This is the ninth installment in the Every Monday Matters series. UW Combined Fund Drive is partnering with Every Monday Matters, a nonprofit committed to inspiring a new normal where people understand how and why they matter to themselves, the community, and the world.
You are a ripple-effect wonder of the world. Did you know that you are constantly impacting those around you? Others observe how you treat people, how you drive, your facial expressions, and they listen to your words even when you aren’t speaking directly to them. You are a role model and people are just waiting to see your next move. How will you inspire them?
We all know someone who could use a little pep talk, a little inspiration to get in the game. So, be an inspirational coach and give them your best locker room pre-game talk. Or maybe you can inspire someone by simply asking questions that help them discover their passion and get them fired up. Or maybe it is as simple as teaching someone a new skill or sharing your time.
Don’t forget that the best way to inspire others is to be inspired yourself. Remember, someone is always watching, so show them something inspirational! You are perfect for the job.
Here are some ways you can inspire others:
Low. Answer this question: How do I inspire others? Hmmm. Stuck trying to find an answer? Then try looking to those who inspire you, famous or not-so-famous, and use their words and actions as inspiration as you go about your day.
Medium. Start each day with a clear goal for how you plan to inspire others. Then, at the end of the day, reflect on the reactions you observed and what you felt and experienced as a result of your intentional inspiration.
High. Is there someone close to you who needs a lift or a big heap of hope? Reach out to that person regularly starting today. Be an inspiration to this person for the month or entire year. You won’t regret it.
Volunteering is a great way to share inspiration. Consider signing up for a shift to serve a meal to homeless youth at ROOTS Young Adult Shelter in the University District. What an impact you will make! Visit the UW Combined Fund Drive for more volunteer opportunities and inspire someone today.