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It is a curious thing to be passionate about a mission. It changes the way you think and act. It defines everything you do. So it’s only natural that you are left confused and frustrated when those around you aren’t as passionate as you are about your mission.
They are missing that extra degree of intensity. They put in effort, but it pales in comparison to the size of the problem, and it drives you crazy. You wonder why others aren’t as motivated as you to to make a difference. Can’t they see how important the mission is? Can’t they see how high the stakes are?
If you are not careful, that type of thinking will only leave you bitter, angry, and horribly ineffective. Instead of gathering people to your clause, you will start driving them away.
Preaching doesn’t work.
No one likes to be around a “know it all”. Righteous indignation might be good as a movie plot, but in real life those around you just think that you’re a jerk.
You have to change how you think about things. It’s important to understand why others don’t care as much as you do. If you are aware of what motivates other people, then you can better position your message and mission to attract the right people to support you.
So why don’t they care?
There are several reasons:
- They don’t understand as much about the problem or your mission as you do. You haven’t educated them.
- They haven’t been personally endangered or motivated to make a difference like you have. You haven’t being truly genuine.
- They are distracted and have other personal issues that are more important to them to deal with right now. You haven’t helped them first.
- They don’t think that they have any help to offer you. You haven’t inspired them.
- They are busy solving problems for their own mission. You haven’t enlisted them.
- They don’t like you and are afraid getting involved in your mission means they have to hang around you. You don’t deserve them.
- They aren’t the kind of person who gets involved. You are talking to the wrong crowd.
Let’s be clear about this: even if you do it all right, you still won’t be able to rally everyone around you.
You mission will always matter most to you. That’s never going to change.
Like in theatre class, when you stand on the stage the crowd never hears the full intensity of your roar. They are too far away. They just feel the emotion of the story that you tell.
What story are you telling?
This post originally appeared at DanWaldschmidt.com
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