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8 Traits You Can Learn To Lead An Inspirational Life

8 Traits You Can Learn To Lead An Inspirational Life

Here are 8 traits you can learn in order to lead an inspirational life. By following these you will be well on your way to inspiring others and getting a start on making that dent in the universe. Don’t forget that:

“You are a work in progress; which means you get there a little at a time, not all at once.” – Stephen R. Covey

1. Set Goals

By setting and achieving goals, your inspirational life will get noticed by others and become a positive influence. Write a short, daily task list with each task helping you towards your bigger goals. Review progress towards goals on a monthly basis. If you stick to daily, manageable tasks, you’ll hit goals a lot sooner than you think.

2. Take Action

Don’t just sit there waiting for good things to happen. “The most effective way to do it, is to do it,” said Amelia Earhart. If you want to lead an inspirational life then you need to be a person of action. If you are lacking a bit of motivation then referring back to your goals and working bit by bit towards your vision should be enough to get you going again.

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3. Be Creative

Being creative is not as hard as it might sound, we all have the ability to tap into creativity. If you are not sure, then try some different stuff (maybe clothes or food), challenge yourself and try new things—the creativity will flow from that. If you are still a little stumped, then have a look at this article.

4. Be Honest

When others look at your inspirational life for guidance, they will be looking for honesty. Being honest about who you are, what you do and how you go about things is always going to be better than if you try to inflate things to seem more than they are. As they say, “honesty is the best policy.”

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5. Have Fun

Don’t take yourself too seriously. Have fun and enjoy yourself. It’s very rare for others to look at a stern, staid individual and think: There is an inspirational life that I’d like. Instead, they look at those having fun and being bold when planning who to become. Laugh at jokes, don’t be too cynical, and don’t be afraid of being a bit odd. That’s because everyone is odd and funny in their own way.

6. Be Thoughtful

If you consider the welfare of others before yourself then you already have this one licked. If not, then take time out to think about how your actions in certain situations might affect others. If you would not like what you are about to do to someone to happen to you, then don’t do it! If you want to lead an inspirational life then being thoughtful and thinking how your actions will help others is incredibly important.

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7. Be Consistent

Don’t blow hot and cold. This is a sure-fire way of losing that magic that inspires others. Instead, practice being consistent, as it will allow others to know what to expect from you. Ideally you will be consistently thoughtful, good, fun and honest into the bargain.

8. Practice What You Preach

Please practice what you preach. Sure, no-one is perfect, but if you want to lead an inspirational life then you cannot turn on the charm for 15 minutes and then turn it off when you are done. Instead you need to live whatever it is that makes you inspirational to others.

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What do you think?

Do you have any more traits that an inspirational life should have? Do you (or do you want to) live an inspirational life? If so, add a comment below and let us know your story.

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The Gentle Art of Saying No

The Gentle Art of Saying No

No!

It’s a simple fact that you can never be productive if you take on too many commitments — you simply spread yourself too thin and will not be able to get anything done, at least not well or on time.

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But requests for your time are coming in all the time — through phone, email, IM or in person. To stay productive, and minimize stress, you have to learn the Gentle Art of Saying No — an art that many people have problems with.

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What’s so hard about saying no? Well, to start with, it can hurt, anger or disappoint the person you’re saying “no” to, and that’s not usually a fun task. Second, if you hope to work with that person in the future, you’ll want to continue to have a good relationship with that person, and saying “no” in the wrong way can jeopardize that.

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But it doesn’t have to be difficult or hard on your relationship. Here are the Top 10 tips for learning the Gentle Art of Saying No:

  1. Value your time. Know your commitments, and how valuable your precious time is. Then, when someone asks you to dedicate some of your time to a new commitment, you’ll know that you simply cannot do it. And tell them that: “I just can’t right now … my plate is overloaded as it is.”
  2. Know your priorities. Even if you do have some extra time (which for many of us is rare), is this new commitment really the way you want to spend that time? For myself, I know that more commitments means less time with my wife and kids, who are more important to me than anything.
  3. Practice saying no. Practice makes perfect. Saying “no” as often as you can is a great way to get better at it and more comfortable with saying the word. And sometimes, repeating the word is the only way to get a message through to extremely persistent people. When they keep insisting, just keep saying no. Eventually, they’ll get the message.
  4. Don’t apologize. A common way to start out is “I’m sorry but …” as people think that it sounds more polite. While politeness is important, apologizing just makes it sound weaker. You need to be firm, and unapologetic about guarding your time.
  5. Stop being nice. Again, it’s important to be polite, but being nice by saying yes all the time only hurts you. When you make it easy for people to grab your time (or money), they will continue to do it. But if you erect a wall, they will look for easier targets. Show them that your time is well guarded by being firm and turning down as many requests (that are not on your top priority list) as possible.
  6. Say no to your boss. Sometimes we feel that we have to say yes to our boss — they’re our boss, right? And if we say “no” then we look like we can’t handle the work — at least, that’s the common reasoning. But in fact, it’s the opposite — explain to your boss that by taking on too many commitments, you are weakening your productivity and jeopardizing your existing commitments. If your boss insists that you take on the project, go over your project or task list and ask him/her to re-prioritize, explaining that there’s only so much you can take on at one time.
  7. Pre-empting. It’s often much easier to pre-empt requests than to say “no” to them after the request has been made. If you know that requests are likely to be made, perhaps in a meeting, just say to everyone as soon as you come into the meeting, “Look guys, just to let you know, my week is booked full with some urgent projects and I won’t be able to take on any new requests.”
  8. Get back to you. Instead of providing an answer then and there, it’s often better to tell the person you’ll give their request some thought and get back to them. This will allow you to give it some consideration, and check your commitments and priorities. Then, if you can’t take on the request, simply tell them: “After giving this some thought, and checking my commitments, I won’t be able to accommodate the request at this time.” At least you gave it some consideration.
  9. Maybe later. If this is an option that you’d like to keep open, instead of just shutting the door on the person, it’s often better to just say, “This sounds like an interesting opportunity, but I just don’t have the time at the moment. Perhaps you could check back with me in [give a time frame].” Next time, when they check back with you, you might have some free time on your hands.
  10. It’s not you, it’s me. This classic dating rejection can work in other situations. Don’t be insincere about it, though. Often the person or project is a good one, but it’s just not right for you, at least not at this time. Simply say so — you can compliment the idea, the project, the person, the organization … but say that it’s not the right fit, or it’s not what you’re looking for at this time. Only say this if it’s true — people can sense insincerity.

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