“Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
The carrot and stick approach is a policy that refers to the use of rewards and punishment to effect a change in the behavior of another. I’ve seen parents, teachers, coaches, managers and even preachers use it. It’s a convenient way to get people moving, but the problem with this approach is that its effect is only temporary.
I’ve found that such alternate of choice scenarios obfuscate a more desirable, yet less obvious solution. In this case, neither carrot nor stick are sufficient to galvanize the heart and mind of a man into action. Only the fire of inspiration can do this.
Inspiration results whenever a blessing is received. That blessing might come from within or it may be delivered by the hand of another. In either case, inspiration results.
If you have to resort to motivating those in your world with a carrot or a stick, you’ve probably missed a few opportunities to inspire along the way. If those around you are unwilling to be inspired, you’ve probably not been consistently inspiring. If you had been, those who refused to accept your inspiration would likely have been repelled long ago and you’d be surrounded by those who are eager to move from being inspired to being inspiring.
It’s a magical policy, really, but one that takes diligence, patience and wise service to enact properly. The primary requirement for anyone desirous of following this policy is fidelity to the spirit of love. Nothing less will do.