Many who thrive in the workplace are those bursting with drive and determination. These folks who are motivated by their jobs.
Every person who works have personal reasons for working. While most work for money, others work because they love their jobs and because experience a sense of fulfillment. Some work because they desire to aid others or to feel distinguished in a field. People work because they are motivated by certain reasons.
A core reason why people are driven to work is because of the earning potential. Money is a key factor in working. Money is also the motive why most people are inflamed to get degrees or intense training for their jobs. They seek to better themselves in their workplace to attain a higher pay. Compensation for work pays the bills, stocks the fridge, buys clothing for the kids and allows for people to enjoy leisure activities. When people receive commensurate pay for the work they do, they are more spurred to work harder and more efficiently. An employer who underestimates the power of money is making a grave mistake. Not fairly compensating an employee can mean losing that person to a high paying job. Money can motivate almost any employee to labor more efficiently.
Additionally, another reason why people spend nine hours or more a day at work is because they crave recognition for their performance. Without proper recognition, employees will slack off.
Recognition comes in many forms. In fact, after money, recognition is one of the main reasons why people search for advanced jobs. They desire to work for a company where they feel secure with their future and know that they have a chance for promotion. Employees want others that work with them to feel equally responsible and work just as hard. Most employees feel that fellow workers should be fired or suffer demotions if they do not work as hard as they do. The failure to discipline slacking employees results in severe office demotivation.
A further reason why people feel motivated to work is because they want their employer to recognize what is significant to them. Those who work desire flexibility in their itinerary and feel that if their employer cannot offer this, then they will look for alternatives. Workers want their supervisors to know that they have brilliant ideas too and they do not want to feel belittled about expressing their ideas. Employees also feel more driven when they feel comfy about talking to their supervisors even if it is a complaint. They will take comfort in knowing that they have sympathetic supervisors and can go to them when they need to express concerns at the workplace.
Employers can also boost morale and motivation among employees by sympathizing with unique employee needs. Some employees may feel that they want to be in control of their work environment. They don’t feel inspired if they constantly have a supervisor looking over their shoulder and deconstructing their labor. Give workers their space and enough breathing room to stretch their creativity. They’ll enjoy a sense of ownership over the output of their labors and reward you with passionate service.
Naturally, the best way to nurture motivation throughout the workplace is to provide an environment where all employees feel valued. It is necessary for supervisors to understand that each individual is different and is motivated for different reasons. They need to understand what each employee seeks and their reason for laboring. Find out these hot buttons and productivity will soar.
Seduction With Your Delicious Voice
Can YOU RECALL the last time you heard the newsman deliver his piece and you latched on till the last syllable?
....Or what about that rousing cry by Brad Pitt who
(melodramatically) exhorted, "Beyond that beach is Immortality. Take it. It's YOURS!!"
... How about that time your lover lustily whispered, "the Bedroom. Now." Instantly, you felt hot all over; not because of anticipation, but because of her intonation.
Now, stop, and let's look at at the other side of the coin.
Can you already remember that dull professor who droned on and on. And on and on. Three cups of black coffee nothwithstanding, and you fell asleep despite her topic embracing your dearest hobbies?
The Voice. Forget about the Pen being Mightier than the Sword. The Voice can rip that Mont Blanc to shreds.
Over the spectrum of man's history, men deployed SPEECH like a sword.
Ancient Senators in Greece used grand rhetoric to craft empires. Bill Clinton unleashed charming soliloquys to entice an entire nation. It also got great lovers satisfied and crafty employees a fat raise.
So what's the secret to transforming that rusty vocal weapon into an indomitable Excalibur?
I can give you numerous tips to explode the power of your voice, BUT THERE's ONE overriding principle. Follow it, and all the other tips automatically come into play.
Ready for it?
That's the key.
Speak with passion, declaim with authority, sing with desire.
ACT AS IF WHAT YOU WERE SAYING CAME FROM THE BOTTOM OF YOUR HEART.
And yes, EVEN when you're droning about yesterday's company stock plunge before the board.
Act disinterested, and people will walk halfhearted.
BUT... if you delivery with intensity, I'm damned confident you'll rouse the masses to your selfish cause. I know, coz it's how I rally the troops.
Don't drone " Yesteryear's poor performance resulted from lackluster product development due to underfunding of the budget department and aggressive performance from the competitor"
Yuch. That's a poor performance speech right there.
Instead, kick up the rhetoric with blazing action words that create images, sounds and pictures.
Flood you voice with gusto, as you say, " Okay, I know we're all REELING from the kicking we took last year. Its smarts AND we deserve it. Why? We ABANDONED product devlopment and sat on our fat butts of the previous years. That gave our opponents room to CHARGE in and CHECKMATE us into a corner. Is this how it's to be? Gentlemen, we act now or we perish."
