How to be Inspirational

After my post yesterday, I was asked how could the “normal, average person” be inspirational? The most common question I received was “How can I be an inspiration to myself?” My question is “How can you not be, if you make that choice?”

For me being inspirational is not necessarily doing those extraordinary things once in a while. Rather it is in the day to day activities, words spoken and actions undertaken on an everyday basis.

To be inspirational there are a few points which I think are essential:

  1. Carry yourself like a winner. Be proud, walk tall, look people in the eye. Think of someone that you admire. Most of these people have an attitude of caring, have a smile on their faces, speak directly to people. They take on tasks eagerly and cheerfully without complaining and moaning about how hard their lives are.
  2. Take pride in your everyday tasks. You can’t expect people to care about what you do unless you care. Doing things because you think you should is very different from doing things because you genuinely care and have pride in your achievements
  3. Take responsibility for your own life. Rather than believing that every bad thing that has happened in your life is in response to the actions or behaviors of others, step up and take ownership for the decisions and reactions you have taken in the situation. This is not blame or a guilt trip for you, but rather realizing that you can turn around any situation by thinking and acting differently
  4. Do something you wouldn’t normally do, or something most people don’t do. if you are wanting to become an inspiration to others and yourself and currently don’t feel that way, you will just have to do things you don’t normally do. Nothing will change unless you change. It really is that simple. What can you do today, that you don’t normally do that will inspire yourself?
  5. Be aware and take action. Be willing to help others with kindness and compassion. This may be as simple as helping an elderly person navigate their shopping trolley to the parking lot when they are struggling with it. Something small, but oh so, inspiring.
  6. Be accepting of others viewpoints. This doesn’t mean you have to be passive and agree with everything others believe, but be ready to accept their lifestyles, choices and decisions even if you would not make those choices for yourself.
  7. Have courage to take new actions and make new decisions. Feel the fear and do it anyway. This is what bravery is about, and it is very inspiring to do something you have been previously afraid to try. It matters not whether you succeed, it is the genuine attempt to succeed which is important.

I would love to hear about some of your inspirational actions and behaviors. Please share and inspire us all.

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44 Responses to How to be Inspirational

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  2. Brenda says:

    Thank you Donna. I appreciate your comments. We often don’t realize how our day-to-day actions affect others in both a positive or a negative way. In your case, simply smiling affect others positively. What a wonderful gift you have given them. Well done.

  3. Sue says:

    Thank you for this great article.

  4. Kathy says:

    This is positively one of the best websites for common sense I have read. It’s so easy to get jaded, but after reading your posts, it brightens and clears my thoughts, and brings me back to where I want to be in order to achieve the things I want to in my life. Keep it up please!

  5. Brenda says:

    Thank you Kathy and Sue. Sometimes all any of us needs to make a difference in our own lives is to recognize what we actually do on a daily basis, and make changes where necessary. I am happy that my thoughts on a range of subjects have helped you. Sometimes when I am writing an article, it also reminds me to stop and think about what I am doing also, and I make the necessary adjustments as I go.

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  8. Brenda says:

    Thank you Doug and Fenly.

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    Thank you for sharing this. I found it wonderful and inspired me to be inspirational to myself and others. Best regards, Victoria

  10. wanda says:

    This gave me a new viewpoint about inspiration. Also hadn’t thought of myself as inspiring others, but realise now, why not me?

  11. Leesa says:

    An intriguing write-up. I like your thoughts on being inspirational to yourself. A new concept for me!

  12. Kevin says:

    I am an 84 years old grandfather and it is very interesting your concept of inspiration. I am very active for my age and have been told numerous times I am an inspiration to people my own age and even my grandchildren. I never thought of it as inspiring to always look on the bright side of life when things got tough – it’s just what I have always done. As for smiling and being kind – I think that’s what’s kept me going all these years. I couldn’t imagine my life any other way, and if that is inspiring, I am happy to be able to do that for others. It certainly helps me.

  13. Sally says:

    Loved the post from Kevin. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Brenda says:

    When people are happy and look on the bright side of what is occurring in their lives, you can’t help but be inspired. Well done Kevin. Just from reading your post, it brought a smile to my face. No wonder your grandchildren and people your age find you inspirational.

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    Usually I do not post on blogs, but I would like to say that this article really inspired me to write something. Being inspirational to me…….that’s changed my thinking in this subject. Always looked up to others first and thought I could never reach those heights. Starting to think a little bit differently now. Thanks

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