The habit of doing

Take a moment to think about some of the people who inspire you. What is it about them that you respect and want to emulate? What do they do? Do they inspire you because they’ve created something? Do they inspire you because they do something worthwhile or because they are very skilled at something? Does their personality inspire you?

Whatever it is that inspires you about them, they will all have something in common. They all do something. I can guarantee that nobody inspires you because they’re great at sitting on the sofa watching TV or because they’re brilliant at spending an hour posting on Facebook.

So how can you use what inspires you about them to become inspirational yourself? By doing something, anything in fact. It really doesn’t matter what you do as long as you enjoy it and it doesn’t involve being passive in front of a screen (you can be active in front of a screen e.g. writing, being creative with photography etc but don’t just sit there absorbing). By forming a habit of doing rather than being passive I guarantee that you will inspire yourself and others. Little by little you will get better at what you do which will make you more confident and that confidence will knock on into other areas of your life. You will become more interesting because you will be an “expert” in something (to be an expert you don’t have to know everything just more than the average person). You will be passionate about something and you’ll have more to talk about than just what happened in last night’s TV.

At first doing something may seem daunting. It’s difficult to get going with something new. But I guarantee you it will be worth it no matter how rubbish you are at first.

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