Inspiring Yourself & Drawing it From Others

Over a lifetime if you are lucky, inspiration will visit you many times, in a variety of different guises we can be influenced by people, events, music etc., the avenues are endless.

Those moments tend to stay with us throughout our lives and can act as a catalyst for altered mindsets and actions.

For some people, they may find it difficult to identify how they may be inspired and can lead to somewhat unfilled lives.

Historically we can point to many men and women who have served to inspire us and make Australia such a great place to be a part of.

Every day we see impressive achievements ranging from technological advances to the feats of our many sporting heroes, of course, we should celebrate these wondrous occurrences. It is many cases it sustains us in our daily lives, filling us with pride.

So why do I believe it is so important at this point in our history to champion inspiration across our communities.

In the past ten to fifteen years Australia along with the majority of the world has undergone fundamental change to how we live.

The pace of change has not resembled anything we have ever encountered before during our history. From advances in technology, the way we communicate, to changes in social behaviour, we have seen and experienced a completely different platform which has had an effect on our national identity.

In recent times I have regularly taken to print regarding how Australians can return to a more positive outlook.

So on what basis have, I formed this view:

Australia has been spectacularly successful economically for a prolonged per period bringing with its swathes of prosperity to major sections of the population. To achieve this, we had to adopt a more competitive mindset with our relationship with the outside world. Of course, the issue of disruption has greatly affected our attitudes to work.

I believe we can pinpoint major events, such as the Global Financial Crisis in 2008 which whilst we escaped substantial trauma to our economy left a fateful legacy which still reigns today. That is the decline in attitudes and general inspirational behaviours.

The happy go lucky mentality which we have always been our trademark took a sharp move downwards, resulting in the rise of pockets of conflict between various groups of the population and the strong surge of intolerance which can be witnessed today.

Of course, this situation has not been helped by the outrageous behaviour of our politicians who have acted with self-interest and fuelled the notion that they do not deserve our trust. What is even more disturbing this lack of trust has compounded across all our institutions.

I may be pilloried by my fellow soon to be outgoing baby-boomers but we too have been guilty of spreading messages of doom and gloom about our future prospects.

So what to make of these cumulative events and changes resulting in the change of many Australians adopting such a negative attitude.

In my line of work coaching, listening and with other activities associated with people from a whole host of backgrounds.

My empirical evidence is that an increasing number of people seem to have lost their personal inspiration and are unhappy for their “lot”, they bemoan their circumstances. Contrary to this rather negative view they to a person defend this country as the best place in the world to live.

So given this state of affairs what can an individual do to reset their respective mindsets.

Well, I could repeat a list of textbook solutions etc to assist with the issue but I believe the answer for most people is to do their own self – assessment of how they view their life. This is not to dismiss elements of our communities who are experiencing deeper problems.

I would be greatly surprised if their findings reveal life is not as bad as they imagined.

There is a role for coaches, mentors, teachers and colleagues to promote this way of thinking.

From a wider perspective much more is required to recognise people in our midst who are truly inspirational just by performing their day to day activities. Maybe we are missing what is right before our eyes, the deserved inspiration from the ordinary man and woman on the street who make this country what it is.

It is about people like these:

The cleaner who cleans your office, the nurse working on Friday/Saturday nights in emergency departments, people who serve us our latte in the morning, teachers in schools with class sizes of over 30 children, the person sitting next to you, holding down a full time job yet battling major mental health problems, the “truckie” driving hundred kilometres overnight to bring us our daily bread, of course I could go on.

Maybe we are missing what is right before our eyes, the deserved inspiration from the ordinary man and woman on the street who make this country what it is.

I see no logical reason why a collection of measures cannot be implemented by individuals, groups and government to promote inspiration, there are a number of people who are vigorous in their efforts along these lines but much more support is a national focus is required.

It is time to balance the ledger where ordinary inspirational people feel recognised and themselves feel able to give inspiration to others.

We live in curious times where yet another salacious image of Kim Kardashian or Justin Bieber’s rear end hanging out of his jeans raises more interest than the mental health of our nation.

In my writing, it is easy to become emotional about such topics as this one. Although I might be accused as coming across an ageing idealist nutcase to some I can assure readers I am of sound mind and like others, continually search for better ways to improve and hold our society together, it is too precious to let go.

Time for Australians, individually and collectively to take stock!

Ken Wood
People Specialist
13th October 2018