If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more you are a leader.
~John Quincy Adams
Inspiration is the ability to light a fire in someone’s belly, someone’s mind, and heart so that they too run with it into the light of day. When we inspire others, our words, deeds, philosophies, and more have influence and power. They often contribute to another’s work, cause, incentive, and momentum to act. It’s a moment or moments when we’re filled with an emotional burst that activates our senses, our minds, and our hearts triggered by something or someone.
When that spark inside is lit, it often helps us to become better people, more self-aware, more resilient, and more expansive with a keen desire to spread the information, awareness, or healing.
Inspiration from Source, inner guidance, angelic communication, or the Divine is considered a ‘sacred revelation.’ I feel blessed that I often awaken with sentences, ideas, and guidance that I consider gems from Source. I find it important to follow the thread to find out where it takes me, and I’ve never been disappointed. Something happens; words, phrases, images, and ideas pour out that are often the activation of a body of work that develops and ripens as I nurture it over days, weeks, and even years.
Those moments hold something almost magical, spiritual, compelling, and captivating in their appeal and their hold on us. When inspiration takes hold, time is altered, our senses are heightened, and the world around us momentarily seems to slip away. We’re given an opportunity to peer into places we may never have visited, and feel driven to follow wherever they lead.
Yet, how do we inspire others to action? One of the main ingredients is trust. People need to know that your intent isn’t just about you or ego-driven. Instead, it’s sincere and generated from a desire to impart information, and serve others or a greater good in some way. Keep your word and adhere to your standards; you are an example for others.
Passion and Belief in your mission are important. However, act without being too over-zealous so you don’t appear to be a loose cannon. You desire to draw other people into the excitement and to your cause so they’re on board with it and you.
Your Mission needs to be grounded in Purposeful Direction and Action, backed by expertise, clarity, and knowledge so people can easily follow. Having a strong vision that’s outlined and well-articulated also helps them understand and motivates them.
You’re open to suggestions and ideas from others that lift the mission higher and further ahead. Listen Actively with Encouragement. This gives others the freedom and incentive to vocalize, share, create, innovate, and spread the mission.
Dream big, reach high, be principled, and lead with confidence and compassion. Help others and always acknowledge their contribution, whether large or small.
Appreciation goes a long way in instilling their self-assurance and earning their trust and loyalty.
It’s okay to be vulnerable: share your story, your achievements, and even your failures. Vulnerability is a strength, not a weakness. It encourages others to act and feel hopeful, empowered, and validated. Not only does it share our humanness, it touches people’s hearts and rallies them together.