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“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” This quote by Maya Angelou is a simple reminder of the impact I can make in someone’s life through an act of kindness, a positive inspiration, or something as small as how I respond to a text message.
Being aware of how you treat people is key if you desire to inspire people to greatness. I honestly believe in treating people fairly with kindness. I used to think that I was weak because I would not respond to situations or people in a way that would hurt them. I would always find a very kind and diplomatic way of expressing myself. But now I realize that it’s ok. I want to be a peacemaker, or peace keeper when at all possible. And by doing that, I believe that I am bringing out the best in others. Inspiration is powerful, and can significantly change a person’s life.
Greatness is different for everyone, and you determine what makes you great or what it means for you to be great. For you it may be finishing a book and getting it published, or someone else it may be getting that promotion. Either way, inspiring someone to greatness is both good for the one being inspired, and the one providing inspiration. I truly desire to inspire others to greatness, here are a few tips that I’d like to share with you to encourage greatness.
1. Be Authentic
Showing people who you are, what you care about, and that you genuinely care about will allow you to be more impactful. People want to know that you care, and the best way to show you care is to be authentic and kind.
2. Be Enthusiastic
It is said that nothing happens without enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is infectious. When you are enthusiastic about the work you do, you will spark a fire of enthusiasm in others. When you are enthusiastic, you are more attractive and inviting.
3. Connect Emotionally
Connecting emotionally means being interested and making others feel important. For example, commenting on a Facebook post versus just hitting the like button goes a long way. We all want to be liked and supported.
4. Be A Storyteller
Each of us has a compelling story that can move others. When we hear stories, we build a stronger connection with the person telling the story and give them freedom to share their own stories.
5. Be Encouraging
Motivational quotes and compliments have a way of brightening any day. Encouragement is such a selfless act, and words matter. Our words have the capacity to change lives, and bring life.
6. Be A Listener
Being distracted and doing others things while someone is talking to you is the fastest way to show that you are not interested. If you want to be impactful and help others be great, you must listen with your eyes.
7. Keep Your Promises
Showing up is the key to success. The quickest way to destroy the trust that you’ve worked so hard for, is to not keep your word. Even if you need more time, do what you said.
8. Keep It Positive
Harvey Mackay once said, “Positive thinking is more than just a tagline. It changes the way we believe. And I firmly believe that when I am positive, it not only makes me better, but it also makes those around me better.” A great way to stay positive is to write down what you are grateful for.
8. Be Charismatic and Confident
Researchers found that the exposure to charisma increased generosity, and confident, charismatic people make others feel good. Confident body language affects how others see you. For example, a simple smile is a sign of both confidence and charisma.
Have you had the pleasure of inspiring a person to take a positive step forward to a better life? Or has someone helped inspire you to overcome a significant struggle? If so, we’d love to hear all about it in the comments!