We love sharing the good things and ideas we have. Don’t you? Discover in this article, how to inspire others so that you know you’re sharing with your community those things that make you a good person.
The folks from a tiny village raise money to send John to the University for three years to learn productive agricultural practices.
Two months before graduation, John receives a letter from the village telling him how excited is everybody to have him back from school to teach them what he learned.
Two months later, with the diploma in the pocket, John goes home planning how to inspire others and share the knowledge he accumulated in three years of schooling. When he arrives, to his dismay and surprise, no one is waiting for him; wonders around the streets and finally, at the edge of the village he finds a boy.
“Where is everybody? I just came from the city with productive agricultural practices to share.”
“We have an unexpected large production of corn this year, and everyone is on the field.”
John is saddened by the news and turns his back on the boy to leave.
“You know?” the boy said, “I’m the goats’ shepherd, and if all my goats but one died, I’d feed the one left.”
John is happy to have an audience even though is just one boy.
“Take a seat, my friend; you are about to be amazed how many productive agricultural practices I learned at the University.”
John started talking and talking, showing the boy all sorts of diagrams and charts… and, then, talks some more. After four hours of listening, the boy looks at John and says: “You know? If all my goats, but one died, I’d feed that one… but I wouldn’t give all the food left to one goat in one day.”
If there were rules of how to impress others and inspire your friends, these two would be the rules:
- First, don’t make people overwhelmed by what you know; you have a lifetime of days upon days to do it; always leave something for later.
- Second, remember to win something out of it apart from astonishing others; improve and grow, become successful!
Here are 5 ways that show you how to inspire others:
1. Learn interesting facts about your favorite subjects
You deserve to have an audience to share your knowledge, interests, and hobbies. Friends and family are part of your audience, and they are ready to be amazed and fascinated by what you know (not necessary to learn something but to be entertained).
Knowing interesting facts about your favorite subjects has two purposes:
- Gives validity to what you have to say and
- Transforms, what might be a boring subject for your audience, into something worth listening
Did you know? The leg bones of a bat are so thin that bats can walk, but the bat is the only mammal that can fly.
Rather useless the facts I shared with you about bats, nevertheless interesting. Is it not?
2. Learn (new) or improve your skills
Most people are impressed and inspired by whatever you know to do well. They either understand the effort you put into learning/ improving your skill (from personal experience), either would like to have those skills too, either you become extremely useful to them.
For example, knowing how to relate and influence others can be one such skill. When you get what you want with ease, step out of tricky situations effortless, manage to convince people to follow you and do all that ethically, that is inspiring and impressive! Right?
3. Experience life
Doing new things, taking on challenges, living life with passion, make you one of those people courageous enough to celebrate and honor the wonderful gift you have received: your life.
Get out of your shell and experience life. Go as far as you feel like, but keep yourself safe at the same time. There is no point to jump off a cliff to impress someone. Is there? Do you believe you could fly? Great, just start from the ground level because there is a good reason why we don’t push airplanes from tall buildings.
4. Change unwanted (destructive) habits
One day a wolf comes to the sheep enclosure and kills a sheep. The shepherd takes the gun, goes into the forest and, at dusk, comes back with the dead wolf. Next day, another wolf kills a sheep. The shepherd takes the gun, goes into the forest and, at dusk, comes back with the dead wolf.
A few days later, a sheep kills another sheep. The shepherd takes the gun, goes into the forest and, at dusk, comes back with the dead wolf.
In a few simple words, that is the power of habit: it makes you do the same behavior over and over again without thinking or questioning if that is the right thing to do.
We all have habits; some are positive and constructive and make our life easier; some are destructive and cause us lose valuable time, respect, and jeopardize our health (as in the case of addictions).
If people, your friends, knew you as addicted to something and you successfully overcome it and change your behavior, they can’t help it but be impressed and inspired: if you can, they can too!
Acknowledge, then change the unwanted habits you might have so that you can live a mindful life, appreciate the present moment, and inspire others to do the same.
5. Overpower your obstacles
Succeed in life in spite of what is staying in your way, overcome your obstacles or limitations. Be confident in your abilities and skills. Remember that the sexiest things in the world are confidence and self-belief.
Make your friends fell in love with you; not in a romantic way, but a friendly way. In a way that makes them want you in their lives, love, respect, and accept you as you are.
Grow your desire and skills to inspire and impress your loved ones, with the aim to progress in life alongside each other because who is left behind, will be forgotten.
Note that these five ways of inspiring and impressing your friends are not doing just that, but also make your life better and keep your brain young.
- Get professional counseling from a licensed therapist.
- Individual and couples counseling. Anytime, anywhere.