely by association. Because when one person on the team succeeds it is a good reflection on the team as a whole. After all, no-one is an island. You just have to have faith that one day your day will come.
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