The goals you set for a new year need fuel to keep them going. One thing that is very effective in fueling your goals is inspiration. However, you don’t pick inspiration up on a shelf like a commodity. Inspiration starts within and requires your attention. As 2020 nears, it behooves you to give some thought to creating sources of inspiration to keep your goals and achievements going all year.
Do you know your sources of inspiration? Are they quiet time, your mind, your emotions, outside encouragement, structure, visioning the achievement of your goals or anticipating the rewards of your work? Before the year ends, identify the sources of your inspiration. List them along with your goals and nurture them regularly.
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Inspiration can occur randomly; however, most of the time it must be sought and cultivated. Think of people in history whom you see as inspired and brilliant in their work. When inspiration came, they were ready to employ it.
Want to cultivate inspiration? Seek it. Develop you inner intuition as inspiration comes both loudly and quietly, from within and without. Look for situations and people that may inspire you. Recognize the power of inspiration to move your life and work forward to mastery. Be ready to receive it by developing focus and by reducing over-thinking, distraction and “noise” in your life. Inspiration is just around the corner waiting for you.
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Inspiration is a catalyst to high performance and a fulfilling life. When you are inspired you are often at your best – you are “pumped”, engaged, enthusiastic and creative.
What is the source or sources of your inspiration? Here are some questions that may get you started:
• What is your favorite thing to do?
• What brings you joy?
• Can you recall a time when you were inspired?
Take a moment to answer these questions. Now, looking at your answers, identify what you think may be the source or sources of your inspiration.
When you know the source of your inspiration, you can use it to make your life better. It is the source of your creativity and unique voice in the world.
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We all need inspiration, especially when we are stretching ourselves. Team members may come to coaching discouraged or unmotivated or daunted by what is expected of them. One very effective way to inspire is to lead by example. Show your team members that you are willing to do what it takes to excel and that they can too. Be a role model. Another way to inspire is to help individuals to see their strengths and the possibilities that lie before them. Show your faith in their ability to excel and face challenges. Inspire them by providing insights and suggesting strategies that help them move forward. Show your enthusiasm for their advancement.
Inspiration, by its very definition, makes someone want to do or create something they may not have considered before. Coaching is about advancement. Developing the ability to inspire is a win-win for both you and the team members that you coach.
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Search on Google for the definition of art and you see:
1. The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture,…: “the art of the Renaissance”
2. Works produced by such skill and imagination
Where is the art in your work? You do not want to lose it. The industrial age put art in the back seat, thereby losing the aesthetics of work. If you want to reclaim the art in your work, you can. Start with creative skill and imagination. Find small or large ways to bring them into your workday.
Here are some ways to start:
* Put something of beauty into your workspace
* Identify 3 ways to inspire yourself as you work – employ them
* Foster your imagination – get out of the “box” and create open space each week for yourself
* Find the aspects or elements of your work that can be described as art
* Do one thing differently (in a new way) each day
* Encourage your team to apply their imagination and creative skill in their work
Beauty and art are essentials of life. They have a place in your work. Allowing them in will open possibilities and make your work more fulfilling.