What will move you into action this year? That which moves you to action is your motivation. In their best selling book ‘Launching a Leadership Revolution', Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady, describe the 3 levels of motivation. Some people will be moved to action because of material gain. It appears that the majority of people in our society are motivated because of money. It maintains a standard of living. What else would account for the majority of people who take the most precious time they have and devote it to receiving a paycheck? Others move to action because of recognition. This might come from what we call status or a title. Looking around the society today it is clear that the majority of the population are not motivated by a sense of what Orrin and Chris describe as a third level of motivation called ‘Legacy’. Legacy is your contribution. It’s what remains after you’re gone. It is what you will be remembered for. It is what will be recorded about you. It appears that the majority of people today are not motivated by a sense of destiny which reflects the dominant world - view. Destiny comes from a sense of purpose and there is no more powerful motivator than detecting your purpose.
Whatever moves you to action on a daily basis is what the mind views as the most important motive. I think that the subject of motivation is very appropriate for this time of year when many like to reflect on why people will do anything. Many of us who join the LIFE business and use the Team system to build ‘compensated communities’ become aware of even deeper qualities of motivation. Motivation does not come from nowhere to go somewhere. It must come from somewhere specific to go somewhere specific
The first step is to ask ourselves who we are, and what is important to us? The second step to this very important piece is to associate with others who are learning and growing in this area. Who in your current association do you spend time learning from? I have found the type of people who are in pursuit of leaving a legacy are in attendance at the Team open meetings and the LIFE seminars. I felt the most powerful sense of destiny when I attended the Team leadership conventions. I also notice an immediate impact on my thinking when I listen to the CD’s on a regular basis, which allows me to associate with the thinking of the leaders. The CD’s influenced my thoughts by pulling the weeds of my negative thinking. I remember when I had a job and was immersed in an environment where most people never discussed destiny or legacy. I began to look at my thinking as a garden. I needed to decide what I wanted to grow there. I have lots of weeds in there so I needed to counteract the effects of those weeds with CD’s and frequent association.
Bob Buford in his book ‘Halftime’ wrote, “I’m convinced that many people never make it to a life of significance because they’re trapped in a lifestyle that won’t let them.” Leadership and Legacy connects when you mobilize others to serve a purpose. That is what’s missing in the world today. Each of us has the opportunity to become a character in someone’s story this year. Is your story filled with purpose and destiny? If you’re starting your LIFE business then the story starts with how you treat each day! The Roman historian Seneca wrote, “for all of us, the time is short and the span of life is brief. On top of that, our real human problem is not just that the span of life is short but that we waste so much of it – so that life ceases for us, just when we are getting ready for it.” If your life is your story, how will you finish it? This year, stop worrying, take hold and write your story! God Bless, George Guzzardo