Appetite ….what is it?
Appetite: an inherent craving <an insatiable appetite for work>
Appetite exists in all higher life-forms and serves to regulate adequate energy intake to maintain metabolic needs. Appetite has a relationship with every individual’s behavior. Appetitive and consummatory behaviors are the only processes that involve energy intake, whereas all other behaviors affect the release of energy.
We all have an appetite for something… some appetites are good and some are bad. What about the appetite to be known for something? Is that healthy?
What about wanting to be known by somebody? Is that good?
Social media?? You will never have enough friends, followers, or fans. The more you get the more you want.
Andy Stanley addressed this at The Catalyst Conference in Atlanta this year, and I have been mulling it over ever since.
Here’s what we know about appetite. If an appetite is fed, it will grow. Further, that appetite can never be fully or finally satisfied. So, how in the world do we survive the appetite to be known?
You see, there is no amount of applause or level of being known that will fully and finally satisfy an appetite.
Andy mentioned the three laws of applause:
1: What is applauded as stellar the first time will be expected in greater quantity and quality the next time.
- Don’t be derailed here. The potential exists to grow accustomed to and be enamored by– dare I say consumed with the desire to be known.
2: Applause is intoxicating.
- Intoxicated leaders DO NOT make good decisions.
- Those most applauded feel MOST entitled.
3: FINALLY…applause is addictive.
- We start looking for it. We start manufacturing it. We become a victim of known.
Every individual has a gift; an identity. If your gift is to lead, indeed, one MUST be known. So think about this vicious circle and how it ends. The known appetite can never be satisfied by a number. WE must do everything in our power to leverage our gifts.
But… we have to remember who it is from, and remember who it is for.
Those are the two keys to surviving known.
Get rid of the arrogance and don’t get caught up in the fame.
Will we survive the appetite to be known? Are you a Greater Good Leader or a Personal Power Leader? Where do you find your satisfaction? Answer that, and we will know if we survive or drown in the known addiction.
“To this John replied, ‘ A person can receive only what
is given him from heaven.’” —John 3:27