Energy creates momentum. Momentum creates action. Action creates value.
I believe that creating a positive, results-oriented culture has to begin with energy. What do I mean by energy? I mean passion, creativity, effort, WOW – anything that can get members of a group rolling. People don’t just wait around for more responsibility to be dumped on them, so if you want them to step up to the plate, you’ve got to give them a reason to.
I really have a difficult time making my point without examples from my life, so here’s where this whole idea comes from: I’ve had the tremendous pleasure to serve as the president of the Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society here at UGA over the past several months. (You can learn more about the organization here: http://www.uga.edu/cls/students/programs/odk/index.html) The long story short: the group was dwindling to nothing and nearly came to a grinding halt before we started a reinvigoration effort last fall that essentially amounted to a re-founding. We brought a focus group together last year to get some ideas rolling on how to get the group back on track. We ended last school year with alot of ideas on paper. Our job this year was to make them happen.
A small group of students has come back together this fall with a focus on re-establishing ODK as a prominent organization on UGA’s campus. We have made huge strides thus far, and we are getting ready to start a HUGE week for the group. The key to our success has been pure energy – there is no other way to put it. We have an energy about us and it has created some downhill momentum that I think is going to be hard to stop.
We have hours-long meetings which fly by. We constantly throw big ideas out on the table. We push each other to live by the values which we have established as a group. And we are seeing the results. And it all started with some energy and passion around an idea that we can make a difference here, in our own little way. And maybe some day that ball of energy will result in a group that makes a difference here in a big way.
The bottom line? If you’re going to take on a mountainous task (or even a small task), have some energy about you. Life is hard. Another way to look at it: life is fun. The difference? Energy. Take energy to everything that you do today. Be positive. Inspire. Spark untapped energy in others. And then watch the ball start rolling.