HERE’S THE THING!
You are well into the year but it seems as if you already need another holiday. Pleasantries are no longer pleasant; people don’t even bother with fake smiles anymore and procurement has just blocked another initiative. People are counting the days until Friday because work has become something they do between weekends.
The economy is still taking a beating. Crime and corruption continues to rise. Unemployment is at an all-time high. The Media spits out nothing but negative compost and seeks out any and all atrocities for our viewing “pleasure”. Social media has become a feeding ground for forwarding fake news (together with genuine racism) by a predominantly scared and intellectually challenged segment of our population.
You and your significant other seem to have fallen into the same old rut that you were in last year, in spite of all of your best intentions to make this a naughty, exciting year. Bills are piling up; your clothing seems to have shrunk – yes the new washing detergent must have made all your clothes smaller. And on a totally unrelated matter – your gym membership is used about as much as a politician uses common sense.
Stuff is pretty negative man, so what’s the upside?
Well, the upside is that it’s your time to shine. Your people, your team, your family need you. It’s time to be the motivator, the inspiration, the hope and the attitude adjuster. No one is going to swoop into your life and fix all this stuff. It’s up to you. You are up! Yup, as they say in baseball, “batter up!”
No matter what keynote I am delivering, I always seem to be saying a similar thing, <nothing is going to change until you do. No new ideas are going to be brought to the table until you bring new ideas to the table. There is no honour, dignity or fun working for your company. Until you bring honour, dignity and fun to the company.
Ask not what your company can do for you, show rather what you can do for your company.
Ask not what your friends and family can do for you, show rather what you can do for your friends and family.
Ask not what other people can do for you, show yourself what you can do for yourself.
Negative people, intellectuals and lazy people have for so long been spouting out that motivation and “rah-rah” doesn’t work. Well I’m telling you, as I’ve done for 25 years now, that motivation is the cornerstone to any initiative, business or relationship. Motivation is especially key when leading intellectual people, getting lazy people to take action, or in changing the minds of negative individuals.
As the leader or member of a team or family, isn’t that your only job?
You get to be someone’s hero.
You get to make a difference.
It has been said that we teach that which we ourselves need to do the most.
It’s almost impossible to motivate and inspire someone else without being motivated and inspired yourself.
THE HOW TO
But I’m not a motivator in fact I’m quite introverted?
Some of the greatest motivators are introverts. It just takes more courage for them, but it’s also more about how much they actually care. When you care, when you really care, you can do almost anything. The world needs motivators. People who say, “we can, we will, we must, this is how and … follow me”. You are a motivator, we are all motivating people, some are motivating them how to make excuses, how to complain and how to blame. Others are motivating people by their example, without saying a word. The best motivators are the ones who teach and inspire by what they do, not what they say. The best way to be woken up in the morning is with a cuddle and a nibbling of the ear. Unless you’re in prison!
It doesn’t matter whether it’s to a corporate team of thousands, a small business of 2, or a family member, be the one. The one who shows, the one who knows, the one that gives hope, love and energy.
“Your people”, need to see the light in all of this darkness. So, be like a firefly, light a flame under you’re a$$ and be that light.
They need to feel your love and mostly they need to see that there is hope. Don’t just wait to see how things turn out. Get up every day and mold it into how you want it to be.
It’s time to be the motivator, the inspiration, the hope and the attitude adjuster. It’s your time. Even if it’s just for you. It’s your time.
“It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.” – Confucius
IT’S A SOCIAL MEDIA THING!