As managers we need to make certain all the people we want to motivate understand the role of thought in life. There is nothing more important.

Consider this exchange:

A: I'm depressed
B: You just think you're depressed
A: Same thing... it feels like the same thing.
B: It feels like the same thing, because it is the same thing.
A: What if I thought I was really happy?
B: I think that would make you feel really happy.
A: I know it would.

Why is it that the rain depresses one person and makes another person happy?

If things "make you" feel something, why does this thing called rain make one person feel one thing and the other person feel the other thing? Why, if things "make" you feel something, doesn't the rain make both people feel the same thing?

One person you lead might say, "Oh no, bad weather, how depressing." Another person might say, "Oh boy, we have some wonderful, refreshing rain!"

Why? Because the rain doesn't actually "make" you feel anything. (No person, place, or thing can make you feel anything.)

It is the thought about the rain that causes your feeling. And throughout all your leadership adventures, you can teach your people this most important concept: the causal power of thought.

One person thinks (just thinks!) the new pay plan is great. The other person thinks (but just thinks!) the plan is depressing. Nothing in the world has any meaning until they give it meaning. Nothing in the workplace does either. Your people often look to you for meaning. What does this new directive really mean?

Do you sense the opportunity you have?

We can make things mean anything we want them to, within reason. Why not not use that power?

People don't make your employees angry; their own thoughts make them angry. They can't be angry unless they think the thoughts that make them angry.

If your nastiest employee wins the lottery in the morning, who's going to make her angry that day? No one. No matter what anyone says to her, she isn't going to care. She's not going to give it another thought. Your employees can only get angry with someone if they think about that person as a threat to their happiness. If they don't think about that, how can they be angry?

Your people are free to think about anything they want. They have absolute freedom of thought.

The highest IQ ever measured in any human being was acheived by Marilyn vos Savant, many years in a row. Someone once asked Marilyn what the relationship was between feeling and thinking. She said, "Feeling is what you get for thinking the way you do."

People feel motivated only when they think motivated thoughts. Thought rules. Circumstance does not rule. The closer your relationship to that truth, the better the leader you are.

Author's Bio: 

Dr. Mike Cioppa is one of the most sought after business, management & employee coaches in America.

Dr. Mike has delivered over 1,000 seminars to hundreds of companies and tens of thousands of employees over the past 5 years.

He is founder and president of "Employee Success University"... the premier training center in the nation for companies who are looking to see immediate and explosive improvement in their employees' performance.

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