What Motivates You?

This past weekend, my first cousin, his fiancée, my wife, and I went out for drinks and small plates and talked about life, work, and the opportunities that God was providing us with. It was great because Sean was my big brother when I didn’t have any siblings so, looking at where we are now and where we’ve been, I am grateful for how well we are doing.

But that’s not the point of this post. As we talked, Sean discussed his management style and it gave me an idea. I am often motivated by seeing the urgency in a situation and, as of late, I haven’t seen urgency in raising dollars. Not because there is no urgency but because I’m just going through the motions at this point. Sean gave me an idea to put on my door something along the lines of “This month, I was $x,000 under quota.” Now, I modified that from a sales model to a fundraising one but, on the white board in my office, I placed the sign that you see as the feature photograph for this post. If I go more than three days without a drop in the bucket, I the square to the right of the date goes from the black to the red (for those who aren’t into finances, being in the black is a good thing and being in the red is bad).

Now, that may not work for you but I encourage you to research things that will motivate you to be the best you can be and then put them into practice. It’s the only way you will get better.


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