5 Ways to Inspire People to Impact the World
The children’s ministry in your church suffers because of a lack of qualified teachers.
You’re the new CEO of a company trying to persuade you’re team to go in a different direction.
The community business group you’ve joined is purposed to fulfill a great need, but the group seems to be settled on having Wednesday lunches and nothing else.
Churches need it. Schools need it. Families need it. But many fail at it. I’m talking about the art of gathering and leading a group to serve your worthy cause.
As the director for Child Evangelism Fellowship of Houston, TX, I raise funds, go to dozens of meetings each week, manage employees, hire new ones, and much more. But the most important part of my job, and one of my favorite things to do, is to cast a vision and inspire others to follow it.
Have you ever had trouble rallying troops to get involved in your worthy cause? If you’re like the rest of us, you probably have. But I’ve got good news for you. Here are 5 ways you can implement right now that could boost your efforts. I’ve been seeking to master these 5 items, and it’s working very well. I hope and pray it works for you, too.
1. Believe that people need to serve a worthy cause. I believe we were created to serve something bigger than ourselves, and I’m convinced people want and need this. If you don’t believe me, just read your newsfeed on Facebook. Many of the posts I see are by people who have given themselves to a movement, whether it is political, spiritual, or social.
Choose to believe that many people are willing and eager to invest emotion, dollars, voices, and time in something they feel is worthy enough.
2. Purpose in your heart to inspire and not to guilt. As the leader of a cause, it’s easy to implement guilt-ridden tactics on those who, for whatever reason, choose to not get involved. After all, your cause is the most important in all the world, right? But there’s a major hang-up with using guilt-ridden tactics to gain a following. Guilt suppresses.
First of all, it suppresses people from following you. Guilt pushes many people away. Even the most vital causes in this world, like evangelism–which is my passion, suffer critically when guilt is used to get people involved.
Secondly, even if you do bring in a few people, guilt suppresses creativity. It stifles enthusiasm. Who wants a bunch of low-esteemed people to spread a worthy cause? Not me.
3. Watch your language! Use positive words when motivating people to move. Even when you must show the need, use words that inspire.
For example, if the need is to feed starving children in a 3rd world country, you could say, “You are a bunch of wealthy people who buy things that bring you pleasure while innocent children die of hunger.” Or instead, you could use words that help your future followers imagine what your vision would look like if fulfilled. You could say, “Imagine with me our dollars and man-power saving the lives of hundreds of thousands of children each year by providing for their basic needs!”
Words have meaning. Use them wisely.
4. Practice your follow-through. No, I’m not talking about your golf swing. Henry Ford said, “You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.” Follow-through is vital to gathering people to get involved with your cause. When they see that you’ve completed tasks, then they are inspired by your dedication and commitment.
Personally, I’m a great starter but lousy at follow-through. I have to work extra hard at it. I also surround myself with people who are great at following through with tasks that fulfill the dream. If the dream is worthy enough, follow through. Do whatever it takes.
5. Move courageously. You can’t lead someone to a place you’ve never been. You can’t gather a following if you are not involved in your cause already. Think of it this way: every fantastic thing that has happened throughout history began with someone taking the first step. Be the one to champion your cause!
My personal cause is evangelism. In my church, in my family, and in my area of influence, I must be the one to champion this. If I expect to inspire others to overcome fear and share the lifesaving gospel, I recognize my role of courageously moving out.
My passion in life is to inspire and train Christians to tell the world about Christ. What’s your cause?
Question: I want to learn from you. What are other successful ways that inspire people to move?