How to Be a Rockstar at Work:
Inspire Others & Breathe
As a Project Manager who creates social content, I crave inspiration. Not only professionally, but personally as well. I need the enlightenment that an article brings and a list of recommended books to read. I need to see someone else’s talents to realize that I too have strengths. Inspiration makes my life worthwhile, and it makes me a satisfied person.
“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” ~ Pablo Picasso
Some people would consider their typical day at the office to be mundane. The day is already programmed into their heads; the routine, the lunch and the drive home. I’ve worked in that type of environment. The kind where you feel like you’re going through the motions, day in and day out. That’s not a place that you can feel inspired or enthusiastic. Thus your productivity level is at a low.
There is no one typical day in the Kaleidoscope office. That said, there are some consistencies. A warm hello and an inquiry about the previous evening is something you can expect upon entering the office. You’ll find a team who is passionate about the work we do and the wellbeing of our coworkers and clients. We collaborate on current projects and we share in the excitement of new possibilities and personal wins. To me, this is inspiring.
A group of individuals, all with unique personalities equals an abundance of opportunities to learn something new every day. I believe inspiration and growth go hand and hand. Once you’re inspired and encouraged, opportunities for growth are endless. And with growth comes success.
“Success requires both self-determination and letting yourself be aided and inspired by others.” ~ Robert Holden, Ph.D. and author of Authentic Success
So the question presents itself, how to find inspiration?
First, I’m a huge fan of journaling. I recommend keeping a journal of everything that gives you even a hint of inspiration. This will help to determine if your professional role best fits your personality and strengths. If you only find yourself writing that you’re excited for 5 p.m. when the work day ends, I’m going to guess you’re probably in the wrong role and that’s ok. You can learn a lot about yourself when you look at what inspires you… and even what discourages you. This may be the breakthrough that motivates you to find something more suited for you.
Connecting with your coworkers is exceptionally beneficial. It’s great if you choose to go to lunch together or discuss your weekend plans, but that’s not where I’m headed. Learn how they communicate and adapt your communication style, as appropriate. Find what their strengths are and what they are passionate about, learn from them. Ask for their help. It’s the most natural thing you can do, and it builds trust and comradery. Believe me, the bond you make with those you share an office with will definitely help inspire you each day.
Feedback and Inspiration
If you are a person whose love language is words of affirmation, you will identify most with this. Feedback can help us most when we are feeling uninspired. How many of you have stared at a blank page for hours without any idea where to start? (I’m raising my hand) That’s when a simple, “Remember that project you did where …” can really spark the creative vibes. It helps provide direction and, possibly, a moment of shifting your thinking in a different direction.
My last piece of advice is the most simple. Breathe and don’t give up. Get that second or third cup of coffee if you need to. Move away from your desk, grab your team and do a team building activity, eat a Snickers (no judgement) but give your brain a break. 99% of the time, you're just stressing too hard. We can all be rock stars at work, as long as we take time to prepare for our solos!
Written by Sarah Bumgardner