It is so easy to glance over or miss the power our words have to breathe inspiration into the people we love and lead.
Words are powerful. Organized in the right sequence, delivered in the spirit of true concern they can change the course and direction of life.
We want to be inspired—right! We long to be in the presence of people who ignite something within us that helps us to think great thoughts, push aside doubt and fear, pursue our dreams and rise up and try again when we fall.
Inspire is an incredible word derived from the Latin root inspiratio—to “blow into or breathe upon.” The right word, at the right time in the right combination breathes life into us. An inspiring word fills our dormant sails and lifts our eyes towards the beauty and promise on the horizon.
I had lunch this week with a dear friend. As she spoke about her work she said, “I don’t know what to do. I can’t remember the last time I felt inspired. My opinion used to be sought out. Now it really doesn’t matter. I can’t remember the last time someone sat down with me and asked how they could help me learn and grow.”
Every day is a gift from God. An amazing gift filled with opportunities to inspire people who are desperate for someone to breathe life into them. But the fact is most leaders (parents, coaches, teachers, spouses, friends) fail to seize the opportunity which is tragic!
Only 1% of the time.
Dr. Shane Lopez confirms the tragic absence of inspiration in his book Making Hope Happen. Citing research from his work at Gallup, Dr. Lopez concluded that only 1% of people who worked for a leader that they did not see as inspirational and encouraging were committed and engaged in their work. Yes, only 1%!
On the other end of the scale, 69% of people who were part of a team whose leader inspired and encouraged them were committed and excited about their work. We rise, prosper and grow when we are inspired.
Breathe into the people you love and lead.
- Let them know you care about them as a person. You can’t inspire people who don’t think you care about them. Connecting with people in a caring way requires knowledge of who they are and what is important to them.
- Ask questions that give them permission to talk about what is going on in their lives. With a high degree of certainty you’ll consistently discover two things. First, there is always more going on in someone’s life than you were aware. Second, there is something troubling them that is keeping them from being their best.
- Be curious about their ambitions and dreams. Make it a priority to understand who they think they are today and what they would like to become in the future. Then you can encourage them to improve their skills and pursue new learning.
Breathe inspiration into someone today.
The right words, in the right combination delivered at the right moment can make a bad day better. Words are powerful and can be the inspiration that changes the course of a life forever. It doesn’t take any special training or require an invitation.
Don’t fall into the trap of complacency with the people you love the most and spend the most time with. Commit to being the person who purposefully and intentionally breathes life into their sails every day.
Make no mistake everyone thirsts to be inspired.
Who do you need to take to lunch, call or put your arm around and breathe a word of encouragement into?
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