Inspired or motivated? There is a difference, and Wayne Dyer's explanation resonates with me. He says that motivation is ego-driven and inspiration is spirit-driven--a force that takes hold of us, not the reverse.
Being inspired is an experience of joy: we feel completely connected to our Source and totally on purpose; our creative juices flow, and we bring exceptionally high energy to our daily life. We feel whole and aligned. When you are building a life/business that depends on creating new products, ideas or services inviting inspiration to drive your process feels lighter, and helps you to create with more flow and ease.
Motivation vs. Inspiration
Arthur Miller, who was perhaps the most accomplished playwright in the U.S., is an example of a man who knew the difference between being inspired or creating motivation in himself. In an interview late in his life, he was asked, “Are you working on a new play?”
Mr. Miller’s answer went something like this:
“I don’t know if I am or not, but I probably am.” This delightful response suggests that Miller’s writing came from inspiration—that is, something other than ego spurred him on.
If you search "get motivated" on the internet you will get 387 million results!
Everything from Get Off Your Butt to Ten Things that Steal Your Motivation.
So it seems that motivation is something that we must get or find or create in ourselves.
Motivation has a striving and sometimes fearful energy attached to it, a "don't let anything stand in your way" approach. (to be fair, this may be necessary at times, depending on what the goal is)
However, often in our culture, we seem desperate for immediate results, or we don't trust that inspiration will arrive in time. So we force it, sometimes pushing ourselves to accomplish at all costs. The results can be burn out and stress or loss of interest and boredom.
Motivation follows Inspiration
You've probably figured out that when you've been touched by inspiration, than motivation or the energy needed to follow through fires you up. Motivation is a natural by-product of inspiration. Just think back to the last time an inspired thought arrived. You were probably super excited and couldn't wait to get started working on it!
How do we invite Inspiration to visit?
We cannot force true inspiration. It visits us. It visits when we are not crushingly busy, when we are feeling open, trusting and relaxed. Inspiration surprises us, it comes when we are least expecting it. Here are a few ways to relax and create more space in your life for the spirit of inspiration to visit you:
And lastly, a fun fact about the word Inspire. It can be traced back to the Latin inspirare (“to breathe or blow into”), which itself is from the word spirare, meaning “to breathe.” So the next time you find yourself feeling less than motivated....give yourself some room to breathe and be inspired!
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