I’m fired up! Fired up about inspiration. I realize it comes from any source in life that causes us to rise to our feet with a roar that is heard throughout the hall. It also comes from places and folks we might not otherwise notice.
And it comes from tackling the difficult and never tried before. Actions that we think are outside our skill set. Actions we don’t want to take, drag our feet doing and try our best to avoid.
This week I saw such a phenomenon in our local high school pool. As I thought about it on my way home from the middle school swim meet; I realized it was a blog post in the making. Because it was a micro-moment of life in general.
Young granddaughter Audra is an excellent swimmer. A petite 8th grader, she rises to every occasion with diligence, determination and dedication to the sport she lives – and breathes! Once proficient only in the breast stroke; she has now nearly perfected her freestyle. So much so that in her first attempt to win the 50 yard free; she did with an amazing 28.2 second victory. Not only did she bring out the smiles on the coaches faces; but surprised herself as well!
Tuesday evening, she was slated to swim the 200 yard IM (2 laps each of the 4 swimming strokes – butterfly, back, breast and free). Not only that, but she was picked to swim the 100 yard backstroke – her least favorite stroke. I was told she “hated” both events! And I could tell as she was not her usual exuberant self waiting to compete! Not only was she not exuberant; she appeared to be trying to talk the coach out of swimming those 2 events – to no avail I might add.
So what was the outcome of her tackling events that stretched her skill set? She won the IM because the last 2 strokes are her best. And with a time that surprised all. And she placed a close 2nd in the backstroke. Fresh from victory, she emerged from the water all smiles knowing she could do it! Last night, she asked – yes ASKED – to swim the 500 free which is 20 laps and won! She had not done it before. The amazing thing to me was that she “asked” to compete in a new event. To compete in order to stretch herself again.
I share this because I realized the power in the s-t-r-e-t-c-h. Tackling something we think is out of our reach. And when we have a competitive nature; to tackle something at which we might not win causes us to draw back. After all, why take the risk?
Stay with the safe – right?
Inspiration comes when we take risks and win. Such action inspires us as well as those who watch us do so. Inspiration comes when we leap over our reticence to reach a goal thought well beyond our capabilities! And it comes when those who mentor or coach us refuse to let us off the hook!
The beauty in inspiration is it’s capacity to drive us forward. The smile on Audra’s face and the “high 5” from her coach told me that the greatest opportunity to win is when we refuse to back off from the challenge. Even when we would rather do so – in spades! And it comes when we step on the block with trepidation and a little fear – only to emerge victorious at a task we would have avoided at all costs!
For us women in business – and the business of life in general – the example is simple. A young woman, loving what she does, refused to let her desire to win overcome a need to learn a new thing. Loving what we do inspires us to take leaps of faith to advance our skill set – whether we want to – or not. And when someone is behind us, refusing to let us back away from life’s hurdles, we find it easier to step up to the challenge – and win.
We win because we take the risk, tackle the tough stuff and come out with something new to add to our knowledge and experience. Each time we do so; we add a new layer of learning that underpins the next step in the journey to destiny and success.
To do so , we need the fire of inspiration – regardless of how it comes to us – push, pull or shove! However, I chuckle as I write because I realize the two-edges of inspiration. As we watch the inspired fire of others when they take on the new and difficult – we too are inspired to do the same!
So today, as you close up another work week – be fired up! Fired up to tackle new, difficult tasks you would normally back away from. Be inspired to inspire all around you because you did so.
For no other reason than this: You just might win when you thought it impossible. And you’ll discover that inspiration is contagious!
Spread it wherever you go!
Linda S. Fitzgerald, Visionary Partner
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