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 and become a better version of ourselves. And yet, as we gather our inspiration from others, we can be inspiring to them as well.
Motivate individuals to be their very best with these guiding principles.
(1) Serve as a positive example.
People will listen to what you say, watch what you do, and learn from your attitude and behavior. Strive to model the way for others by conducting yourself with high standards and ethics.
(2) Show that you care.
When you demonstrate care for others, you are apt to establish a more trusting and meaningful relationship with them. Showing genuine interest in the well-being of others will prompt them to believe in you and more readily follow your lead.
(3) Provide encouragement.
Encouragement can be a trigger for people to contribute something rewarding in life by giving them a sense of belonging, self-worth, and reason to believe. Be the catalyst that influences others to realize their goals with courage and heart.
(4) Share your own vulnerabilities.
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 confidence, purpose, and determination to carve out the kind of life worth living. By guiding others to develop personal goals and values, you will enable them to embark on a focused direction.
(6) Encourage taking risks.
To achieve our dreams, we must be willing to take risks. Offering your assurance might just be what people need to go beyond their comfort zone to pursue the wealth of opportunities in life.
(7) Display 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) Be flexible and resilient.
While change is inevitable, it is what we do to adapt to change that counts. Be a conduit to better living by exposing 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) Advocate 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.
Success isn’t just about what you accomplish in life. It’s also what you INSPIRE others to do.
Written by: Patricia K. Flanigan, Smart Strategies for Successful Living
Patricia K. Flanigan is a vibrant and passionate advocate for quality living and aging. She has dedicated over 28 years to working in higher education, but now enjoys a more peaceful lifestyle as the founding director and writer of Smart Strategies for Successful Living. In her free-time, she cherishes spending quality time with her family and friends, as well as getting out into nature with her beloved Samoyed dog, Wylie. Patricia loves helping others age gracefully and shares her wisdom through her content to promote the ultimate success in living.
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