Fuel provides the ability to propel a car forward like inspiration can propel a person to achieve success. Filling my car with fuel recently, my mind wandering about various topics. I thought of a friend who has been dealing with major health concerns. Her resolve to not give in, find ways to return to good health and in the process inspire others to look at life with optimism rather than pessimism, love instead of hate, forgiveness rather than revenge, joy rather than anger, gratitude rather than expectations.
My thoughts took me to realising how I can often be inspired by people or events. Attending the KBDi Symposium in Melbourne this year, participating in the various presentations and tours I couldn’t help but be inspired by what I observed and what I was informed about in various forms and topics of professional advice or opinion. I was also inspired by people who are excelling in their chosen field or specialisation of developed skills. Allowing myself to listen to others who have this specialised experience in their fields opened my mind to possibilities not yet considered or, being totally honest, believed could be considered. I was being inspired.
I realised I was especially inspired by those presenters who spoke with passion and clarity. Their enthusiasm was infectious in good ways. Enthusiasm can certainly be inspiring. Other inspirations I had were through observing KBDi members interact. They came together with other members and partners with warm greetings, welcoming smiles, even excitement at the opportunity to reconnect. Some were meeting members who had become friends over years of participating at these events, others meeting for the first time.
Interestingly, there was no sign of being competitors, being guarded and elusive. What I observed was an atmosphere of greeting and respect. Of community. This experience was inspirational and in its own way inspires me to participate and find the next level of professionalism to bring to our industry.
Education through attending Industry Forums, KBDi Chapter Events, exhibitions such as the EuroCucina exhibition in Milan, Italy as well as Professional & Personal Development Workshops all have the potential to provide inspiration. There are times when we deny ourselves inspiration by naively believing we “know it all”. We have “been there, done that”. “What could that experience provide me”? There are times when we believe we are just too busy. Yet denying fresh inspiration carries the risk of getting stale, out of date, no longer appealing to our potential customers.
Alternatively, it has been my experience to welcome fresh ideas, alternative options, expand my education. These opportunities often give me a fresh perspective providing the inspiration to search even further, gather more resources and expand successfully on the outcome. Inspiration has often fuelled my inspiration.
Filling my car with fuel propelled me to my next destination. Inspiration may well be propelling you to your next outstanding achievement.