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Daily Leadership Thought #78 – Seek Inspiration


We all need to be inspired every once in awhile.  Leaders especially need to find sources of inspiration because the very nature of their role is to inspire others.  There are many ways to trigger inspiration but you must always find it within yourself.  Everyone is different in terms of what truly resonates them.  Personally, I turn to music, certain authors and poets, biographies of inspirational leaders and movies that have resonated with me.

I’ve also found that being inspired can and should happen spontaneously and try to put myself in situations where this is possible.  For example, I find time driving on the highways to be a bland and somewhat frustrating experience (especially during rush hour).   I much prefer driving on back roads even if it takes a bit longer.  I happen to live n the scenic state of Maryland so it’s not too hard to find something pleasing all around me on these more bucolic drives.  And, the experience of beauty usually leads to some level of an emotional response which can be inspiring if you are open to it.

I’ve also been inspired situationally through observing the joy and/or perseverance in others who are navigating the highs and lows of life.  Just being there for a friend or colleague can be a powerful experience. It’s amazing what any one individual is capable of given a certain set of circumstances.  This is also why it is important to be somewhat selective about who you spend your time with – they will inspire and motivate you or they won’t.

I encourage you to seek inspiration as part of your daily journey.  This doesn’t mean it will always happen or that the experiences will consistently be profound ones.   However, it does mean you will be more open to those special events when they do happen.   And, when they do happen, it feeds your own capacity for imagination, creativity and redefining what’s possible in life which is always a good thing.

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