The Most Powerful Motivator: How to Inspire Yourself and Others

man-breaking-through-wallHow do you get others to do what you want them to do? Generally people and companies motivate with some combination of fear, punishment and material reward. “Do this or else,” couched in some more politically correct way is most often used. The “or else” can be a negative consequence and/or the threatened loss of monetary reward, employment, or positive attention.

We also use this aversion-attraction technique on ourselves, reprimanding and threatening ourselves with self criticism to try to get us moving, or promising ourselves some reward/special treat unrelated to the project we are working on.

In business, the most common motivator is monetary, and yet studies have shown consistently that money is not the top incentivizer. What is? It’s a feeling of connection, commitment and passion for the cause. This is similarly important for yourself and in relationships; you are more inclined to do something when you understand and are engaged with the outcome.

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Marilyn Tam

Marilyn Tam

Marilyn Tam grew up as an abused and neglected child in Hong Kong. Wanting to help others and to right the wrongs, she left home as a teen to come to America alone to study. She became a business leader (CEO Of Aveda, President of Reebok and Vice President of Nike) and a global humanitarian. She shares in her latest book, "The Happiness Choice" how you can live a life of happiness, health and success. It's her way of giving back to the world for all the blessings she's received.

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