“Small Steps” for Big Results
When you want to be a leader, you must develop the ability to motivate others. To encourage others means that you encourage or spur them to act in a certain way, based on their desires and needs. To do this consistently, you need to honestly know what their goals are, what they want, what they need, and precisely what the desired results are as well as their value systems.
Be an Example
People like to copy what they see. If you are positive, energetic, and passionate, they will be too. Whatever emotions and feelings that you want others to experience show them that in you, so that they can get behind what you want to accomplish with their own passion.
Keep telling your story, your customers’ stories, and the stories that bind you together with your audience. When people see other people being motivated by your words and deeds, they will naturally become more interested too.
Engage Their Imagination
When you tell stories about the ideas you have and make them really picture the impact of what you’re trying to accomplish, it will help them keep going and persevere.
Tug at Their Emotions
Make your people feel something for you, and for the impact you’re trying to achieve. When your audience and your friends or family feel something around you, they’re more likely to be motivated.
Give Them a Challenge
Some people react very well to being challenged in some way. By challenging them to accomplish something, they experience small successes, and they relate that feeling to you and are more likely to feel motivated due to that.
Provide the Resources They Need
If you have a team, or children even, that you want to motivate the best way to do that is to offer all the tools and resources that are needed to do a good job.
Keep Their Efforts Small
Instead of presenting people with the end goal or result you’re shooting for as things to do, break it down for them so that their efforts are easy to do and small, yet successful.
Focus on Impact
When you create plans and actions focused on the impact that you’re looking for, it makes it easier to envision success. If the small steps you take or encourage others to take/make a difference, it’s easier to keep going.
Praise All Efforts
People respond best to praise. Experts in child development recommend catching your children being good and trying to praise them at least 100 times a day for actions you want them to take.
Believe in People
Most people really want to do a good job in every aspect of their life. Know that and act accordingly.
“Small Steps” Top Tip
Motivating people really comes down to your own enthusiasm about it. If you are positive and focused, people will follow your lead. When you show people how to act and what to do by your own actions, it makes it super simple for them to take it from there because of your attitude and your guidance.
Quotes to Ponder
“Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”
- Lou Holtz: former American football player, coach and analyst
“In motivating people, you’ve got to engage their minds and their hearts. I motivate people, I hope by example, and perhaps by excitement, by having productive ideas to make others feel involved.“
- Rupert Murdoch: Australian born-American newspaper publisher and media entrepreneur
Ask Yourself This
What steps do I need to take to move closer to my goal?
Am I a motivational role model or do I need to up my game?
Can I provide more resources for those I wish to motivate?