Communicate to Motivate

Motivation or Communication, which is more important.

Motivation is critical to increasing or at the very least maintaining productivity. Knowing how to communicate effectively in order to motivate is a skill that many leaders would like to have. The need to listen and a willingness to understand others is vital in motivation. To stimulate someone into productivity the leader must be able to communicate effectively. A loss in the communication will induce negative emotions thus effecting the motivation to accomplish a desired goal.

Firstly, a leader requires good, persuasive communication skills. In order to achieve this, leaders must be able to create a close bond between them and their people. Communicating openly is a consistent way to motivate and improve morale. When the lines of communication are open and their people feel comfortable with the relationship, it is easier for the leader to share the message and for the people to receive it. And when the message is delivered successfully, the people will be inspired and motivated.

Motivation at the workplace depends greatly on how the leaders influence their people. Leaders who communicate effective by being responsive instead of being the superior often win over their people easily. When the emotional barriers are managed and the relationship between the leaders and the people grows stronger; when the people start feeling that their leader is responsive and respects them, they will feel at ease and motivated to work. This will enable leaders to interact more with their people and be attentive to them. As this happens, the people will continue to feel respected by their leader and continue being motivated to do work.

Effective communication will result in changing the atmosphere within and inspires people to work better towards a common goal. When motivated individuals start working together, the cooperation is increased thus the outcome is also increased.

Motivation comes from a positive environment in the workplace and communication is vital to motivation. Leaders need to understand the role of communication in motivation, as it can be the most fundamental communication errors that lead to frustration. Through effective communication all emotional and organisational issues can be resolved thus leading towards a greater cooperation. That is why communication should be practice effectively to motivate.

Though there are numerous features that influence motivation; salary, career advancements, learning experiences and work friendships, one must not discount the potential that effective communication has to positively impact workplace motivation.

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Message From the Universe: Work on Quality, Not Quantity!

“A master’s awareness of spiritual laws directs him or her to manifest major life changes by working with their thoughts, not by working harder.

Which isn’t to say they don’t sometimes work very long hours, because they do; they just don’t think of it as work. Which also isn’t to say they all have cool jobs that anyone would love, because they don’t; they just see every task before them, no matter where they work, as a gift to unwrap.

Hmmmmm…
The Universe

Loving what you do in life is a crucial element to success. You can’t be hating what you do because this feeling of excitement will disappear. You want to be able to wake up every morning, as early as possible because you are excited about starting a new day. The level of excitement is palpable. You want to tackle the day with all your energy and passion. Nothing should stop you as you know that you will face some pothole along your path but you always keep going forward. If all path to success was easy, everyone would travel that road. There is a say: “always go that extra mile, because there is never any traffic out there”. It is true because no one is willing to travel that road as it may be scary at times because lack of familiarity or just because of laziness. Whatever the reason may be, this is what differentiate successful people and… well… the other type of people. Anyone who are avid gym goers and workout with weights, to grow your muscles, you need to cross that pain barrier and keep on pushing further until the lactic acid burn brings you to a state of oblivion. This is what many do not do. Crossing that painful state when working out, you allow your muscles to grow and gain size and definition. If you stop lifting when feeling pain, you will never see positive changes in your body. So what are you willing to do to reach your goals?

This answer depends on you. You are the one who knows exactly what you want out of life. You know what you need to do to make things happen. You can create yourself a clear path to success by thinking about what you need to do but if your actions are opposite of your thoughts, nothing in your life will work. You will try and try and still not see results. You will then just abandon your dreams and look for something less frustrating or challenging to do. You are being victimized by your own thoughts, your own wrong doing. No one else is to blame. When something doesn’t work, you need to tweak it a little bit, try different options, different approaches until you get the outcome you are looking for. Now not everything will work the way you want, even if you use every single options imaginable, but as long as you tried everything, you will never know and live life with regrets. Believe me, this is not the way to live your life.

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Don’t Count On Motivation, Because Discipline Is The Key

Discipline Is King

Motivation is a fleeting state that requires a certain mental or emotional approach to reach a goal.

It fluctuates depending on outward conditions.

In contrast, discipline can help you conquer the toughest challenges.

For example, you may wake up with a cold or flu and have a 10,000 word report to write, yet not be motivated to complete it.

However, discipline commands you tackle the work knowing it must be completed, regardless.

Success depends on discipline because motivation comes and go. It entails chipping away at a goal until the desired outcome is realised.

Motivation is interrupted by excuses and fades steadily. This is why your motivation at the beginning of the year contracts towards the latter part.

