This post is adapted from a section that was cut from the manuscript of my book titled, A Day of Hope.
Most things are fun at first, then what?
Most things are fun when we go out and first start doing them. Then the newness wears off after a little while of doing something and the person gets tired and wants to do something else. Haven’t you seen a young kid get a new toy and all he wants to do is play with it all day for a week. Then once he’s played with it a while, the newness wears off and he wan’ts to find something new to play with. I don’t know about you, but I’m much the same way and I find myself getting bored with things once the newness wears off after a little bit of play.
When doing car washes I noticed this because people would come to help–be super excited for an hour or so–they would get tired and then leave to go home.
In an effort to make the day fun and crack jokes to keep the spirits of the volunteers high, I learned that I could always make them laugh by making fun at myself. I can be a pretty goofy dude at times, and that led me to start having fun by making fun at myself for the dumb and weird things that I often did. And I had lots of fun with it and so did others.
No matter how fun something might be, we need to realize that people will lose interest over time. That is why we as leaders must work hard to keep them engaged and focused on what is important.
Question: What do you do to keep people engaged after the fun wears off?