Look for some fresh inspiration to create positive impact?

Leaders are under a lot of pressure – to create results, meet deadlines, and keep everyone happy. Understandably, it’s easy to get bogged down in the day-to-day and lose sight of the bigger picture. When you find yourself struggling in the weeds, it’s important to remember why you got into leadership in the first place – to create positive impact. Here are three ways you can connect with inspiration and keep creating positive impact.

“Inspiration propels a person from apathy to possibility, and transforms the way we perceive our own capabilities.” – Why Inspiration Matters

1 – Look outside of yourself to find inspiration

When you’re feeling stuck but you really want to be creating positive impact, it can be helpful to look outside of yourself for inspiration. Take a walk in nature, get your ‘eyes on the horizon’ and enjoy the positive impact of nature connectedness. If your weather and location prevent that, try reading a book or article, watching a Ted Talk, or listening to a podcast.

Here’s a few things we’ve found inspiring: Be humble and other lessons from the philosophy of water, BBC’s inspiring stories category, 100 Inspiring Australians and Red Bull’s changemakers. If you know others we should add… send us an email.

There are endless sources of inspiration out there – you just have to go out and find them. Once you’ve found something that inspires you, think about how you can apply it to your work. For example, if you read an inspiring story about someone who overcame adversity, think about how you can use that story to motivate your team.

2 – Talk to others

Another great way to find inspiration is by talking to others, your peers, your colleagues, your network. Ask them what they’re doing that’s having a positive impact in their roles. You may be surprised by how much inspiring work is happening right under your nose. In addition to asking your peers for inspiration, don’t forget to give them some too! Sharing stories and ideas is a great way to build relationships and create a community of leaders who are committed to making positive impact.

3 – Get back to basics

Blank paper, a sharpie and some open air or a distraction free space. Remind yourself of why you got into leadership in the first place – what kind of impact do you want to make? Write down some of the wins that have happened in the last three months. Write what does success looks like for you now? Once you’ve reconnected with your vision for impact, and considered how far you’ve come recently, it will be easier to find concrete ways to make it happen. For example, if one of your goals is to increase employee engagement, brainstorm some specific things you can do (e.g., send an email celebrating those wins) simple things you can take action on right now.

Inspiration and creating positive impact

Inspiration can be defined as “Something that makes someone want to do something or that gives someone an idea about what to do or create.”

Whereas motivation is “The act or process of giving someone a reason for doing something.”

So, inspiration can create that innovative spark that leaders, entrepreneurs and changemakers rely on. While motivation can be created through your ‘why’. The reason you are focused on creating impact in the first place.

In conclusion

Getting inspired gives us fresh energy. Leadership can be tough, but it’s also one of the most rewarding things you can do. When you’re feeling lost or uninspired in your role, remember why you got into leadership in the first place – to make a positive impact. Use these three tips – looking outside yourself, talking to your peers, and getting back to basics -to jumpstart your journey towards creating positive impact as a leader!