Archives For motivation

We all want to do great works in the world. We want to make a difference that affects the lives around us. We want to be remembered.

My question is “How far are you willing to go?”

Taking The Plunge

Image by Jon Rawlinson

I know my normal answer. “Not far enough.”

I begin to step out and the doubts come flooding in.

  • What will others think of me?
  • What if I fail?
  • What if I look foolish?

All are valid concerns if I want to live a normal life. But I don’t. I want to live an extraordinary life. And I know you do as well.

If this is what we want, we must change our thoughts. We must be willing to go further.

“Life is either a daring adventure, or it is nothing.”
— Helen Keller

Jon Gordon recently wrote a terrific blog post about 5 ways to really motivate. I found myself nodding my head and agreeing to each point he made. They all rang true.

And then I got to thinking. There’s a sixth way to really motivate your team.

My thought focuses on and expands Jon’s point number 3 – Share The Vision.

When your company has a vision it is important that you share the vision and share it often. You need to make sure your team knows the direction of the company and where it will end up. Otherwise they’ll lose hope and start to wander.

But, as a leader, sharing the vision is only the first step in the right direction. You need to LIVE the vision.

If you’re not living out the vision, your team will notice. They’ll become disillusioned and discouraged.

Facing Change With Confidence

September 17, 2012 — 58 Comments

Today, I am writing as a contributor to the Christian Writers Blog Chain. The theme for September is “Change.” If you are a Christian author or writer, be sure to check out Christianwriters.com to network with others.

The pace of life seems to be ever increasing. Along with the increased pace comes increased change.

Your looks change, your children change, your friendships change, your life changes…

All this change can be scary.

Optimus Prime

Optimus Prime Changes | Image by Fuyoh!

The good news is: It doesn’t have to be as scary as you make it.

Change isn’t always bad. It’s just different.

Sometimes it’s slow. Sometimes change comes quickly.

“This is a new year. A new beginning. And things will change.”
— Taylor Swift

I’m sure you can think of bad changes and good changes that had occurred in your life.

We often hear people saying that the grass just looks greener on the other side of the fence. That our grass is just as green or greener.

But that’s not always true. Sometimes the grass really is greener on the other side of the fence.

Image by Robb North

You may be shocked that I said that.

Think about it for a minute. Let the saying really settle into your mind.

When we really think about it, I know it’s true. And I think you do too.

 

WHY?

You’re probably asking Why? right about now.

There’s a simple reason why the grass is greener on the other side of the fence.

You’re neglecting the grass on your side of the fence. It’s not being watered. It’s not being fertilized. It’s not being cared for.

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes.

— Eleanor Roosevelt