One of the toughest tasks to do is to get others to motivate. Just shouting that they have to do something is not usually an effective method. It may work in the short-term, but over the long run it fails. Use these tips to help learn how to motivate others.
- Set an Example
It is much easier to get someone to do what you ask, when you first are willing to do it yourself. The people you are leading may not know how to do what you ask. When you show them, they immediately know they can come to you when they get stuck. Even if you don’t know how to do something that you ask others to do, being there to try and help solve the problem can go a long way. Think of it this way. Would you want to hire a personal trainer who is out of shape and overweight? This is why most, if not all, trainers are in shape. They practice what they preach so they can help you do the same.
- Be Passionate
If you love what you do, people will pick up on this. It will be much easier for them to take your lead when they see you are passionate. You become a cheerleader of sorts and people will catch on to your enthusiasm. By contrast, you won’t be able to convince too many people if you are not passionate.
- Know What Others Want
When you can push the right buttons in people, by learning what they want, they will follow you to no end. This is going to require truly listening to people to discover what they are looking to accomplish. When you have that knowledge, you can find ways to make sure people get what they need. They will appreciate this from you.
- Encourage Others’ Strengths
When you know about peoples’ abilities, make sure you let others know, too. Giving encouragement is a great booster in their confidence and it will get them to want to do what you ask. They will be proud that you have championed them and respect you for it.
- Let People See the Answers for Themselves
When you set up an environment where people learn about the solutions on their own, there is very little needed to motivate them. They will come to the right discoveries and will know what needs to get done. This is by far, the easiest way to get others to act.
- Try to See from Others’ Perspective
Walk a mile in another’s shoes, as the saying goes. When you know where others are coming from, it will be easier to motivate them by getting in sync with their personalities. Trying to force others to your way of thinking is much less effective.