I fell into the trap I consistently warn you to avoid. When I learned The Huffington Post selected me as a blogger, I found myself excited for all the wrong reasons: power, status, and image. I succumbed to an External Motivational Outlook—
- The power of gaining access to so many people (more book sales; increased speaking fees; additional Twitter followers and LinkedIn connections)
- The status of adding a title to my resume
- The image boost that might lead to an HBR Magazine article or a successful Ted Talk!
The irony finally slapped me in the face, so I took my own advice and mindfully considered alternate reactions. I looked at how blogging for HuffPo offered to fulfill my values for learning and my purpose as a catalyst for growth (including my own!).
- Instead of focusing on the power of access, I imagined the positive energy of people retweeting and sharing my blogs because they found my message relevant, significant, and potentially life changing.
- Instead of basking in the status of a new title, I imagined my improved communication skills as I put forth the effort required to earn and keep the title.
- Instead of being wrapped up in my enhanced image, I imagined the collective wisdom of collaborating with other authors, thought leaders, and subject matter experts.
You know what I learned? This stuff works! My shift from an External to an Aligned Motivational Outlook infused me with a different type of energy—a higher quality of motivation that has me chomping at the bit to refine and share my thinking and writing in a profound way.
There are three specific arenas I look forward to exploring with you on HuffPo:
- Phenomenon such as gamification and neuroscience—getting to the truth behind what works and what doesn’t.
- Application strategies that you can use immediately to take advantage of the new science of motivation—these strategies replace outdated, ineffective methods with viable alternatives for you to use instead.
- Current events that provide timely real-world examples of why motivating people doesn’t work and what does.
As I reflect on the past week, I realize that I asked myself the wrong question: “Why am I so excited to blog for The Huffington Post?” A more insightful question to ask myself was: “How can blogging for HuffPo help me fulfill my values, live my purpose, and bring significant learning and meaning to those who read my posts?” My answer to this question resulted in a shift in my Motivational Outlook to a higher quality of motivation. And, the newfound positive energy, vitality, and sense of well-being I created could very well lead to an article in HBR or a Ted Talk. Not bad by-products of doing the right thing for the right reason.
I invite you to spread optimal motivation …
- Engage in a conversation by posting your comments on my HuffPo blogs. Feel free to share, like, or retweet them, too. Here is the link to my first blog asking, “Can leaders really inspire people?”
- Share my book and website with leaders who can make a difference in the quality of people’s lives at work. Encourage them to take the free Motivational Outlook Assessment and peruse the articles and links listed in the Press tab:
- Help us get to 70 five-star reviews on Amazon by submitting your review of Why Motivating People Doesn’t Work… And What Does—it’s easy and fun! You cannot believe the power of influence that flows from a high number of good reviews. Here’s how:
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