How to Super-Charge Motivation

You know how some people under extraordinary conditions experience a moment of super-human strength. What if there was a way to create moments of super-human motivation? Well I may not have a secret formula for you but I do have the next closest thing and its called emotion. When you add emotion to motivation it acts like a multiplier, kind of like that high-octane fuel you use in race cars. A few drops can go a deceptively long ways. So how do you tap into this super-charged fuel for motivating people? It all starts by tapping into the power of purpose and painting pictures, which rouse even the sleepiest heart. When employees are able to see a connection between what they do, and some kind of tangible impact they have on the greater good, it ignites a higher level of personal motivation. Recently I was working with a management team and I was walking them through an exercise to help them connect purpose to pay. One of the things this organization does is run the recycling program in their community. When I asked them how they could link purpose to pay, someone said, “Our company helps the environment.” While this is true, and it is on the right track, it still does not evoke emotion, and remember emotion is that motivation super juice. So I asked them to get more specific, to which someone else replied, “We recycle paper and save trees.” OK better, were getting more specific but still not quite there. I asked how many trees? No one knew but someone had the formula to figure it...