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Why You Need Inspiration in Making Decisions About the Future

As you near the end of your home schooling years, you approach the moment of decision about your future.

Jeremiah 29:11  For I know the thoughts that I think toward you,” says Yahweh, “thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you hope and a future.

God has a plan for every person and gave each person the gifts necessary to fulfill that plan.

Sometimes in making decisions, inspiration is involved. Inspiration cannot be measured or quantified. You cannot quantify it by saying that you had this much inspiration today and therefore have accomplished so much.

In today’s world, people often consider that which can be measured is more important or more valuable. But without inspiration, there’s nothing to measure because we produce nothing. Inspiration is what creates and all that is measured springs from this nebulous concept.

There are three parts to inspiration, according to psychologists Todd Thrash and Andrew Elliot.

  1. Evocation. Inspiration is created spontaneously and without intent. The word inspiration means “divine breath.” Inspiration is not a part of our baser, more primal brains; it serves no purpose for basic survival
  1. This part comes in moments of clarity and with the awareness of new possibilities. Inspiration is indeed the mark of higher consciousness in us. Inspiration comes from a place of beauty and clarity.
  1. Approach It’s a fancy way of saying that the person with the inspiration seeks to communicate that vision. Either by talking about it, creating the vision in real life or letting others share in the vision.

People who are inspired have some common traits. For one thing, they are more open to new experiences. That almost always comes before the inspiration hits, indicating a certain willingness to be open to inspiration as a precedent to experiencing it.

You can pray and ask God to inspire you with the next step.  In order to do that, you must first be born again by way of the instruction in the Bible below.

Once you are born again, God as Father can inspire you by His Spirit and through reading the Bible.

One thing inspired people have in common is a strong desire to master what they do.  They want to master it because they love it.  They have found their passion and want to master it.

There are other critical factors in people who are often inspired.

  1. A confidence in their abilities. Even though they may not be experts in everything, they are comfortable with their specialties.
  1. Self-esteem. Inspired people have the confidence not to doubt themselves, indicating that they are able not to sabotage themselves.
  1. It’s difficult to be inspired if you’re stuck in a negative state. People with optimism are more open and more prone to inspiration.

Inspiration is not just a flash of vision; it’s a motivation that births creativity and motivation. People who get inspired are usually the ones more eager to jump into a project.

Going to college is not just about checking the next check chart in the pathway to life.  It is beginning to get in touch with your passions and inspiration and purpose for life, so you have a direction with the career pathway you choose.

And, it may not be college.  Mike Rowe, of MikeRoweWorks, focuses on jobs such as construction, welding, electrical and all sorts of hands-on jobs that make civilization work.  He offers “sweat equity” scholarships.

If you totally clueless, you might talk to good supportive friends and relatives who want you to succeed about what they think your strengths are.  This can never substitute for knowing yourself, but, it can help you if you are wildly off track (like wanting a singing career when you can’t carry a tune or read music).

Or, you can take some of these tests, they may help you realize things about yourself that will help you take the next correct step.

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