How to Give Back and Inspire Others
By now, you’re well aware of the benefits that come from giving back and inspiring others. The question then becomes, how do you do it? Certainly there are many opportunities by way of existing charities and outreach programs, but on an individual level, there are also a number of tips to consider when you’re thinking about how you might help those around you. Embrace the following points and you will go from wanting to inspire people to actually inspiring people on a daily basis.
1. Act and show.
Don’t simply say that you want to serve as an inspiration; get out there and do something. Commit to an initiative. Reach out to someone who has recognized you as a leader. Show people who you are as an inspiration. It is one thing to act on that desire to serve as an inspiration, but it is entirely another to live as that inspiration. This all goes back to being authentic. Follow through with the things you promise. Be true to your brand. Be proud of who you are and what you have accomplished. This will inspire those around you to do the same.
2. Provide others with the blueprint.
There is a reason you have achieved all that you have achieved. You had the skills, yes, but you also had the blueprint. Now that you have reached the top, you are bound to receive requests for advice from people who hope to be just like you one day. Some of these people you will know. Some you will not. Provided they are respectful and willing to learn, all are deserving of your time and wisdom.
3. Become a mentor.
One of the greatest ways to inspire is to serve as a mentor, but not all mentor/mentee relationships make sense. When considering someone to mentor, you have to make sure that your background and experience aligns with what they hope to achieve. More importantly, you have to ready yourself to be completely open and honest. When people look at you as a mentor, they believe in you completely. If you aren’t totally authentic in your advice to them, you are doing them a disservice.
Allow me to leave you with one final important note: You might be thinking that the only time in your life when you can inspire is when you have achieved your dream. That is simply not so. No matter how far along you are on the path to greatness, you are further along than someone else. This person could certainly use your help and advice. To this person, you can be a great inspiration. So when it comes time to give back, there is never a better time than now.
For more by R. Kay Green, click here.