Okay, it's melodramatic, but you get my point, don't you?
Okay, a few more pieces of advice.
1) Speak from the diaphragm. Tom Vizzni mentions that quite a lot. If the voice emanates from the throat or the nose, you'll sound pathetic. To ensure that the voice is diaphragmatic, press down on your tummy as you practice speaking. If you feel it rumbling, you'll know that you're drawing from the lower levels to vastly and naturally explode the resonance of your voice. You'll sound ooohh so sexxxy.
2) Slouch and you're dead. Your posture adds and detracts from your vocal command. Imagine a hidden puppet master perpetually pulling your strings UPWARDS. Try speaking Abe Lincoln's "Four Score and Seven Years Ago" while standing straight AND slouching like a whipped dog. You'll see the difference. DON'T BE LAZY. Do it RIGHT
3) Pepper your words with Action words. Trash the vague abstractions and passive sentence structures- people will lapse into trance and space out... Say, "Mike SLAMMED open the door in disgust. He seethed with fury." Don't say "The door was opened my Mike and he was mad."
4) Finally, LISTEN and let PEOPLE speak. Communications is about saying your spiel as fast as you can, then gaining feedback. You and I would hate the speaker who hogs the floor, woudn't we? I walked out of a Microsoft Convention for Networking Idiots Like Me at the Hotel Shangri-La because the speaker spoke straight for two hours without a forum or even a single question thrown at the audience.
Respect your listeners by listening and gaining feedback. Feedback is gold.
Magical Pushbutton States
A decade ago, I used to compete in Okinawan Karate.
Competitive karate is a roller coaster ride of glorious victories and bitter failure. There were days I found myself pummeled like a useless rag doll. And there were other days I scythed through opponents like an unstoppable juggernaut. Every punch broke through and every kick landed somewhere satisfyingly soft. (oooh how I loved that!) I would zip around the squared ring like Neo on steroids, launching a flurry of eye-blackening attacks with a detached sense of killer calm.
My team never ceased wondering how I can be a sluggard one day and a murderous one-man army the next.
"Joe," Trish used to tell me, "How in the world do you get into the zone the way you do?? You were amazing- That guy never stood a chance."
I'd shrug and say that destiny meant for me to win that day.
Today, I realized it's all a matter of states.
States? What in the world is that?
Turn on the TV or listen to the radio and you'll soon hear a popular self-help guru asserting how success "is all a state of mind" and exhorting that prosperity comes from "shifting paradigms and adjusting mind states."
Step back a bit more and travel to the days of your Psych 101. Do you already recall how states are simply complexes of physiology and neuro-functioning? Sure you do!
Look at the following list of words and observe how they describe common human states:
Now ask yourself this: What would it be like to change your state at will? Imagine flicking a switch in the dark corners of your mind and suddenly transporting yourself from a state of gloom to explosive euphoria!
To be able to shift from one state is empowering because you can back up any endeavor with the sizzling power of emotions. So, how'd you like to flick mental switches and command states at will?
Alrighty- Let's get down to business then. Before you shift gears, first learn to pace where you're setting out from. Hence:
1. Take a deep breath and identify the state your mind is currently engaged in. Expand your awareness: notice the feelings and sensations coursing through your body as well as the sounds and pictures whirring in your head.
Right now the weather is 31 degrees Celsius, I'm sweltering like a pig and feeling cranky as a baboon. I'm grumpy, and I accept it as *my state.
Have you already discerned how you feel? Whatever it is, accept it as *your state.
2. Purge your mind till you feel neutral. Get all the garbage out.
3. Identify the state you desire.
Most folks focus so much on their existing state that they fail to identify their desired state. You know what I mean: if I ask a grumpy person how they'd like to feel, they'd say "Certainly not like the way I feel now!"
Folks, it's important to understand that the human neurology is goal seeking. Your mind demands a direction, so give it one! Okay. You've identified the state you want; here are TWO push button techniques to launch your desired state.
3.1 Method One: Recall an occasion when your mind oozed with the radiance of your chosen state. See what you saw back then as though you were looking out from your eyes (in 3D TechniColor). Relive the emotions that coursed through your body. Hear the sounds in True Dolby Surround Sound quality.Now, unless you are doing this halfheartedly (watching a grainy black and white movie in Mono), the sensations will peak and as they do, gently squeeze a ticklish part of your forearm for a few seconds. Release it.
Ok. That's done. Break your state by doing something uninspiring such as recalling the color of your beige wallpaper back home. Or the conversation you had with your boss. Now squeeze that ticklish part of your forearm once more. The state will come cascading back.
Squeezing is a technique called anchoring. Search the archives for more info on this. Elroy and William whipped up a few good essays on the subject.
