Purpose

The Eight Elements of Inspiration – Purpose

It is wonderful what strength of purpose and boldness and energy of will are ROUSED by the assurance that we are doing our duty.

- Walter Scott

If you observe the happiest, most effective, most energetic people, you will invariably find they have given themselves over to a higher cause. We want to feel part of something bigger than ourselves, something important, as if we’re on a quest and that our contribution matters. On the flip side, when our lives feel devoid of meaning, directionless, pointless, we begin to drift. I know I am never less happy than when I can’t see any point in what I’m doing, can’t see how it fits into a grander narrative. In short, human beings seek purpose – the fourth element of inspiration.

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Be INSPIRED – The Eight Elements of Inspiration

AROUSED, animated, or imbued with the spirit to do something, by or as if by supernatural or divine influence.

Definition of INSPIRED, Dictionary.com

Inspiration has a numinous quality to it. We know when it comes upon us – the feeling of cold air on the back of our throat as we take a sharp intake of breath, the way we raise our eyebrows and our eyes go wide, the enraptured smile and amazed laugh – all these are the outward signs of inspiration. But what does it truly mean to be inspired, inside? What does it take to inspire others?

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