“You cannot motivate someone unless you are able to deliver praise for something which they have done (or for a skill which they have) in an utterly convincing way.
For some reason, most people expect that a statement like “You did that really well” will be followed by “…but here`s how to do it better”. For this and other reasons, many people will not accept the initial statement alone as genuine. At the very best, they`ll feel that you`re holding back some criticism. The table opposite suggests some approaches which you may want to adopt, to counteract this syndrome.
Of course, there are times – especially in the environment of work – where you may also want to suggest ways for the person to improve their performance. *Nevertheless, you should be careful to deliver enough unadulterated praise.
If you are trying to sustain your own motivation (rather than someone else’s), then you will clearly need to find your own ways to convince yourself of your abilities.”
In this bestselling classic Max Landsberg provides practical techniques for making your work and life more rewarding through the habit of Motivation.
Succinct and engaging, this book offers you advice on the under-taught habits that help you to motivate yourself and others, so you can:
- Feel and picture the success you want
- Tap into your personal energies
- Come to relish “taking the plunge”
- Look at setbacks and success objectively
- Build your confidence, step by step