A to Z Guide to Thriving in Life Over 50s Lifestyle

‘I’ is for Inspiration – We all have the ability to inspire

April 10, 2018



Do you see yourself as an inspiration to others?  Most of us would probably answer ‘No’.

We think of ourselves as nothing special or out of the ordinary and yet we all have something special that we can give to others.  However, we need to overcome the self-doubt and learn to love the person we are.

In reality, we all have the ability to inspire and encourage others.  We don’t have to achieve huge fame, fortune or ‘success’ to inspire others.

Living an authentic life, being a role model and leading by example is the key.

Take a moment and think about the people in your life who inspire you to be a better person.  For me, my mother was an inspiration not only to me but to many people who met her.  A normal housewife, yet she showed tremendous courage when she battled breast cancer for 10 years until her death at 63 years old in 1985.  During that time, she never complained about the pain, the chemo, the radiation, losing her hair and also losing her darling husband.  Her thoughts were always about others and it seemed that she only ‘left us’ when she knew her family was settled in life.

I’m sure we all have stories similar to mine about the special people in our life who have had the most impact and inspiration on us.

So how can we inspire others every day?

7 Ways You Can Be An Inspiration to Others

1. Take the focus off yourself

Life isn’t just about ‘us’ as individuals.  Giving back to others and showing compassion and selflessness without any expectation of receiving something in return is such an inspirational act.

2. Be Passionate about life and achieving your goals

Don’t you just love seeing examples of people in their 90’s still living life!  As I wrote in a previous post having an Ageless Attitude helps you to thrive in life.  Being passionate about life and trying new experiences is a great example to family and friends and will inspire them to live the best life they can.  Find your passion, set your goals and go for it!

3. Make time to listen and encourage

Listening and encouraging others to talk and motivating them to keep going, inspires them to achieve their goals. Be a mentor and motivate by discussing your life experiences.

4. Live a healthy lifestyle

As a grandmother, being a role model to my grandchildren is very important.  By living a healthy lifestyle, keeping active and eating healthy food I’m teaching them and living what I say.  Children in particular take their cues from adults so make sure you are giving them healthy and positive examples.

5. Show resilience & determination

‘When the going gets tough, the tough gets going’ as the song goes.  Life is never smooth and the way we handle the rough times builds resilience. It is okay to show sometimes that you are vulnerable, because life isn’t perfect but showing determination not to give up is how you can inspire others.

6. Be a positive influence

No, we can’t be happy all the time BUT we can be positive in our attitude most of the time.  Being positive will draw people to you and the positivity grows.  Smiling and laughter can be so uplifting and contagious.  Now that is something we can all spread.

7. Be the best version of YOU – be authentic

The most important way to inspire others is to be TRUE TO YOURSELF.  Don’t pretend to be someone you aren’t.  Be honest, have integrity and always strive to be the best version of yourself.  What a wonderful legacy to leave.

We all have ways we can inspire others.  What is one way you can inspire someone today?



In my next post in the A to Z Guide to Thriving, I’m discussing ‘J’ is for the Joy of the Journey

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  • Reply Donna April 10, 2018 at 04:15

    Hi, Sue – Thank you for this important reminder that we all have the ability to inspire others. Once again, your point #3 is my favourite. Truly listening to others can make a incredible difference!

  • Reply Kimberly April 10, 2018 at 04:37

    Sue, I enjoy reading your posts. They are always so uplifting and positive. I’ve never really thought of myself as inspiring to others, but looking at it this way, it looks like I can be. Thanks!

    Passing Down the Love

  • Reply Pat April 10, 2018 at 05:58

    I haven’t thought I’m inspiring to others since leaving work where I had so many young folk I mentored. Being the best version of myself in the now, a role model of early retirement, is an interesting way to think about being an inspiration. Thanks for the insight. (another I!)

  • Reply Debbie April 10, 2018 at 06:29

    Once again you have captured the meaning of being inspiring, simply by being inspiring! Your posts are always positive and uplifting and I enjoy them immensely. Thanks for the reminders and I must say your mother sounds like a wonderful person.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 10, 2018 at 10:26

      Mum was lovely Deb and everyone around her loved her as well. I still miss her every day. xx

  • Reply amy April 10, 2018 at 08:10

    Such great ideas. Your mother sounds amazing. I don’t know if too many real life people inspire me, but I am inspired by bible characters.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 10, 2018 at 10:25

      Yes she was pretty amazing Amy and did have a strong faith. As long as we are inspired to do good I suppose it doesn’t matter where we find the inspiration. Have a great day and look forward to you linking up at #MLSTL tomorrow. x

  • Reply Natalie April 10, 2018 at 09:54

    Hi Sue – Thank you for the reminders. Your mother sounds like a brave and wonderful person.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 10, 2018 at 10:24

