A well woman in all dimensions
I was triggered to start off this after I attended an event last Saturday and I am now challenged. It is all about a well woman and being well in all dimensions. We will be looking at what it means to be inspired – The English Dictionary defines Inspire as an ability to give someone the idea for a piece of work, it can also mean arousal of the mind to special unusual activity or creativity, a product of your creative thinking, work and a sudden intuition as part of solving a problem.Have you ever looked up to someone or admired something about another person that really inspired you? Well, there are certain qualities about a person’s character that enable them to inspire others, and you can also take these steps to awaken those qualities in yourself.
To achieve this, you need to:
- Stick With What You Love;
- Dream Big;
- Talk About Your Passion;
- Practice What You Preach;
- Be Open To People;
- Offer a Guiding Hand / Be a Mentor;
- Be Consistent;
- Remain Positive;
Stick With What You Love
I can see the reason why most people succeed is because they do what they are good at not what people push them to do. The moment someone starts doing what they enjoy doing, they will see life and vigour and the ability to shoulder failures and move on is evident, it can be said that the success rate of those who attempt to inspire is incredibly low when the measurement of success is based on the percentage inspired as opposed to the actual number inspired. Huge motivational seminars with thousands of attendees typically make a real lasting impact in only a few people’s lives. If you look at those same odds for yourself, you might easily be discouraged if you hope to inspire others by doing something you don’t truly love to do.
If, however, you do love something dearly, you won’t care how successful you are at inspiring others and you will continue to keep at it no matter how many times you fail. When people doubt you, and when people laugh at your failures, you will continue to do what you love because you love it. So having love and passion for something will protect you from all potential failures.
Once you establish a foundation for which you have great passion, start dreaming big. How many people could you potentially inspire based on your niche of expertise? Are there ways you can expand your impact? Don’t look to inspire one person, look to inspire hundreds! Remember, this goes back to the low success rate percentages, as you will likely not succeed with working to inspire at a very small level. You need to think big and have many people available to inspire. Fifty people out of a thousand are only five percent, but it’s still fifty people. Share your ideas with as many people as possible and allow them grow your influence beyond your initial ideas for inspiration.
Dreaming big is not only about inspiring more people, but also about impact. Don’t settle on making minor changes in a person’s life if they need a total makeover. Instead, aim to change everything. Look to inspire in many areas instead of just one. Think big about the positive impact you might have and this will give you a much better chance of leaving some kind of impression. If you promote a hundred ways for someone to change or heal and they take on just one, you have still helped them!
Another useful way to inspire others is to support an established noble cause or practice, such as saving the environment or feeding the poor. Look for the need of the people and see to it, you will gain attention than when you go for course that would give you individual gain or what some might think are more selfish reasons. An offer to change something that has a positive impact on the global society is far more attractive to onlookers than some short lived, localized venture. So keep those areas of influence as big as possible.
Talk about your passion
Passion is something you must have and be talk about it if you really want to inspire others. You can gain a lot of influence just by publically expressing that you are excited and passionate about a topic. You inspire more people when you are lively and enthusiastic. Expressive passion is contagious because of the curiosity it stirs in others. You’ll get people wondering why you love what you love so much. Naturally, some of them will take the time necessary to understand what it is about the topic that moves you and in so doing you have influenced them.
Practice What You Preach
You need to remain actively involved in the field in which you intend to inspire others. It’s the age old saying of “practice what you preach,” and it holds true for anyone trying to inspire others. Ultimately, if you really want to inspire others to do something then that particular thing should be a big part of your life. You might not necessarily be an expert at it, but your passion and your involvement is what matters.
Be Open to people
You must always maintain an open invitation to everyone you encounter. Personally welcome others, and listen to their needs. Don’t be a lone ranger, once you are involved with them, keep it personal and always maintain a healthy line of communication. Do not always go to people when you need something from them but be nice to all.
Offer a Guiding Hand / Be a Mentor
The best part of inspiring others is to have interest in not only what you do, but to also recognize your followers and have an opportunity to see them grow and change as well. Offer to share your personal stories, teach them things you’ve learned along the way, talk about your failures and achievements, and ask questions about their own progress. Do not allow them to go down the line of struggle you have been. Help them avoid the mistakes you’ve made in the past, and always maintain a positive outlook on their forward progress.
Consistency in actions, information, and moral standards is also extremely important. If you constantly change your methods, your interests, and the field in which you hope to inspire others, you will have little success. People want to see and associate your ideas with a reliable plan that they can follow. You need to demonstrate this consistency through your actions, but you can also compliment your actions with inspirational story telling. Story telling allows you to reproduce important past experiences as a means to guide and inspire others. Remember to use stories that embrace the consistency of your actions.
The process of inspiring others comes with some challenges. To get past this, you must remain positive, work past failures, and present optimism openly to others no matter what the circumstances are. Doubt is a very contagious disease, and if you show any of it, you can easily destroy any positive influence you might have instilled in a person.