“In other words, if you are an effective manager of yourself, your discipline comes from within; it is a function of your independent will. You are a disciple, a follower, of your own deep values and their source. And you have the will, the integrity, to subordinate your feelings, your impulses, your moods to those values,” states author Stephen R. Covey in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

You mustn’t wait until the perfect conditions to begin a task. Rather, tackle it boldly until the conditions become perfect.

Motivation is an overused word, apparent in the corporate world where managers try desperately to inspire their employees.

Yet, in the sporting world motivation cannot be relied upon by athletes for success.

Winning athletes know discipline is the cornerstone of success. They consistently show up to training when they’re less inclined. Unforeseen circumstances may interrupt their preparation, yet they are determined to put in hours of dedicated practice.

Life has a way of dragging you every which way if you let it. This means if a crisis or unplanned event arises, you may be unmotivated to take action on your goal.

This scenario happens all too often.

If you think back on the previous week, did something unexpected affect your motivation?

Did it wane during the week or were you disciplined despite the interruption?

Author Jay Samit states in Disrupt Yourself, “By carefully studying your environment and analyzing your daily frustrations, you’ll find that opportunities for disruption start to jump out at you. Daily discipline is the key to this exercise. I tell my students to write down three things they notice could be improved every day.”

Get Feelings Out Of The Way

You must disassociate feelings with actions to reach your goals. This is the biggest impediment affecting people because they are dictated by their emotions, instead of seeing the goal as the prize.

You will enjoy reaching your goals more than the immediate gratification of succumbing to your emotions.

If you rely on feelings, you are less inclined to commit to the task at hand because you are dictated by short-lived emotional states.

Discipline means showing up time and again, irrespective how you feel. The goal has a greater purpose, so it is incumbent on you to stay committed until the end.

It’s clear, you don’t undertake a goal to play small. It’s about winning and achievement that make the pursuit exciting.

“The discipline of consistent action is what self-management is all about. It’s the only way to win and keep winning,” affirms author Larry Weidel in, Serial Winner: 5 Actions to Create Your Cycle of Success.

So, how can you be more disciplined and avoid counting on motivation?

First, create regular routines without over-committing in the early stages. If your goal is to exercise four times a week, build gradually instead of going all out in the first week.

The greatest impacts on your life will result from taking the first step and improving on it.

Gradual Improvements

In the sporting world there’s a term known as, marginal gains popularised by Sky Team’s cycling manager, David Brailsford. It is a concept referred to as the “aggregation of marginal gains.” According to Brailsford it means, “The 1 percent margin for improvement in everything you do.”

At the senior level, most professional athletes are of a similar ability in terms of: performance, dedication and skill. What separates first from second or third is the smaller gains, the 1% such as: sleep, nutrition and recovery.

The 1% increments add up, leading to marginal gains. Therefore, discipline becomes the means to success.

“Success is actually a short race – a sprint fuelled by discipline just long enough for habit to kick in and take over,” state authors Gary Keller and Jay Papasan in, The One Thing: The surprisingly simple truth behind extraordinary results.

The key is to start small and make small increments towards your goal.

Second, discover your underlying motivation for pursuing the goal. Find a convincing reason to take daily action, even if it’s the smallest task, you are likely to stay committed.

People who have a compelling reason are disciplined until the goal is accomplished.

The desire must be imbued with enthusiasm, you will stop at nothing to achieve it.

“As Samuel Johnson said, “The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.” Anyone who thrives in any endeavour develops this discipline, the ability to be still, to stay the course, to grow down – no matter what. No matter how the world receives them. No matter what results they get initially,” affirms Derek Rydall in Emergence: Seven Steps for Radical Life Change.

The forces of life conspire against you in the form of resistance. If you succumb, your efforts will be in vain and your success squandered. Yet, if you take them into account, you will stay resolute irrespective of the circumstances.

Persistent action in the face of fear is paramount, as Susan Jeffers writes in her acclaimed book, Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway. With this approach, you reinforce your self-esteem each time you commit to a task.

Authors Gary Keller and Jay Papasan state, “When you discipline yourself, you’re essentially training yourself to act in a specific way. Stay with this long enough and it becomes routine – in other words, a habit. So when you see people who look like “disciplined” people, what you’re really seeing is people who’ve trained a handful of habits into their lives.”

You must learn to think with the end in mind as Stephen R. Covey states.

Discipline replaces motivation because you show up consistently. The goal is too important to allow feelings to get in the way.

The late American motivational speaker Jim Rohn said, “We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.”

I advise you not to allow regrets to impose upon your success.

Afterall, it is much too important to leave to chance.

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