Trust and Motivation (Motivated Trust)

It was Saturday morning, and I took my portable office to one of my coffee shops. Placing my briefcase on a selected table, I looked up and there was Gregg, a new colleague. Gregg’s business is still very young and he has a lot of questions and a need for collegial conversation – we all do.

In what seemed a brief period, our conversation covered a vast territory of working as a solo act in the 21st Century. Actually, one of our mutual acknowledgements was that nothing is really a solo effort. We need each other; just like Gregg and I needed to talk to each other in that providential meeting – I normally do not go to that particular coffee shop on Saturday.

Talking with Gregg I was reminded of the difficult transition I went through becoming my own boss. My motivation – while always my responsibility – was now consciously in my hands. It was both exciting and terrifying in each breath. Here we are in the 21st Century and I believe most people are feeling those things I did and that Gregg is vividly experiencing. People are experiencing a conscious transition of responsibility whether working for self or in an organizaton.

Gregg is joining a collegial group I co-founded nine years ago. Joining with others to form this support group was about an instinctive need to trust; and to be trusted. At first I assumed this collegial effort must be about replacing the camaraderie lost in my separation from my corporate life. It was not.

We need each other. For our unique and authentic motivation to deliver in this world, we need the fiery stimulation of connection one to another. In trusting one, we are trusted by one … and then many.

As actors on this 21st Century stage, we may have producers and directors, but most important to our characterization is how we connect to the other players while applying our individual motivation.

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About Jeff Brunson

In this whirling 21st Century the individual needs to embrace the authentic self and confidently leverage the energy and power found there. As we entered the 21st Century, I became more concerned about what leaders like you needed for successful influence and personal fulfillment. As we move deeper into this challenging 21st Century, I’m more convinced than ever that the core of my work is in helping individual leaders remember who they are − a trueness. It is about confidence found in your authenticity.

9 thoughts on “Trust and Motivation (Motivated Trust)

  1. So true, we can’t do it alone. It takes a (very supportive) village for any business to succeed. We are not meant to be solitary creatures, especially not when we are taking risks and putting our dreams on the line. Great post!

  2. Thanks Jeff for this blog post. It was great chatting with you and I think you nailed it with the emotions that I have been going through…..Everyday is exciting and a little scary but that’s why a plan is so critical. I get to cross off the everyday goals that are being accomplished….see you Thursday night!

  3. Great post Jeff. I don’t know where I would be without my team AND I am a solo-preneur. When I started my business 26 years ago, I don’t think that word existed!

    I also really appreciate your point about trust. This was a hard one for me to learn and yet when I gathered up trust and actively started practicing it in my business, it quickly became the single quality that keeps my business alive and vibrant.

    Now, I trust that clients will come, I trust my team, I trust my mastermind group and I trust that what I have to share is of value.

    BTW, Good Luck, Gregg!

    • Sorry … I see you two have already connected – Awesome!!

      Jeff Brunson Building Confident Leaders

      Office 423.753.7809 Mobile 423.794.9380 BuildingConfidentLeaders.com Jeff’s Book: Wading the Stream of Awareness

  4. In any relationship, trust is the cornerstone of the foundation. Without trust, “the house” cannot stand. In a modern world of so much stress and uncertainty, many times our ability to trust has faded to the background. Once it has faded, it is hard to bring it to the foreground again.
    Learning to trust again comes from a place of faith and a place of taking care of ourselves; learning to manage our stress levels and our reactions to stressors. It also comes from a place of tremendous courage.
    Faith, hope, courage, care of the body, mind and soul…trust – it seems that getting back to basics is a tried and true business plan that is a necessary part of the modern world. Perhaps, needed now more than ever.

  5. Being able to count on the support of others, get their input, bounce my ideas around, have them challenge me–these are all things I really cherish about the group I depend on as a solopreneur. I really like that we help each other–as fellow travelers–not necessarily as experts, but we each bring what we know and our experiences to the table to share. I love being a solopreneur, but I love the contact with other solopreneurs as well.

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