A capable leader must possess or develop a ‘Motivational Mindset’ as a core capability. Motivation inspires human beings to respond positively when there is a ‘call to action’, it creates enthusiasm and passion to go all the way. A professional leader has two tasks- to manage his own output with excellence but also bring out the best output from his team. In other words, he has to first motivate himself to motivate others. Not everyone is born with the natural ability to motivate, but many are blessed with this quality. Everyone however has the ability to motivate in various degrees of intensity but like any capability in life you can mould your mindset to become naturally motivational.
Motivation moves troops for impossible missions. Imagine how motivated an Army Jawan is to leave his family, hearth and home and protect his country from an obscure, uncomfortable location. Even in the different roles you may play in your family, motivation is a magic tool you can use to stand by your family in the time of crisis. You can motivate a friend who is depressed with your words and concern. Today, poor mental health is the biggest threat to human beings. The trigger to negative mental health is depression and demotivation. The ability to motivate others is therefore the much-needed antidote.
Here are three simple steps to transform into a ‘Motivational Mindset’
Make motivation your key purpose
Once you decide to make motivation your key purpose, you must first do an unbiased audit of your motivational abilities. Identify where you need to improve. If you want real results take a friend or family member into confidence and share your purpose and your commitment to perform. You will get real feedback which will filter out any illusions or impossible goals you might set for yourself. Or you can set yourself up for failure.
Then create a transformation road map. Start with simple transformation steps and move forward slowly but steadily. Positive transformation means unwiring and re-wiring. It’s not easy as you will need to change your voluntary behaviour, habits and philosophy. But remember. Nothing is impossible.
Turn back often to see how far you have come
Keep looking back to gauge your progress, when you see how much you have achieved, you will get motivated yourself to achieve more. It’s human tendency to like to do what you do well. As you work in your transformation to achieve a ‘Motivational Mindset’ and achieve success it will have a domino effect. People are bound to react differently to you, keep vigil. If it backfires, you are not doing right or are doing things fast. Any gradual change is sustainable. Write this down on top of your goal sheet. Initially test out your change with family and close friends before going all out in life. Tracking progress and making course corrections are key. Do you know how many hours a pilot trains before he can get his flying licence? Find out. It will motivate you to keep at it.
Live the ‘Motivational Mindset’
Once you live the ‘Motivational Mindset’ you will live with a whole host of other positive qualities which attract people and followers like a garden of flowers attract insects who seek nectar. These positive qualities include, optimism, empathy, happiness, patience, humility, balance, confidence, EQ, high energy amongst many others. Once you achieve this mindset, don’t think that you have reached your destination, you have only started a journey. You need to polish and improve this mindset continuously till you become a walking talking masterclass in real and positive motivation.
Further, it’s a precious mindset that cascades across like a gust of wind across a field of grass. Identify motivation catalysts and create more people with Motivational Mindsets. Create a motivation virus!
“Of course, motivation is not permanent. But then, neither is bathing; but it is something you should do on a regular basis.” – Zig Ziglar
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