How to motivate people – and have fun with NFGL

How to motivate people - and have fun with NFGL
Galyna Paliychuk, the Head of the NFGL Lund Network, made a video about the group's recent trip to Bosjökloster. Now she tells SI News about the motivation for the video, and how to encourage others to be more active and make positive change.

My passion is to give, and to motivate people around me.

That’s what I love, and that’s why some people hate me. I have been a leader since kindergarten and there always were people who didn’t like me because of that. There always were, and still are, people who just don’t appreciate when you give something to them for free.

But, c’est la vie, and I am used to it. Thanks God, they’re in the minority.

So, my passion is the reason why the NFGL Lund network started being active so shortly after summer holidays – I’ve been just making into reality the plans which were announced in the NFGL evaluation session taking place in Stockholm (Si) in June.

Thus, we have planned four events for September, and had already done three of them.

The purpose of the guided tour to Bosjökloster was to show that the NFGL community is something bigger than just formal events, when you’re sitting in a chair and listening to some wise lectures and wise people.

It is also about team-building, and the foundation for friendship which will last for years!

As you can see from the video below, which I created after our visit, there were a lot of situations in which we needed support from each other.

For example, some people were really scared to try zip-line for the first time. But other students encouraged them, helped with instructions and showed how to overcome fear and make the jump. The same thing I noticed when we got to the boat and began losing control…Through cooperation, we overcame panic and managed to move to the shore.

I should say that many people who were registered for that event just didn’t show up because of the light rain (though there was no rain in Bosjökloster). That’s what I mean when I say that usually people don’t appreciate what you’re doing for them (because I booked a guide, the caretaker and the host of the castle, who was waiting for 20 students and met only 8 instead…). But they regretted it once they saw the photo report after the event.

So, this time we’ll have more than 20 students for our next tour to Hamlet’s Castle in Denmark, on September 27th. And I am sure that everybody will show up.

This is what is leadership about –encouraging people to make the first step, to move forward, to create lifelong useful connections with people around them. And, often, you need to show your own example to inspire them to make this move.

Life is too short and too good to be passive.

Enjoy the video and… Go ahead!

– Galyna Paliychuk