      Thanks Natalie! Yes, she was truly and inspiration to me. When I’m not feeling good I think of her and she sends me her strength. Have a great day! xx

  • Reply Jennifer Jones April 10, 2018 at 12:47

    Sue you definitely are my inspiration. Before I found Sizzling Towards 60 I was in a bit of a funk about getting older and becoming irrelevant. Thanks to you and the bloggers I’ve met on your FB page I’m now over that feeling and realise I have so much to look forward to in future years I

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 11, 2018 at 09:39

      Oh thank you so much Jennifer that means the world to me. I’m so glad we have connected and that you have met other bloggers through ST60 and yes, there is much to look forward to that is for sure! xx

  • Reply Leanne | crestingthehill April 10, 2018 at 13:30

    I always love the idea of leaving a legacy of love when my time comes to pass Sue. It’s not about all my “wonderful achievements” it’s about being remembered as someone who invested in others and made a difference in the lives of family and friends because I cared and spent quality time with people.

    Leanne | http://www.crestingthehill.com.au
    I for If Opportunity…

  • Reply Melanie Crouse April 10, 2018 at 22:27

    I strive to be an inspiration to people who struggle to be authentic, because that is something I have struggled with, and something I try hard to do.
    Melanie’s Stories

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 11, 2018 at 09:41

      Yes we can all help each other can’t we Melanie. I think that was my main point, that we don’t have to be some celebrity even ordinary people can inspire others through their actions. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by x

  • Reply Karen Hume April 10, 2018 at 23:55

    Thanks for the helpful list, Sue. I especially like having a positive attitude. I think that is not the norm for some people so it gives a refreshing new way to look at the world. Besides, there’s enough negativity in the news. Anything we can do to counteract that is bound to substitute inspiration for desperation.

    I is for It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 11, 2018 at 09:43

      We can all do with more positivity in our lives can’t we Karen. I live in Australia and although out politics aren’t as bad as US I get quite frustrated with the negative media and comments from people. I like your phrase ‘to substitute inspiration for desperation’. Have a great day! x

  • Reply Courtney April 11, 2018 at 03:31

    Hi Sue, Your blog is lovely. I completely agree: I too believe that everyone has something special and inspiring to offer the world.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 11, 2018 at 09:34

      Thank you Courtney for your kind words and stopping by to leave a comment. Have a great day! x

  • Reply Victoria April 11, 2018 at 11:29

    I am sure we all have something in us that can inspire others even if we don’t know what it is. A very thought-provoking post.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 11, 2018 at 12:40

      That is true isn’t it Victoria. Everyone has something to offer and I’m glad you enjoyed the post. xx

  • Reply Shirley Corder April 11, 2018 at 15:39

    Thank you for a good post as always, Sue. To Inspire and Encourage is the “brand” of my two websites and I try to live up to that as often as I can. Journal to improve your Life!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 12, 2018 at 06:55

      Yes you already get the message Shirley don’t you? Have a great week and thanks for stopping by xx

  • Reply Heather Erickson April 14, 2018 at 01:05

    Hi Sue. I often think of people who inspire me. Many times, I don’t even know them that well, but they did one thing to encourage me (maybe without even realizing it). They have no idea what an inspiration they are. I wonder if there are people out there whom I have inspired. It’s very humbling. Have a great day!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 14, 2018 at 11:48

      Heather, I’ve known you for ‘five minutes’ but you have already inspired me with the attitude you have despite the dark times fighting your husband’s cancer. You definitely are an inspiration, no doubt about that!

  • Reply Julie April 15, 2018 at 06:30

    What a wonderful post. I recently lost my mother to ovarian cancer. She lived simply, was a hard worker and portrayed many of the things you outlined in your post. I think probably the biggest was taking the focus off herself. And being thoughtful. She sent cards and handwritten letters of encouragement. Not just to family to everyone. After she passed it was very touching to hear from all the people she touched

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 15, 2018 at 09:25

      I’m so sorry for your loss Julie and it is very hard to lose our Mothers. You can take comfort from all the positive and loving feelings people have expressed about her and the wonderful role model for caring about others that she was. Thanks so much for stopping by and sending a hug to you x

  • Reply Grammy Dee | Grammy's Grid May 1, 2018 at 04:58

    Such an inspiring post! Sorry, couldn’t help but say that 🙂 Seriously though, all good tips. And Sue, you are one of the most inspiring people I know, you always have such a happy, positive attitude! Shared x 4 ♥

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 2, 2018 at 06:48

      🙂 very clever Dee! Thank you for you kind words and you have made my day. My whole blog is about inspiring others so it makes me feel terrific when someone finds inspiration from my writing. Have a great day and thanks for sharing xx

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