By Michael Gunther
I believe we have a propensity to look at what isn’t working or what problem needs to be solved in our work. I hear business owners discussing the issues or problems with their teams or organization. I also find myself distracted at times − evaluating where my life and my business are and becoming frustrated that they are not where I want them to be against my goals. Is it human nature to be constantly assessing and judging the situations we are in to determine their relevance to our perceived ideal reality?
You may wonder what this has to do with being inspired. I believe we have the ability to shift what we choose to focus on within our businesses and lives. By doing so, you may be surprised at what you find. When was the last time you identified all the things your team is doing well? When have you last been inspired by your team’s actions? Have you taken a moment to assess the evolution in your own life in order to appreciate your own progress? As leaders, our job can be tough. We are expected to stay calm in a storm, keep a steady course, always be positive and support our teams even when we might not be up for the challenge. We are only human after all.
I recently discovered that by identifying something inspirational every day, my thinking shifted and I’m more satisfied in my personal and professional lives. I bet if you truly tried every day to find something your team does that inspires you – you will find it.
As a leader, you can only inspire others to follow you and your vision if you are inspired yourself. It is your responsibility to keep yourself focused on your team and assist them. Don’t just problem solve, but build their strengths. What are you doing to find new knowledge or stories to generate excitement or passion?
The internet is full of inspiration videos, quotes, and stories – how about trying to find one, every day, which impacts and inspires you. I found that reading topics that interest me consistently provides a new level of understanding and inspiration. Inspiration could be found in the little things, such as having coffee on your porch, watching the sun transition throughout the day creating different hues across the landscape or just being with your loved ones. Once again, it is your responsibility as leader to continue to explore new approaches and ideas to keep yourself relevant.
If you’re not inspired, your team will not be inspired. Begin by assessing what types of conversations you are having with your team. Are they issues and problem focused or solution and inspiration focused? You might be surprised. Lastly, keep yourself inspired by finding something daily that will elevate you and your passions to keep you relevant and driven toward your goals. Be inspired.