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Why Inspiration Matters

Inspiration and reaching your goals

Inspiration facilitates progress toward goals.

The pursuit of goals is more successful among inspired individuals, with them experiencing more purpose in life and more gratitude.

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Why Inspiration Matters

Why Inspiration Matters

https://hbr.org/2011/11/why-inspiration-matters

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The role of inspiration

It opens us to new possibilities by allowing us to go beyond our ordinary experiences and limitations. Inspiration propels a person from apathy to possibility and transforms the way we perceive our own capabilities. 

And the good news is that it can be activated, captured, and manipulated, and it has a major effect on important life outcomes.

Inspiration has 3 core aspects

  • Evocation: it is evoked spontaneously without intention.
  • Transcendence: it involves a moment of clarity and awareness of new possibilities.
  • Approach motivation: it pushes us to transmit, express, or actualize a new idea or vision.

Inspiration involves both being inspired by something and acting on that inspiration.

Inspired people

Inspired people report higher levels of important psychological resources, including belief in their own abilities, self-esteem, and optimism.

Mastery of work, absorption, creativity, perceived competence, self-esteem, and optimism are all consequences of inspiration.

Inspiration and positive affect

Inspiration is not the same as positive affect.

Inspiration involves elevated levels of positive affect and task involvement and lower levels of negative affects, but it is more meaningful and driven than a mere positive feeling.

Inspiration and creativity

Inspiration births creativity. Inspired people view themselves as more creative and show actual increases in self-ratings of creativity over time.

The link between inspiration and creativity is consistent with the transcendent aspect of inspiration since creativity involves seeing possibilities beyond existing constraints.

Inspiration and reaching your goals

Inspiration facilitates progress toward goals.

The pursuit of goals is more successful among inspired individuals, with them experiencing more purpose in life and more gratitude.

Inspiration and well-being

Inspiration increases well-being due to the overall positive affect, purpose and gratitude that inspired people exhibit.

Inspiration is also more strongly related to future than to present satisfaction.

The 5 key roles of leadership:

  • Using strategic vision to motivate and inspire.
  • Empowering employees at all levels.
  • Accumulating and sharing internal knowledge.
  • Gathering and integrating external information.
  • Challenging the status quo and enabling creativity.

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Exercise your mind

Reading is to the mind as exercise is to the body.

Make time to read books that help you make positive changes in your life. Then put into practice what you learn every day.

Alone time

Alone time is just as important as socializing time. It is important to stay alone for you to understand your thoughts and emotions at a deeper level.

When spending time alone, put your phone and other devices away. Turn off the television and meditate for a couple of minutes. Sit down comfortably. Close your eyes and ask yourself, “What do I want? “

Listen to music

You can get inspired by listening to good music. If you are feeling tired and stressed out, just listen to good music. It makes you feel peaceful, happy and relaxed.

And you can only get inspired if you are peaceful, happy and relaxed

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Inspiring others...

...comes more from how you operate day to day than from the extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime moments.

Think about your daily habits, and how those contribute to feelings of inspi...

5 daily habits of inspirational people

  • Focus on the process, not the outcome. The key to inspiring others is to feel so inspired by the work you do and by everything that is required to achieve the result.
  • Monitor your impact. Pay attention to how you make others feel and then make sure it's the kind of impact you want to be having.
  • Push your comfort zone. Others will be instantly inspired and more than likely to follow suit.
  • Focus on your well-being.  If you feel good, you will naturally inspire others.
  • Commit to a vision and never give up. When others know what drives you and your commitment to what's important to you, and they will be inspired.

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Curiosity leads us to generate alternatives.

When our curiosity is triggered, we are less likely to fall prey to confirmation bias (looking for information that supports our bel...

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Encouraging people to be curious generates workplace improvements

When we are curious, we view tough situations more creatively. Studies have found that curiosity is associated with less defensive reactions to stress and less aggressive reactions to provocation. 

Reduced group conflict

Curiosity encourages members of a group to put themselves in one another’s shoes and take an interest in one another’s ideas rather than focus only on their own perspective. Thus, conflicts are less heated, and groups achieve better results.

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