Life itself is only a vision – a dream…RSS
There are two groups of people in this world: those who have faith in themselves, and those who are trapped from the fear that resides deep within their mental construct. I’m always trying to be one of the lucky few who have an undying faith, so, in my position, talking about how to turn the Debbie downers feels a bit out of place for me. But I’ll do my best. When you try to shine some light in the minds of the people who don’t believe, what you’re doing is inspiring them to act on their power of choice, ideally in a way that furthers their own life.
What’s the process to do just that?
Show them how the little things add up to something bigger
I’ve started to see that a lot people (especially those in new situations) don’t really care about routine actions that’ll result in a limitless future. Daring to speak about the future causes a few to roll their eyes and say yeah right. Your team, interns, associates, etc. would like to know the things they can to do now, and then work on the next phase of the project. They’re realists, not dreamers. They don’t have the capacity to see something twenty years from now.
Ultimately, though, the dream and the work that needs to be done will start to make sense to everyone. When people who don’t have a drop of faith in their blood see how some things can lead them down a road of prosperity, they start to wake up to the good news and sound decisions without pause, in their own way, by learning how you taught them to use their inner spirit.
Inspire and cheer on participation
Know what direction you want your company to go and the ideas that are needed to get you there. Stay open-minded and keep an open dialogue about certain subjects, such as expenses and the numbers at weekly meetings.
Embrace new ideas in a bunch of ways, during business hours and random instances. Hold meetings using standard procedures with detailed strategies. Also, welcome random thoughts from others via e-mail, and entice others to brainstorm with you and keep them sharp with witty conversation.
Give room for personal matters
Wife issues, health needs and a bunch of other personal matters drain people’s motivation levels to new lows. Truly inspired people would take care of the work at hand instead of worrying about their personal problems. But some things are far more important: anniversaries, marriages, new baby, etc.
Give your people some room to handle the important times in their life and even let them use the company care if you have to. The payoff won’t be right away, it’s going to take a while to see the return. But the memory of you helping an employee make their best times better will make them feel more dedicated to the cause that is your dream.
Go easy on bad ideas
When people are inspired to offer their own ideas, it’s only a matter of time before they’ll dish out some horrible thoughts. To build and sustain a setting that embraces new thinking and timesaving ideas, let your people work through them in their own way. Once more, be clear about your dream, vision, and what needs to be done. Ask them to think about what achievements will be attained by going along with their idea. How much is it going to cost the company? Will there be a need to bring in outside help? Are there any alternatives? How are we going to test the idea out first?
Expect only the best
Bring out the enthusiastic passion by expecting only the best from your team. Dream in a way that comes off as an animated outlook in life, not crazy guy speak. Build upon your level of expectation by constantly encouraging, respecting, deeply understanding the obstacles when working on a new project, streamlining work, etc.
Dish out wisdom
Before you start a new project or a critical task, even the most ready and willing employee needs to truly appreciate your vision. Some will fall short in certain areas that demands decision beyond their norm. Others, no matter how experienced and smart, will stop out of fear when they face a crossroads. To keep the entire machine running as smooth as possible, simplify your expected results, talk about the potential traps and reply to any immediate requests on key issues.