Motivate The Unmotivated

Can you think of someone in your life that you have trouble motivating? Most of us can think of at least one person and for some of us, it’s even ourselves. This person is usually someone we care about and someone we have invested a lot of energy in. But for some reason, when we try to motivate this person it feels like we are just spinning our wheels and getting nowhere!

When it comes to motivating the “unmotivated”, we need to shift our focus to giving them more of what THEY WANT.  Well, the first problem usually tends to be that we honestly don’t know what they really want.  So, our only solution seems to be to ASK them.  The second problem, though, is that the average person doesn’t really know what they want.  And that is why many people go through life never truly satisfied because they keep going after things they don’t really want.

So how can we motivate someone who doesn’t know what they want?  We have to make sure we ask them the RIGHT questions.  There are three questions we train leaders to ask but the one that unlocks the most effective answer is simple, “What are you grateful for?”  If you ask it, and then actually listen to what is being said, you will be able to find out what it is that will motivate that individual.  Find out what they want and find a way to give them as much of that as possible.  If you can tie that to the task you want them to complete, you can EASILY get them to do whatever it is that you need.

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