Inspire. Be Inspired.
in·spire (inˈspīr/) - verb
- fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.
- create (a feeling, especially a positive one) in a person.
Live by choice, not by chance. Make changes, not excuses. Be motivated, not manipulated. Work to excel, not compete. Listen to your own inner voice, not the jumbled opinions of everyone else.
This is the way to inspire people! This is how you can grow into the best version of YOU!
Here are a few more ideas to get you started with inspiring everyone around you:
- Be authentic and true to yourself. – In this crazy world of copycats and clones, find the courage to keep being your awesome self. Embrace your ideas, strengths and you that are unique to you. Be the person you know yourself to be – the best version of you – in your own way. Above all, be true to YOU! And if you cannot put your heart in it, take yourself out of it. No it won’t always be easy; because when it comes to living as a compassionate, non-judgmental human being, the only challenge greater than learning to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes, is learning to walk a lifetime, comfortably in your own.
- Stick with what you love. – Take part in something you believe in. This could be anything. Some people take an active role in their local city council, some find refuge in religious faith, some join social clubs supporting causes they believe in, and others find passion in their work. In each case the psychological outcome is the same. They engage themselves in something they strongly believe in. This engagement brings happiness and meaning into their lives. It’s hard not to be inspired by someone who’s passionate about what they’re doing.
- Express your enthusiasm. – Enthusiasm and passion are things you must be willing to express if you want to inspire others. Talk about what you love to do, share it with everyone around you. Your enthusiasm will become contagious because of the curiosity and general wonder you create by sharing what you are doing. You’ll get people wondering why you love what you love so much. They’ll start asking you about it and how they can be a part of it.
- Excel at what you do. – Actions speak louder than words. Be someone worth emulating. There’s no point in doing something if you aren’t going to do it right. Excel at your work, excel at your hobbies, excel in your health and fitness. Develop a reputation for yourself, a reputation for consistent excellence.
- Lead by example. – Practice what you preach or don’t preach at all. Walk the talk - don’t just talk it! People are watching you...what do you want them to see you doing? Where are you leading them?
- Challenge people to do their best. – As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.” If people know we expect great things from them, they will often go to great lengths to live up to our expectations.
- Share lessons from your successes and failures. – You have more to share than you realize. Be a resource to those around you. If you have access to information, resources or ideas - share them. Be willing to share your successes, as well as your “failures”. Lessons are learnable from both and others will relate to you. They’ll understand that they’re not the only ones with challenges.
- Focus on the positive. – Be happy with who you are now, and let your positivity inspire your journey into tomorrow. Everything that happens in life is neither good nor bad. It just depends on your perspective. And no matter how it turns out, it always ends up just the way it should. Either you succeed or you learn something. So stay positive, appreciate the pleasant outcomes, and learn from the rest. Your positivity will help encourage those around you.
- Be a person of your word. – Inspire people with your dependability and commitment to what you say. If you say you’re going to do something, DO IT! If you say you’re going to be somewhere, BE THERE!
- Communicate clearly & listen intently to what others say. – Make people feel important, and inspire them by showing them that they are. Eyes focused, ears tuned, mobile phone off - be present in their moment. In a world that can’t move fast enough, someone who can find time to listen to others is always appreciated. Say what you mean and mean what you say. Share your vision and ideas often with those around you. Also, be sure to maintain eye contact when communicating; it’s one of the most alluring forms of personal communication.
In the end, everything you need to inspire everyone around you is contained within you. So get out there and start inspiring people with who you are and how you live your life.
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