What inspires you? What inspires me? Why doesn’t the same story/person that inspires you inspire me?
I guess it comes down to what we define as inspirational overall. Inspirational people don’t just talk about what is important to them. Inspirational people act upon what’s important to them. An inspirational person finds a way to overcome an obstacle or maybe even each and every obstacle. I think of a person who dedicates their life to their cause. A person who looks out for the better of everyone, regardless of it’s the better for themselves.
So back to what inspires you? When you feel stimulated to do something, it’s a state of mind, isn’t it? Your senses are heightened, you feel full of energy and enthusiasm and are completely dedicated at that point to do what you are doing or going to do.
In a culture obsessed with measuring talent and ability, we often overlook the important role of inspiration. Inspiration awakens us to new possibilities by allowing us to transcend our ordinary day-to-day experiences and limitations. Inspiration propels a person from apathy to possibility. It transforms the way we perceive our own capabilities. Inspiration is easy to be overlooked because it is elusive by nature. What we fail to realize is that inspiration can be activated and captured. It has a major effect on important life outcomes.
Inspired people are more open to new experiences. Inspired people have a stronger drive to master their work but are less competitive. That leads me to believe that inspired people are more intrinsically motivated rather than extrinsically. While inspiration is not the same as effort, effort is an essential condition for inspiration. Preparing your mind for an inspirational experience and being open to experience and positive affect are important. You will be aware of the inspiration once it arrives.
What all this leads to is this: to become personally inspired, the best you can do is set up the optimal circumstances for inspiration. An easy first step is simply recognizing the sheer potency of inspiration and its potential impact on everything we do. Allow yourself to see inspiration and be inspired today!