FOUR QUESTIONS TO CONNECT WITH WHAT INSPIRES YOU
Some time ago I read that if two people are up for a job promotion, with one of the candidates being slightly more qualified, and the other candidate more enthusiastic, 80% of the time the more enthusiastic person gets the promotion.
I could never quite label it as such, but during my time in corporate America, this is what I witnessed. As I spoke with clients, and current, and former colleagues, the majority all seem to agree that this is true.
I wanted to learn a little more about why this may be and started with a bit of research into the word enthusiasm, whose greek origins mean the God within. Some of the older defintions of enthusiasm are to be inspired. A little more obvious, the defintion of inspired is the spirit within or to breathe life into. The words have very similar meanings.
Everyone loves to be around inspiring people, and it stands to reason the most inspiring people are inspired by something or someone themselves. Inspiring people are energizing, creative, and often just being around them elicits a sense of urgency about being one’s best, fulfilling your purpose, using your talents.
This notion of feeling inspired was a catalyst in my becoming a coach. I didn’t want to settle for just okay, cool, or good. I know I am in the right profession because I feel inspired ever day to be a better coach, I , to expand my knowledge, so I can help people get out of their professional suffering and find their own inspiration. It is a natural energy that comes to me, not one that I have to force. This doesn’t mean it is without challenges, however, I hardly ever feel like I am working. Tuesday or Saturday, it’s all the same to me.
When one embarks on the path of seeking work they feel passionate about or that has meaning, it is easy to approach it as if it is a secret the universe is keeping from you. It is much simpler than that, here are some tips questions and thoughts to open it up for you.
First, for simplicity’s sake, let’s talk about inspired as when you feel most alive. When it feels like energy is surging through you, and you want to be your best.
Who is a person living or dead, that when you read about or come in contact with, you start to think and feel you want to be your best, or want to go out in the world and do great things?
Most people recognize the profundity of coming across inspiring people. Some of the most inspiring people I have encountered, I never even met in person. I have read or watched a story about them, came across something they created or had been told about them. In some cases they have been activists, entertainers, writers, coaches, entrepreneurs, young, old, male, females, from all races. I am sure there are many more for me to meet.
One quality they all seem to share is that they are committed to something bigger than themselves, which manifest in many different ways. At times it has been a musician, actor, or other entertainer, who clearly has made the committment to practicing their craft, which is evident by their masterful performance. I have been inspired by reading something, it could be the author, subject, or excellence of the writing that inspires. Social and community activists that have risked their lives, and safety for causes they believe in are very inspiring.
What are the topics that inspire you? This is not about altruism, it is not about judgement, there is no right answer. I am constantly inspired by other entrepreneurs and business people for their courage, determination and creativity. Their ability to take an idea, and manifest a business out of nothing. I have always always loved personal development, and spiritual topics. It was the recognition I could get paid for working with these subjects, that clinched my decision to become a coach.
What are the activities that when you are engaged in them, you feel most alive? When is it that you feel truly connected with the present moment? Are you playing an instrument? Writing? Sharing? Teaching? Talking? Painting? Healing? Comforting? Nurturing? Walking? Exercising? Cooking?
Writing this piece about inspiration and inspiring people is inspiring for me. The notion, that it might serve as one small step in a journey that helps someone else find their inspiration gets my juices flowing. What could be a better mission, than helping individuals discover and connect with their own inspiration? After all the world definitely could use more inspired people.
Where do you feel your best? Is it in a museum? Which museum? Is it in nature, the woods, beach, or snow capped mountains? Is it the bustling energy of a major city, or the cracking of ocean waves? Go wherever it is you feel most inspired, and think about what/who else inspires you?
It’s easy to understand why enthusiastic people get hired. Inspiration is the fuel for greatness, it is energy and committment that cannot be bought. It is contagious you cannot force yourself or someone else to be inspired, but you can inspire them.
Keep an eye out, as we delve more into inspiration in moving forward, with more discussion, and profiles and interviews with truly inspiring people.
Please post who/what/where inspires you here. We want to know.