The DNA of Motivation

It really is about motivation. After all, what impels someone to climb a mountain, or go to college, or save for a car, or learn a new language or anything of a thousand things? What is it that moves someone to action from a position of comfortable stasis? The solution is motivation. Motivation is the process of stimulating you to action. It requires a need, desire or some other impulse and incites a response. Motivation is the high-octane fuel of success and, as such, it is crucial that individuals and teams capitalize on its power.

Often motivation seems to occur spontaneously — the result of apparently random events. But random motivation is not the stuff of greatness – to say the least of profitability, innovation and achievement. It is imperative that team makers and leaders cultivate and nurture motivation throughout the life span of a project. Fortunately, motivation is relatively easy to make. In actuality, it may be reduced to a formula: M = (D+ A)U. That is, motivation equals dissonance plus accountability, multiplied by urgency. This is the DNA of motivation. It is the essence of what will fire individual imagination and resiliently drive action. Contained within this simple formula are the seeds of phenomenal success.

Past the DNA of inspiration, bringing clarity to a job is one of the basic challenges of team leaders and manufacturers. The most successful teams will always operate with a lively, yet concentrated motivation. In certain ways, motivation is similar to turning on a light bulb. Light from the bulb immediately floods the room.

The same light, however, when concentrated, becomes a laser using vastly more powerful software. The ability to make this laser-like focus determines who will get to the summit and that will simply mark time at the base camp.

The only best way to achieve focus is to establish realistic objectives. Interestingly, the term,”goal,” is among the oldest in the English language. Originally it meant,”barrier,” or,”border” Now we think of a target as a goal or purpose to which we direct our energy. The old version, however, imparts a fuller taste to the idea of Fifth Station goals. In the Station, goals always follow inspiration. In other words, they are always set at the far boundaries of our capabilities because they reflect not just where we are, but also where we would like to be.

We have looked at the DNA of motivation and in how targets can offer laser-like attention, but what about execution. How do we actually go about achieving our targets? The solution is through planning. This should come as no surprise, as each goal comprises a nascent plan. Since goals tell us where we’re going and give an objective measure of success, they indicate the strategy that we will have to follow. With very simple objectives, goal and plan are interchangeable. However, since the complexity of the goal increases, the requirement for another plan grows as well.

Team manufacturers and leaders can foster success by consciously applying the DNA of motivation, construction clear targets and by encouraging appropriate team preparation.