Bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other. — Abraham Lincoln
Life isn’t about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself. — George Bernard Shaw
Every business person needs a good business structure, excellent product, customer service, and employees. He or she also needs an inspired leader whose vision is clearly on the prize.
I read an interesting article in the Harvard Business Review detailing a study on inspiration in business.
The Harvard Business Review article discusses the scientific difference between inspiration and positivity. In particular inspired business leaders are willing to pursue what inspires them, using positivity as a tool for inspiration.
Inspired leaders are not necessarily the head-of-the class students. Often they are the people who find deep within themselves a drive and wish to pursue a goal despite the negative feedback from others. Inspired leaders tend to want to prove the naysayers wrong and become successful in spite of what others say or think.
What is Inspiration?
Inspiration is the birth of an idea and its transformation, the “ah ha” moment, and creative spurt of ideas. Positivity, according to the Harvard Business Review, is goal accomplishment and success achieving the desired result. Positivity is related but not the same as inspiration because inspiration leads to goal setting and execution of the idea.
Successful business management and growth need both attributes and processes. A leader must stay inspired to continue growth and development. Positivity is the key to continued success as ideas and inspiration develop into real goals.
How to Find Inspiration
Inspiration is found in many places and different for every person. Some people, according to the Business Insider, find inspiration from past experiences including failures, mentors, or negative feedback. A challenge from a peer group can drive inspiration and lead to success.
Others find inspiration in reading, prayer, meditation, or music. The commonality is an inner centering of oneself leads to inspiration; then creativity; and positivity as the idea or inspiration manifests.
- Quite moments and alone time
- Nature – sit outside in the quiet, visit the coast, or a local park.
- Hiking, walking, swimming. Exercise encourages quite, introspective, thinking time
- Reading – books about people overcoming challenges and obstacles are very inspiring to me
- Sewing, crafting, word puzzles, or anything that is a quiet activity allows the mind to wander and develop ideas
- Talk ideas out with people open to listening and giving honest feedback
- Facing challenges and obstacles. The act of going through a challenge – even unsuccessfully is inspiring and character building
Inspiration opens the doors of creativity, goal-setting, accomplishment, positivity, and character building success. Finding and tapping into your inspiration is an important part to building a successful and creative business.
A willingness to develop ideas and possibly fail is part of the inspirational and business development process. Often those who succeed are those who are willing to fail or seem foolish.
Experiment to find your path to inspiration and creativity. Create an environment or systems that are conducive to inspiration. Once you have found what works for you stay with it and keep the ideas coming.