Life isn't always as easy as it seems, and when times are tough, we are too confused to even think of the next step that we need to take in order to move on.  Time and time again, we need to see a spark that will give us a clearer vision of where we want to go.  We need something to awaken our desire to win and succeed in our endeavors, reach the stars or find a place in the sun.

We all need that something because it can help us to achieve our hearts' desires.  That something is called inspiration.

Inspiration is within us, but it needs to be awakened by factors that surround us.  That factor could be a person, an event, a principle, a scene, a story or something that can motivate us to think and act with passion and a great desire to accomplish despite hindrances and difficulties.

Inspiration is the fuel that keeps the flame of desire burning in your heart.

Here are five things that can help you to find inspiration:

1. Motivational Quotes and Affirmations

Motivational quotes are universal truths that can serve as your guiding principle and fire starter.  When you fee that you are on the edge of your struggles, these will bring back the fire, energy and will in you.

Affirmations are declarations of a positive mindset.  These can help to give you the confidence that you need to succeed.

2. Inspirational Imagery

You can be inspired by seeing scenes and images like the majesty of the mountains, the calmness of the ocean, the beauty of a flower, or even a kind act that you happen to witness.  At other times, you may be inspired by a photograph, a painting or a poster that relates to your personality and outlook in life.

Inspirational scenes and images can help to remind you that despite the chaos, the world is still beautiful.  They can greatly help to ease your tensions especially during stressful times.

3. Role Models

Role models are a great source of inspiration because it is a story of one who's "been there and done that."  Getting inspired by a role model is like following a path that someone has walked on before.  By following that path, you already have an idea where you're going.

But don't just "walk through" that path because it's not as simple as that.  Surely, there are obstacles, thistles and thorns that you need to overcome before you can reach your destination.  You should know how your role model handled them.  This can help to make your journey a bit easier.

4. Inspirational Videos.

Inspirational videos are videos that portray stories, video articles or slideshows that motivate and encourage you to pursue your goals and dreams.  They are made to remind you of your unlimited potential, value, and power to make your dreams come true – if you just believe in yourself.

You can find lots of inspirational and motivational videos for free on YouTube.

These are just a few of the things that can help you to find inspiration.  You can actually find it anywhere because the world is filled with wonderful things, and every minute, amazing things happen.  You just have to open your heart to see them.

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