How to Actually Inspire People

Sometimes it feels impossible to stand out in a world filled with Facetune and edited (and re-edited…and re-edited) photos with inspirational captions and stories. Even with the new turn on social media of “keeping things real” and “revealing our flaws” as a way of being more relatable and authentic, it’s hard to not secretly wonder if everyone is just playing the game of pre-constructed vulnerability to do whatever it takes to stand out among the sea of people trying to make their mark on the world.

It’s also easy to think everyone has it figured out except for us. I really have to monitor myself as I’m scrolling through social media. My search for inspiration quickly goes south if I get caught up in looking at someone’s else’s life rather than my own and thinking that I should be further ahead than I am now.

Everyone wants to be inspiring. But what does that even mean?

Inspiration looks different for everyone. What’s inspiring to me probably won’t be inspiring to you, but that’s okay. That’s how it should be. The biggest mistake people make is looking at what someone else is doing and trying to do the same thing.

Is it bad follow in someone’s footsteps? Not at all. But the minute you take someone else’s voice and try to make it your own is the minute you give away your power to impact the world in the way that only you can do. Being seen as inspirational essentially boils down two things: being yourself and speaking your truth. Figuring out what makes you different than everyone else in the world, and focusing on that. There are thousands of people doing the same thing as you. People will listen if you have conviction and passion on what you are speaking about.

I truly believe inspiration happens the moment we’re willing to stand firm in who we are and be bold about what we believe in. Creating polarity around your message will attract the right people who align with your words and repel the people who don’t. That’s exactly what you want.

Want to inspire people? Inspire yourself first. Start speaking your truth. Be bold with your message. Stop being the one with questions, and start being the one with answers.

Lynn Hulver

Digital Nomad/ Entrepreneur

Lynn is a 23-year-old dreamer, world traveler and digital nomad who loves exercising outside and is always planning her next adventure. When not working towards her dreams, she is either seeking out the best almond milk lattes from health food cafes or getting lost exploring nature. Her mission is to empower millennial women around the world to live their passions, strive for greatness and never settle for anything less than extraordinary. Follow her journey around the world on Instagram @lynnhulver.

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