I recently signed up to Nick Williams’ brilliant Inspired Entrepreneur site and have been catching up with a treasure trove of inspirational podcasts from the past couple of years. They’re recordings of talks given in London by Nick and by invited guests. One ritual that always happens is a request that all participants talk to someone they’ve not met about something that has inspired them that day.

That set me thinking.  It’s not always easy to find inspiration when you’re off balance. Often you go into survival mode, managing to keep going through a day at a time with not much sense of anything outside the immediate pain. Yet regular inspiration – someone’s achievement, glorious light on a landscape, the fledging of birds in Spring, a life of giving – is what keeps us mindful that life is possible beyond your current difficulties.

The smallest things

Inspiration helps when you’re looking for a move away from the negative energy in your workplace. It keeps highly effective organisations on top of their game and helps everyone in them find purpose. It isn’t about goals, striving, inducement, coercion, or, dare I say, bonuses. Inspiration produces a little flash of brilliance in the heart that uplifts even the darkest day.

Take today. It’s a bit grey and gloomy and like lots of people, I find winters inordinately long. But it doesn’t take much to lift my spirits. I went out to feed our birds. As I put down dried mealworms in the ground feeder, a robin sat on the fence waiting for me to move away. Then it went straight down and started feeding. Always makes me smile. I’d love to hand feed birds like the person in this video.

What has inspired you today?