Three reasons inspiration matters even more in times of change

To succeed in a time of change we will have to do new things in new ways.

The best way to achieve that is by inspiring ourselves and the people around us. Because, as Steve Jobs put it:

“If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.”

This was true when the world was stable. 

And there are at least three reasons why it is even more true now:

  1. In times of change, people are likely to experience doubt, uncertainty, and even fear:
    Getting them to switch to new ways of doing things means overcoming their doubt, fear, and uncertainty. And the best way to do that is with inspiration.
  2. Once people have joined your project, difficulties are bound to arise:
    The more inspiration you have created, the more easily people will be able to handle these difficulties without needing input from you, the more energy they will bring to the project, and the longer they will stick with it, no matter what happens.
  3. Over time, the inspiration felt by you and your team will translate into results:
    Research by Gallup shows that companies with highly engaged workforces “outperform their peers by 147% in earnings per share… A highly engaged workforce means the difference between a company that outperforms its competitors and one that fails to grow.” 

In other words, inspiration will spur people to join your project, motivate them to stay with it, and increase the contribution you and they make.

Or putting this another way, when you find what you love it inspires you to begin, encourages you to keep going, and brings you the passion and joy to produce more and better than you would have done otherwise. 

And all of this not only makes change easier to handle. It also makes you and the people around you antifragile — able to use change to become stronger.

On a scale of 0-10, how inspired do you and the people around you feel today? What would would happen if you felt more inspired?

Adapted from Inner Leadership: a framework and tools for building inspiration in times of change.

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