We all subconsciously desire to be inspiring in some degree or another. We think about making a significant difference in people’s lives. It’s just a simple human thing. It’s a rather strong endeavor for me, personally. I know I’m not the most influential person on the planet, but in this pursuit there are a few things I’ve learned about inspiring others.
How do you be an inspiring person? The first step is to care. You cannot possibly make a difference in someone’s life if you don’t care to. People’s dreams are very important, fragile things, and we should treat them with sincerity. If you want to inspire, you have to care about inspiration.
The second step is to believe you are inspiring. Basically, believe in yourself. Yes, that’s cheesy and overrated, but its truth has never changed. How can you inspire people if you believe you can’t? In that case, you won’t. You’re the first people you have to influence. Begin there.
The third step is to view one life as all the treasure in the world. For a short while I became convinced that I needed to reach many to be an inspiring person. Then I came up with a quote that I choose to live by to keep myself focused: “If I can but change one life, then I have done everything that I came to do.” Forget about counting numbers. The first time you impact someone, you officially became an inspiring person.
Other important factors I find to be necessary are: be the best listener. Did you know you can inspire without uttering a word? People love to talk about their dreams, and they want someone to just listen to their passions. Another factor: exude enthusiasm. Even if you’re not a naturally enthusiastic person (I am one of those; people have literally told me to show more excitement), it’s possible to develop a habit of enthusiasm. People love a happy person, and they are naturally drawn to them. Be excited for someone when they tell you about their dreams, or even just their likes and hobbies. It will influence them to connect pursuing their dream with thrill, and that will motivate them. See? Inspiration.
There’s one more thing to think about: Identify your inspirers. Always give credit where credit is due. Inspiration is an evolution. It came to you at some point from someone or something. When you’re inspiring others, give credit to that quote or that author or that friend or that trip to another country or that drunk stranger on the street. Not only is it simply ethical, you’ll be more genuine in others’ eyes, because you’re just like them. And, suddenly, your very existence becomes an inspiration.
What would you say makes an inspiring person?