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Can we really inspire others in our workplace or is this totally an inside job? I think this is a fair question. The next pillar of culture at Mid South is To Inspire. Our mission is To Inspire our patients to work beyond what they think they can and achieve more than they could ever imagine. But, do we do that for each other? They people that work for us. The people that work with us.

I think we have to ask ourselves several questions:

1. Do I need to be inspired?

2. Am I inspiring?

I think all of us are always in one of these two places, needing to be inspired or inspiring others. In this blog I want to address both. If we are honest with ourselves, we have to ask the question of where we are and how did we get here? Why am I needing to be inspired at this point in my career? What’s missing that needs to be replaced and what steps to I need to take to get there? This is very much an inside job first. Others can help flame the fire within us, but it is our job to light that fire.

So, let’s look at a few ways we can do that:

1. Change Your Environment

Get out of the house and go somewhere new. A new environment can spark inspiration by giving you a new way of looking at things.

2. Learn Something New

Get outside the boundaries of your own knowledge to learn something new. Learn ten words in a foreign language, research the music of 17th century Europe or pick up a star chart and learn about our universe.

3. Get Back to Nature

Take some time out in nature and appreciate its amazing beauty. Go for a hike through the bush, climb a mountain or simply have a picnic by the pond in your local park.

4. Research What Others are Doing in Your Field

Keep a notebook with you to jot down ideas whenever they strike. These ideas might not seem groundbreaking at the time, but they might serve as inspiration at a later date.

5. Go Beyond Your Comfort Zone

It’s easy to get stuck in a routine. Try something you’ve never done before that pushes you out of your comfort zone. By breaking the routine of your daily life, you’ll encourage the flow of ideas and increase motivation.

Later this week, I will follow-up with my second post on how we can grow from lighting our own fire to stoking the flames of others as well.

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