How to Stay Inspired as a CEO
Inspiration comes and goes, it ebbs and flows. Inspiration may feel like an aha-moment, something out of our control, but it’s not. It is very much in our control to gift ourselves with moments of inspiration, moments that inspire an abundant life and create a beautiful lifestyle. Inspiration is a practice of the mind, body, and spirit. And, there are simple daily practices, behaviors and conscious decisions to be made that can rouse inspiration from its dormancy within. I am challenging you to make the conscious decision to learn how to stay inspired as a CEO.
As a business owner, an entrepreneur, and CEO, we have all experienced instances filled with doubt, complacency, or discouragement. Take it from me – I am a business owner with three-plus decades of experience, a CEO 10-times over, and a serial entrepreneur – these moments are part of the journey. They are meant to teach us. Just don’t let these moments define you! You were meant to be a Millionaire CEO, so it’s time to act the part. The point is to turn moments of complacency into moments of inspiration. I am here to share insights from my own daily practice in how to stay inspired as a CEO.
Your reality as a business owner, your vision as an entrepreneur and your inspiration as a CEO will always host the potential for growth and expansion. If you limit yourself to your current reality and resign to the status quo, at whatever level you are at, then you are rejecting opportunities to stay inspired. And, let me tell you, doing so will not serve you well. Accepting complacency leaves you with revenue ceilings that you cannot break through and finite terms for success. The Good News: You can start with changing your outlook today and uncover your own inspiration!
“INSPIRATION is a PRACTICE of the mind, body and spirit. And, there are daily practices, BEHAVIORS and CONSCIOUS DECISIONS that rouse inspiration…That is HOW to stay INSPIRED as a Millionaire CEO.” Allison Maslan
Enter the allegory of the cave (think back to Plato). You are the only one that can limit your vision and you are the only one that can confine yourself. You do need to keep yourself in the dark and without true inspiration – in other words in a cave experiencing shadows of inspiration. What is the cave? The cave is your predetermined, predestined view of the world, a reality full of walls to come up against and distractions to push us off course. Yes, there is no light without darkness, but why confine yourself to that darkness, playing home to a negative cycle of thinking and inaction.
You deserve more than the shadow of success. Step into the light! Why not say yes to staying inspired as a CEO and call upon it through daily practices? You can manifest your own exponential growth by changing your perception through action.
3 Perceptions that Kill Inspiration
As I often say, perception is the reality. Many of you have heard of the 80/20 Rule, but here it is again. Do not underestimate the fact that 80 percent of your outcomes result from 20 percent of your inputs. Actions create inspiration. And, by those standards, 20 percent of your actions create 80 percent of your inspiration. And, I live by this statement as a business owner, entrepreneur, and CEO.
How can you change your outlook? Wondering how to stay inspired as a CEO? Apply this principle to your daily life as a CEO. Changing 20 percent of your daily practices can create moments of inspiration that you crave and the moments that inspire exponential growth inside-out.
Misconceptions to Avoid
Before you can start, remember that your perception can also kill your inspiration. Here are 3 common misconceptions to avoid when learning how to stay inspired as a CEO:
- Inspiration will show up at my doorstep. Inspiration does not come effortlessly, as much as we may want it to, and it certainly does not deliver the recipe for success to your doorstep. More often than not, it is not the lightning bolt ideas that lead to meaningful action. And, the inspiration that does not translate into action instead quickly fades. The simplest realizations can lead to the most important fundamental changes.
- Starting small means I am not thinking bigger or acting big enough. If you refuse to take the first step, however small, you will never succeed in tackling the larger goals. Thinking bigger requires seeing the bigger picture and seeing the necessary steps to build up to acting bigger. We are not after instant gratification. If you set your expectations too high from the start, you set yourself up for failure to ultimately think and act on a higher level.
- I can do it on my own. I keep circling back to this simple and true fact. You cannot and should not go it alone. Your first action on the road to inspiration is finding others to surround yourself with who have similar goals. Start with building from the bottom-up, from your team to your mastermind group to your mentors and business coach. Inspiration breeds inspiration. Don’t forget that!
4 Practices to Stay Inspired
Inspiration can feel like a fleeting moment like you can’t hold onto, a shadow on the cave wall that lacks true form. These are valid feelings. But, it is my opinion (hi, it’s me, Allison) that inspiration is not about a singular moment, but a continuous, consistent stream of motivation and life-changing ideas. Simple realizations that result from simple, daily practice – that’s the goal. And, this proven formula stays the same whether you are trying to break through that million or five million dollar revenue ceiling, launch a new program or product, land a new high-end client, or run a marathon! Here’s how to stay inspired as a CEO, from my playbook:
- We were Meant to Make Moves.
- Don’t Forget to Travel.
- Read, Read, and Read More!
- Meet People.
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Allison Maslan, CEO of Pinnacle Global Network, is the Wall Street Journal Best Selling Author of Scale or Fail, which is endorsed by Daymond John and Barbara Corcoran of Shark Tank. Allison’s built 10 successful companies starting out at age 19.
Now she and her team of CEO Mentors pay it forward by helping business owners scale their companies, fast-track their success, and create a more meaningful life. Pinnacle Global Network, a world leader in scaling companies and empowering business leaders has guided thousands of CEO's and Founders to success over the past decade. Allison’s been featured in Inc., Success, Fortune, Fast Company, and Forbes Magazines, is a regular contributor to Entrepreneur Magazine, and a featured expert on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and Fox across the US. She is also the host and producer of The Scale or Fail Show podcast, and the Women Who Own it Podcast in partnership with WBENC, the largest certifier of women-owned businesses in North America.
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