I can tell when I am really moving in my area of focus, because I have a natural way of inspiring others to join in. My mother used to tell me that I could sell Santa Clause a bikini. I am not a salesperson, and in fact hate selling anything, but if I am in something for a cause I naturally am able to get others on board. Whether it is donating money or getting people to sign up for something they might not be 100% convinced they should do, if I am passionate about it, I can generally get others to follow.
I think inspiration works that way. When we are focused, we can’t help but inspire others. Passion is contagious. I can’t motivate others to do anything, but if they can catch my passion they may join in until they find their own motivation, or move far enough away from the initial passion that they move on to something that interests them more.
There is a young lady I previously worked with, and she is an amazing person. I am so inspired by her. It appears she can just talk to anyone and is just really outgoing. She has no issue calling on friends and getting them to do certain things. I prefer not to ask my friends to do anything. I never want someone to feel obligated.
However, I realized that this young lady’s focus was the people who were connected to her. She wasn’t connecting people with a larger cause. They were following her; which really was great, until she started to move on to something else. Their connection was to her not the cause, so she took that support with her.
I realized, as much as I admire her, I am more about connecting people to a cause than to myself. In fact, most of time I am rarely remembered. However, when I am focused I can inspire others to get out of their comfort zone and connect with something bigger than themselves. And even when I move on, that connection can stay because it wasn’t about me. My focus is taking my passion and tapping in to someone else’s purpose.
If I find myself loosing focus, and lacking motivation, I need to connect with someone who inspires me. It may be that for a moment, I am doing something else because of that inspiration. Inspiration has a way of being contagious and I can take that and turn it back into motivation for what I need to focus on more.
This blog is part of a #Write31Days series on Focus with prompts by #FMFParty. Write 31 Days is an online writing challenge, where bloggers pick one topic and write a post on that topic every day. Five Minute Fridays provides prompts and encourages writers to free write for five minutes on the prompt.