Inspiring People

by  Mike Henry  |  Leadership Development

This is the second in a short series on inspiration.  You can find the first post here.

Character is who you are.  It’s your mark.  One friend I met through social media, Perry Maughmer, said, “Your character is an outward manifestation of an inward reality.”  Our world pursues image-based leadership (celebrities) or position based ones (wealth and power).  Unless you become a celebrity or a wealthy power broker or elected official, you, like most of us, will have to come up with a different (and better) way to make a difference.

Your impact will come from your character.  More precisely, your greatest impact will be made by your truest and best self applied with focus and commitment toward a great goal.

Start With Why by Simon SinekSimon Sinek wrote a book titled Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action.  In it he said that there are only two ways to get someone to do something.  You can either manipulate or inspire.  One is a drain.  The other energizes.  One is frustration.  The other is flow.

Want to inspire?  Show up every day with your best “who you are” ready to serve a big, inspiring goal.  That simple act of modeling your best recharges and re-energizes the people around you. We all need each other.  No man is an island.  We’re much more like charcoal that we’d like to admit.  Our warmth comes from the fire in others.  Bring your own fire and you’ll attract other coals.  Everyone can use someone else to put some fire it them.  We need you to bring your fire (your best you) every day.  Take your fire into the dark places you notice in the people around you and you’ll light your world.  (Credit to Chris Rice, Go Light Your World.)

When you realize that you have everything you need to inspire others, you will make a difference. I get energized thinking about the possibility of helping a thousand people take responsibility for the difference they make in the lives of others.  What energizes you?  How can I help.

Today, you can take responsibility for the difference you make in the lives of others.  You don’t need to take a class, get certified, get a new job, or win the lottery.  Inspire someone by simply investing your best effort in a goal bigger than yourself, one that benefits others in addition to yourself.  Take your fire to some cold charcoals around you.

What are you waiting for?

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Sharon Eden  |  20 Jun 2010  |  Reply

Absolutely, Mike. And I come across many people who have no idea of their inward reality but define themselves by such things as the roles they take on and their socio-economic status.

As well as making a difference in the lives of others, we need to make a difference in our own by doing the inside work which enables the outside work to flow from who we really are instead of who we think we are!

Character based leadership at its best!

Thanks for the post…

Mike Henry  |  20 Jun 2010  |  Reply

Sharon, great addition. We don’t really know who we really are and we define ourselves by our roles or our past or our position. That also alleviates us from responsibility to one another because “I’m not skilled at helping,” or “That’s not my job!” I’ve done that for way too long. Thanks for adding that!

Anshul Gupta  |  20 Jun 2010  |  Reply

When we inspire someone, then that effort of ours’ acts as a depository when we are in need of inspiration in future…

Inspiring someone is like investing in someone, its not really donating! When we help others grow, they make our fortune greater…

Nice post. Thanks.

Mike Henry  |  20 Jun 2010  |  Reply

Thanks for the comment. It is energizing and contributes to overall abundance and community well-being when we inspire others. Great insight. Thanks, Mike…

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