You cannot motivate someone to achieve. The only thing you can do is create a spark that will build the fire of motivation from within. That inner fire will drive motivation.
What about you? Do you have something burning inside you? Frankly, if you do not have the WHY the HOW will not matter. We can also refer to that WHY as your PASSION.
Motivation and goal achievement are interrelated. Knowing what motivates you is a key to achievement and knowing how to find motivation in others is a key to leadership. Dwight Eisenhower said that leadership is getting others to do what you want because THEY want to do it. Reach down and find that motivation and bring it to the surface.
What is your passion? If you are not sure why not start by doing a dream inventory. List every dream you have. I would suggest stretching the list to 50 dreams. Then you can sort out which ones are most important. You need to know why they are important and what they will do to change your life. How badly do you want this change and why?
If the dream is big enough it will create a burning need to achieve a goal because you absolutely want the reward that comes with achievement. Many people want something but then their subconscious says, “Yeah right that will never happen.” So, they reason, “I will try but I don’t want to set myself up for disappointment if I fail.” They have created the out. But wait, what are the consequences if you fail? If they are major that motivation will be as great as the reward for success.
Your desire for gain is only one side of the goal achievement process. Think about a time when you did something to avoid a loss. The threat of loss is, many times, a more powerful motivator than the opportunity for gain. If you have a strong passion for achievement of your goal AND failure is not an option, you are motivated to achieve. So find your passion and follow your dream and you know WHY.
THE HOW... consider all possible obstacles and for every obstacle consider all possible solutions. What is the greatest obstacle? In other words, what obstacle if eliminated would greatly facilitate the achievement of your goal? Now, go ahead and set up an action plan to remove the obstacle and achieve.
This is not going to be easy. It will require changing habits and they are never easy to change. A habit keeps us in a comfort zone. We must have a greater reward to establish a new habit. That reward will help us to replace the old habit with a new one which will yield a new and greater reward. Passion for the reward will drive you to achieve the goal.
This same process can be used to help others find their motivation and lead them to achievement of goals. Help them find their why, and their benefits and consequences. This will help them find their motivation to achieve their goals. Funny how motivation and goals work.
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