Look All Around You To Determine And Realize What Inspires You

So often in our professional and personal lives we look around to those we work and interact with and we see what we’re allowed to see, meaning what those around us permit us to see of their lives.

Because of that type of reservation, we don’t see everything that goes or has gone into shaping their lives into what we see today. It’s like that with most people we come across in our day, whether it is family, friends, or regular acquaintances.

Granted, with each level of closeness we gain more insight and access into the backstories of others. We know more about acquaintances than those we’ve only recently met or encountered, much in the same way we know our friends more than acquaintances, and family more than friends. Most often, that’s the trend of growing transparency. The greater the closeness or relationship, the more we know about that person. This happens generally, but not always. It all depends both on how comfortable people feel sharing about themselves and whether they feel any benefit in sharing about themselves.

“Articulating what inspires you to move forward allows you to monitor your drive forward and keep yourself accountable.”

And with all these people around us living so many different lives, they are going through as many different experiences, under different circumstances, acting in different ways, and possibly getting different results while working toward their own individual and varied goals. There are so many combinations of factors which will culminate into what other people see in someone’s life.

It’s important to understand what someone else is, generally, all about. It helps us understand where they’re coming from and what they seek and need for their own personal success. We can learn about what drives and inspires them.

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But before we can even seek to understand and seek out what makes another person tick – what inspires them – do you understand those things about yourself?

What is the source of what pushes you forward in life? What is it that drives you and lights a fire under you?

Here are a few considerations:

Family – Does your family drive you to be better and to go further? Do you seek to make them proud as they supported you throughout your upbringing? How do you want to improve or even adjust your future over the environment you were brought up in, if at all? Aside from the family you come from, there is also the need to consider the family you’re building and the need to seek out your best self and performance, keeping them in mind.

Friends – What do the actions and insights of your friends do for your learning, development and growth? Friends not only serve social and personal purposes but can also provide inspiration as you develop yourself professionally and personally.

Legacy – What do you want to be remembered for when you are no longer here? What would your eulogy say about how you lived and what you accomplished in your life? What will it say you did for others? What it would say – do you think it would reconcile to what you would want it to say?

Upbringing – What tenets of leadership did you learn growing up? Yes, they may not have been shaped or packaged as formal lessons, but what were the examples you were witness to as you matured through your life lessons?

“In the course of finding that inspiration and working off of the fuel it provides, are you creating value for yourself as well as others?”

Helping Others – Whether driven by organized religion or not, some people are able to find value in assisting others and making others’ lives better. They feel a sense of reward in seeing others rise up out of difficulty or the everyday, and attain some level of growth, development, or success.

Faith – If you do worship under a religion, how do its lessons shape the way you address others and the world around you? What does it teach you about how to deal with and serve others? What does it ask you to provide to the environment and world around you?

Competition – Some are driven by either an innate or fostered need to compete with others. How do you seek to test yourself or confirm your worth and value against others? Some feel that need to continue competing either against others or even themselves, pushing forward to make themselves better over a previous version of themselves.

Money – Riches in compensation. To some, money may serve as peace of mind while others may want the world so that their definition of what it is to live is not limited by their means. What portion of you is driven or inspired by money?

Others – How much do the work and lives of others outside of your family and friends inspire you to make yourself better? What can others teach you about your environment and yourself? What do others exemplify, which maybe you hadn’t considered for and in yourself? There is much we can learn from others. There will be good lessons and bad lessons, but at the very least they will demonstrate to us how to grow and avoid the pitfalls.


There is no right or wrong answer when determining how any number of these and other items not mentioned here inspires you to move forward.

What inspires you is not as important as how it inspires you and what it drives you to do?

And inspiration is different than motivation here in that inspiration is the thought of something and how important it is to you while motivation, for another discussion, would be specific actions or methods used, possibly by those who inspire you, to actually get you going.

“…before we can even seek to understand and seek out what makes another person tick – what inspires them – do you understand those things about yourself?”

In the course of finding that inspiration and working off of the fuel it provides, are you creating value for yourself as well as others?

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No matter where you are in life, whether in the earlier or later stages of your development, it is always important to understand what drives you.

Knowing what inspires you demonstrates a lot about you to others and to yourself.

Articulating what inspires you to move forward allows you to monitor your drive forward and keep yourself accountable.

So…What About You?

  • What is it that inspires you? How have you articulated your inspiration to yourself so that you understand it?
  • How has what inspires you evolved over the years?
  • On the flipside, how do you try to inspire others?

 

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