We all have been through times where we get super pumped after listening to a speech, reading a book, watching an inspirational video, or visiting a conference or a retreat. But the motivation and encouragement that we get from these things is limited and starts waning over time, and soon we are back to square one.
That’s why we need to take care and become proactive about seeking sources of inspiration around us that help us stay on track to becoming a better version of ourselves and designing a meaningful impact on this world. The easiest strategy in this regard is to simply look around us and observe the good qualities in people in our vicinity.
Among Marcus Aurelius’ meditations, there’s one reflection that beautifully aligns with this idea: “When you need encouragement, think of the qualities the people around you have: this one’s energy, that one’s modesty, another’s generosity, and so on. Nothing is as encouraging as when virtues are visibly embodied in the people around us, when we’re practically showered with them. It’s good to keep this in mind.”
We can train ourselves to look exclusively for the virtues in the people that we come across in our daily life and work towards embodying them. Today, take some time to reflect and ask yourself: What are the good qualities in people around me that I truly admire? Who inspires me, in real life or otherwise, and how can I emulate his or her virtues? What changes can I bring in myself so that I can replicate their success and joy in my life?
This form of encouragement is not only easily accessible but the most effective and impactful as well.