What inspires you?  What lights you up?  Some people don’t immediately know the answer to this when I ask them.  Heck, for a long time I didn’t even know what inspired me.  I knew my family inspired me, I knew that sometimes reading powerful books inspired me, music had the ability to inspire me from time to time, but other than that, I never really gave it much thought.

Having inspiration is like having purpose.  It’s waking up every day knowing what you want and not to satisfy any external need, but rather to satisfy an internal drive.  It can be defined in several ways but the one I like is:

  • a person, place, experience, etc., that makes someone want to do or create something

I believe there is nothing in this world that was created without someone having an inspiration first.  Something had to move those people beyond motivation to want to create that ‘thing’.  The greatest and most successful people have been inspired by something which led to action.

“I dream my painting and I paint my dream.”
― Vincent Van Gogh

While it’s nice to set goals, if the bigger picture doesn’t lead to something that inspires you, you’ll have a harder time achieving that goal.  

Studies show inspired people are more open to new experiences, perform really well at work without being competitive, are intrinsically motivated and have increased well being.

Having inspiration can make you feel more enthusiastic, excited, determined and self confident.  But it’s something that can’t be forced.  And what inspires one person may not inspire another.  Inspiration can be as unique as we are.

Rather, inspiration is something that evokes  a passion which creates an inner yearning that propels you towards a more fulfilled life.

So ask yourself:  what do you really yearn for and why?

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