10 ways to be inspired and inspire others
Oh, hello everyone, we are five days away from Christmas, and while everyone else is giving you their top ten gift ideas this year and where to shop, I want to take a second and share with you a gift that keeps on giving the whole year through: Inspiration. In our world today when everything seems to be so negative, there is hope in each other. More than ever people are uniting to support one another and inspiring others with their own personal stories and triumphs. Inspiration is powerful and it can move mountains. However, it has to start with you. In this personal blog post, I'm going to share with you ten ways to be inspired and inspire others through some of my own personal stories and triumphs, and some of my favorite quotes that inspire me daily. It is my hope that you can take away something useful that you can apply to your life and the life of others around you. After all, it only takes one person to change the world.
1. Ask Yourself an Important Question-What Inspires You?
What, who and where do you draw inspiration? I want you to go through each of these questions starting with what.
What inspires you? Take an inward look as to what gets your blood pumping and moves you to take action. For me, I draw inspiration from my passions in life. My love to first serve others through wellness and spa services, and my undying passion to create beautiful interiors. Those are my primary sources of inspiration and now it's your turn to find out where you draw your inspiration.
Who inspires you? Your family, friends, coworkers or mentors? Maybe it's a celebrity or public figure or someone who is very successful in your career. I believe strongly in surrounding yourself with people who are positive, hopeful and bring out the best in you. Even if you just follow or read about someone who inspires you to be creative, make it a daily effort. You will become your best self if those around you lift you up and push you to follow your dreams.
Where inspires you? This is an important one, because there are so many beautiful places in the world that can be your muse. I find peace and solitude in nature which therefore inspires me to do what I love. It is on my runs and walks with my dogs, that give me so much joy and peace I feel like I could explode with inspiration. I take a look at my surroundings and I'm present in that moment. I most often run or walk in the evening right before sunset, so I'm constantly looking to the sunset and stars, and my soul fills with wonder. That wonder turns to hope and that hope transforms into inspiration. Take time to take in your surroundings without the distraction of your cell phone or other electronic devices. And most importantly identify the places that inspire you and frequent them as often as you can.
2. Make a Goal List.
What aspect of your life would you like to change? What are the big goals and smaller goals that will get you to making that change? It's always good to have a list of goals and check them off as we accomplish them. When we accomplish them it gives a sense of satisfaction that fuels us to achieve the next one on our list. I use the Productivity Planner from Intelligent Change: https://www.intelligentchange.com/products/the-productivity-planner. It is a weekly and daily planner that allows you to prioritize your goals and check them off as you complete them. It also provides daily inspirational quotes to keep you going. By using this planner you are creating daily habits that will help you accomplish your goals.
3. Remove Those Negative Thoughts and People.
This is a crucial first step in finding your own inspiration and being able to inspire others. Negativity spreads like wildfire and no one wants to be around someone who is negative. When you catch yourself being negative, train your brain to look for the good instead of the bad. As soon as that negative thought enters your brain, remind yourself to first look for the good. This will take daily effort and practice, and practice makes perfect. I also ask you to take a closer look at who you surround yourself with on a daily basis. Are these people positive? Do they wish the best for you? Do they motivate and push you? Or do they try to hinder you or hold you back with their own negativity? If they are the latter then cut the cord if you can. I understand that sometimes we are forced to be with negative people because of our job or another situation, just try to limit the amount of time you are engaged with them. Also try to look for the good in that person and bring it out in them. Maybe you can inspire them by being positive in your own life and way of thinking. Surrounding yourself with positivity will do wonders for meeting your goals and finding inspiration.
4. "Can't Never Could Do Nothing."
Is a quote from my very dear step father, which means in his own way of saying, you can! I cannot tell you how many times I heard him say this throughout my childhood. It used to frustrate me to the end of actually doing what I first said I couldn't. It was his words that kept me going through calculus, Spanish literature and every obstacle I've faced in my life since then. Can't is not a part of my vocabulary. When someone tells me I can't do something, I'll be the first to prove them that I can. Take can't out of your vocabulary and supplement it with I will make it happen! Once you do this doors and opportunities will open for you that you thought never could!
