Life Lesson in Motivation and Inspiration

woman on mountainWords of inspiration uplift your spirit, boost your self-confidence, and move you in the direction you want to be going.

No two people are inspired the same because we all are unique. I love to laugh – anytime any place, well except for the library where I have to be quiet. But each one of us has our own sound of laughter. I celebrate each persons uniqueness.

One person maybe inspired by reading a book, poem, or quote. Another person maybe inspired by listening to music, or the sound of their child’s singing, or the sound of silence in time of reflection or prayer.

What is Inspiration?
“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” — George Eliot

The American Dictionary defines inspiration as – “stimulation of the mind or emotion to a high level of feeling or activity.” Well who doesn’t want that?

Without inspiration, innovative ideas have no chance of taking flight; in fact, they fail to exist. As the pressures of mundane existence consume most of our time, we might let some earlier dreams or goals go by. In this quote, Eliot speaks to her reader’s doubts and assures them that it’s never too late to turn around and rediscover your dreams.

Get Inspired
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” — Anais Nin

One can only be inspired if one is willing to take action and seek inspiration. Like the Nike ad that insists, “Just do it,” pushing yourself and taking action gets results.

Ask yourself this question, “How do I get inspired?” Think of past inspirational moments. What were you doing? Where were you? Was anyone with you? Inspiration can come from almost anywhere, at any time and often from unlikely sources.

From pushing yourself to run that extra quarter-mile in the morning to working towards a goal of starting your own business, words of inspiration can be the catalyst that gives you the courage to make it happen.

Find Inspiration
“As I grow older part of my emotional survival plan must be to actively seek inspiration instead of passively waiting for it to find me.” — Bebe Moore Campbell

If you are wondering where to find inspiration, you can find it everywhere you look.

For some people, inspiration comes after reading a book; for others, seeing an exquisite sunset can inspire them. Inspiration may come to you while taking a shower or jogging down the road while most of the world still sleeps.

An inspiring speech may move you to take action or you may discover that it was right there in front of you the whole time.

Find Inspiration Within You
“Every person, especially every woman, should be alone sometime during the year, some part of each week, and each day.” — Anne Morrow Lindbergh

The world within you is too often untapped due to lack of time and the demands of others.

Find some time each day to ponder you and all that you are and wish to be. Journal, meditate, go for a walk alone.

Create a space for yourself where you can be alone with your thoughts. Perhaps a chair and small table with a lamp on it in the corner of your bedroom can be your quiet place. Convert a spare room into a room of your own. An attic or garret presents a perfect place to ponder. A bench outside that allows you the freedom to just be for a short while will give you time and space to find out what inspires you.

Invite Inspiration
“Inviting your creative inspirations into your consciousness alters the course of your life.” — Gail McMeekin

When inspiration becomes elusive, invite it back in to your life.

Women become so overwhelmed with work, husband, and family and doing for others that losing the definition of who you are creates angst and resentment.

Losing inspiration for doing the things that bring joy and excitement in life is like breaking off a piece of your heart!

Before you reclaim the lost inspiration, you must allow yourself to be inspired.

You need to get out of the everyday rut and back into life. Demand time to wonder. Go to a movie, sit at a beach, dance, sing, laugh or play.

Too many times, women feel a constant tug from different directions, leaving nothing for them to claim as their own.

Inspiring Words
“One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats.” — Iris Murdoch

Words can take the most stoic person’s breath away.

Beautiful, haunting words can inspire people to do all sorts of unexpected things.

Find a short inspirational quote and turn it into your mantra for success and motivation. Like a continuous small treat, words of inspiration constantly reassure when feelings of doubt enter the mind and soul.

Read your word treat every day as an affirmation to find inspiration and live a fuller life.

Benefit from Inspiration.
“Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

An inspired person is a motivated person who takes action.

The benefit from being inspired comes with moving in a direction that you wish to go. The inspiration to paint a picture, write a book, move to Paris or start your own business puts the wheels in motion.

Whether your achievement touches only you or millions of others, you will feel a true sense of self and wonderment at the journey.

Carl Jung thought about a benefit of being inspired that you may not have considered, “Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment and especially their children than the unlived life of the parent.” Think of the pride your child and family exhibit when you achieve your heart’s desire or goals.
Inspiration, like a lover, makes people shiver with anticipation and delight in the adventure. That “a-ha” moment brings a smile to the face and suddenly the world seems less daunting.

It’s a great way to feel!

Whether the inspiration came from people watching, stopping to really see the beauty of a flower or from words of inspiration, it’s been discovered.

Once you become inspired, hold fast to what inspired you and why.

The saying, “get out there, follow your dream…” should move you forward.

One last quote to inspire you on your journey is:
Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Love and Inspiration!!


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