Self Evaluation Question 2: Is My Passion Hot? – Coaching Session


Second question, self evaluation question… I love this one. Is my passion hot? Is my passion hot? Romans 12 verse 11 says, never be lacking in zeal. Never be lacking in zeal. I did a 6 month research investigation one time on what I called ‘the power of inspiration’. Did you know that if you take two employees in the same company, one of them is inspired in their work, the other not. Do you know what the performance differential is between those two employees? As much as 40%, 40%! So the person who comes to work inspired and is all inspired and stays inspired all day works 40% more effectively than someone who is just doing their job.

So when I learned that there’s a 40% performance differential, then I had to ask the big question. How do you keep your staff and your people inspired then if there’s a 40% differential? Wow! Wouldn’t that be something if you could sort of access that additional 40% with everybody you lead?

So then I had to, you know, study what’s the best way to keep people inspired? Guess what I was to learn? It’s not by necessarily giving more money or a new title or a bigger office or more vacation time. The research shows this conclusively… the best thing you can do to inspire either… church people, your staff, your business colleagues…whatever… the best thing you can do to inspire them is for you to come to work every day inspired yourself. Inspiration is caught. Inspiration is a feeling. Inspiration gets sort of pushed into the people around you when they see it in you, day after day after day.

Everybody keys, everybody looks at the inspiration level of the leader. So leaders… Romans 12:11 it says never be lacking in zeal. Leaders, we have to be inspired consistently so that people under us will stay inspired consistently. Here’s the big question, whose job is it to keep you inspired? You think it’s a trick question, don’t you? Whose job is it to keep you inspired? It’s your job. It’s your job. Part of self leadership, the thing I was drawing for you, part of self leadership is to realise that if I’m going to lead myself well I have to keep myself inspired!

How many of you got a little bit of inspiration so far at this conference? Would you raise your hand? Okay, you know what, I’m not saying this carelessly, if conferences like this conference inspire you and if you need to be more inspired, you can’t miss conferences like this conference. You have to pretty much do whatever it takes to keep yourself inspired. I have to be around some inspiring people. I have to read inspiring books. I have to go to inspiring events. I’ve got this all worked out in my life. If I feel like I’m really not so passionate a leader anymore, I go, “Hey, it’s not my team’s fault. It is not the elder’s fault. It’s my job to keep myself passionate because my passion will lift the inspiration level of everybody I come into contact with”. Yes! Do you believe this?

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