How to lead idea #4: Motivational Speech.
What do you think about when you hear the phrase ‘motivational speech’? In my mind, I see a guy pacing up and down the stage bellowing out all kinds of cliched sayings as he sweats through his expensive suit. I see the audience getting hyped up. But what I don’t see is real, lasting, transformational change.
So when I talk about Motivation Speech - I am not talking about hyping up your team. I am not talking about the “dream-big-and-your-life-will-magically-become-that-and-more” lie that is so often sold to us in motivational speeches. We’ve all heard them, right? Maybe they even made us feel good, excited and pumped up.
So if we take the hype out of it - what we are left with is something really quite simple. Motivational speech inspires transformational change.
So what is a motivational speech?
What really motivates people is truth. Motivational speech is making sure that your speech - what you say - is true, and making sure that your character is in line with what you say. Make sure that what you say, and your character are consistent with each other.
This, for me, is so important if we want to be transformational leaders.
Think about it for just a second. Think about people that don’t meet these criteria. People who are full of hot air, people that say one thing and then do another, people who we call hypocrites. It’s not hard to think of people like that.
The church is full of them. We all know it to be true. But so is every other religion and so is atheism. That's not an excuse for the church but the world is full of people like this. The political world is rife with broken promises couple with inconsistent actions despite what they said in their ‘motivational speech’ to get my vote.
Saying is one thing.
Delivering is another.
If our words and our character are inconsistent, as was the case with the Israelites at the time of Jesus, and as is the case with a lot of Christians, then that inconsistency will cause what you do to eventually wither and die from the roots - just like our fig tree. Sure, for a season, it can have the appearance of being good, but eventually, it will eat itself up.
And that’s the lesson of Jesus cursing the fig tree.
What is your character like?
Want to know what your character is actually like? My top tip is to ask people that have known you for a long time. And ask people that have walked through the fire with you a little bit. Because it is when we are in those hard and difficult places that our character really shines through.