And there is another dimension of the challenge – it’s about who is taking the challenge… some of us persevere while some give up easily. At the age of 32, Federer is hungry for the Grand Slams; Sachin trained hard each time he played even when he came for a domestic cricket match for Mumbai. It’s the person : what his mind thinks ‘right’. It’s about his beliefs and values : they are pretty deep down in one’s foundation. Reinforcement of these values over a long period of time can influence these. There isn’t a sure-fire quickie to alter this.
There is yet another dimension – it’s about the challenger and the situation. If the challenge is presented in a way that appeals to the player, the latent energies come alive; commitment gets aroused like never before. Think of the way Mahatma Gandhi rallied the nation or how Martin Luther King inspired the people … Their ideals appeared very meaningful to the people and the rest is history!
Goals have to be lofty. The leader has to know what motivates the troops. S/he has to find the links between the goals and the motivating factors. After this ground work, present the goals in such a way that the troops find it inspiring to chase the goals. Simple, isn’t it?