‘Inspire the Next.’ Hitatchi’s slogan. As soon as I saw it, I was like, WOW, I am going to have to write that down and do a blog about that and so here I am, writing a blog about how we are all capable of inspiring the next person/generation/Government/fashion trend etc. And notice how I have emphasised ‘we are all capable.’ Everyone is. Not just the rich. Not just the popular. Not just the pretty. And not just the celebrities & footballers. We can all inspire the next….
And the reason this is, is because we are all equally powerful and we can all make a difference to what comes next.
Unfortunately, all too often our power is either hidden away and forgotten about or used for the wrong purpose. We have been brought up with a media which tells us that only the rich, beautiful, intelligent and privileged have power therefore we believe that us mere mortals don’t have any power to change things or make a difference and this disempowered belief leads to some of those people placing a lesser value on themselves and therefore they excessively drink, do drugs or have low aspirations. They do not realise how powerful they are. And they do not realise how they INSPIRE THE NEXT.
The other extreme is when people use their power for the wrong reasons. These people are aware of their power to such an extent that they cause harm, upset & pain to others so that they can increase their power. Or are so scared of their power that they try and block it away by excessively drinking, taking drugs and partaking in reckless behaviour. Some may but some may not realise how they INSPIRE THE NEXT.
What this all boils down to in essence is that, you and me, Brad Pitt & Angelina, Peter Crouch & Wayne Rooney, Richard Branson & Sir Philip Green, Paris Hilton & Britney Spears and your postman & milkman have the same responsibility whilst we are on this planet. That is to inspire the next. To be a role model to the next. To pass on something good, beneficial, worthy to the next. To inspire the next.
And we can all do this. It doesn’t matter if you are a brain surgeon or a tree surgeon. We all have the same responsibility to be a good role model to the next and pass on to to them good practice. And it can be as simple as spending 10 minutes explaining to a child why it is wrong to fight or telling your friend to not be too devastated after a break up. These simple words may not take long for you to say or feel like they will change the world but could quite possibly inspire and impact anothers life in a dramatically EXTRODINARY way. And you can make this happen!
Me working with young people emphasises this need to be a good role model even more so. Young people are our next generation. We want our next generation (and even this generation) to be made up of decent, kind, nice, compassionate, caring, honorable, successful people but how is this going to happen if they grow up with role models who fight, drink all their salary away at the weekend, swear, are abusive, hate, fear, have no ambition and no respect for themselves, others or the world they are in?!? Young people learn from what they see & from what they are told. And young people will only respect those who are consistent with their behaviours and actions. Be their actions good or bad. So If you don’t practice what you preach, don’t bother preaching at all. And this is said by someone who knows and has had to change her ways in order to be a good role model.
To be a good role model isn’t the easier option. To be a bad role model is far easier. It doesn’t take much to be a bad role model. All you have to do is nothing. Not care. Not put any effort in. Think only of yourself and not realise/care about how you inspire the next. Bad role models don’t realise how powerful they. For whatever reason. So I am here to say, move those mountains, lift those limits off your life and realise how POWERFUL, WORTHY AND OF HIGH VALUE YOU ARE! AND HOW YOU, YES YOU, CAN INSPIRE THE NEXT.
When you realise this, when you realise your power, your value, your worth and that you are indeed an asset to this life, you realise that what you say, do, think and act like impacts those around you and can either inspire them to do something good or give them reason to do something bad. It’s your choice. And it’s within your control. You can inspire your mum, your dad, your brother/sister, your children, your friends, your neighbours, your work colleagues, even the little old lady at 56. You CAN inspire them If you so choose.
So what will it be??! Will you inspire the next?!?! I know what I will be doing. I will be INSPIRING GREATNESS, GOODNESS, COMPASSION, POSITIVITY and SUCCESS AND leaving my mark on the next and this lifetime.