Inspiring Others on a Daily Basis
I have always been one that worked hard at inspiring others every day. I loved to see others grow in any way possible. I recall doing this all my life. It came so easily to me. I never had to work at it, try hard, or even think about it – I mean it was so easy! You know what I am talking about – It feels good right!!??
Why can’t we do this for ourselves? Why is it so easy to help inspire others, but not ourselves? I used to think it there was nothing to it really. I was encouraging them to be the best they could be at that moment. I didn’t realize there was more to it than just cheering someone on each day.
One day someone pointed out they were inspired by me, who I was, not what I was saying or encouraging them to do that day. I knew I was a good person and all, but I was not perfect. I didn’t act classy or even talk in full sentences most days! I was just a regular person, worked 40 plus hours a week, was married with kids, and sometimes never slept. I looked tired from working the night shift, overweight, and not attractive. Yes, these are things, that at one time, I thought contributed to who I was as a person.
I know what you are thinking – that they are not all that make a person who they are, right? None of these attributes were of any importance to me when looking at someone else. Unfortunately, I thought I was judged by these standards by all. I am sure some used these, but certainly not everyone. It was hard to get past my perceptions of how others judge me by my “looks”. I was so worried and hung up on truly believing that this was how I was “seen” – by my physical layer.
The day that I finally let this go, and moved forward, was so life changing. Unless you experience this yourself it will be hard for you to understand the “power” this can have over one’s self. It can really take a hold of you and make you feel like you were not able to be “seen” for who you really were inside – underneath that physical layer.
I wish I could say it was an instantaneous revelation and change that occurred over night. There was no magic wand that made this happen for me. There is one thing that did happen though – I started to believe in myself. Now this is more than knowing I was smart, or crafty, or a good person. The belief that grew inside me was an inspiration and confidence in who I was and wanted to be. I finally understood that looks didn’t matter. We all have our own beauty and need to learn to embrace ourselves.
Confidence is a super power – it is true! Once I felt this growing inside me, I was able to embrace a new me. I found I could inspire others is a whole new way. Loving yourself creates limitless possibilities. I feel more empowered to inspire others than ever. I want everyone to feel this super power!
Embrace your super power!