If you want to find and channel your own internal motivation, then you need to find your why.
Makes sense, right? If you want to do or achieve something, then it makes sense to understand why you are doing it — especially if you are going to have to overcome obstacles to achieve that something.
Similarly, if we want to inspire others to do something, or to achieve something, then we have to articulate a why that people buy into.
In other words …
What’s their why?
We have to take pride in our ideas and example while maintaining the humility to understand that people won’t (and shouldn’t) simply do something because we say so.
People will be inspired to action only when we articulate a why that resonates with them.
This is the topic of one of the most famous TED talks of all-time, by Simon Sinek.
Here it is …
As Mr. Sinek says at the end of this talk:
There are leaders and there are those who lead. Leaders hold a position of power or authority, but those who lead inspire us. Whether they’re individuals or organizations, we follow those who lead, not because we have to, but because we want to. We follow those who lead, not for them, but for ourselves. And it’s those who start with “why” that have the ability to inspire those around them or find others who inspire them.
Which type of leader are you: one who simply holds a position of power … or one who leads by articulating the why to inspire people who follow you?
Answer for yourself, and share below.
Flickr Creative Commons image via Marco Derksen.