Motivation Doesn’t Lead to Change

What comes to mind when you hear the word "motivation"?

In most cases, you're thinking of a well-dressed, well-spoken man up on a stage, telling you to believe in yourself and telling you that you can live the life of your dreams...right?

Although motivation has its part to play in the goal-achievement process, it certainly isn't everything. In fact, motivation cannot stand on its own. This is why so many people who listen to motivational talks will tell you that they left feeling amazing and uplifted but a week after they reverted back to their old ways, because most motivational talks are presenting motivation itself as the key to change, and that's not true.

The key to change, sustainable change, is consistent actions. 

I always make this joke about motivation when I'm booked to do motivational talks...I ask the audience about what they want to achieve, then I say to them "motivation is the fuel for the vehicle that takes you to where you want to be" then I remind them to focus on what they want to achieve while I'm motivating them and then I ask them to say out loud "I am motivated to........" I help shift the focus from me as a speaker to them and their goals because that is what's going to sustain them...not my talk but their understanding of what they really want to achieve. I'm just there to put some gas in their tanks but they still have to drive the car.

With that being said, we need to focus on behavior and not just on inspiration. How can we experience new results if we don't change our attitude, mindset, and behavior?

Therefore, motivation ought to be supplemented with actionable takeaways and homework.

This is the only way to encourage change in your own life and in your organization.

High-Performance Teams vs Average Teams

Each organiation has teams, even if the teams aren't formalized. Think about each department of the organization as being a separate team within the organization.

Almost every organization wants high-performing teams but most organizations aren't even sure of what 'high-performance' actually means. 

High-performance in relation to teams, is a group of individuals who are united in vision, goals, skills, risk, and who outperform other similar teams.

Average performing teams are a collection of individuals who are only united because they have to be, they see it as a means to an end. They're not truly committed to each other or to the objectives they need to achieve, and they still think as individuals, not as a unit. This is something that team-building exercises cannot fix.

The average performing team will at times achieve their targets, and that's the problem, they never outperform the objectives set or even themselves, and they don't desire to. 

These are all common in high-performing teams:

• Clear vision

• Clear mission

• Clear objectives/goals

• Shared responsibility 

• Interdependence

• Individual accountability

• Effective resolution of conflicts

• Shared wins and shared losses

• Effective communication 

The following are a few ways to break a high-performance team or to downgrade them to an average performing team:

1. Give them an ambiguous vision, mission, and goals.

2. Give them objectives that don't challenge or stretch their capabilities.

3. Adding a new member to their team, one who isn't intrinsically motivated or interdependent.

The effectiveness of a high-performing team lies in the results they bring in. To be factual, even a 1 or 5% increase in turnover or sales compared to previous teams or quarters, would be considered as high-performing. It's the incremental increase of progress, efficiency, effectiveness, and money which proves that you have a high-performing team on your hands.

Employee Engagement vs Company Values

Andrea Piacquadio

Employee Engagement vs Company Values

Employee engagement has become somewhat of a buzzword, but what is employee engagement?

Well, there's no clear definition that everyone agrees on but the essence of every definition is based on the employees' emotional connection to the organization and their work.

A study by Harvard Business Review showed how 71% of managers surveyed, agreed that employee engagement was one of the keys to overall organizational success.

Dr. John Demartini, a world-renowned human behavioral psychologist, states that we behave and live our lives based on our highest values. 

Low employee engagement is created by the incongruency between organizational values and employee values. Likewise, high employee engagement is fostered when organizational values are married to employee values. This is by no means the only way to increase employee engagement but it's the best place to start.

The fight for high employee engagement needs to first happen at the recruiting phase where the applicant's values can be assessed to see whether or not they will be a good fit when it comes to integrating them into the company culture. Then the fight for higher employee engagement is taken further when the organization takes its own values seriously by behaving in line with them - employee buy in will be higher if this is done by executives - and by promoting those behaviors as part of the organization's brand identity.

