Think about the last book you read about someone who inspired you. Perhaps it profiled the person in adverse situations and described their conditions and suffering. It probably explained how the person managed to escape those conditions. The experiences that helped them to succeed can sometimes serve as a model for your success.

The story you read may not be exactly like the scenario described.

However, it will have a similar feel overall. It’s rare that people start out from a successful base. People who start off with money are not always successful.  Because of this they may not need to strive for success. Starting from a difficult position isn’t always the case, but it is frequently the way these stories go.

No matter whose story you read, if you don’t continue reading stories, they are likely to fade from your memory. Inspiration is most effective when it is current. So, you need to constantly reinforce the inspiration by reading the profiles of many people who have overcome difficult situations in life.

The stories don’t have to be from famous people. You will find plenty of inspirational stories in your local newspaper or a local website. Don’t limit yourself only to the stories of people who are well known. Sometimes, reading or hearing stories about local people can give you a local insight that is impossible to get from a famous person. It could be something that helps you solve a problem that’s been causing you to struggle.

You could also look for inspiration from stories you would not typically read. Try reading the story of someone from another culture. If you are young, try to get a different perspective from an older person and vice versa. When you diversify, your brain won’t know what to expect which can be great for ideas.

Of course, there is nothing wrong with reading profiles of people who are famous or who are more like you. Reading and learning is part of how to keep the inspiration engine fresh. In fact, it’s a great idea to have these within reach for easy reference, in case you need that boost.

It’s helpful to reread a story of someone who inspired you. Sometimes, you can pick up more points than when you read the story the first time. You will also have a different frame of reference because you know most of the story. Your brain will look for what it didn’t find before.

Sometimes inspiration may come from just hearing about someone in your own circle who did something amazing to overcome a problem in their life.  Or it could be that you can draw inspiration from a wonderful film or video – inspiration may be found from many sources.

All the inspiration you gain will be of no use if you don’t take action. It’s great to be inspired. But even better is to allow the inspiration you have found to get you into action to create a new life for yourself, or for others.  Don’t waste all that wonderful inspiration – inspire others!

© Kathleen Crawford,

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