If you’re a regular reader of Happy Mothering, I will make the assumption that you have chosen to live a natural lifestyle (or are interested in heading down that path). I am very passionate about living naturally and making choices that will ensure my family is healthy and happy.
Unfortunately, many people around me are blind to the inherent dangers that today’s modern world poses to their health. Everything from choosing personal care products laden with harmful chemicals to consuming GMO “foods” created in a lab and heavily sprayed with pesticides and everything in between – most people just aren’t aware how much these choices could impact them down the road.
One of my ultimate goals is to inspire people around me to make choices to life a simple, natural lifestyle – hence the tagline on this blog, “Inspiration to live a simple, natural lifestyle.”
Over the years, I have found there is a fine line between inspiring someone and preaching to them. Here are 5 tips that I have found that help people open up more when you talk to them about lifestyle changes.
Lead by Example
If you’re going to pursue inspiring others, you have to walk the walk before you can talk the talk. If you’re saying that people should do something, you need to actually be living that way yourself. People can sense whether you are genuine or not, so it’s important to lead by example.
I like to talk about what we do as a family rather than telling people what they should do. If they seem interested in what we’re doing, then I expand the conversation to research and studies and only turn the focus to that person if they ask me to.
Share in Simple Ways
When you have friends over, be sure to have your natural soaps and lotions available in the bathroom. Serve the things that you take pride in like your favorite real food appetizer or meals, or home brewed Kombucha. Make your lifestyle seen and people will often ask you questions if they’re interested in learning more.
Write or Speak About It
Depending upon your skills and interest levels, you can inspire others through your writing or speaking. Find a local magazine or start a blog if writing is your thing. If you enjoy speaking, find local groups that you can hone your skills at and move on from there. Writing and speaking are great ways to grow your “audience” outside of friends and family.
These are just a few tips for simple ways to gently inspire change in others. They will work for people who are open to hearing your message. People who don’t want to hear it, won’t hear it no matter how loud you shout it from the rooftops 🙂
What have you found works for you when you’re working to inspire change in others?
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