Ever heard of the phrase "it's hard to teach an old dog new tricks"? Well, it's equally hard to raise employee engagement when one is already an employee. The earlier an organization can fight for employee engagement, the better the results they'll experience in getting and retaining top talent.

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3 Keys to Getting the Results You Want in Life


Photo Credit: Unsplash | Written by Webster Tsenase, published in "Addicted2Success"

Are you going through a bad patch in your life where you’re not experiencing the kind of results that you desire to experience? Are you feeling stuck in your business and career? The truth is, you are not alone, we all go through the storms of life. The good news is that there is a sure way of getting out of the rut you find yourself in and getting the results you know you are supposed to be getting.

I formulated these 3 keys while I was going through almost a whole year of no income, my businesses were stuck and so was I. It was a hopeless and dry season of my life that I will never forget. In that time, I read over 20 personal development books and attended seminars and webinars because I was hungry for a solution that would help me get unstuck in my business and life.

Now, I run two successful companies, authored 4 books and counting, and I travel and speak all over the world. And, whenever I speak to organizations on “how to break plateaus” the audience gets it and they get to have the solution to getting unstuck and achieving great results.

Here are the 3 keys to getting the results you want in life:

1. A Clear Vision is The Big Picture

The iconic Mona Lisa painting by Leonardo DaVinci is a masterpiece which took him several years to finish. He had a clear vision of what he wanted his painting to look like, long before he painted it and long before it was ever the Mona Lisa.

Likewise, you also need to have a clear vision of what you want to experience in your life. Doing this will allow you to see the bigger picture of your life and it will help you to weather the storms of life, which will come, because your hope is safely anchored onto your bigger picture.

Here are some of the Golden rules to creating a clear vision:

  • Your vision must be clearly defined
  • Your vision must be centered around serving others 
  • Your vision must be written down 
  • Your vision must be recited everyday

“If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed, the vision pulls you.” – Steve Jobs

2. Goals Are Your Roadmap

There has been a big misconception about what goals are. In fact, a lot of people have used the words “goal” and “vision” interchangeably, so let us clear this up. A goal, in its simplest form, is a means of direction. It is hardly effective when it is standing on its own. Imagine that I invite you to my beautiful home for my 31st birthday party and when you ask me for directions, I simply say “I live in Los Angeles, and my gate is big and black”.

I bet you would think I’m crazy right? Los Angeles is huge. What would be more beneficial is if I had given you my street name and house number at least. Likewise, you need to understand that the goals you are setting are meant to direct you to your end destination (your vision). If your goals are not attached to a bigger picture, then you are simply moving around everywhere and going nowhere.

Here are some golden rules to setting goals:

  • Your goals must be daily, weekly and monthly objectives
  • Your goals must be written down
  • Your goals must, when achieved, bring you closer to your bigger picture
  • Your goals must be recited everyday

“Goals. There’s no telling what you can do when you get inspired by them. There’s no telling what you can do when you believe in them. And there’s no telling what will happen when you act upon them.” – Jim Rohn

3. Massive Actions Precede Massive Results

This sounds very cliche but it is a fundamental truth that we sometimes fail to grasp. If we will not do what we ought to do, then we will not experience the results that we desire to experience. The quality of the results we wish to experience is predicated on us taking massive amounts of action in order to have that quality of results. Got it?

Imagine for a moment that you desire to have indestructible abs, so you search for abdominal exercises that will give you the abs you desire. You find one particular exercise that says all you need to do is 50 reps of crunches and 50 reps of sit-ups everyday for the next 3 months. But, instead of doing 50 reps, you do 10 of each and you do it for 10 days straight before you quit.

Do you think that your actions are “indestructible abs” worthy? I don’t think so. I think you would be lucky to get a 1 pack. Likewise, your actions have to be consistent and massive in order for you to achieve the kind of results you desire. There is no substitute for massive and consistent amounts of action.

To get the kind of results you desire to have in your life, you will have to create a clear vision for yourself, set goals which will direct you to your vision and take consistent and massive amounts of action everyday in order to have great results. The rest will be history.