Do you want to feel inspired? Or perhaps you’d like to inspire others? Have you ever considered that ‘inspiration’ comes from within? No matter who you are or where you are from, inspiration starts with you.


Striving to obtain the invigorating sensation that comes with feeling inspired is what drives many of us on a daily basis, but all too often, we find ourselves loosing sight of what inspired us in the first place. I believe that inspiration is the fuel of human existence and learning how to reignite your spark is key to growing as a leader in both your personal and work life.

Cultivating our own inspiration gives us the energy to create something that does not yet exist and to inspire others to want to work with us and to stay with our projects despite all the odds. In today’s work environment, inspiration is particularly crucial when it comes to collaboration, with most people agreeing that it is far better to work with colleagues and leaders who are motivators rather than detractors.

It is through these inspired individuals, the motivators who collaborate with each other, that we see the impossible turned into reality. This is a view that is shared by many, including Richard Branson, who reinforces this view in a recent blog post:

To succeed in the 21st Century, businesses of all sizes need to think differently, learn from each other, research new markets and collaborate as much as possible.

As individuals, I have found that people admire these motivators because they do or say something that inspires others. What is extraordinary to me however, is that most find it difficult to articulate ‘what it is’ about themselves that makes them inspirational.

It seems that throughout the years, society has placed such a great focus on finding inspiration externally, that we have overlooked the advantages of exploring and leveraging from our personal strengths and resources.

Whether it is by discovering our life purpose, acquiring insights into how our energy is generated, or learning to replace negative self-talk with positive words and thoughts; I believe all of us, with the help of a little willpower, have the ability to learn, nurture, develop and re-inspire ourselves.

Not only can doing this help us to become more collaborative, optimistic and solution focused; it has the potential to create harmonious environments for others to excel in.

Tick ‘inspiration’ off your bucket list and embark on an uplifting, eye-opening journey of discovery by attending one of our i4 Certification Programs. Inspiring others is easier when you know how to first inspire yourself.

It is time to refuel your inspiration! 

Neurobiology of Coaching, Wellbeing & Brain-Friendly Practices Diploma
Published on:
3 July 2014

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Scientist, educator, author, speaker, coach, award-winning leadership specialist, filmmaker and creator of the i4 Neuroleader Model & Methodology.

Silvia's scientific background and curiosity about the human brain led her to a decade long journey of research into optimal brain functioning and the application of neuroscience in leadership and daily life. Her past and current roles have uniquely prepared her for the current undertaking, that of leadership activist & change agent.

Silvia Damiano founded The About my Brain Institute in 2009, with the purpose of democratising leadership & neuroscience. She has a passionately held belief, that leaders in our 21st century global economy and their organisations must radically change long-held ideas of what constitutes effective leadership

In her ground-breaking books ‘Leadership is Upside Down’, ‘Brain-Friendly Leadership’ and the 2018 documentary ‘Make Me A Leader’, Silvia provides both compelling evidence and explores the importance of leadership in our personal and professional lives and what it takes to develop the human behind the leader.

Silvia has worked in different countries, across many industries, helping teams and organisations improve business performance. Silvia’s clients have described her as a passionate, dynamic, a highly experienced speaker and master facilitator on the topics of Emotional Intelligence, Cultural Change, Neuroleadership & Engagement.

Silvia is passionate about leaving a legacy of well-rounded leaders who can act and decide in a way that better serves humanity. Her clients include Microsoft, Australian Stock Exchange, NSW Government, VISA, Fuji Xerox and Manpower amongst many other global companies.

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