Doug I think that in general I am looking for or being inspired towards an end goal.
Most of the time, that goal is to create. Create a new article, blog, book topic, etc.
By and large, I agree that inspiration is typically with purpose or goals, though I do not think it is only one-direction. I seek to be inspired and hopefully inspire others with what I create and who I am. I hope that by living my life in a way that feels authentic and true to myself, I am showing others that confidence and authenticity pay off!
There is nothing wrong with simply seeking inspiration with the purpose of creating, seeking it for yourself. In the end, what you create is likely inspiring and captivating others!