What’s Your Motivation

09.17.12 | Posted in UnCommon Leadership

I’m not, nor never have been a thespian. But, I hear that this is a common reframe for an actor attempting to get “into role.” What is the actor attempting to do? Create internal feelings, visions and models of what he or she wants portrayed in that scene. Maybe they use some external factors, but I’ve been told by those that are actors that the real motivation must come from within or it will not be authentic or real to the audience.

What’s the point as it relates to leadership?

Many of us have attended an event where a “motivational speaker” was on the agenda.  I’m intrigued by this term “motivational speaker” for this reason. Just as it is for the actor, I believe the only person who can “motivate” you is you. Yes, I can encourage you, yell at you, pat you on the back or do whatever may be necessary to get you going in the right direction. But, external motivation is temporary. Ultimately, you have to decide what you’re going to do and that comes internally.

Here’s what I believe I can do as an external speaker when I address a group  or coach an individual. My goal would be to create the following scenario for you:

Inspire + Desire + Aspire = Internal Motivation!

I would hope that something I said would Inspire you internally. Maybe rekindle the flame of a dream or a vision you had earlier in your life. Or ignite a brand new dream! If that happens, then I believe Desire will begin to grow and you will start seeing possibilities and opportunities that maybe you hadn’t seen before. When that happens, Aspirational attitudes and feelings should well up in you. Endorphins may kick in and you feel energized in a way that you haven’t felt in a long time! If all of that happens then you have, on your own volition, generated Internal Motivation.

That’s really our goal as speakers and coaches. Ignite the internal flame not by motivating you, but by YOU MOTIVATING YOURSELF! If that happens, then the real leader within you will be able to marshall all of your capabilities, intelligence and strategy to accomplish your dream!

Onward & Upward!

Ed Chaffin

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