All of us have a desire to achieve something in our lives. We want to know that we have achieved something important, of value, of quality, or of meaning. Being motivated to meet our goals means that we are able to:
v Improve our self-confidence
v Enhance our self discipline
v Set examples for ourselves of what we can achieve
v Challenge ourselves to stretch beyond our perceived limits
v Reward ourselves for reaching our goals
v Enjoy the recognition or perks associated with reaching our goals
The more that we are able to achieve, the more self-confident we become. Then the more self-confident we become, the more we are able to achieve.
The reverse can happen if we fail to meet our goals. If we fall short of achieving something, we may experience a dip in our confidence levels, which in turn may impact our motivation to try again. Understanding this relationship between motivation and goal setting and achievement is important if you want to be able to improve either trait in yourself or in others.
When you are responsible for motivating others, your own personal motivation matters in two ways. First, you need to be motivated to continue applying techniques until you have found what works best for the individuals on your team. But second, though just as important, you need to make sure that your motivation is grounded in the right intentions. If you simply try to force others to achieve what you want them to do without considering their own needs and values, you will end up with temporary motivation- if they are motivated at all. Eventually you would face turnover, job shirking, and poor attitudes.
A positive attitude is one of the most valuable asserts a person can have in life. So often, what people say their problem is really isn’t their problem. Their problem is the attitude which causes them to handle life’s obstacle poorly.
The individual whose attitude causes him to approach life from an entirely positive perspective is someone who can be called a no limit person. In other words, the person doesn’t accept the normal limitations of life as most people do. He or she is determined to walk to the very edge of his potential, or his product’s potential, before he accepts defeat. People with positive attitudes are able to go places where others can’t. They do things that others can’t. They are not restricted by self-imposed limitations.
A person with a positive attitude is like a bumblebee. The bumblebee should not be able to fly because the size, weight, and shape of its body in relationship to its wingspread make flying aerodynamically impossible. But the bumblebee, being ignorant of scientific theory, flies anyway and makes honey every day.
This no-limit mind-set allows a person to start each day with a positive disposition. The positive person understands that the journey is as enjoyable as the destination.
Think of attitude like this:
v It is the advance man of our true selves
v Its roots are inward but its fruit is outward
v It is our best friend or our worst enemy
v It is more honest and more consistent than our words
v It is an outward look based on past experiences
v It is a thing which draws people to us or repels them
v It is never content until it is expressed
v It is the librarian of our past.
v It is the speaker of our present
v It is the prophet of our future.
Attitude sets the tone, not only for the leader with the attitude, but for the people following him.