What Inspires You?

Purple PetuniasOne of my favourite Facebook apps is the My Questions application. I love that I can post a short question and encourage my network to answer whatever it is that I just asked. It's interesting to read the different perspectives from various people.

My last question, "Have you ever been inspired? If yes, how?" came up with some really interesting feedback. I really enjoyed finding out what inspires people. Here are just some of my favourite responses -

"I have been endlessly inspired by books, people, places, moods, movies, a stray comment, a walk on the beach, a painting, a child's smile, a conversation, a word, rain on my window, sand beneath my toes, tastes, scents, sounds, and it goes on & on..." - Heather Goldsmith

"Family... Books... songs... even the rustling of leaves and the chirping of birds... whatever makes me feel i'm alive." - Junnie Arreza

"By reading and listening to motivational material. It is something I try to do once a week, but really should do something once a day." - Lee Hopkins

"From the simplest shortest word i read to something as grand as a Philippine sunset." - Arnold Manuel

"My husband inspires me with his encouraging words and happy outlook. My parents inspire me to work harder. Nature, people-watching and relaxing inspire my writing." - Toni Tiu

"I am inspired by watching people at the top of their game whether it be in sport, business or other pursuit. I also am inspired by leaders who keep calm under pressure. and last by my children." - Andrew Kaplan

"My wife inspires me constantly." - Trench Reynolds

"Good writing inspires me to improve my own writing." - Debbie Ohi

"I worked with someone until just about a month ago. He is almost the same age as me but he is in a wheelchair. I thought he was born that way but I learned that it was an accident. Since then, I feel inspired to walk as much as possible." - Jeanne Dupuis

And, even though the responses are varied, they seem to fall under a handful of common themes. Based on the responses, these are our 3 Main Sources of Inspiration:

1) LOVED ONES - Partners, children, parents, family... Our relationships seem to be one of the main sources of inspiration.

2) NATURE - Whatever it is that connects us with the world around us, also tend to inspire us.

3) SUCCESS / EXCELLENCE - When other people accomplish something great - be it overcoming a personal obstacle or creating a work of art - we tend to feel inspired to do more, better.

What about you? Have you been inspired lately? How?

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About the Author Shai Coggins (MTeach, MSoc Sci App Psych)

Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.

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