I hope this true story gives you a little inspiration… because without becoming and staying personally inspired, you can never be an inspirational leader for others. Whether you own your own business, or your leadership mission is undertaken in the service of a firm you don’t own, you want to be as inspirational a leader as you can be these days.
But too often it isn’t. People get ground down by daily life, by trying and failing. Yet no super-successful person ever got that way without failing regularly along the way. We learn the most from our failures, not our successes. Make no mistake, success isn’t never getting knocked down – it’s getting up just one more time than the world knocks you down. But unless you have a firm grasp of your dream and know the concrete steps it’s going to take to get you there you may not have the motivation to get back up that one final, crucial time.
Once I find a category, that interests me, I’ll begin to search for questions in that category. I’ll enter very generic questions like “Who” or “What” or “How” and the category. Sometimes, I’ll enter use just the category selection. In any case, I’ll end up with a list of search terms.
Join a group. I’m in two different inspiration al groups. One is a mastermind group and one is a book writing group. Each one provides get inspired, encouragement and accountability. I accomplish more because I have others around me to share the journey. I also know they’re going to ask about what I’m working on, which is the additional inspiration I need to get things done.
My lifelong mission has been to inspire people… myself, as well as others. That’s why I’ve been drawn to pursuits in the arts – I’ve been a singer, an actor, and a writer throughout my life, whatever else I may have been doing for money. And I’ve been fortunate enough to make a fair amount of my living from my creative endeavors, too. This experience has taught me something about inspiration, the forces that work against it, and what it takes to kindle (and rekindle) your passion for work and life.
For instance, lets say you want to learn how to play the guitar, and you really want to get good at it but it seems as though you are stuck in a rut. It seems as though there is little to no progress so they find that they no longer have the inspiration or the zeal to pick up that guitar.
Other times the motivation will be spot on, you will realize “Yes, this is exactly what I was looking for to drive me”. Then use it. If motivation makes you act, use it. If it doesn’t, discard it. Sometimes it’s not easy. Motivation makes you feel good. Breaking that state of motivation makes you feel the cold of the wind and look at dirt of the ground once again. But life’s not fluffy or warm all the time. Many times, when you have to take action, you have to get down and dirty. So do it. Harness that skill and you will control your emotions, your capability for action, and achieve peak performance almost immediately.