Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Surprising Truth about what Motivates US!

Researcher, economist, and author Daniel Pink has done an amazing study about what actually motivates us. Debunking the idea that the primary motivator for our lives is money he provides research that we have three "real" motivators. Those motivators are: autonomy, mastery, and purpose. Autonomy is the desire to be self-directed, we want the freedom to work on what we love to work on. Mastery is the urge to get better, we have an internal desire to continuously improve at the things we love. Purpose is the transcendent and world changing motivation that provides for us a reason to get up in the morning. When these three combine, an amazing amount of potential is unleashed.

Providing people with the opportunity to do ministry synergizes all three of these motivations. It allows them, in the optimal environment, to have the autonomy do live out their unique, divine calling. It gives them the opportunity to improve at those things that they enjoy. It gives them a purpose, an eternal purpose, to motivate them to do extraordinary things. What I believe is that most churches don't release their people to do ministry, the create narrow molds for them to fit into, and if they don't fit into those programs, they are dismissed. Can you imagine the incredible potential that is waiting to be unleashed for the kingdom if we will just get out of the way?

Watch this RSAntimate video that shows the result of this motivational research.

I remain:

Consumed by the Call,


Unknown said...

Great video Marty


gavin richardson said...

public radio had a whole thing on this yesterday. this is also a good perspective that i've brought to church practices on incentive laden ideas.