I’ve been thinking a lot lately about inspiration…how I am inspired, how I inspire other people, and just about the concept in general. Mainly this came up because I was told on three separate occasions, by three different people, and about three different things I’ve done/am doing that I have somehow inspired someone – and the feeling of hearing that is pretty powerful.
The first was after the “Meet Plan GO!” conference in Seattle that we were invited to speak at – the theme of our presentation was “Embrace the Fear” (something I try to do every day), and we had two people come up to us afterwards and tell us that some of the things we said really resonated with them and inspired them to take the plunge. The second was a friend telling me that quitting my current job (which I love) and moving to California from Edmonton to try something new and take an opportunity that was pretty hard to pass up, is inspirational. And the third was a more subtle one…for something that was probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, but for which I will never be openly recognized, and for which I can’t really speak about in the public arena of my blog.
Breaking it down a little further, I realized that people are being affected by my actions because I’ve taken a harder route – I’ve deliberately stepped off the easy path in the hopes of finding something more fulfilling, or for taking a risk and challenging myself, or for doing something that is ethically right. And although the path-forging is hard, it’s so worth it – so unbelievably worth it for me inside, for those I touch, and for my own story, as I continue along life’s path.
One of my favourite speeches of all time is JFK’s “We will go to the moon” speech – I always seem to take inspiration from this, and find myself often repeating the mantra “I do it not because it is easy, but because it is hard.” I get shivers every time I watch it.
So, I’m curious. What inspires you? How do you try to inspire others?