I was just writing a comment on a discussion board when I noticed the evolution of one of my sentences:
First version: I find your progress inspiring.
Second version: Your progress is inspiring.
Third version: Your progress inspires me.
The first version focuses on me rather than the person I was complimenting, and it's wordier than necessary. The second version uses the dull verb is. The third compliments the other person from the beginning, and it uses the powerful action verb inspires.
Now, on to the next sentence.