How to Motivate Your Team

There is strength in numbers, they say. It isn’t always the case, especially when those part of a group or team are not all motivated. Who do you think will win, a single motivated person or ten uninterested individuals? 

If you lead a team, regardless of the number, it is essential to not only fulfill your financial obligations but also to boost their morale. How do you motivate your team?

  1. Make sure you are motivated first. Being the leader, your team looks up to you and observes everything you do and feel. When they see that you are uninspired, they will catch the feeling.
  2. Provide a clear vision and purpose. When your team members do not know your vision, you cannot expect them to be enthusiastic about what they do. Who wants to move when they’re like being blind, going nowhere?
  3. Provide them with a chance to grow. When a person is always restricted from doing things, they become uninspired and would tend to remain where they are. As a leader, you should learn to provide an environment where they can test their abilities and grow more. This is an effective tool to make them more excited to work every day. 
  4. Express your gratitude regularly. Don’t you feel more excited and inspired to work when people express their appreciation for your service? You do, right? Use that same principle when dealing with your team. They will become more motivated to work when they know and are informed that their efforts are appreciated. They will even be more inspired to think outside the box and do more of what you expect of them.
  5. Celebrate their wins at all times. Remember when you were still in school, and your parents would buy you a present to celebrate your school achievements? You were delighted, right? How about when you aced your exams, but your parents didn’t care? Didn’t you feel sad or unmotivated to work harder for the next exam? So, you have to remember to celebrate your wins and the wins of your team. It is one way to motivate them to work harder. 

These are some of the effective ways to keep your team and make them motivated at all times. A dream team is not only a result of bringing talented or skillful people together; instead, it results from outstanding leadership. A great leader is a good example and a great motivator and inspirator. 



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What to Do When We Lose Faith in Goodness

Given the many negative things happening around us and the disappointments caused by other people, we tend to lose our faith in humanity. We become cynical. We no longer believe in goodness. 

However, I still believe that goodness is innate in people. No matter how bad conditions become, good still survives and thrives when there are still people who believe in it and fight for it. So how do we restore our faith in goodness? 

My first suggestion is to lessen the consumption of negative news. Though it is important to know current events, hearing negative news elevates stress levels and negative thinking. Unknowingly, we become more cynical and distrustful. If we think about it, the impact is very detrimental to us. It should not be like that especially when not all facts are presented. Assumptions or allegations are reported on the news which lead us to judge wrongly. 

Second, it is also good to intentionally look for updates or news which are positive. When we make ourselves aware of inspiring, motivating, and positive happenings around us, we are helping our eyes be opened to the beautiful, wonderful, and good things that still exist in the world. 

Third, it is better to spread positivity so that other people feel inspired and motivated to be good individuals as well. Avoid being a gossipmonger. As much as possible, do not use your voice or platform to just criticize other people. Instead, motivate others to make the right decisions and spread positivity – not hate. 

Finally, to restore your faith in the good, always count your blessings. When you remind yourself of the things and people that you have in your life, you stop thinking negative thoughts because you see proof of the goodness in the world firsthand. 

In conclusion, we have to start in ourselves if we want to see goodness restored around us. A single person’s influence can impact many people so let us use our influence the right way. Let us restore our faith in humanity by becoming who we want the world to be. 



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5 Things That Could Keep A Person Up At Night

Are there times when you experience difficulty sleeping despite not having any physical pains? In the past, I also often experienced such affliction. It was very stressful for me because precious time was wasted, especially when I only had a few hours to spare for rest, given my hectic schedule. 

Later on, I introspected and realized the reason behind my poor sleeping conditions. After learning those reasons, I also asked some friends and family members if they also experienced the same, and I discovered that most people have five common reasons for experiencing such distress. 

