In the business world, the power of influence is often called leadership or mentorship. But in everyday life, we refer to that same power as inspiration. Regardless of the description, we all possess the power to positively impact the lives of family and friends. Let’s take a closer look at three phenomenal ways to inspire others.
1. Inspire Through Feelings
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou
We may not always be able to deliver good news or solve other people’s problems. But we can, at the very least, be a bright spot in someone else’s day. Breathe positivity into others by offering a warm smile and sharing encouraging words when they are struggling. At our very core, we are emotional beings. So, if you want to spark hope, inspire others by helping them feel their best.
2. Inspire Through Actionable Care
“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” -Theodore Roosevelt
When people vent about a problem or situation, we often respond by sharing our own like-experiences, vast knowledge, or worldly expertise on the subject. We do so in attempts to show that we care or to try to make the other person feel better, but there is a better way to inspire. Theodore Roosevelt encourages us to prioritize empathy and compassion over lectures. He reminds us that people want to be inspired not by our expertise, but by our hearts. To show you care: listen patiently, comment positively and verbally emphasize your support.
3. Inspire by Example
“The deeds you do may be the only sermon some persons will hear today” -Francis of Assisi
“Do as I say and not as I do,” is not the best way to lead others. People study your actions more than they listen to your statements. We must inspire others not by preaching, but by quietly leading by example. Whatever you believe it looks and feels like to live according to the highest standard, do your best to reach that goal in hopes that people around you will be inspired by your life. Remember, you never know who’s watching and your reach extends far beyond you’d ever imagine.
With all that’s going on in the world today, everybody could use a little hope in humanity. We all have the tools to impact the lives around us. Why not use those tools for good? Whether it be through emotion, care, or example, you can use your influence to inspire. Use these tips, start creating change in your community, then watch the positive chain reaction unfold.