There is this age-old secret that highly successful companies always have. With this gift, their employees function at their optimal level. Deadlines are being met, job satisfaction is through the roof and the very air somewhat feels electrified with renewed purpose. Increase in productivity increases profitability. This mantra is always true in any kind of industry from construction to technological companies. With a similar recipe, you will attain great heights. The secret is always simple but usually hard to do. It is one thing to give orders but it also very different to be a motivational speaker and to cultivate a culture of motivation.
The construct itself is a somewhat broad term that encompasses various definitions. It is usually taken to mean that force that propels you to act towards a certain goal or something that drives you to satisfy your needs. It precedes almost every thought out action. It is a natural process. It does not depend on your instincts because it is a learned reaction. It always answer questions like what can you benefit from doing a certain task or what can you get out of doing more work. Yes, this can be viewed as a pessimistic point of view on human nature but experts have given evidence that motivation exists in this manner.
Imagine you are hungry and you cannot leave the room that you are staying in. After searching the room, you uncovered a lever. By pressing this lever, food is delivered to you. In this manner, pairing the simple action of pressing the lever and the presence of food, you are being trained to keep pressing the lever. The delivery of food that satisfies your hunger motivates you to keep pressing the lever. Using the same principle, your need for money to buy basic necessities motivates you to keep working. But, motivation in reality is not this simple. What sets human beings apart from other animals is their capacity to act without any external motivation.
The other kind of motivation is different. Its source is not concrete. You are the only one that knows the weight of its value. This may be to communicate with other people, to satisfy that need for human connection or to achieve feelings of competency and worth. It is such an important factor in any kind of situation. It has important implications in various settings including educational and industrial environments. This is so because it influences other factors that contribute to your behavior.
Motivation has been shown to affect employee engagement, productivity, leadership and even turnover rates and employee perceptions of their abilities.
It has a massive impact on the overall psychological and even physical well being of each person. But, it does not have an endless source. The most interesting and inspiring success stories always start with a downtrodden person who worked hard to transcend his or her difficult circumstances. It is a feat that is often praised to be the result of that individual’s reservoir of motivation that helped him or her to attain greatness.
What you do not see is the endless nights of worry and difficulties that person has to endure to transform his self, a transformation that changed him from a struggling worker to an inspiring motivational speaker. Because having motivation is not the problem, it is maintaining it.
Motivation much like will power is dependent on the human mind, which if left to its own resources will often yield to the most basic and easiest self-gratifying reasons. Though this may be the case, this shortcoming can be corrected. Similar to developing healthy habits like exercising regularly or eating more vegetables, developing a culture of endless motivation requires practice and repetition. It needs a combination of external and internal sources of motivation. Like creativity, often it is hard to find any fuel to keep producing original content or be productive when there is no new stimuli that you can use other that what you already know.
Thankfully, in this age of globalization and technological connectedness, it is somewhat easy to find new inspirations or tidbits of information that can renew your tired brain cells. Sometimes all it takes is hearing about a specific topic from a brand new perspective. Inviting a motivational speaker or conducting a seminar can greatly improve the motivation of your employees. Keynote speeches and presentations from the best motivational speaker out there may open your mind to see your potential to be a success.
It is important to remember that the secret of a successful company is not how massive its influence is but the quality of its people.
Motivational speaker Garrison Wynn is a professional keynote speaker with over 20 years experience.