Ways To Motivate Others In Your Life To Do Something

By John Rampton

Are you able to inspire and motivate yourself and other people around you?

It’s a challenge that everyone from business owners to parents have struggled to answer. The good news, is that if you use these tips, you’ll be able to successfully motivate others to do whatever you ask of them.

1. Promote purpose.

Purpose is an intrinsic motivator, which means that you will be focusing on yourself and your organization’s purpose. Helping others discover their purpose and how they contribute to your outcomes provides both of you with a sense of purpose.

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In the workplace, for example, research from Imperative found that purpose-oriented workers stay with organizations 20 percent longer. These employees` are 50 percent more likely to be in leadership positions and 47 percent more likely to promote other people’s work. These employees report having higher levels of fulfillment in their work by 64 percent.

So, how can you promote purpose? Start by:

  • Standing for something authentic and, if you’re a manager, aligning your values with your corporate culture.
  • Operationalizing purpose across the board from culture, KPI’s, product development, distribution, hiring, and marketing.
  • Infusing real and compelling purpose into your brand.

2. Actively listen and ask open-ended questions.

You’ve probably seen the movie where someone gives a rallying speech. The speech then motivates the people around the speaker so much that everyone screams and bursts into action.

In reality, that rarely works. I’m not saying that you can’t deliver an inspiring speech, it’s just that motivation starts inside others. This means that you have to know what exactly motivates others by understanding their thinking and behaviors. You have to discover what their goal and dreams are and how you can encourage them to reach the top of the mountain.

The only way you’re going to achieve this is by spending time with and actively listen to them.

That may sound easier said than done, by a great starting point is by asking open-ended questions like:

  • “Why do you want to do that?”
  • “What makes you so excited about it?”
  • “How long has that been your dream?”

You can then use their answers to help get them started in making their dreams a reality and how to keep them motivated through encouragement and appreciation.

3. Catch them in a motivational wave.

When you want to motivate someone to make a change for the better, nagging or motivational speeches, quotes, or videos probably aren’t going to do the trick.

“It may be that you have somebody that you married or someone in your family that you think needs to get more active. Possibly you feel they need to eat better. What you will probably be incredibly successful at doing is nagging them until they get it done. It doesn’t work,” said psychologist BJ Fogg, who is also the director of the Persuasive Technology Lab at Stanford.

Source: entrepreneur.com

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