‘aroused or guided by’

The Inspired Administrator Programme ran for the 8th time this year to a group of experienced administrators.  Delivered over a five week period and focusing on topics to enhance and develop new skills, ways of working and inspire delegates to take action through applying concepts learnt during the programme ie effective communication; managing energy and time; developing emotional intelligence and creativity in their everyday work; learning to present with impact.

One delegates asked me at the start of the programme, ‘what does it mean to be inspired’?  A good question, which made me think, as we are all inspired by different things – be it art, music,  learning, environment, innovation, people,  to name a few.  The meaning behind ‘inspired’ is to be aroused or guided by …..  When was the last time you truly felt inspired?

At the end of the programme, the same delegate said to me ‘this programme has been life-changing’.  Wow! That was not what I was expecting and I guess that along the development route, a light-bulb moment had appeared and realization that change can take place in a positive and inspirational way.  Research also proves that positive emotions cause the production of “feel good” hormones serotonin and dopamine.

So, how can we feel inspired when life is challenging?

  1. Re-connect with the interests that are important to you, that may have lapsed
  2. Do something new and different (visit a new location; join a new network; try a new hobby, read some inspiring stories)
  3. Get away from the noise and connect with nature
  4. Look for inspiration around us– a smile; a colour; an object, sounds, our friends, creating a nice meal

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore, Dream, Discover. –Mark Twain