“Profit is the applause you get for taking care of your customers and creating a motivating environment for your people.”
—Ken Blanchard, internationally-known management consultant and author
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Without question, loyal customers and happy employees are foundational for a successful business. Companies that go from good to great and are built to last support these critical stakeholders, in most cases, far better than their competition.
To determine the basis for your own current level of applause/profit, ask yourself and your colleagues two questions:
- How extraordinary is our care and attention to the things our customers want, need, and desire?
- How inspired and motivated are our people to leap out of bed each morning to come to work?
What actions can and will you take to deserving and receive more standing ovations from these groups, now and into the future?
“Success is not to be pursued. It is to be attracted by the person you become.”
—Jim Rohn, 20th Century American motivational speaker
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Jim Rohn, who passed away in 2009, was a personal development pioneer.
His over 6,000 seminars, countless books, tapes, learning programs and, of course inspirational quotes, have influenced millions.
Many of his wisest lessons were focused on our abilities to work on ourselves and contribute to others in our various communities.
One of his many students was a young, broke, down-and-out Tony Robbins, who has said many times that Rohn was the man who turned his life around. Tony, as we all know, has been working on himself for decades, and has paid forward similar lessons to millions.
What are the strategies, habits, and behaviors that help you continue your personal best journey?
What additional approaches can you incorporate in your days to both contribute to others and attract the success you desire?
“When we do what we have to do we are compliant. When we do what we choose to do we are committed.”
—Marshall Goldsmith, American Leadership Coach
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To what degree are you an “extra credit” type of person? Recall your early educational experiences, in which a special teacher or a special subject motivated you well beyond just meeting expectations and passing the course. They motivated you to experience new levels of excellence, achievement, and of course, greater personal growth.
What about today in your vocational and avocational efforts? Where do you choose to go the extra mile and exceed expectations versus simply doing just enough to maintain your employment (for the moment) and get by?
To help you make the shift from compliant to committed, consider exploring the work of Dan Pink in his book, Drive, to see how greater autonomy, mastery, and purpose will help you choose and eventually realize a far more fulfilling and rewarding life.
“Plant the seeds of beautiful ideas in your mind and water them with belief and action.”
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The X Prize Foundation’s tag line is “We Make the Impossible Possible by Incentivizing Great Minds to Make a Difference.”
The Foundation and its supporters believe that the solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges will only be reached through the ideation and realization of critical solutions by pioneering individuals and organizations around the world.
Some of the current projects include:
- Discovering the mysteries of the deep sea
- Empowering children to take control of their own learning
- Transforming the lives of low-literacy adults
- Transforming CO2 into valuable products
What beautiful ideas for a better world inspire you?
Regardless of the size and scope, how can your belief and motivation to act help you and others reap the harvest of a better world?
“Men are not against you; they’re merely for themselves.”
—Gene Fowler, 20th Century American journalist
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Do you have any enemies? Is there an archnemesis in your personal or professional community? What is it like to be around this person, or even to simply think about them?
What have you done to contribute to the rift between the two of you? What have you tried to perhaps mend fences?
Instead of being against one another with all the damage it can produce, how would a better understanding of what this individual stands for help?
Once you better understand their motivators and beliefs, perhaps you can break the vicious cycle of making each other wrong.
FRIDAY REVIEW: MOTIVATION
Are you self-motivated, situation-motivated, or motivated by others? Here are a few posts about motivation you may have missed. Click the links to read the full messages.
“Do a little more each day than you think you possibly can.”
“Inspiration usually comes during work, not before it.”
“Work for a cause, not for applause.”
“The gist of New Year’s Day is: Try Again.”
Frank Crane, 20th Century American Film Director
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If you ever established a New Year’s Resolution and came up short, you are not alone.
Statistics show over 90% of people have the same experience.
Studies have shown that even when doctors tell heart patients they will die if they don’t change their habits, only one in seven will be able to follow through successfully.
It appears that desire and motivation aren’t enough, even when it is literally a matter of life or death.
It is also clear that the status quo has a pretty tight grip on what Roger Kegan calls The Immunity to Change.
What patterns of thinking and doing would have your “Try Again” efforts work this time?
Beyond limiting your focus on fewer priority objectives, consider adding a wide variety of social and structural supports to bolster your motivation and ability to succeed this time.
“Work for a cause, not for applause.”
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I’ve been interested in what motivates people since I was a boy. In my youth, I washed cars, mowed lawns, and shoveled snow—all to earn a buck and purchase things I desired. The Thank You’s I received for a job well done also meant a lot, especially when they were heartfelt.
As I grew and continued to investigate what motivated me and others, it was clear that applause or extrinsic factors still have a hold on many of us. At the same time, the intrinsic aspects of a passionate purpose seem to take things to greater levels of fulfillment and life satisfaction.
Examine your own levels of sustainable satisfaction and fulfillment when you work for a cause. How can you capture the best of both motivators?
“Everything will change when your desire to move on exceeds your desire to hold on.”
—Alan Cohen, Author of Daily Dose of Sanity
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The ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes once said that if he were given a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, he could move the world.
Consider, today, your most deeply held commitments for a better future as your long lever, and your most important and foundational values as the fulcrum on which to place them.
One of my other favorite quotes is, your commitment supersedes your comfort.
How and in what ways can you experience the world-moving changes you desire by living each day more consistently with your most cherished commitments and values?