Iconic statesman, John Quincy Adams once said, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
To inspire others, you do not need to be famous or a powerful figure. Anyone can be an inspiration to others. Here are 4 effective ways to inspire others.
1. Share a story
Stories are powerful. Maybe your story? Or your friend’s? Inspiration can be driven by shared stories. It can change one’s views or even life as a whole. If you have a story to tell that you think that your audience can relate to, then share it. Share everything you’ve got.
2. Free them from their own mental prison
Famous writer David Foster Wallace said, “Blind certainty, a close-mindedness that amounts to an imprisonment so total that the prisoner doesn’t even know he’s locked up.” If you know someone that says they “can’t” about something that you know they can do, set them free by encouraging them. The only thing stopping many people is their own mind. With a little confidence boost from someone that simply says “I believe,” wonders can happen.
3. Send them a care package
Maya Angelou once said, “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Knowing that you’re cared about can do amazing things towards inspiration. If you’re looking for a gift to inspire someone, we can help you. Spoonful of Comfort’s care packages include homemade touches and a handwritten note with a message of your choice.
Inspiring others doesn’t always entail being admirable. Often, it’s the other way around. Ever wonder why many are drawn to Oprah Winfrey’s emotional touch? It’s because she listens more than she talks. Everyone knows who Oprah is, but she doesn’t have an ego. She’s authentic.
When you give your full attention to listening, people recognize that authenticity. Listen so you can relate on a personal level. Inspiration is not about people that are already strong. It’s about helping the weak become stronger in their own respect.