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Entrepreneur First Inspire Yourself Then Inspire Your Team

 

In order to succeed as an entrepreneur, you must find a way to inspire yourself so that you can inspire your team. An inspired leader and an inspired team can reach heights of success others can barely dream of achieving.

Entrepreneur First Inspire Yourself Then Inspire Your Team

When you are an entrepreneur, it is your vision that should guide the actions of your business. This means you are responsible for inspiring your team. If your business is new, inspiration may be close at hand. There is a certain excitement and joy in a new business venture. On the other hand, if you have been in business for a significant period of time or you have been going through a hard period in your business, it may be hard to be inspiring.

One of your most important jobs as an entrepreneur is to inspire your team. When the business has been going through a difficult time, it is particularly hard to find ways to inspire the team. Because situations like this are natural in the course of business, it makes sense to prepare for it in advance. When you make plans for your business, you plan for a variety of things:

  • daily operations
  • big picture plans
  • strategic operations
  • marketing
  • sales
  • employee management
  • productions
  • succession of company ownership

 

While you are planning all the things in this list, be sure to plan ways to inspire yourself and your team. This is not an easy task. Things that inspire one to push forward today, may not work next week. Just as you look for new ways to market and increase sales on a regular basis, you must look for sources of inspiration. Keep a running list so that when the need arises you can go to the list and get what you need. This is a much wiser course of action than trying to create things on the spur of the moment when it is needed.

It is important to keep in mind that there are a variety of ways to inspire employees. Some common ones include:

  • pay increases
  • time off from work
  • special perks and privileges
  • cash bonuses
  • recognition
  • praise

 

These forms of inspiration are common. It doesn’t take much imagination to use one of these. The trick the smart entrepreneur learns is what is the secret or special desire of her team. When she learns this, she is able to do a better job of inspiring those around her. So, the question for you this magnificent day is how are you going to inspire yourself so you can inspire your team?

 

If you would like to read more articles about the power of inspiration, check out the following.

Be Your Best and You Will Inspire Others

It is fantastic to be your best, because without knowing it, you may inspire others. Recently I experienced the worst day of my life when my twin daughters and I were struck by a hit and run driver. As I was in the hospital emergency room going back and forth from one daughter to the next I prayed and sucked up my tears and fears so I could take care of my daughters, get in touch with my husband and make the necessary arrangements for care. The hospital chaplain and social worker remarked more than once that I was strong, brave and handling the situation well. In fact, I wasn’t. I was holding in all kinds of fear, tears and apprehension. However, my girls needed mama in her super big girl panties. So, I sucked it all in and only let the world see the calm, the God in me. Click here to read more.

As I said in my article about encouragement, I am a bread and butter girl, so I believe in spreading inspiration around liberally. One of my greatest joys as a mother, heck as a human being came when my little twin accomplished a hard task and said, “Mommy, you gave me wings so I can fly. I can do anything because you believe in me.” Here are some of the things that inspiration has helped me to accomplish:
* work my way through undergrad
* finish law school and pass the bar
* breast feed four children including twins
* start my own business from the ground up with no clients and move forward
* start and grow a blog that is regularly featured in a variety of respected websites
* stay happily married for 22 years
Click here to read more.
It is magnificent to find a way to get things done when inspiration is far away. There are some things we do because we have to do them, whether we want to or not. There are other things that we can only do if we have been inspired to do them. When we are inspired to do a task, some amazing results can be produced. However, there are times when inspiration is so far away, it might as well be on another planet. When inspiration is needed, but is nowhere to be found, you must find a way to suck it up and pull something out of your hat and get things done. Click here to read more.
Janeane Davis

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  • Great advice. Getting your team to believe in your business is a great place to start.

  • Sounds like some sound advice for leaders of business. As a free lancer, I am the one man show but sometimes I get some help from my husband.

  • Agree that inspiring your team is so important to keep everyone wanting to do their best. And to do that you have to make yourself inspired!

  • These are all excellent points. You can't inspire anyone else if you are dreading something or not enthusiastic about it!

  • It is important to inspire your team to do their best. Lead by example and try to always have a positive attitude.

  • I have had great supervisors in the work field. It is important to keep your team inspired so you get the best work out of them.

  • I think it's great to be an inspiration! That's what makes things better. When a team thinks you're an inspiration, they're going to learn so much more. It's great to have someone to look up to.

  • This is really good advice. Working with a team that's driven and inspired makes the company work so much better.

  • There is nothing easy about being and entrepreneur! Having/being a great leader is key to success - great read!

  • It's really difficult to be on a team with a leader who isn't very inspiring. It's hard to accomplish anything! I think being an inspiring person translates so well to every facet of life, not just business. :)

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