I am attracted to all things that are inspirational. It can be someone’s personal story, or a saying, or—dare I say it—a Hallmark TV commercial.
Inspirational stories take me out of my immediate surroundings and remind me that our day-to-day life is not all there is in the world around us.
You see, it’s pretty easy to focus solely on the tasks at hand. Paying bills, doing laundry, grocery shopping: the list is endless. No one dies with his Inbox empty or her To Do list completely checked off.
I read a story this week about a 17-year-old scholar who overcame many significant disadvantages in her life to excel at her studies. Her personal motto is:
“Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon.”
I thought about how this young girl’s motto could apply to my life, and my work, and realized that it was more than an inspiring saying; it was also a challenge.
What goals am I aspiring to right now? Am I reaching for the stars, or merely the laundry basket? It’s amazing to me how easy it is to fall into the routine of day-to-day life. This is not to say that routine, or some amount of certainty is a bad thing. Every moment of our lives does not have to be breathtaking.
But, I think we all want to be inspired, including at work. We want to know that the work that we invest so much time in makes a difference. I strongly believe that each of us want to know that what we do makes a difference, that what we contribute matters.
Who do you inspire? Who or what inspires you? I believe knowing the answers to these two questions can make you happier in general, and not just at work.