I have seen what inspiration can do for people. It has done a lot for many; including me. I wish to see it do same, if not much more, for you.
That is why I highly recommend that on a daily basis, you seek ways to tap inspiration from the so many sources of inspiration around you. This will enhance your chances, not only of succeeding, but of excelling in life as well.
Ask me how precisely this will happen, and I will tell you it will do exactly what fuel does to an engine; or what manure does to crops on a farm; not leaving out what food does to the body.
I hope you know the role of petrol in an engine; and what fertilizer or manure does to crops on a farm! Or the role food plays in your body!
Imagine a car that doesn’t have fuel! Of course, it will not move an inch from where it is standing until you fuel it. Fuel is a must for an engine to function. It doesn’t matter whether it is pure fuel, or alternative fuel. What matters is it should be available and sufficient.
I can hear some people saying electric vehicles (EVs) do not use fuel. We know they are propelled by electric energy but it is still energy. Fuel is a source of energy. Whether we are talking of fuel, alternative energy, electric energy, we are talking of energy. They all fuel the engine, meaning they supply energy; they feed the engine.
That is why we also liken inspiration to manure on your farm, because that is what it is. Take a look at a farm that is void of manure or fertilizer and compare it with one that is well manured or on which enough and appropriate fertilizer has been applied. No one would need to tell you how important it is to manure or apply fertilizer on your farm. Crops that are fertilized or manured usually do far better than those that are not.
That is how inspiration works. It is to the mind and spirit what food is to the body. We call it spiritual food.
Inspiration will help you pull through a difficult day; or a difficult task. It will enable you to create; or initiate projects.
The dictionary defines it as “the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something especially to do something creative.”
When you are inspired, you want to do something. You desire to do it.
There are times when your mind is dry and ideas are not forth coming. In such a case you need a source of inspiration to give you ideas.
And by source of inspiration we mean where your inspiration, your idea or motivation is coming from. That could be a person, a thing, a story or an event that inspires you or that gives you an idea or desire to do something such as write a book, start a business, or take an initiative.
An important source of inspiration for me, and for most people is people. Very often, I am inspired by what others do and I start to do something.
The struggles and triumphs of people in life are a source of inspiration to many people. Reading or listening to their stories, how they overcame the challenges on their path to emerge victorious has inspired many people to keep on pushing for success despite the obstacles encountered. Many have done this and succeeded.
Radio and television are two dependable sources of inspiration for me. They can be for you as well. There are some programs on radio and television which generate in me the desire to do things. This means they inspire me.
Have you ever listened to an interview with a writer and got so thrilled that you had the desire to write your own book? That interview inspired you. It was a source of inspiration.
The web is also a useful source of inspiration. Many stories are published on the web that can inspire you to go into the world and take rewarding action.
There are some websites and blogs whose objective is to inspire their readers to get them to take actions that will lead them to success. This blog, Success Inspirers’ world, is one of them. Our posts aim to inspire you to take appropriate action to become successful in life, if not outstanding.
There are lots of ways, indeed, that you can get inspiration to do things. Some people get their inspiration from newspapers and magazines. There are newspapers and magazines that are full of inspiring stories. I like buying and reading such as often they make me feel different.
Have you come across quotes that inspire you? There are many of such quotes. If you read or hear them, you will be highly motivated to act or take charge of your life.
You certainly know how daunting it is to get to the top in life. Many of those who are at the top today will tell you it is, indeed; and that they were inspired by someone or some story they read to start or persist on their journey to success.
The stories of Oprah Winfrey, Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln, Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela, Ronald Reagan, François Mitterrand and Jacques Chirac are just a few of the stories of world figures that have inspired and continue to inspire me to work harder in my own life and never to give up.
Oprah Winfrey is one of the most outstanding women in the world. She inspires many people, especially women, to make the most of their opportunities.
