Inspire And Be InspiredAmazing leaders understand that the power of words can literally transform overwhelmed, challenged employees into powerhouse teams that are resilient, hopeful, and engaged. And of course, you know – since we’ve talked about it here – inspiring your team is not necessarily just about the message you wish to communicate, but the way you do it. It can absolutely mean the difference between a committed, creative team, and one that’s deflated and coasting along. But much like the familiar mantra of the airline flight attendants during their pre-flight instructions, “…make sure to put the oxygen mask on yourself first before attempting to help someone else put on theirs”, inspiration is the same…you have to be inspired before you can inspire someone else. The stickler of course, is that inspiration ebbs and flows. Some days you come up dry. Other days, ideas just flow – those days where pearls literally fall out of your mouth. Inspiration comes from anywhere – anywhere you want to look. It’s about the people you talk with, the things you read and the space you move in.
#1. Do work that pushes you to your edges.
There’s nothing wrong with being in your comfort zone, unless you get too comfortable and start holding yourself back instead of challenging yourself to learn, grow and try new things.
But we do think that being slightly uncomfortable, whether or not by choice, can push us to achieve goals we never thought we could. But it’s important to remember that we don’t need to challenge ourselves and be productive all the time. It’s good to step out of our comfort zone. But it’s also good to be able to go back in.
#2. Waste zero time on the past.
This one is easy. Don’t waste time grieving over past mistakes. Learn from them and move on. Let us repeat…Move On.
#3. Watch less TV, and read outside your typical genre.
We’re not advocating ditching your flat screen (after all, we love “Game of Thrones” as much as the next guy), but we are suggesting that you experiment with different kinds of reading material. It’s not limited to genres either. How about reading short stories and novels, and maybe other forms of literature like poems, prose, or plays?
If the muse isn’t visiting, get out of the house and visit her. Make weekly art dates with yourself. Peruse book shops, galleries, concerts. Read in and out of your genre. Take a nature hike. Sketch in a coffee shop – and eavesdrop. Inspiration is all around you. Art is ordinary life charged with meaning! Look for the beauty, the grit, the unusual, the humor, the symbolism in everyday life.