(How your leadership impacts motivation)
I was speaking to a business leadership team who was candidly sharing their perceptions about their past performance and motivation, “We’ve been performing at a C level” they confided.
The manager hit the nail on the head when she said, “What we’re really dealing with here is an overall sense of skepticism about our ability to change.”
They struggled with trying different motivation and performance approaches throughout the years — and yet nothing seemed to stick and make a lasting change. So why should things be any different now?
This business and their leadership team are not unique in their struggles. Many business owners and their managers experience an overall sense of skepticism from time to time.
The question is what to do about it
We find ourselves becoming skeptical when we get caught up in our historical results, past performance and our judgments about it. We allow our past to limit and narrowly define what’s possible for our future.
This happens when we don’t have an exciting larger-than-life vision to pull us forward or an exciting game to play.
I am either choosing to put my focus on where I’ve been or where I’m going.
If I am feeling skeptical let me remember that it is because I’m looking to my past and allowing my past performance to define my future.
I tell myself, “Because I achieved _______ results in the past, that means I will continue to achieve the same results in the future.
This simply isn’t true.
The only truth about the future is that it exists as pure possibility because it is unwritten.
The way we “write” and create our future is either by continuing to show up in the same way that we’ve always shown up and doing what we’ve always done – or, by embracing our extraordinary vision and taking action from our desired future. This is how we experience natural leadership and motivation.
The choice is ours alone to make.
“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and
expecting different results.” – Rita Maye Brown
“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today
and make a new ending.” – Maria Robinson