What Inspires me: Genuine, everyday people showing courage and inner strength. I am often inspired by someone with a disability who overcomes pain as well as the odds and has the determination to do what I have the ability to do everyday and take for granted.
What brings about motivation: A connection to our environment that sparks something within us. I have written a hub about finding motivation after stroke or brain injury and this gets into the less romanticized concept of motivation and more into the physical/chemical associations to motivation. Motivation is not just an idea- it triggers other biological responses that get us ready to act. If this is disrupted, we are left with a lack of initiative. Where we can muster motivation from is an interesting question. I think part of motivation is changing gears and attempting to wake up something within us that will help carry us over hurdles and reach new goals within our journey. Scientifically, music therapy is known to help with motivation as well as personally motivated topics specific to the person. Everyone has their own unique "hook."
The purpose of inspiration: I am not sure there is purpose in inspiration as much as we find purpose within what inspires us-- which is the purpose. Inspiration is the spark that ignites important, creative, and purposeful action within us. It is what helps us as people (not just individuals) evolve.
Inspiration in life should lead to: personal growth & development and positive change