How Can You Be Inspirational?

Could You Start a Movement?

Has a truly inspirational leader ever moved you to tears? That’s happened to me more than once, and each time the experience has inspired me to step up and perform with more passion and inspiration. I’ve also noticed that inspirational people often have created or sustained an important movement. They become the face of something important.

Take a moment and think about the last time you were inspired in this way. Put yourself in the moment so you can hear the words and feel your feelings and notice what images are produced as you are in this moment.

For you to have had this experience, certain things must have been true, but what? At a minimum you had to resonate with the message and likely the messenger. You could feel his or her passion, your heart was likely opened and you may have even teared up.

I’m writing about this topic because I recently found myself experiencing this kind of passionate inspiration. It happened while I was at a training program in Denver, Colorado. I was inspired not once but three times. Getrude Matshe is an author and inspirational speaker who currently lives in Wellington, New Zealand by way of South Africa. I first met Getrude last year at an event where I had an opportunity to see a TEDx talk she gave in New Zealand. Wow, was I impressed! She spoke about the plight of what she calls the AIDS orphans in Africa. She also spoke about the role of women in Africa—and more specifically the way that men treat women in Africa. Here’s a link to her talk: Ubuntu – a person is a person through other persons. Listen to it.

After seeing her talk I had a chance to really get to know Getrude and experienced one of the best heart connections I have ever had. If anything we had an even more intense connection this month than last year. I met and reconnected with two other individuals in Denver who represent a current movement or are about to start a movement. Do these three people have things in common? Yes!

  1. They all have connected with something positive that they feel good and inspired about.
  2. They speak about it in a way that makes you want to listen and support them or their message. My experience is that when somebody is speaking from the heart in this way, it creates a different kind of connection. I think that’s why people talk about things being heartfelt.
  3. They all created a picture that I was able to see, and they were all clearly in alignment with their vision.

What was interesting is that I also listened to a presentation on how to grow your business, and wouldn’t you know—I heard this message: “You must set a powerful and inspiring goal or outcome for your business or you won’t be able to grow it. It must be powerful and compelling to you and others.” This, of course, is what people who create movements do. So that means they have to start with a powerful belief in themselves and their vision. Their vision will be bigger than they would have thought possible and they may question, “Who am I to make this happen?”

Remember the poet Marianne Williamson, who encouraged us to be powerful and to demonstrate and show our power even if others become uncomfortable around us. That clearly is necessary if you are going to initiate a powerful movement. I also discovered the other important part of this is that I found myself wanting to support what they’re doing, and I did. I offered to go to Africa to help, and I offered support to a young woman who wants to start a movement for girls to know their purpose early in life. This is what will happen to you when and if you’re willing to create a powerful movement that you believe in strongly. Your passion will communicate to others, and they will show up to help you.

Good luck creating your vision and movement. As always I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts about this article. If you are starting a movement or in the middle of one, let me know so I can feature you in my newsletter on on this blog. I want to support people to help create a world to which others want to belong.

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About Terry: Terry Hickey, M.S., is a Certified NLP Professional Coach, Business Trainer and Consultant, a Certified Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming and the co-owner of NLP Advantage Group. Originator of the Belief Breakthrough Method™, Terry specializes in teaching coaches and entrepreneurs how to rapidly resolve limiting beliefs about wealth and success. His tips and strategies can help you launch yourself into the future you want… NOW. http://terryhickey.com/

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