**If you’re participating in the 30 Day Ab Challenge, be sure you start your exercises today and record your time on the Google Doc!**
For Motivation Monday, I want to talk about the best way to inspire others. When you have been inspired to change your own life, was it because someone told you that you needed to change? I’d guess that it wasn’t. Instead, you were most likely inspired because you saw something in someone else that you aspired to be – whether it was the way they dressed professionally but still fashionably, the way they helped others selflessly, or the way they radiated the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Right? I would argue that the best way to inspire others is to be the example. (picture source)
Live your own life exactly as you’re doing, and watch the positive impact it can have on others. Smile at strangers, talk about how wonderful your weekend was, go on eating your healthy lunch that you packed from home while others are hitting the vending machine. Don’t rub it in their faces – wait for them to ask! It’s so much more powerful that way. Plus, I truly believe that people won’t change until they’re ready, so if you are preaching how people should do this or should be that, it will likely sound more annoying than helpful. (picture source – can only find the image page, not the real source)
Now, if you really think about the situation we’re in right now, my message could be seen as a bit hypocritical. I’m writing here on a public blog, sharing health tips, interesting research, healthy recipes, and things that have worked for me. But if you’ve been a reader for a while, I hope you know that I blog only to offer suggestions and guidance that will help you find your own way. I firmly believe that there is not one right way of doing anything that can apply to every single person – that is why my version of health coaching is a journey of exploration and finding what works for each person, rather than me simply prescribing a diet or rigid plan. In my real life, I do not go around telling everyone I see what they should eat, or the workout they need to be doing. I simply go on living my own life and hope that it can inspire others, just as I’m getting inspired by them!
So tell me in the comments … How are you usually inspired by others? Do you believe in leading (or inspiring) by example? Who is the last person that inspired you, and why?