Oprah had a rather difficult early beginning, having been “born into poverty in rural Mississippi” but she did not allow her challenges to crush her. She got inspired to pursue a career that ended up being her open sesame to greatness. Today she is described as “the richest African American of the 20th century and North America’s first black multi- billionaire and has been ranked the greatest black philanthropist in American history. ”
Hear someone who has been inspired by Oprah: “Oprah Winfrey is an inspiration to me because she embodies the ambitious, self-driven woman that I aspire to become… Her longstanding success with the show is a credit to her natural ability to engage with people through television leading her to be labelled as one of the most influential women in screen.”
Get one of her inspiring quotes: ” The great courageous act that we must all do , is to have the courage to step out of our history and past so that we can live our dreams. ”
“You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.”
Imagine yourself drinking from the well of inspiration of this outstanding woman!
If we go down memory lane, we will not miss meeting Winston Churchill. In a 2017 article titled “24 Winston Churchill quotes to inspire you to never surrender” Goalcast describes him as “one of the most widely revered and iconic leaders in world history.”
What inspires me the most about this man is the fact that his teacher treated him as a dull pupil. Yet, he grew up to become one of Britain’s finest Prime Ministers and the world figure that we know and whose story will hardly quit the history books. He left for humanity many wise and inspiring quotes that have continued to inspire people to great achievements. Hear what he said: “Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.”
The one I find most quoted is ” Never, never, never give up.”
I also like: “Success is not final. Failure is not fatal.”
If you dip into his quotes tank, you may end up finding that these ones I have given here might not even rank among his most inspiring quotes.
Another historical gem of inspiration is Abraham Lincoln. He is rare specie when it comes to persistence and resilience. This is the man who failed his way to the White House in the United States of America. In other words, he failed to win many of the positions he contested for, but did not give up. When finally he won, it was to become the 16th President of the united States.
He taught us that “the greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
We also learn from him that “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”
I cannot end without mentioning the man who, in our own day, has inspired me the most; and he is no other than Barack Obama. The first African American to be the chief occupant of the White House. The thrilling story of his phenomenal rise from oblivion to became the 44th President of the United States has inspired and continues to inspire millions of young and old around the world.
Let us get one or two quotes from him:
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
He also said “We need to internalize the idea of excellence. Not many folks spend a lot of time trying to be excellent.”
Think of how drinking daily from the spring of inspiration of these legends can impact your life.
These are just a few. You will find inspiring figures and stories in all walks of life. I haven’t mentioned legends like Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, Theodore Roosevelt etc.
They have all inspired millions of people with their stories and ideas.
Drink from their spring as often as you can. An excellent habit to cultivate is reading or listening to inspirational literature daily.
Start your day with something inspiring. If it is not reading an inspiring book, listen to an inspiring recording or watch an inspiring video.
Then as you go about your day, find time to get more inspiration.
Motivate yourself to act on the inspiration you have . The line between inspiration and motivation is quite thin.
Usually, we are inspired to desire to do and motivated to do. You may be inspired to write a book, but you will not write a book because you are not motivated.
Inspiration is like a spark that flashes through your mind. You can be inspired to desire to take action. You can be inspired to desire to be courageous, to desire to struggle, persist, start a business. This inspiration may come because of what you have seen, read or heard. But if you are not motivated, that desire may end up fading away without you doing anything.
Motivation is that feeling that pushes you to act on that spark of inspiration and let it produce results.
You should let the two work together in your life. inspiration is like the rays of the sun that shine in you. You don’t choose it. It chooses you. It comes from heaven. Motivation is like a fan that fans a fire (inspiration) and it burns. The burning depends on the faning.
Inspire and motivate yourself everyday. Taking measures to inspire yourself daily can change your life. It can take you to the top if you follow that up by acting on the inspirational flashes that you get. This is where motivation comes in.
While you inspire yourself by exposing yourself through reading, listening and watching, motivate yourself to take action on the inspiration you get. Motivation gives drive to act.
When inspiration meets and joins hands with motivation, great things happen or are done.