The ability to set and reach our goals and to inspire others is not an elusive one. You have within you everything you need to realize your goals, while at the same time inspiring others to follow your example. Even if you do not intentionally set out to inspire someone else, it happens naturally as you achieve your own success.

Think about the people who have realized their goals and have inspired you at the same time. Oprah Winfrey is an inspiration for millions, and she has earned this status primarily by following her dreams, by setting goals, and then by taking the necessary steps to achieve them. Paul Newman also inspires many people with his yearly charitable contributions amounting to millions. Every time you buy his popcorn or any other item in his product line, others are helped, and the giving inspires many. Yet, it all started after Newman had achieved his goal of becoming a successful actor.

These people can serve as our mentors, and while we may not aspire to do things on such a grand scale, in our everyday, ordinary lives we all have the power to be mentors for others while setting, planning, and reaching our own goals.

* Read. It may not follow that all readers are leaders, but certainly, all leaders are readers. Stay informed. Share what you read with others. Tell people about books that have inspired you. * Share your knowledge; to give is to receive.
Be a good communicator. Increasing your ability to communicate effectively is a critical element for inspiring others. Watch how you speak and what you say. Take the time to improve your communication skills.
* Share from your own experience. You have more to share than you realize. Recall the rich learning experiences of your life, and share your wisdom from your unique point of view. You may be the only one who can touch someone with your personal message.
* Care about others. People don’t care about how much you know until they know how much you care. Take a genuine interest in people.
* Be a good example. People watch what you do more than they listen to what you say. Be someone worth imitating.
* Be inspired yourself. Look for people, ideas, situations, and knowledge that you find inspiring and motivating. Share them.

In order to inspire others, though, our primary task is to achieve our goals. Thinking but not acting on your thoughts can be habit-forming and often leads to what I call “chronic procrastination.” This leads to always being late, often being behind, and being in a constant state of trying to catch up. Here are some steps to take to help you go from thinking to doing.

* Get in the habit of writing down those things you want to accomplish. Keep a pad with you wherever you go, and write down all those small goals you mentally set for yourself each day.
* Review this list at least once each week, and remove any items that no longer appeal to you.
* Choose an item from the list, and make a plan for how you will get it done. Set a timeline, and make notes about those things you will need to do to realize the goal.
* Don’t be afraid to cross items off the list if they cease to appeal to you over time.
* After a few weeks you will begin to see a pattern as you get a sense of what is really worth your thought and planning. Look for any connection that might exist between the thoughts you have collected.

After some time has passed, if you are faithful to this process, you will find that you are actually spending more time doing than thinking. Over the weeks you will have disciplined yourself and taught yourself to organize your thoughts and to create a plan of action. You will be amazed at how much you are getting done. You will find that procrastination is much less of an issue for you because you will know what to do and when. You will be surprised by how productive you can be and how much time you will have for other things. Analyzing the items you cross off the list and the items for which you don’t write a plan of action will help you to determine what is really important in your life. Concentrate on the things that matter, and you will become motivated to set goals, plan for them, and carry them out.

You can go from thinking to doing, and in so doing you can become a mentor and an inspiration for others. Your thoughts today can become your successes tomorrow. Take some time now, find your inspiration, set goals, find an appropriate mentor, and take action!

** This article is one of 101 great articles that were published in 101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life. To get complete details on “101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life”, visit http://www.selfgrowth.com/greatways.html

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