What is inspiration and where does it come from? The dictionary holds several definitions for the word “inspiration” or “inspire” that transcend physiological, intellectual, emotional or spiritual boundaries.
When I think of inspiration, I immediately either correctly or incorrectly, associate it with things that motivate or move me to action. Images of great inspirational leaders like John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King and Zig Ziglar, or scenes from classic movies such as Rocky that symbolize triumph over all odds, come to mind. How about you – where does your inspiration come from?
For the past six months, I have had the pleasure of working with Bryan Downer, the founder of Light Point Press http://www.lightpointpress.com/, our editor Corinne Shipman, and 14 amazing local authors on the Power of Inspiration Project. This project has culminated with the early release of our best-selling new book titled, POWER OF INSPIRATION: Dare to Be the Best YOU!
POWER OF INSPIRATION: Dare to Be the Best YOU! is a compilation of the real-life stories of 15 ordinary people who have gone through extraordinary transformation and change during their lives. The authors have had to overcome personal tragedies and hardships, near-death experiences, abusive relationships, or self-limiting beliefs to achieve personal and professional success. Moreover, all have been able to triumph over tragedy in ways that have forever shaped their lives. As a result, they are now dedicated to helping others overcome the same or similar challenges.
So, back to the original question … Where does your inspiration come from?
If you ask the Power of Inspiration team members, the common thread was either a watershed event or series of circumstances that became the impetus for the transformative change in their lives. Much like members of our author team, your turning point could be the loss of a child, or a near-death experience, a spiritual awakening, or the end of an abusive relationship. Or your inspiration could come from a simple defining question, “Do you realize you don’t look at people when you talk to them?”
As Maria Robinson once said, “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” Whatever your circumstances today, if you’re seeking positive changes in your life that will enable you to be the best YOU, we hope you will check out our new book and find your inspiration.
Enjoy the journey!
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