Wednesday July 29, 2015
In business there is a word we often hear when talking about success: motivation.
It seems as though everywhere you turn the word, motivation, is referenced. Almost to the point of the word and its meaning being overused. Business people talk about motivating others to get things done or how to keep them motivated to keep doing the right things, to hire someone who is motivated or asking questions about someone’s motivation as to why or why not they did or didn’t do something.
Then there is YOU. Are you motivated? Self-motivation is just as important as motivating others.
The definition of motivation according to the dictionary is: - the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way; - the general desire or willingness of someone to do something.
There is so much more to motivation and its general definition.
When you are motivated, you want to get things done.
The question to ask yourself is:
What’s the plan to get it done?
Also, ask yourself:
Am I wanting to do this for all the right reasons?
If you discover you’re not motivated about the right things or have a plan to put your motivation into action, then what’s the point?
Or what if you are motivated about the right things that need to be done in your business day and you have wonderful ideas along with lots of energy and enthusiasm but find the motivation isn’t enough to make the effort truly productive?
Then here’s what may be missing: Follow through.
Follow through is one of the downfalls of many business people.
You can talk a good game all you want but if you don’t effectively follow through it’s never going to happen as you would like it to.
You need more than having the best of intentions.
For example, ask yourself:
- How do I accomplish this?
- How will I get this done today?
- How will I make this idea a reality?
If you don’t ask yourself, as a starting point, these questions then nothing is going to happen and it’s just a conversation with yourself.
Conversation in business is important. We need to talk with each other. We need to communicate with each other. But just having conversation for the sake of conversation is a surefire way to fail.
You have to:
- Understand what you are going to do
- Understand the time frame to do it in
- Understand why you are doing it
Then get it done.
If you’re motivated to follow these steps, that’s where the role of follow through comes in.
Once complete, move on to the next thing and repeat the process.
Motivate yourself every business day. This is key to your success.
Motivate your co-workers every way you can.
At the same time, demonstrate to others you’re working with that not only are you motivated but you are an action person.
Motivation → Action → Follow through = Business Success
Let’s add one more element to the equation above: Business Profit.
Companies are in business to make a profit. That’s the bottom line reality. Business profit means meeting payroll. It means adding new employees. It means refurbishing an office or updating computer systems. It means making a better product for the customer you service. It means you having the opportunity to use your business talents and skills. Without business profit the company doesn’t exist.
Motivation is where business success begins.
Make it happen and enjoy your success!