There are three levels of motivation: needs, wants and causes. The most basic drive we have is to meet the needs of food, clothing and shelter. When our needs are met, we become motivated by our wants. We have shelter, but we want a nicer house. We have food, but we want to dine at a nice restaurant. We have clothes, but we want something more fashionable.
But what motivates us when our needs are met and we have most of things we want? The highest level of motivation comes when we start focusing on causes that are bigger than our person. Every community has a school, hospital wing, and/or non-profit named after someone that served that community. These people chose to serve others. Additionally, there are many people that choose to serve without the expectation of any recognition.
When we focus on serving others opportunities appear. We can serve by participating in political elections. We can serve the community by participating actively in our churches, synagogues, or temples. We can serve by supporting, financially and actively, local non-profits. We can serve by being active in youth activities such as sports and education.
I recently had lunch with a man running for a local political office. He stated that less than one-tenth of 1 percent of county residents get involved with elections. I serve on several non-profit boards of directors. The common need for all of them is for more involvement from business people. They all have a need for people to help serve their mission. I never leave one of these meeting feeling inconvenienced. I always leave feeling excited about the opportunity to serve. Helping others never gets old.
Here are questions for you:
- What are the needs in your community that are not being met?
- What opportunities exist in your neighborhood for you to help somebody?
- How can you leave your community a better place?
As Edmond Burke said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men (and women) to do nothing.”
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