Beginning novelists are often confused about imagination and inspiration, unsure of the specific roles each one plays and unsure of how the two interrelate.

Week 4 ends with all your new-found motivation lost once more and your co-workers welcome you back while trying to hide their annoying ‘told-you-so’ snickers.

It is this third level that psychologists call a ‘peak experience’ – and the effects can be long-lasting and life changing. Afterwards somehow we just ‘see’ things differently. I know that the memory will nourish me for years to come.

inspiration can also originate from books as well. Go to the library and look into some art books to assist you get some inspiration to get you going again with your creative design. Occasionally by looking at other people’s works you can get past your creative block and start creating your personal airbrush art again. Any kind of art will work to provide you with get inspired since after all you can airbrush any design you see. Take the time to consider the art in the books and notice them as your personal. Think of how you would have created that picture had it been yours. Then go from there and begin drawing out how you would have made it look. Once you are pleased with it then airbrush it on to your task to produce your own unique airbrush art design.

The other day I shared with a fellow entrepreneur (she’s also a friend and a proven inspirational leader) a powerful experience which served as an example of all these inspirational elements at work, in concert with one another. It was scheduled as a simple breakfast meeting, during which we were to discuss details of an ambitious project which will be a joint venture of our two firms. An hour, maybe ninety minutes. And while we did spend a good 45 minutes at the end of the meeting taking good care of our project business, the discussion lasted almost three-and-a-half hours and was dominated by contemplation of a difficult personal situation in which my friend finds herself.

One of the most important rules for success is “Control the Controllables.” The ultra-successful people apply this rule using both sides of the coin. In other words, every aspect of their lives within their control that brings them closer to their goals, in business, or in life is taken advantage of. If getting to the office at 6:30 am will help them reach their goals, you can bet that they will be at the office everyday at 6:30 am. One critical point must be made. Because something is within our control, does not mean we are in control of it. You are not in control of anything until you take control.

The technique I used was to form a clear vision of the end result I wanted and then leave the hen house and go and do something entirely different for a while. Meantime my unconscious mind would continue to quietly explore options in the mental background.

Everyone needs motivation. Those who deny that they do not need motivation are motivated by their denial. We all do what we do for a reason. We have different reasons that motivate us. But motivation is a universal human trait. Without it, life is not worth living. Without it we are suicidal. You can do a lot with motivation but you can do nothing without it. We need motivation every day.