Aspire, Inspire, and Perspire to be on Fire so You Don’t Expire

Aspire: to long, aim, or seek ambitiously; be eagerly desirous, especially for something great or of high value.

Inspire: to fill with an animating, quickening, or exalting influence.

Perspire: to secrete a salty, watery fluid from the sweat glands of the skin, especially when very warm as a result of strenuous exertion; sweat.

Expire: to come to an end; terminate, as a contract, guarantee, or offer.

How powerful the word spire is.  Spire: the highest point or summit of something.  Take that high point, add a few letters in front of it, and you have a pretty good idea of what you should be doing as a leader to set your team’s performance on fire.

Let’s start with aspire.  To long, aim or seek ambitiously.  I think in today’s world, we have mostly replaced aspirations with expectations.  We expect so much of our people, and we don’t really aspire much for them.  When you fulfill an expectation, you are at zero.  You have not gone above or beyond, just the minimum.  Aspirations are above and beyond what is expected.  Aspirations are celebrated.  Expectations are just part of the job.

Next is inspire.  To fill with animating, quickening or exalting influence.  When is the last time you were animated, or you quickened or exalted influence in a positive way?  Do something different tomorrow at work.  Think of a way you can inspire, a way you can be animated and create a quickening of the pulse.  Create an excitement in a positive way.

Perspire.  Many have this one down pat, to sweat…a lot.  It’s true you should work hard, but may I suggest you perspire more with your brain than your brawn.  Work hard at the first two, aspiring and inspiring.

When your people are inspired they aspire to greater heights, then you’ll hit heights that you didn’t know you could.  Check out this blog on more coaching concepts.

Aspire to inspire and perspire and you’ll be at the top of the Spire.  What will you do differently tomorrow?


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