There are three kinds of people in the world: Those who makes things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who wonder, “What happened??!!”
Which are you? There are movers and shakers who are always on the front end of everything God is doing. They prepare the way for new movements and inspire others. The world is a different place because they passed through.
Then there are those who watch things happen. They are the helpers, the supporters. They are always observing and cheering on the movers ans shakers.
Then there are those who sit back and scratch their heads and ask, “What just happened?” Because they had their eyes closed they did not see it coming. The end result came as a complete surprise to them. They enjoy the change; they just didn’t know it was happening until it was over.
Jesus said, “Verily, I say unto you, He that believes on me, the works that I do shall he do also” (John 14:12). Believe with me.
Its easy to get people to do what you want when they’re on the payroll. But, how do you motivate people to do what they should when they volunteer? You can’t threaten to fire them or discipline them because they are volunteering and will quit on you. This is why John Maxwell says the most difficult organization to lead is a volunteer organization.
There are other ways to motivate volunteers to excel besides money. They are volunteering because their heart is touched. Some ways to encourage their heart:
1. Make sure they are aware of the good things they’ve accomplished.
2. Publicly celebrate their victories.
3. Appreciate them with a few “‘Atta Boys” and pats on the back.
4. Compliment them to others (word will get back).
5. Reward them with a creative gift, such as a PayDay candy bar.
6. Make sure they know you are there to help them.
7. Listen to their suggestions (they are the ones with their hand on the plow).
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