Zig Ziglar says, “People often say motivation doesn’t last. Neither does bathing, that’s why we recommend it daily.”
Are you maintaining a motivational mindset seven days a week?
Do you believe that a motivational lifestyle is intentional?
I do; motivation is always within our reach and our control.
- Motivation is a driving force behind all we think, say, and do.
- Motivation sustains our drive for a life well lived, aligned with our purpose, making a significant positive impact on the world around us.
Intentionally directed, this powerful internal force creates the waves we know as momentum.
Motivation is inherent, and its forcefulness drives us to achieve significant objectives.
Motivation fuels our constant pursuit of reaching for tremendous potential. The only limitations we’ll experience are self-imposed.
Motivation Changes How We Think
Dr. Norman Vincent Peale wisely asserts, “Change your thoughts, and you change your world.” Motivation does change our thinking, which in turn directs our choices and, thus, our behaviors.
Motivation is more than a mere emotional lift; it’s something more substantial. In changing how we think, motivation enables us to see the possibilities around us regardless of current circumstances.
This change of thought shifts perception allowing us to make better-informed decisions.
The Science Behind Motivation
Motivation is more than a random feeling; it’s a valuable tool in our leader’s toolbox. The main component of motivation is dopamine. According to an article in Cleveland Clinic,
- “Dopamine is a neurotransmitter made in your brain. It plays a role as a “reward center” and in many body functions, including memory, movement, motivation, mood, attention, and more.
- Dopamine is a type of monoamine neurotransmitter. It’s made in your brain and acts as a chemical messenger, communicating messages between nerve cells in your brain and the rest of your body.
Dopamine is known as the “feel-good” hormone. It gives you a sense of pleasure. It also gives you the motivation to do something when you’re feeling pleasure… Dopamine is part of your reward system.” (1)
I found that in dealing with people who either lacked or lost motivation (I’ve been there myself), it’s counterproductive to wear my “leadership hat” and provide solutions before understanding their issues.
People need to feel motivated and appreciated, knowing that they’re doing something meaningful. I share realistic visions with my teams that inspires and motivates them.
Consequences of No Employee Motivation
Kimberlee Leonard writes, “An employee who merely punches the clock, bides his time at the office, seems to be unmotivated and is eager to punch out at the end of the day, is usually not the best employee.
You want a team that’s motivated and believes in the vision of the business. When you have motivated employees, you’ll see less turnover, greater productivity, and customer satisfaction. Of course, the consequences of having unmotivated employees have a negative impact on the office.
A lack of employee morale leads to lower productivity, an inability to overcome challenges, apathy, and poor customer service.” (2)
“What makes a performer pursue excellence? And how can an athlete overcome significant adversity and setbacks? What is it that powers us to keep on keeping on, when we are tired, bored, or distracted by other things? The answer, of course, is motivation.” – Arbra Garfield
Stay motivated my friends!
(1) Dopamine Cleveland Clinic https://cle.clinic/3pNv20A
(2) Consequences of No Employee Motivation – Kimberlee Leonard https://bit.ly/3QV8fM1