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July 2006 - Motivating Others: Demonstrate Enthusiasm

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July 2006

Motivating Others: Demonstrate Enthusiasm

Last month we said the first step to motivating others is to inspire confidence. Second, you must demonstrate enthusiasm; enthusiasm is especially important for leaders. If you are not enthusiastic and motivated, you cannot expect others in the group to be so.

Think about some group you belong to either formally or informally. If there are twenty people in that group, rate yourself 1 if you are the most motivated person in the group; rate yourself 20 if you are the least motivated one; or rate yourself somewhere in between 1 and 20. Next, using the same 1-20 scale, compare yourself to other group members in respect to your ability to motivate others. If you are honest, your ratings should be about the same. If you are a motivated and enthusiastic person, you can most likely motivate others. If you lack personal motivation and enthusiasm, you will likely have a difficult time motivating others.

You must possess enthusiasm and motivation before you can impart it to others. Here are six steps to being an enthusiastic person.

  • Create a vision for your life. Having a vision allows you to set goals. Working to accomplishment goals provides a motive or reason to act. Set a vision and have a logical plan for getting there.
  • Fuel your passion. Logic is not enough; motivation depends heavily on emotion. Do what it takes to feel emotion and passion for what you are doing.
  • Work diligently and consistently to get results. Results motivate us to do more. See each success as a step toward the end goal. Remember the old saying, “Eat an elephant one bite at a time.”
  • Focus your mind on good things—uplifting thoughts, great ideas, positive words and memories of past successes.

Next month we’ll look at another step to motivating others.

John Kline
Montgomery, Alabama

July 2006 - Motivating Others: Demonstrate Enthusiasm
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