  1. There is the guilt for inadvertently hurting another person. Guilt is something that affects me and some of the people I asked. When I close my eyes, I suddenly get reminded of an offense I did towards another person, even unintentionally. My mind gets filled with thoughts about how that person might be feeling about me after what I did or how I could make it up to them. I would then start regretting and rebuking myself for my actions.
  2. There is anxiety about the future or unknown danger. Most of my friends and family members talked about how their thoughts are plagued with worst-case scenarios. They suddenly think about the possibility of losing someone or something. 
  3. There is a shame about a past mistake, may it be an action or decision. Yes. Many people are usually disturbed by shame or regret of an action or decision that caused embarrassment or disappointment. 
  4. There is anger towards someone. Some would remember the people who caused them pain or other negative emotions when they close their eyes. When they are no longer occupied with other things, they retain their feelings and think more about them.
  5. There is frustration regarding an unsolved problem. Unresolved problems tend to keep people from sleeping peacefully. They tend to worry about the possibility of it worsening or not getting resolved. 

Have you noticed something common about each of the above reasons? Yes, these are all caused by the people concerned – me and my guilt, other people and their anxiety, shame, anger, or frustration.

So how can lack of sleep be treated when one has these thoughts or feelings? The answer is in ourselves. We have to remind ourselves not to dwell on things out of our control. What is done is done. We cannot alter the past, nor can we do something about any problem that has not happened yet. Always be present. More importantly, we must remember that there is a time for everything. 

What are your thoughts on this?



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10 Reasons Why I Reached 1,461 Days of Mission

Wow! Indeed, time flies when we are having fun. I can’t believe that it has been exactly four years since Elevate Results Training and Consulting officially started. Why am I enjoying it despite the challenges? Because I am fulfilling my mission in life. I know this is what I am called to do. 

A friend once expressed her hesitation to me about this path I chose. She told me that she’s worried for my sake because I might reach a point where I’d regret it. Her anxiety was not without reason. We were both aware of people who were once highly driven to follow their dream paths but quit or failed. It was indeed a precarious decision to leave employment and become an independent sales trainer instead. But, I told her what I told myself and others, that if I let my fears hinder me, it would be impossible for me to pursue my mission in life.  

There was a time when I questioned my decision and felt down because, at that time, no one wanted to work with me. What did I do? I did not quit; I persisted. Within the 48 months that I have been doing what I do, I can say that I have come a long way because of these ten reasons:

  1. I put God at the center of my life. He is the Author of everything. Through Him, I always obtain total peace of mind and peace of heart. I am nothing without Him.
  2. I live my purpose and fulfill my mission. It is the reason why I do what I do. Because of this, it makes my life and career more meaningful, fulfilling, and productive.
  3. I listen to my wife every single day. She’s my best critic and encourager. She always sees my strengths and weaknesses in life and wants only the best for me. Because of her, I improve inch by inch and day by day.
  4. I take the advice of my family and friends. They show genuine support and care, particularly for my health, growth, and life in general. Because of them, I keep moving and doing the right thing no matter what.
  5. I work with my mentors.  They show support and encouragement to continue what I do for people. Because of them, I  achieve the goals I have in life.
  6. I work with committed teammates. They care, support, and believe in my mission. Because of them, we served more than 15 thousand sales, and business professionals became the best version of themselves.
  7. I build long-term relationships with our existing valued clients. These relationships bring me fulfillment and satisfaction in what I do. Because of this kind of connection, many of them became my friends.
  8. I focus on my One Thing every single day. This helps lead me to where I want to be. Because of my One Thing, I always feel organized and focused on what I want to do and achieve every day.
  9. I choose to be consistent in inspiring people. Because of this, I feel complete that I fulfilled my mission and made other people feel blessed, motivated, and inspired to live life to the fullest.
  10. I always feel grateful for all the blessings, big and small, and celebrate them. Every time I appreciate and acknowledge my wins, I always feel happy and blessed. Because of this, I attract non-stop blessings in my life.

So here I am celebrating with joy and gratitude the 1,461 days of living my mission precisely on my 36th birthday. There is not an ounce of regret in me for walking this path. I am equally thankful for the challenges I faced and overcame because of this as I am for the blessings. When you ask me where I see myself in the next 1,461 days, I can confidently say that I am still on this path, moving forward as usual with a smile. 

Are you also on a path that leads you to your mission in life? How do you feel about it?

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