A Call for More Inspiration at Work

Being Inspired and inspiringAre you inspired and inspiring at work? What are your personal standards around inspiration?    

Are you inspired and inspiring? Or,  are you in with the masses who look at work through slightly deadened eyes.  Lives made dim by uninspired work environments with veins of mistrust pulsing through them.  Are you one of the 84% of North American workers activily pursuing new job opportunities in 2011?  This amazing stat is from a 2010 Right Management survey marking a dramatic rise in the number of people looking to change their work environment. 

Our culture doesn’t talk much about the necessity around being inspired while at work.  Even though there seems to be a rise in consciousness around bringing more meaning into our lives, we haven’t yet latched on to the idea that inspired, joyful work places attract clients, create better opportunities for innovation and generally produce more than uninspired negative ones. 

According to a 2010 poll by right management,  only 3% of 1408 human resource professionals polled said their work environments remained positive in the face of negativity to the point where it did not effect their productivity.

We haven’t, as individuals, in our respective work places discovered our own individual  access points to what brings us alive in inspiration at work .  Oh sure, we may desire inspiration – and yet, we may be waiting for someone or something else to inspire us rather than taking responsibility for inspiring ourselves.  

Ofen things side track us.  We may allow something, or someone to emotionally effect us – and take us out of  the inspiration zone.   We may the stressors of too much to do and not enough time to do it in or our negative environments take away focus from being inspired to being reactive.

I hear time and time again peoples desire to be more inspired, yet, they are not accessing what it is to be inspiring for themselves.  

This is a call for you to take charge and responsibility for your own personal leadership; for you to raise the bar for your own levels of being inspired and inspiring.

Here is a little checklist for you, to check in on your own inspiration practices:

  1. When was the last time you took a few moments out of your day to inspire someone else?   Share something inspiring, or write something of appreciation, tell someone how they positively effect you or express your soul in some  positive way at work.
  2. How clear are you on how specifically your contributions at work provide meaning to yourself and to your community?   How frequently are your reminding yourself of this meaningfulness while you are working?
  3. How engaged are you with your personal passions?  (Those things that bring you fully alive and inspired)  Have you found a way to bring passion into your work?   – Do you get to engage with your passions each and every day?
  4. How aligned are you to your life’s true purpose?  Do have a crystal clear vision of what your purpose is, and are you purposeful about living it?
  5. How light & at ease do you feel?   In what emotional state do you spend most of your day?
  6. What’s your body language saying?  Is your head held up on high?  or are you slump-a-dumping?
  7. How are you behaving at work?   What are your behaviours saying about what you believe and what you desire?  Are you taking inspired action towards your dreams and goals? 
  8. What’s sacred to you?  What is it that you revere?   What are those things –  when you perceive them – you are reminded we are all ONE?  What reminds you of the gloriousness of all life?   Is it nature?   the environment?   water?  children?  Is it your wedding ring and what that represents? Is it the solution you provide to a pain in your community?  What ever it is for you – are you revering it in your thoughts and actions daily?  Or has the business of life – had your focus pull away?

If you answered each of the questions with an affirmative response – you already have a sense of how inspiration plays a role in your work and life.  

If not, here are ways inspiration can make a difference:

  • You can role model being inspiring  People are often inspired when they witness inspiration.  Personal leadership is a lot about leading from a place of being a role model.
  • Inspiration is circular   Have you ever had the experience of  someone acknowleding you for good work – and then you acknowledging them back for the impact their words had on you?  (and then noticing how the conversation wants to keep on going)  This is inspired communication!
  • Inspiration brings life!  Inspiration is energizing.  Just like the inhalation of air as it is to breathing – inspiration raises creativity and aliveness in an organization.
  • Inspiration allows greater access to intuition and “right” action.  When we are inspired, possibilities abound.  With these more choices – comes the opportunitinity for more aligned action.  When we are not inspired – often we are caught in a singular, more limited perspective.
  • Being inspired makes things just a little more fun!  There is nothing more enjoyable than you yourself taking inspired action or even sitting in a room with inspired action bubbling around you.
  • People love to work in inspired environments 

As you can gather; purpose, passion and inspired action contribute greatly to being inspiring.  In the end, what we are talking about is finding for yourself, a focus of attention that inspires you, bring you personal fulfillment and makes a positive footprint in your environment by way of your own personal leadership.

So some begining questions for you  might be:

  • Where would you like more inspiration at work?
  • Where would could you be just a little more inspiring in your work life?
  • and,what might that mean to you?

Self Leadership – 3 Tips to Reveal Your Aliveness

Personal Leadership AlivenessFinding your  “self leadership aliveness” can be a matter of just learning to be mindful of 3 areas.   It’s leveraging the best of what is – of your past,  your present and your future.   All 3 of these areas could be part of your personal leadership strategy for growth.

Here are 3 tips for getting in touch with your personal leadership aliveness.

The best of what is  – of your past. Think, talk and then write about different specific moments of different  times in your life when you felt fully alive.  These are peak experience moments when you felt you were doing your best, feeling your best, enjoying life to the fullest and having high peak experiences.

Be very specific – so specific that you can relive the moment over in your memory in glorious detail.  Generalities won’t work here.  Be specific.

By identifying the specific moment in time – this enables you to better access the mind-body evidence (What you saw, experienced, thought and felt) to help you record it.

After you have identify 3 or 4 peak experience moments, identify – what if any, common elements in your stories.     Where you always with others?  Alone?   Where you out in nature?   Where you talking about ideas? or passions?   The more common elements of your self leadership you can identify – the closer you are to identifying your own unique aliveness.

The best of what is –  in your present. Think and write about what you are grateful for.  Gratitude is a way of expressing the best of what is and embedded in that expression are also peak experience moments.  Often when we are grateful for something – it has moved us in a particular way.   Specifically note moments when you felt inspired and lifted up in gratitude.   Learn more about how to express gratitude as a personal leadership practice.

The energies of the present; they may be more subtle or ethereal than the energy of your memories of the past – yet – there are little clues bundled up in what you are grateful for.  

The best of what is – in the future. What is a desire today – can often be that which becomes the best of what is. ( you are just seeing it as a heart felt desire now).   I often tell folks, if you are having a desire – you already have been given what you need to begin manifesting it.

The activity to do here – is to begin visualizing to get clear on what you truly desire.   The easiest way to do this – is to visualize your desires as already present – already happening right now – and specifically  noticing elements are present in your visualization.

Write down things from your imagination;  like where are you, who are you with , what are you doing, how do you look, how you are feeling, what results are you getting…an so on.  By capturing the details you are identifying little strategy pieces that you can put in to a personal leadership development plan.  If you hear your inner critic in the mix – just put that aside for now – this is a time for dreaming.   You can bring the critic voice in when you are designing an action plan – for now – enjoy the aliveness of the dream of what’s possible.

By being aware of your dreams, your passions, your values, and the observable behaviours that lead to personal leadership self  fulfillment- you can be more in touch with – more often – those things that bring you most alive.

If you feel like you have been in a bit of a haze of low grade sadness or flatness  or exhaustion and you are looking for some renewed spark,– this may be exactly the right time for you to go on an exploratory personal leadership journey to find the best of what is.

When you undertake an self leadership  exploration that is appreciative in this way – often it opens a door way to some greater inspiration and creativity.  Focus on what brings  you joy, what most excites you and get back to doing more of  it. (What ever it is)