The DNA of Motivation


It’s really about motivation. Because what drives someone to climb a mountain, go to college, save up for a car, learn a new language, or any of a thousand things? What moves someone from a position of comfortable stasis to action? The answer is motivation. Motivation is the process of driving you to take action.

A need, desire, or other drive is needed and requires a response. Motivation is the high-octane fuel of success, and as such, it is critical that individuals and teams harness their power. Motivation often seems to arise spontaneously. the result of seemingly random events. But accidental motivation is not the essence of greatness, let alone profitability, innovation and success.

It is imperative that leaders and team builders cultivate and nurture motivation throughout the life of a project. Fortunately, motivation is relatively easy to generate. In fact, it can be reduced to a formula: M = (D+A)U. That is, motivation equals dissonance plus responsibility multiplied by urgency.

This is the DNA of motivation. It is the essence of what will ignite the individual imagination and drive action resiliently. In this simple formula lie the seeds of phenomenal success. Beyond the motivational DNA, bringing clarity to a project is one of the fundamental challenges for team builders and leaders. The most successful teams always work with a lively but focused motivation.

In a way, motivation is like turning on a lightbulb. The light from the bulb immediately fills the room. However, the same light, when focused, becomes a laser with much more powerful applications. The ability to create that laser… as a focus will determine who makes it to the top and who just hangs out at base camp.

The best way to stay focused is to set realistic goals. Interestingly, the word “target” is one of the oldest in the English language. Originally it meant “barrier” or “boundary”. Today we think of a goal as a goal or purpose towards which we focus our energy. However, the earlier version gives a more complete touch to the concept of the objectives of the fifth station.

In the fifth station, goals always follow motivation. That is, they are always located at the extreme limit of our possibilities, because they not only reflect where we are, but also where we want to be. We’ve looked at the DNA of motivation and how goals can provide laser-like focus, but what about execution? How can we really achieve our goals?

The answer lies in planning. This shouldn’t surprise us, as each goal contains an incipient plan. Because goals tell us where we’re going and provide an objective measure of success, they suggest the strategy we must follow. For very simple goals, plan and goal are synonymous. However, as the complexity of the target

as the need for a separate plan increases, so does.