10 Ways to Inspire

We all know people who are inspiring. But just how does one inspire others? Here are ten simple ways you can inspire people to be their best: Be a good example. People watch what you do more than they listen to what you say. Be someone worth emulating. Care about others. People don’t care about how much you know until they know how much you care. Ask questions. Take a genuine interest in people. Encouragement. Everyone goes through tough times. When you support people and encourage them through these times, you’ll be inspiring them to see the best in themselves and in the situation. Be inspired yourself. Look for people, ideas, environments and knowledge that you find inspiring and motivating. Share from your own experience. You have more to share than you realize. Mine the rich experiences of your life and share your wisdom from your unique point of view. You may be the only one who can touch someone with your inspiring message. Be vulnerable. Be willing to share your failures as well as your successes. Others will relate to you. They’ll understand that they’re not the only ones with challenges. Tell stories. Facts tell and stories sell. They inspire, too. We learn best from parables and we all need to develop our own inspiring stories. Be a good communicator. Increasing your ability to communicate effectively is a critical element for you to inspire others. Watch how you speak and what you say. Invest in your communication skills. Challenge people. Many of us have had teachers who at times seemed more like tormentors than mentors. They challenged us to do our best, and we were better for it. Practice “carefrontation”—the careful and caring confrontation of others. Read. It may not follow that all readers are leaders, but certainly all leaders are readers. Stay informed. Share what you read with others. Tell people about books that have inspired you. Share the knowledge.

Choices

Today comes with built in decisions, great and small. The clothes I put on, the road I travel, the people whose lives I touch…in fact, nearly everything in my day depends on how I choose. Today I can choose to carry the blame myself, or to hold out a helping hand…to shout out loud in anger, or to wait ten seconds…to cloud someone’s mind with doubt, or to lift a heart with encouragement. Today I can choose to count stars or to count mud puddles. When I go to the store, I can choose to see how much there is to buy instead of how much I have to pay. When I get stuck in traffic, I can see, in every other car, a person just as important as me. Today, because I live in a free land, there are a thousand things I can choose: The neighborhood I live in, the friends I laugh with, the work I do, the thoughts I think, the dreams I dare. And what I will become, in spite of my fears and failures, in spite of the talents I lack, in spite of all the privileges I never had, depends on how I choose to challenge myself today. For I have power, if I choose, to act instead of complaining…to speak out instead of cherishing a hurt…to seek justice instead of getting even…to love the world instead of waiting for the world to embrace me first. What I choose today may well be the cause of my tomorrow. Today…I shall live as I choose. Let me choose wisely and well… Eccl. 11:8-10

Action Not Position

Leadership is action, not position. ~Donald H. McGannon First let me say I am as moderate as you get, but BO’s lack of accountability speaking to media infuriates me. Anytime something successful happens its due to his plan, anytime (like today) not- its always finger pointing and 0 blame. Yes, the GOP is stupid right now, but last time I checked the POTUS is supposed to LEAD the people, he is supposed to UNITE the people, sink or swim together. Putting foot down and walking is not leadership. We spend mils and mils of dollars going all over the freaking globe negotiating, arbitrating peace agreements, worrying about other countries problems, but we can’t work deal with our brothers in our own backyard. If I coach and every time my team wins I credit my game plan, and every time we lose it’s because they don’t listen/execute how I drew it up. How does that unite anyone? give any credibility? who would wants to play for ‘leader’ like that? If half do right and half don’t/they’re at fault, guess whos ultimately accountable? coach is. If a pro team has horrible season 1st person fired? coach. Even if team sucks- he didnt improve situation. Right or wrong, fault or not- if coach, president or any leader cannot LEAD and inspire in times of adversity or conflict, unite people and get something done- theyre not a leader, or doing job, they’re ultimately accountable and vast majority are terminated. Anyone can lead when things are easy, if Washington would have said ‘no cant do this’ in American Revolution we may not be here today. Barrack Obama is OUR President and I hope he starts leading the people, even if they’re stubborn idiot republicans, real soon.