Inspiration is what keeps people going. You will need it to get out of bed today. When you do leave your house, you will need it as you walk around the streets. You will need it while walking around the streets as you will meet a lot of people who lack it. You will see hopelessness in all its forms in the streets. At the office, you will need it as you work through file after file. As you attack one pile of work after another. Inspiration is what keeps your life going. All day, every day.

Follow me can also be drawn from a great book, movie or play. Look keenly around you for a role model. A single person can change your life for the better. Learn about the lives of great men and know what drove them to achieve impossible feats. Take failure in your stride and be persistent in your efforts.

Fact: A real indication of lack of motivation is when we use the word ‘try’. ‘I will try’ means I am not really committed but I feel I ‘should’ be. Rather than choosing to do something because we really want to, we give it a try. Have you ever met someone that has been trying to give up smoking? Answer one question: Do they or don’t they smoke? The answer is they are still smoking. If they weren’t they would not be trying to give it up, they would have done it. How well do you think it works when you feel you ‘should’ give up smoking, ‘should’ lose weight, ‘should’ drink less or ‘should’ exercise more, when you don’t really want to?

Ambivalence refers to the uncertainties that are inevitable in one’s life. No matter how hard you try, these uncertainties will always be there, coexisting with you as you reach for your goals. Rather than choosing to escape ambivalence, learn to live with it. Inspiration stems from within you in the midst of difficult situations. It is like a lamp that casts light in the midst of darkness. Find out what good remains in things you are uncertain of, no matter how little.

When people find motivation first, it is because they have found something they desperately want to work at every day. Their motivation grows and makes them successful at the job they are performing. They feel productive and thus, happiness follows.

So why do you want inspiration? You would be surprised that many writers do not actually know the answer to this question. Feeling inspired is a great, but without a goal in mind, that feeling can be wasted. What is your intention for inspiration? Do you want to start a novel? Are you trying to figure out how to end a poem? Do you need motivation to re-edit your manuscript? Seeking inspiration without an intention may be a fruitless task. You need to have some objective in mind, otherwise inspiration is wasted.

If inspiration did not go hand in hand with success, then we would have a lot less paintings. Imagine if the Sistine Chapel were not painted, or the Mona Lisa.

In the end if you really want this thing, be it learning to design your own clothes or finishing that book, you can have it. The trick is to motivate yourself. Because the sad truth is if you aren’t motivated then you won’t get it accomplished between daily lives. So make sure to make your goal a priority and remind yourself why you wanted it in the first place. The motivation is already inside you, you just have to make it work for you. Motivation is the key to self-improvement. And the best part is you already have that motivation inside you. Sometimes, you just have to remind yourself.