I want you to think back to a time when someone inspired you. REALLY inspired you. It could have been a conference you attended or a virtual event. You could have read the profile of someone you admired. Whatever the case may be, you can strengthen your belief in yourself with the motivation of others!
You have likely read books about some pretty inspiring leaders, that you admire. These often show you what they had to go through to become successful. They write about the pain they had to endure, and all the challenges they faced to achieve their goals. Sometimes, their stories will shock you. It is hard to believe that these amazing leadership mavens ever had to deal with adverse situations.
The internet gives us plenty of opportunities to view stories of high-profile people. Just do a quick search on YouTube. You will find hundreds, if not thousands, of videos from these individuals describing their experiences. You may even find books covering the same subject, but videos have more of an impact on you. However, there is usually much more detail in books rather than video. Therefore, you need to take advantage of both.
Sometimes you will be lucky enough to meet the leaders you admire. You can often meet them at conferences, seminars, and virtual events. It is great to connect with these people and ask them questions. Most people in this position will gladly answer these questions. It is part of the process. Of course, you want to be respectful of their time and not hog the question and answer session.
It is great to have others who help motivate you. However, if you place them too high on a pedestal, you may find it difficult to motivate yourself. You will start to believe these people have an innate ability that you do not possess. This is counterproductive. You need to realize they all started the same as you. Some may have had initial advantages, but even then, most people still need to work hard to achieve what they set out for.
Another issue is spending too much time listening or reading about the people who inspire and motivate you. At some point, you must take appropriate action to get started on your own goals. You can only listen so much before you need to act. But you need to do more than going to seminars or reading books. None of that matters unless you put in the effort yourself. Once that happens, others may be coming to you one day saying how you inspired and motivated them, just how you strengthened belief in yourself with the motivation of others!
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