Three reasons inspiration matters even more in times of change

Succeeding in a time of change requires you to do new things in new ways.

The best way to achieve that is by inspiring yourself and the people around you.

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 be experiencing doubt, uncertainty, and even fear:
    Getting them to switch to new ways of doing things means overcoming their doubt and fear. 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 those difficulties without needing further input from you. And the more inspired the people around you feel, the more energy they will put into 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.” 

Inspiration will spur people to join your project. It will motivate you and them to stick with it, even when times are hard. And it will increase the contribution you all make together.

Or putting this another way: when you find what you love it will inspire you to begin, it will encourage you to keep going (no matter what happens), and it will enable you to produce work of far higher quality than you would have done otherwise. 

All of which 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 currently feel? 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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