Ever wonder why you can’t get anyone in your congregation to do anything?Maybe it’s because you’re pushing people with immobilizing threats rather than pulling people with an inspiring mission. To illustrate, here’s an extract from Neil Fiore’s The Now Habit: “Charles Garfield, in his book Peak Performance, writes of the power of commitment and the shared mission of the Apollo moon-shot program:
What sparked everyone’s imagination and harnessed powers few had known they possessed was the realization that they were taking part in a project that would fulfill one of mankind’s oldest dreams. They had a mission. I saw men and women of average capabilities tapping resources of personal energy and creativity that resulted in extraordinary human accomplishments. I saw their excitement and pride come alive, affecting everyone around them, kindling imaginations with the possibilities that arose from what we were trying to accomplish. One thing became very clear to me – it is not the goal, but the ultimate mission that kindles the imagination, motivating us toward ever higher levels of human achievement.
This sense of mission is really the “pull method” of motivation that draws you toward your goal with positive energy, rather than trying to push you by using fear and threats. In this positive work atmosphere, you are more likely to demonstrate extraordinary capabilities and motivation.”The Now Habit by Neil Fiore (page 94).