Practical Tips on how to Inspire Others
Posted By Rev.Fr. K.M. Jose SDB

2. Each week, make yourself a promise to talk to someone new in your life, to encourage them, tell them how much you believe in them or how you support them in their path to success. If you are one of those people who is naturally inclined to doing this, then you are an expert at this strategy! On the other hand, if you are a busy, task-oriented person, it might help to make it a point to remind yourself each week to talk and inspire someone in your life.

3. Encourage and inspire others to live a healthy life by adopting healthy habits and giving up on not-so-healthy habits. Here are some examples: Go walking or jogging each day for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Cut down on artificial fruit drinks, minimize your salt and sugar intake. If you desire to inspire, then be ready to perspire!

4. Get better and better at what you do, which means we have to keep ourselves regularly updated in order to keep improving and excelling at what we do, not only to inspire others but to also pursue excellence. And we need to do this systematically.

5. To inspire others, live a balanced life by carefully tracking your time and all that you do in the 24 hours allotted to each one of us every day. In other words, do not spend the majority of your day just working or a majority of your day in relaxing. Having a balance is something everyone wants, and if you can achieve it, you’ll teach and inspire others to do the same!

6. Help people heal. Instead of judging people by their past, stand by them and help repair their future. In life, you get what you put in. When you make a positive impact in someone else’s life, you also make a positive impact in your own life. Do something that’s greater than you – something that helps someone else to be happy or to suffer less. Everyone values the gift of unexpected assistance and those who supply it.

7. Keep your cool in tense situations. What you do in a tense situation says a lot about your limits. People take note of how far the pressure or social discomfort around you goes until you lose control of yourself and the situation. Keeping your cool in tense situations lets people know you have a mind of steel – a personality trait most people are drawn to.

8. Listen intently to what others say. Make people feel important, and inspire them by showing them that they are. Eyes focused, ears tuned, mobile phone off. In a world that can’t move fast enough, someone who can find time to listen to others is always appreciated.

9. Keep your promises and tell the truth. Inspire people with your dependability and commitment to the truth. If you say you’re going to do something, DO IT! If you say you’re going to be somewhere, BE THERE! If you say you feel something, MEAN IT! If you can’t, won’t, and don’t, then DON’T LIE. It’s always better to tell people the truth up front.

10. Focus on the positive. Be happy with who you are now, and let your positivity inspire your journey into tomorrow. Everything that happens in life is neither good nor bad. It just depends on your perspective. And no matter how it turns out, it always ends up just the way it should. Either you succeed or you learn something. So, stay positive, appreciate
the pleasant outcomes, and learn from the rest. Your positivity will help encourage those around you.

11. Make people feel good about themselves. People will rarely remember what you did, but they will always remember how you made them feel. Start noticing what you like about others and tell them. Go out of your way to personally acknowledge and complement the people who have gone out of their way to excel. As Von Goethe once said, “Treat a man as
he appears to be, and you make him worse. But treat a man as if he already were what he potentially could be, and you make him what he should be.”

12. Be authentic and true to yourself. Focus on building your character. Be more concerned with your character than your reputation. Your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others temporarily think you are. A genuinely good character always shines and inspires in the long run. In this irrational world that’s trying to make you like everyone else, find the courage to keep being your awesome self. Embrace that individual inside you that has ideas, strengths and beauty like no one else. Be the person you know yourself to be – the best version of you – on your terms. Above all, be true to YOU, and if you cannot put your heart in it, take yourself out of it. No, it won’t always be easy; because when it comes to living as a compassionate, non-judgmental human being, the only challenge greater than learning to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes, is learning to walk a lifetime, comfortably in your own.

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