Where Does Inspiration Really Come From?By Lesley Lyle
What Is Inspiration?
From time to time, you may have been inspired—but have you ever thought about what inspiration is, and the effect it has on you? The term is frequently linked with creativity; for instance, one might "wait for inspiration" before starting a creative project. But until recently, there has been very little research into different aspects of inspiration.
A Scientific Definition
Psychologists Thrash and Elliot have studied the subject of inspiration in depth, and discovered that it can be both powerful and motivational. They've even created an Inspiration Scale to measure it. Thrash and Elliot describe inspiration as being constructed of three main qualities: evocation, transcendence, and approach motivation. What does that really mean?
Inspiration occurs spontaneously, without intention. So it's likely to feel like something that happens to you, rather than something that you choose or plan to experience.
Transcendence is the experience of something that is beyond usual, everyday occurrences. When inspired, you may feel in awe and connected to a powerful source of energy. You may have a sense of certainty and clarity about things, and suddenly become aware of new possibilities.
Inspiration is likely to cause you to take some purposeful action and motivate you to create or do something new. It can open you up to the possibility of achieving something you had previously thought of as unlikely or impossible, and transform your perception of your own capabilities.
The Benefits of Inspiration
There is evidence to show that, in addition to helping us achieve new goals, inspiration is also good for our general well-being. It can increase feelings of gratitude and appreciation, lift our mood, and provide us with a heightened sense of purpose.
The Impossible Can Seem Possible
Being inspired can help us extend our self-limita