Today I am writing about inspiration. And the question, what inspires you? My inspiration is: Being loved, having gratitude, being alive with very few (not zero) health problems, being resilient, having an inquiring mind, and a drive to help others through my knowledge and skills?
Inspiration or being inspired is what pushes us to do big things. It can come in so many ways – other people, music, books, or simply being in nature. No matter what form it takes for you, inspiration is what moves us to dream bigger dreams, to plan action and push us out of our comfort zone; and learn or achieve something worthwhile. Inspiration can be that little push we need to turn an idea into an action.
People inspire me, especially those who have tougher than normal lives, but focus always on the positive. One person I think of whenever I feel unmotivated is a friend called Kylie and I have written about Kylie before. Kylie runs an online and market based business selling babies and children’s needs (Nic-Nac). If this isn’t hard enough as the Mother of a ten year old, she is also the full time carer of her quadriplegic husband.
That’s not to say that Kylie is positive all the time, because there are days when it gets too much and she reaches out to friends and family for emotional support. It’s that she bounces back stronger each time, and is always grateful for what she has; the love of a wonderful husband and daughter, a big network of friends and her extended family (overseas), her health, strength and resilience, inquiring mind and her business skills. She makes a difference to so many people lives through her involvement in her daughters school, teaching dancing, and volunteering for a local women’s business network.
What does Kylie’s story teach us about using inspiration?
1. Engage with people through living your inspirational story. Almost everyone wants to connect, involve your customers and fans. They have a yearning to learn from you, to translate your achievements into lessons of their own, to adapt pieces of your story and re-imagine them into something that works for them. Listen to what people who inspire you have done, how they’ve done it and how you can learn from their mistakes and successes.
2. Have an open-mind. Learn something new, even if it’s not related to your business. You will be surprised how elated you will feel through the process of learning and how that will affect everything you do.
3. Open your eyes and open your ears. Unplug from the connected world. Leave your phone at home when you go for a walk, go to a dance class, listen to the music in the cafe and take in your surroundings – some of the best inspiration is outside your office and home!
When you’ve discovered what inspires you, it’s time to use it! Leverage the feeling you get when you experience these inspiring things? Does it make you want to start that research? Does it make you want to learn a new skill? Does it make you want to try new big adventures?
Whatever your sources of inspiration are telling you, write it down. Use a mind-map and dream big. Map the ideas that your sources of inspiration reveal. These are values and energy sources that are important to you, that drive you. It’s necessary to discover these before you can excel in an authentic and aligned business.
Love to know your thoughts on sources of your inspiration?
About the author: Teresa Bassham is the principle of Zenworkz Authentic Marketing, and is passionate about educating small and medium business professionals to create their differential advantage, attract more ideal customers and create a marketing plan to achieve success. She coaches customers online and by phone – if you would like to request coaching – please contact me.