How To Feel Inspired In Business

By Catherine Bell

People follow what they feel. Look at anyone taking action in the world, and you will find that they're motivated on some level by emotion. Sure, there's necessity and survival; logic and habit - but even within these reasons, people are still following what they feel. We follow inspiration, not instructions.

If we are moved by a great cause, an incredible person, a pressing need, then we will put far more effort into whatever needs to be done than something we are indifferent toward. It's the simple truth of being human. When we are emotionally engaged, we fire up and take action before we even know it. Think about the last time you were really motivated to do something. What were the emotions you were experiencing at the time? Chances are that you were feeling very positive towards the goal you were moving to; or very negative about the thing you were moving away from; but there was definitely an emotion involved.

We are driven by emotion in all areas of our lives - including at work. In order to elicit certain behaviors that will lead to the desired outcomes, Leaders have two choices. We can choose to manipulate the emotions and outcomes of our Team by negative means like bullying, intimidation and fear - or we can take the high road. We can choose to inspire, invigorate and coach, assisting others to find positive emotional outcomes through their work. Focusing on inspiration can be an eye-opening experience for yourself and those around you. As you shift your focus to what inspires people, you will come to understand the best parts of human behavior; you will also discover and bring forth the best parts of yourself. Inspiration is a lofty idea - it appeals to the very highest parts of who we are. It reveals to us the strength to do things we never imagined were possible. Inspiration then, is clearly a far more effective tool to assist your Team than fear-based action. We know that emotions drive human behavior - this is the current reality for your Team and your workplace every day. Let's explore the way to long-term, sustainable success for yourself, your Team and your organisation.

Consider your own current situation in the workplace. What are the tasks that you feel compelled to do; the ones you can perform with ease? What are the positive emotional outcomes for you, when you complete these tasks? A feeling of satisfaction or achievement perhaps, or the emotional payoff of a pat on the back or recognition for a project completed. On the other hand, what are the tasks that you hesitate to do, put off or even downright refuse to do? Are they the ones that have some kind of an emotionally negative payoff for you - or perhaps you have no real connection to them? Do they fail to juice you up, get you going or inspire you? Examine your current situation and you will find this to be true.

What emotional tools are you currently using in encouraging and leading others around you? Are you using fear? Is your Team motivated to action by the need to comply or be part of the group, in response to intimidation tactics? Or are you speaking to the higher purpose of your Team and using a combination of methods and tools to assist them to get a positive outcome? Are you providing rewards in a variety of ways, in ways that matter (emotionally) to your staff? Whatever the system you're currently using, the results will speak for themselves. If your Team barely do the minimum that is required to get the job done, there's room for improvement. If your Team are performing well and occasionally showing signs of going beyond, then you already have some degree of inspiration already working for you - and we want to help you take it to the next level.

Throughout history all Leaders, famous, infamous and unknown, have all possessed the ability to inspire others into action. They present a vision so compelling it assists us to overcome any fears we have about taking action and we simply choose to believe. Through that belief we form the energy and commitment to move forward into a new unknown. We say goodbye to the comforts of the present and look with hope to the future for an even better reality. We take part in creating this through the application of our efforts, our energy, our intelligence and our hard work to be a part of something great.

The ability to create a vision and harness people's deepest wants and desires is essential for any business Leader wanting to achieve something great. The opposite approach of fear, indifference or management through manipulation will work for a time - until people become intolerant of mistreatment and demand more. The business Leaders who continue to matter for decades - and who leave indelible footprints on our hearts and in our world - are the ones who inspire use. They transport us beyond any current reality and create a ripple effect that reaches far beyond the office or the boardroom. Great Leaders help us see potential within ourselves that we never knew existed until the call to action.

A great Leader makes the heartfelt cry, "I have a vision I must pursue. Come and join me!" This call to action must become a central part of who we are and what we do to lead. Inspiring is a cornerstone of great Leadership - and draws on the strengths of your Team. Leaders who can create an atmosphere of inspiration will allow excellence to bloom at all levels in the organisation.

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