The power to inspire is such an incredible force throughout time and history. It has led to some of the most powerful movements, but it can be used for good and evil alike. I think about people who came of humble means and found it difficult to gain the support for their stated ambitions. Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr, and Nelson Mandela all fought for civil rights in different countries and eras. They brought about change because they possessed the power to inspire other people to question their own beliefs for good. Not all leaders inspire for this same purpose.
Adolph Hitler’s purpose was unfortunately not for good, and history has shown the Nazi movement as one of hate and discrimination, but it would be short sighted to ignore the power Hitler had. The power to inspire people is a gift, but at the end of the day we are responsible for what actions we take. I am still inspired today by the messages of Gandhi, King, and Mandela, and their desire to create a world of lasting peace and equality for all people. What inspires you? What things are worth fighting for? Find what inspires you today so that you will be able to spot the imposters when they show up later.
What do you search for when you aren’t feeling particularly inspired to boost yourself up and gain more traction on the journey? Have you considered the many ways you are inspiring the people around you?
We all love to feel inspired. That feeling of stirring inside of us that tells us that we are on the right mission or with the right people. It can happen in unexpected ways and times. But what do you do when you’re not inspired, when you’ve lost your inspiration and are feeling exhausted? I have my go-to exercise that resets me. I go to the gym, and then take a good long shower. I light some candles and put on the Hawaiian version of Over the Rainbow on loop. This song takes me to a wonderful place and reminds me of the limitless potential of everyone. It rights my ship when I need it. What is yours? If you don’t know, it’s important to have a go-to exercise or routine that will help you find your inspiration again.
This blog is part of a series from the book Discover Your Best Life by Mike Hintz. His personal, professional, and spiritual growth tools are also featured in Northlink Retreats. If this topic resonates with you consider reading the book or attending one of the upcoming Discover Your Best Life Retreats.