This study illustrates an important point, that, while not all that surprising, is often lost when companies try to increase worker morale, satisfaction, and even performance. Improvements in these areas are not the result of workers gaining the carrots that are dangled so carefully in front of them, but rather because of the anticipation or, in motivational jargon, the expectancy, that great effort and planning will lead to the attainment of these valuable outcomes. You see, much like vacations and Christmas mornings, the energy and excitement that occurs prior to reaching your destination disappears quickly once the ride is over.
Whether in business, school, sports, or our personal lives motivation is crucial, and yet somehow fleeting. It’s here one minute and gone the next. I’m frequently confronted by exasperated managers and parents all with the same complaint…my people aren’t motivated!
The truth is all people are motivated…they just may not be motivated to do what YOU want them to do.
So what are the keys to getting people moving in a unified direction with sustained energy? One basic requirement is goal setting and for a primer on effective goal setting we turn to the king of princess procurement and plumbing…my main man, Mario.
So the only question that remains is…what is your Princess Peach?