5. Work Hard.
Nothing proves to lead to success better than a strong work ethic. My step father and mother instilled a strong work ethic within me. I started doing laundry, cleaning the house, mowing the lawn, washing dishes and cars when I was 10 years old. They taught me how to do these chores and expected that I do them no questions asked. I received an allowance for doing these tasks, and it also taught me about how to be responsible with money. When I was thirteen, I started working with my mother in her sign shop during the summers and boy was that hard work! After working with her for two years, I then became a lifeguard where I also taught swim lessons. I was a lifeguard for six years throughout college up until I became a licensed esthetician and starting working in the spa. After working in the same spa for seven years, I decided to open my own business, The Tiny Spa. In the process of opening The Tiny Spa, I was also in Massage Therapy school to get my license as a massage therapist. It's been a little over three years now that I've had The Tiny Spa, and this summer is when I decided to start my second business The Fresh Petal. I cannot say that I would be where I am today without my unfailing work ethic. It is my driving force and in order to have anything worth having in life, you must work hard for it!
6. Be Patient and Kind.
Patience and kindness seem to be sparse in our world today, and it's more important than ever to remember these virtues. Among the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we become impatient and forget how our actions can affect other people. Take a step back and slow down to go out of your way to say something nice to someone or show someone a simple act of kindness such as opening a door. It's in these simple acts that can change our world one kind act at a time.
Taking the time to read is how we learn and gain inspiration from others. I mean reading actual articles, newspapers, books, blogs or magazines not just your Twitter and Facebook news feed. Our social media feeds can be most often negative and a source of depression rather than inspiration. Identify topics that are interesting to you and make a list. Look up reading materials surrounding your interests and just start reading. I love to read articles and blog posts on the things I'm most passionate about: spa, wellness and all things interior decorating. I'm constantly reading the blog posts of my favorite interior designers to gain insight and inspiration for my own projects. I also love to read interior styling and decorating magazines and books. I have so many books on decorating it's starting to become comedic. However, I have learned so many helpful tips and tricks from these authors, that I can bring to my own clients when styling their home or office. Reading is also very calming to the mind while at the same time sparking creativity and inspiration.
8. Learn Something New.
Learning is never ending, even after school has ended for us. By learning a new trade, hobby or skill, we gain insight and inspiration and keep our mind nimble and quick. You might even find another passion in your life that you never knew existed by taking a class or attending a workshop. There are so many opportunities to learn in our world today and one of my favorite platforms for learning a new skill is Skill Share (www.skillshare.com). You can join for free for a trial period, then I believe it is only $9.95 per month to take any class they offer. Most of the classes are videos as well, so it's great if you are a visual learner. Everyone who knows me well, knows that I am a passionate learner and I'm always looking for my next class to take. I find so much inspiration in learning a new skill that it propels me to meet my goals and find even more joy and happiness in life.
9. Be Humble and Give Back.
In a world where selfies and self image are so prevalent, humility is a breath of fresh air. Being humble in your success and giving back to those less fortunate is truly where inspiration lies. The holidays are always seen as the most popular time to give back, however it is through the entire year that we must give. Research charities that you have an interest or a personal connection to and support them. Reach out to your friends and family to show their support as well. Lead by example and be the change that you wish to see in the world.
10. Love Who You Are.
Finally we come to number ten, love who you are. The most important step in finding inspiration is to find it within yourself. Be proud of who you are and love what you do, and you will become an embodiment of inspiration for others to follow. So go out there and be your best self and inspire others to do the same. The world needs more people like you and together we can make a positive change!
I hope that you have gained some insight and inspiration from today's post. Christmas is just around the corner and I wanted to give you a gift that will last a lifetime. Below in the comments I would love to know what inspires you, so please share with me and with anyone who you think needs some inspiration this holiday season.