The 12 Gifts of Christmas: #3 Inspiration

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by Jack Canfield

On the first day of Christmas my true self gave to me… a dozen magnificent messages of wisdom and wonder from 12 popular speakers, authors, and visionaries. Each gift is from the heart, given with love exclusively for BellaSpark readers. Enjoy unwrapping these priceless life-affirming gifts!

I was on a TV show on CNN with John Gray and Deepak Chopra a number of years ago. It was one of those split screens where we were all in different studios; I was in LA and Deepak was in San Diego and John was in San Francisco. Somebody asked Deepak, “Do you find Jack Canfield’s books motivational?” And he says, “No, I do not find them motivational.” (laughing) I thought he was going to diss me in front of a national audience, but then he says, “No, on the contrary, I find them inspirational.”

Motivational is like a shower – it wears off and you have to take another one. You have a motivational speaker come into a company and you need another one a week later. And then he said, “If you have a light in your heart and it gets lit, it stays lit.” He called that inspirational, to be Inspired from the inside -- to not need motivation from the outside.

To inspire is to breathe into people this belief, this knowing, this connection to the essence of them that knows that what they are dreaming about is not an accident; it has been put there, encoded, into their DNA that they’re supposed to do this dream.

I want to inspire people to live their highest vision in the context of love and joy and to know what’s possible. Other people have done it and you can do it too. It’s not limited to the Ghandis and the Mother Teresas and the Mandelas of the world. We all can step up and be like that in our own sphere of influence.

Jack Canfield is a self-esteem and peak performance expert, a bestselling author and the co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series.

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The 12 Gifts of Christmas: #2 Happiness
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The 12 Gifts of Christmas: #3 Inspiration
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