I’m sure there has been someone in your life that has inspired you to change your life in a huge and significant way, in such a way that made you happier, healthier, and just all around more fulfilled.
Positive inspiration can have a huge and powerful benefit to a persons life. However; it’s not easy. Some of us would like to return this favor by making a positive difference to their family, friends, co-workers, and strangers even.
Inspiring those around you not only makes you feel good, but it is like a domino effect in my opinion. People like to see good things happen to good people.
For instance, when growing up I was inspired by a number of teachers who took the time to make sure I felt good, and not different. They inspired me to be a kinder person, to look at the glass half full and empty and to realize that no matter how you look at it, there will be days you think it’s half full and some days you think it’s half empty.
These individuals inspired me to just be the absolute best version of myself, and I will thank them for as long as I can.
Below you’ll find some ways to inspire those around you!
Show That You Care
Actions speak louder than words, if you can’t just show a person that you genuinely care about them, do you think you’ll be able to inspire them? Absolutely not! Show people you care about in simple acts, such as asking how they are doing, do they need help with anything. Small acts of kindness goes a long way.
Enthusiasm Is Contagious
I know this is common and can be cliche, but this saying is true! Reflecting enthusiasm every day to the people you are in contact with will see this, and even strangers will notice your genuine smile, positive energy, and your real caring concern will be returned in an instant!
You Have To Earn That Trust
Being trustworthy is plain and simple an essential part of being inspirational. People tend to have trust issues already, so when people want to trust you, then you NEED to be trusting. When a person you know and love tells you something that is a secret, then it needs to stay between you and them.
Trust takes a long time to build, and it can be done, but you need to implement the trusting factor first. At the end of the day, just don’t partake in any form of gossip that can lead you into trust jail.
If You Don’t Have Something Nice To Say Don’t Say It At All
Remember your mom use to say this to you? well, it’s true. I know it’s easy to criticize people. Think about it, however; how do you react when someone insults you for your intelligence, makes fun of your outfit, or your performance?
I’m sure you don’t like it, so what makes you think it’s okay to do it to other people? No one likes to be criticized, so if don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it all.
Compliments Make The World Go Round
Who doesn’t love a compliment? Small compliments have a way of brightening up anyone’s day. Simple compliments like “You look great!” or “I love that lipstick” or “That tie is awesome” watch their frowns (if they are wearing one) turn upside down.
We All Have Flaws, Admit Them
We are all human beings, and we are all inherently flawed. Life throws us crazy roads and curveballs, and it’s important to acknowledge the fact that we have flaws. Everyone has at least one weakness or two, so accept them. People tend to relate to those who showcase their weakness’ for those who showcase them as if they are a trophy.
You’ll see a lot of my articles I talk about communication, and it’s because it is so important. It’s equally as important that the words other people say are being listened to. Make eye-contact if someone talks to you about their problems and ask them follow-up questions to show that you were listening.
Note – this should only be given if it is being asked for. Remember above, if it’s not positive, don’t say it. If you criticize someone for their flaws without any input requested, you are just going to upset them. Now, granted. Even though sometimes they ask for it, they will still get upset at your criticism; it’s just the way it is. But, if you are asked deliver it positively.
Treat Everyone Equally
Love and care for people without consideration of gender, politics, race, religion, and other factors. These are irrelevant and do not influence the quality of a person. Treat others how they want to be treated, no matter their background.
Keep your head held high. Say “Hello” or, “How are you today?” to everyone you walk past. People love seeing people with confidence, and it indeed is the best accessory you can have.
Keep Your Promises
Noone likes a broken promise. If you have promised to help with something, but got asked to do something more fun, no matter what you need to keep your promise to what you had initially said yes to. If you go back on your promise, this is a sure fire way to destroy any of the trust you built with your team or just one person.
Stay the course of who you are. People like that. If you have some different social groups, and you change up who you are with each of them, not only are you lying but it’s exhausting trying to keep up, and to be fair it doesn’t allow people to trust you. Would you place your confidence in someone who was so uncomfortable with their personality that they felt they needed to pander to whatever crowd they were with? Embrace who you indeed are!
Set Those Free
Letting people have the freedom to go and figure things out or themselves is essential. Noone and I means no one likes a micro-manager. When a person discovers they are capable of figuring things out by their lonesome, they will find that they are more potent than they thought they were.
Be who you are, and those who you attract will be by your side for quite some time. Inspiring others is hard and tasks but it can be done with the list mentioned above. Be the best version of you possible, and just be a right person in general. It’s that simple.