Summary: What is motivation and inspiration? Is motivation and inspiration the same? Most people use these two words synonymously, but is there a difference between the two? While reading this article you will learn the contrast between motivation and inspiration, and how to use them both to achieve great success in any area of your life.
As an author and life coach I am often told by my clients that when they began reading my self-help book “L.I.F.E. Intentional, Living In Fullness Everyday” they were motivated to take action to live the life that they have always wanted. And by the time they concluded the book they are inspired to take action to live the life they have always wanted. So what’s the distinction between motivation and inspiration? And how do you benefit from them both?
Before moving to Los Angeles, CA three and half years ago I resided in Northwest Indiana (30 miles southeast of Chicago) where I was born and raised. As you may have experienced or have heard winters in Chicagoland can be brutally cold. During the winter after a long hard day at work I looked forward to relaxing in my Jacuzzi or taking a hot shower to wash the bitter cold and stressful day from me. During my drive through rush hour traffic, in my imagination I could literally feel the sensation vibrating through my body, and could see the steam fill the bathroom with heat that would slowly melt away the cold that seemed to search for warmth from itself within my bones. When I would finally reach my abode, I would share dinner and quality time with my family and then end my day by fulfilling the vision I had in my head as I drove home.
However, there was a big problem. While in the shower the hot water was exactly what I needed to feel and wanted. It was refreshing. I felt renewed. Rejuvenated. But something strange happened once I finished bathing. As I stepped out of the shower I could feel the bitter cold again. It was if the Old Man Winter had found his way into my home through some opening in my windows or slipped his way inside from underneath the door. Perhaps the wind blew itself down the chimney or someone actually left a door open. All I know is that once the comfort of my hot shower ended the bitter cold I felt before welcomed me back into reality. That’s motivation! It feels good temporarily and then “real life” sets in.
Motivation comes by hearing, seeing and feeling your dreams…your vision…your goals. Your dream is your motivation…but taking action to manifest this dream will be your inspiration when times get tough. Inspiration comes by actually doing what it takes to bring your goals/dreams/purpose/vision into fruition. You don’t need more faith…what you need is the courage to act on your faith.
A dream without a plan is simply a wish. Creating a system or duplicating someone else’s plan of success will inspire your belief that your goal is achievable. If you apply for a business loan your banker would ask to see your business plan. Your plan shows what the dream is, how this dream will benefit others, its profitability, and what steps you are going to take to make sure its success. Without a plan your dream is simply an idea lurking in the dark confined spaces of your thoughts and imagination.
Inspiration is also derived by identifying your intentions behind your dreams. Your WHY. Why is fulfilling this goal so important to you? What is your aim, motive, goal for this dream? Besides you, who else will benefit from your goal coming to past? These are just a few of the questions you MUST ask yourself before embarking on a quest to carry out your dream. Knowing your intentions keeps you excited.
When pursuing your dreams be motivated, but more importantly…BE INSPRED!
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