We find inspiration from people – what they say, what they write, and what they do. Ultimately, these individuals can stimulate us to achieve new levels of success or become a better version of ourselves. As we gather our inspiration from others, we can also serve to inspire the people around us.
In what ways can you inspire others to go beyond their limits to achieve a greater potential?
You become an inspiration to others when you:
(1) Serve as a positive example. People will listen to what you say, watch what you do, and learn from your attitude and behavior. The example you set may have a positive or negative effect on those around you. Strive to model the way for others by conducting yourself with the highest standards and values.
(2) Show that you care. When you genuinely care about people, you create a stronger bound of understanding and interaction with them. Individuals who feel valued will be more likely to believe that you have their best interest at heart and follow your lead.
(3) Provide encouragement. During difficult times, encouragement from caring people provides us with a sense of belonging, builds us up, and propels us to move forward. When you encourage others, you are motivating them to achieve the best in their endeavors and themselves.
(4) Share your own vulnerabilities. Failures are part of life. Be willing to share your vulnerabilities with others to demonstrate how failures can ultimately lead to successes. People can relate to your failures when you describe them in terms of lessons learned and opportunities for personal growth.
(5) Promote confidence and purpose. It takes the combination of confidence and purpose to build a rewarding life. By guiding others to develop personal goals and values, you will enable them to embark on a focused direction. When you acknowledge their achievements, you will give them a sense of self and a level of confidence to continue their journey.
(6) Encourage taking risks. To achieve our dreams, we must be willing to take risks. With your reassurance, people can go beyond their comfort zone to experience greater achievements. A risk worth taking requires opening new doors. Help others to find the right keys to better opportunities.
(7) Champion integrity. People with integrity structure their thoughts and actions around values rather than personal gain. Even when it becomes easier to choose wrong over right, encourage others to find the strength to practice high principles. Ultimately, getting ahead means very little if one’s integrity is compromised in the process.
(8) Embrace change. While change is inevitable, it is what we do to adapt to change that counts. Individuals who are willing to view change as an opportunity will be more successful than those who don’t. Expose others to the techniques needed to be flexible and resilient in today’s rapidly changing world.
(9) Demonstrate self-discipline. People with self-discipline control their feelings and desires with the intent to improve themselves even when they don’t feel like doing it. The ability to exert self-discipline connects actions in the present with positive results in the future. Mentoring people to engage in self-discipline will open them up to new possibilities.
(10) Model the way for continuous improvement. Always seek to be and do things a little bit better each day. Reflect upon your daily interactions to determine what went well, what could have gone better, and where to make improvements. Educate others on the value of using lessons learned from past experiences to construct a more successful present and future.
Becoming an inspiration to others starts first with yourself. As you focus on developing the best version of yourself, others will take notice. Your efforts and accomplishments will demonstrate achievement. Your motivating insights and powerful lessons will give them a guide to becoming the best version of themselves. So, share your gift and help others to achieve a meaningful and productive life.
Success isn’t just about what you accomplish in life. It’s about what you INSPIRE others to do.
Written by: Patricia K. Flanigan, Smart Strategies for Successful Living
Patricia K. Flanigan has worked in higher education for over 28 years. She holds a doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of La Verne as well as a M.A. in Latin American Studies and B.A. in Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Before retiring and moving to Idaho in 2015, she served as the dean of online education and learning resources at Saddleback College, a large community college in Southern California. She currently consults in higher education, volunteers for AARP, writes for a local magazine, and serves as an Affiliate Faculty member at Boise State University and on the Board for LEARN Idaho. Since February 2017, she has been the founding director for Smart Strategies for Successful Living, a community-based website designed to promote quality aging. As an educator, her focus is to inspire others to live and age well.