3.2 Method Two: First query yourself, "What am I experiencing when I feel (your state)" then plunge your mind into a three dimensional movie of yourself experiencing the state. For instance, if you'd
like to be "suavely debonair", visualize the time you exuded sensual confidence around the opposite sex. See what you wore, the cocky expression on your face, the buzzing people flocking around you. Hear the adoring sounds that reverberated in the room as you were the center of attention."
Make the picture really big and bright. Increase the volume and picture quality. Then… leap into that dazzling image of yourself and seize the experience.
Relish the state. Then squeeze that ticklish part again.
Whip up a list of states that you'd love to experience more. Choose either of the methods discussed (or make your own), and practice getting into those states while mentally anchoring them. I found it useful to create permanent anchors for Enthusiasm (for slow Mondays) and Warmth (for days my staff is in a cranky mood) Whatever you do, have fun zapping your anchors and firing those states..
In the Next Article
Hate paying bills? Cleaning the lawn? Doing the laundry? We'll explore how to conjure irresistible motivation to do anything… even taking a root canal!
Nine Marching Orders To Stay The Line
Burning with motivation is not always easy no matter what you are trying to accomplish. For those that are trying to get fit, motivation can even be harder. Whatever it is that you are trying to get fired up to do; there are a specific tactics that can help. You can stay motivated to accomplish almost any goal.
Visualize and see Your Goals in 3D:
When you crystallize your goals and imagine what the end results will be, you are more likely to stay motivated. You may feel more motivated by a picture of what you are working towards or need a daily visual reminder of that dream vacation you are saving money for. By keeping a visual picture in your mind and imagining yourself at your end result, you can stay inflamed to accomplish any goal.
Reward Yourself Handsomely:
Keeping pumped up can be easier if you take the time to treat yourself when you reach small milestones along the way. If you are trying a new fitness plan, try to reward yourself with a new pair of gym shoes or maybe new workout equipment. Knowing that there is something good along the way to your goal will help keep you excited about achieving your goals and you will find second wind.
See an Energizing Movie or Listen to Motivating Music:
I do this all the time. You can get all keyed up to reach your goals by watching a motivating movie (war or boxing films do great) or listening to music that will get you pumped about your goals. Look for movies that will help you see others work hard to reach their own goals. You will come out of the movie feeling ready to get busy and accomplish your goals. Music can also help you stay motivated. If you want to walk more, invest in a good MP3 system and listen to upbeat music to keep you moving. An associate, Ricardo Laudico, keeps stashes of motivational music in a 40Gb Ipod to keep focused. Not surprisingly, he’s hit many short term goals in less than a year.
Set Bit-Sized Goals and take a Breather:
Whether you are working towards saving for a new house or going vegan to lose a few pounds, set manageable goals for yourself and take a break every once in awhile. By deploying small goals, you will not feel too overwhelmed at one time. You can work on each step that will equal to big results in the end. Also, if you do get overwhelmed, take a break. Achieving your goals will not happen overnight. If you feel frustrated, take a day off and rethink your plans. Richard Bandler, founder of NLP postulates the question: “How do you eat an Elephant?” The correct answer always is: “A Bite at a Time”
Seek a Wingman and do it for yourself:
You can achieve anything with staunch conviction. If you work on a goal because you believe you can do it, it will be easy for you to stay motivated. While working on your goals, if you do need an extra push, find a partner who can keep you on track. You may have a buddy who wants to lose weight or get in shape, too. Work with that person to motivate each other when your own motivation starts to slump.
Prove them Wrong. With Flair:
Each is motivated for different reasons, but one way to stay inflamed is to remember all the times someone told you that you couldn’t do it. Prove the negative people around you wrong and accomplish your goals to show them you can. While you should never try to live your life for the approval of others, your internal passion may improve when you try to impress others. Feel good about what you can do, and others will sit up and take notice.
See It as Fun that You want to do:
You may desire to achieve a goal that you find very difficult. It may help to stay motivated by finding something fun about what you are doing. Achieve your goals because you want to do it and not because others want you to. When you find intrinsic motivation, it will be easier to stay the course.
Seek Mentors and Help the Untalented:
Chat with others who labored to accomplish the goals you are working towards. Listen to what they have to say and consider their suggestions. For people who have already been there, they can offer valuable advice and this should help you stay motivated. It would also be good to aid others while you are accomplishing your goals. If you know someone else is depending on you, it will be easier for you to keep up the good fight.
Revitalize your Routine:
Boredom kills. The rut sucks the spirit. I know. I’m an entrepreneur… and as things go, businessmen do the same thing day in day out. As activities become mechanical, the flames for achievement go out. Stop that! Vary your lifestyle and do things differently. Your brain will enjoy the stimulation… and with it, returns your motivation.