Not so long ago I was talking with a friend of mine who wants to start motivating people.
We had a Skype and we talked a little bit about what she wants to do and why she want to do it. I decided I will help, so this is article is for you, Sibora.
Here we go …
First of all, I think that motivation comes from within and it’s only an inner thing. Anything we call motivation and comes from others is more manipulation than motivation. So, I would set myself to inspire people, not to motivate them. Maybe to inspire them to motivate themselves.
Second, I researched some advice from people that I consider smart and successful. I managed to put together qualitative information from people that are already inspiring to others.
/1 BE YOURSELF – Gary Vaynerchuk
I’ve been following Gary since August this year and I think he’s really inspiring.
In one of his videos, he’s talking with a young guy and, at one point, Gary says something that more of a cliché and it sounds simply like this: “be yourself”. Here’s a link to the vlog: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwXsFPZp3fQ&t=6m45s
He’s not the first one who said it and not the last one who will say it, but that’s not even the point.
The point is if you want to inspire people to be great, or to do great things, you need to be yourself. If you are shy, just express your shyness. If you are in love with dolphins, just express that love.
Don’t bother thinking about others judgemental talk because this is how you will doubt your ideas and perspectives.
Think about yourself and try to discover yourself as much as you can. After all, you are going to be a source of inspiration; and that source has to be discovered before exploited.
/2 UNDERSTAND PEOPLE – Simon Sinek
I love Simon for his ideas and his bravery.
He’s that crazy optimist that wants to change the world and I’ve found myself a lot in his speeches. But there’s one speech that I think it’s one of his best three speeches.
Here’s the link to a story of Simon helping a homeless man, but I recommend you to watch it all: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8grVwcPZnuw&t=20m39s
This sounds like the opposite of what I’ve mentioned in the last paragraph of the first point, but it’s not.
If you want to understand people, you have to care about them. If you want to inspire people, you have to discover yourself.
/3 LEAD BY EXAMPLE – Sun Tzu
In his amazing book “The Art of War” written more than 2.500 years ago, Sun Tzu is talking focus, efficiency, leadership, management, strategies and tactics.
Actually, it was considered a book about wars. But its meanings were adapted to the moment we are living in and this book’s examples and ideas are more than meaningful.
“Leaders lead by example, not by force.” – Sun Tzu, The Art of War
This means that if you are a great leader, you won’t need to say to anybody what to do because they will follow you.
A good leader is exactly how his followers are and vice versa . If your example will thrive and break the mental barriers of others, then you won’t have to force anything because you will lead by example.
/4 SPEND TIME WITH PEOPLE – Jim Rohn
I’ve found a quote of this amazing person, and the quote sounds like this: “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”
Jim Rohn is a bestselling author and his work has inspired me a lot until now.
Actually, I’m thinking about the other side of the coin. Because it is really amazing to have around you people that can inspire you, but even more amazing than that it’s to be one of the five that can inspire someone else.
The Internet is an amazing tool to reach to a huge amount of people through its social media platforms. But we are not spending time with any of them.
If you really want to inspire, find a way to spend time with them face to face. That’s how you connect.
/5 DEVELOP AND GROW A COMMUNITY – Martin Luther King Jr.
But not any community. A community that’s based on a purpose.
From the Martin Luther King Jr.’s point of view, a community is when “the hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to Justice, Peace, and Brotherhood.”
As you can see, his purpose was dedicated to Justice, Peace, and Brotherhood. And he managed to become a leader of great value because he had a purpose.
/6 FIND YOUR INNER PEACE AND REMOVE DOUBTS – Robin Sharma
If you read the book The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, you know there’s a chapter where Robin Sharma talks a garden.
From Robin Sharma’s point of view, the garden is our mind and we should be that gardener who takes care of it.
Here’s a quote from the book that, I think, presents a really nice perspective about inner peace and doubt:
“Look at the toxic waste that most people put into the fertile garden of their minds every single day: the worries and anxieties, the fretting about the past, the brooding over the future and those self-created fears that wreak havoc within your inner world. Worry drains the mind of much of its power and, sooner or later, it injures the soul.”
[BONUS] Personal additions
I would like to add few more things to the above list, things that I think are as important.
/7 BE ACTIVE & PERSISTENT
The cool thing about inspiring people is the movement that is produced. But in order to have that kind of movement (that can be seen in the entire world) you need to be persistent.
It has always been easy to imagine the future and to make plans, but if you want the real deal you got to act.
/8 TEAM-UP WITH OTHER INFLUENCERS
After you have managed to grow your community a little bit, try to find other influencers to work and grow together.
Let’s say you have a community of 70 members and another influencer has a community of 40 members. If you work together, there will form one more community.
The last one will be of less than 10% – 20% of yours and his that will like both your and his content. The trick is that both you and the influencer will grow your own communities, dragging members from each other communities.
Here are some conclusions:
- In the mission of inspiring others, you need to be yourself and find that inner piece. That can also help you remove your doubts;
- Understand people and gather them inside a community where all of you have the same purpose. Also, try to spend time with them as much as you can;
- Try to reach to other communities and spread your message there as well.
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Keep learning and growing,