Tell me what you are for, not just what you are against. This is most clearly illustrated in election season. One of the reasons I listen to as little political rhetoric as possible is that it is almost completely filled with reasons why I should not vote for the other person. Very little time is spent telling me why I should vote for the person actually speaking. It is no wonder that many people say they are "voting for the lesser of two evils", when all we have heard is how evil each candidate is.
There is a simple reason that people use this type of motivation. It is easier than the alternative. It is easier to tap into fears, anxieties, and frustrations than it is to awaken someone's sense of imagination, wonder, and hope. It is easier to criticize than to create.
Here are a few questions to ask as you attempt the hard work of painting a picture of what you are for, not just what you are against:
In 5 years, when everything has worked out just as you planned...
- What does this organization look?
- What kind of work will be doing?
- What kind of results will we be seeing?
- What kind of lives will we be living?
- What challenges will have been overcome?
- What rewards will we receive?
- What pains will have been healed? What problems solved?
Join the conversation: Leave a comment with any questions you have that help paint a better picture for the future.