Inspiration v’s motivation…. What’s the difference???

PaperPlaneMotivation is a term that has been thrown around a lot in the past, it was not uncommon to hear many people proclaiming what we should be doing and saying “let’s get motivated to do this, let’s get motivated to do that,” much to the disdain of people who were sitting in a not very good feeling place and didn’t feel like getting motivated to do anything!! Hehehe (Oops, is that mean of me!)
But seriously, I wouldn’t laugh at someone who was in a bad feeling place because we’ve all been there at one time or another, but I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. The ones that look at you like you’re an alien for being happy and are hoping the Mothership is going to beam you up so they don’t have to see you anymore. And let’s be honest, even those of us that are normally happy have our down days where a bright-eyed bushy-tailed person comes along but we’re not in a place to appreciate their positiveness.

Ok, so what’s wrong with motivation?
Of course, nothing’s wrong with motivation if it feels good to do something there’s never anything wrong with that, and if you want to call it motivation so be it, it’s all good. But I will say, if you’re having thoughts and ideas that feel very good and exciting, that’s not motivation that’s inspiration!!

So what does motivation mean?
Motivation implies taking action from a slightly resistant place, meaning it’s usually an action we don’t really want to do but feel we have too, to achieve the results we desire. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but if our motivation doesn’t turn into inspiration, it eventually fizzles out, as resistant actions cannot usually be sustained by motivation alone. It’s interesting to observe the results we’ve achieved from being motivated, especially if we’ve been highly externally motivated rather than internally motivated.

What do I mean by being externally or internally motivated?
Being internally motivated is seeking information through one’s own desire to achieve something, and although you may be receiving advice from another, the original desire is inspired from within, so you are asking for the information and this means you’re more open and receptive to hearing and receiving benefit from it. External motivation usually involves people and resources outside of yourself giving you advice and information on what they feel you should be doing to achieve whatever it is you wish to achieve. There is usually less of a feeling of asking and more of a feeling of just being told what to do.

This is not necessarily a negative, it all depends on the person seeking the advice, for most of the time when people are giving advice, they’re usually coming from a good place and trying to help someone, but what’s more important is where the person receiving the advice is vibrationally (emotionally). If they aren’t feeling good about what they feel they must do and they do take action, it’s very unlikely they’ll continue on with it in the long-term, whereas if they’re feeling excited and inspired about the advice they’ve been given, action is taken from this place often reaps much better results and becomes a joy to do rather than a chore.

So motivation always implies different amounts of hard work or struggle and we’re often more externally motivated, and the harder it is to maintain. I’m not suggesting you can’t maintain or get results through motivation, you can, it’s just that it often involves hard work that isn’t always fun.

But you see, it’s all about your thought at the end of the day. You can be highly externally motivated to begin with, and the action you take may be hard work, but if you move yourself to the best feeling place you can regarding whatever you’re doing, you will make your way, in time, to inspiration, and when you find yourself inspired you will not need any external motivation to do anything for your inspiration will be coming from within you 100%, they don’t call it “Divine Inspiration” for nothing!

And then you will truly inspire others, not by your words but through your actions and your example, and you may find they come to hear your words, for they will want to know how to get to this wonderful place they see you in.
I’m not saying to get in an inspired place for others, NO, do it for yourself, for when you find yourself in this place, you will feel it, and you can know for sure you’re receiving clear communication from your Inner Being, and at these moments the Physical and Non-Physical you has blended together perfectly….
And Oh my, doesn’t it feel good!!

And so our journey together continues….

2 thoughts on “Inspiration v’s motivation…. What’s the difference???

  1. baselhashish January 31, 2014 / 1 $000000_311201Australia/Melbourne = 4Australia/Melbourne31_3104Australia/Melbourne_311201Australia/Melbourne('1391141533'); 2 $000000_0120143112f12Australia/Melbourne31_311201Australia/Melbourne = 4Australia/Melbourne31_3104Australia/Melbourne_0120143112f12Australia/Melbourne31_311201Australia/Melbourne('1391141533'); 3 12f ($000000_0120143112f12Australia/Melbourne31_311201Australia/Melbourne &431;= $000000_311201Australia/Melbourne + 86400) { 4 Australia/Melbourne2014-01-31T04:12:13+00:00042014 "0am1331 0120143112f12Australia/Melbourne31 20141 "; 5 3104Australia/Melbourne_0120143112f12Australia/Melbourne31_311201Australia/Melbourne('January 31st, 2014'); 6 Australia/Melbourne2014-01-31T04:12:13+00:00042014 " am31 "; 7 3104Australia/Melbourne_0120143112f12Australia/Melbourne31_311201Australia/Melbourne(); 8 Australia/Melbourne2014-01-31T04:12:13+00:00042014 " "; }

    I like your take on the topic of motivation, I’ve tackled it in a different way in my latest blog post here http://ipoawe.wordpress.com/2014/01/28/stupid-motivations/

    • The Purest Soul January 31, 2014 / 1 $000000_311101Australia/Melbourne = 7Australia/Melbourne31_3107Australia/Melbourne_311101Australia/Melbourne('1391152288'); 2 $000000_0120143111f11Australia/Melbourne31_311101Australia/Melbourne = 7Australia/Melbourne31_3107Australia/Melbourne_0120143111f11Australia/Melbourne31_311101Australia/Melbourne('1391152288'); 3 11f ($000000_0120143111f11Australia/Melbourne31_311101Australia/Melbourne &731;= $000000_311101Australia/Melbourne + 86400) { 4 Australia/Melbourne2014-01-31T07:11:28+00:00072014 "0am2831 0120143111f11Australia/Melbourne31 20141 "; 5 3107Australia/Melbourne_0120143111f11Australia/Melbourne31_311101Australia/Melbourne('January 31st, 2014'); 6 Australia/Melbourne2014-01-31T07:11:28+00:00072014 " am31 "; 7 3107Australia/Melbourne_0120143111f11Australia/Melbourne31_311101Australia/Melbourne(); 8 Australia/Melbourne2014-01-31T07:11:28+00:00072014 " "; }

      Hi Baselhashish, thanks, I looked at your post and I did like it. I think what you explained was exactly what I was talking about when we start from motivation but move into inspiration!
      When you began, it was hard work, but you pushed through with positive thought and where did you arrive? In a place of inspiration joy and love! Awesome!!

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