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The Advantage Mindset: Inspiration vs. Motivation

It may seem like a subtle distinction, but the worlds of motivation and inspiration are not the same. A lot of people use the words “motivated” and “inspired” interchangeably. However, I found that the words have completely different meanings and feelings associated with them. When I am inspired, the motivation comes naturally, but I struggle to find a strong motive when I am not inspired.


Motivation is about psyching yourself up. Deep and fast breathing. Fire-walking. Heavy-metal riffs…You get the point. You feel like you should be doing something without thinking about why. Motivation usually has a lot to do with an awareness of growth.  It is what you are “supposed” to be doing. It is simply a good idea, not a passionate desire that burns from the core of your being.


Inspiration comes from a completely different place. The word inspiration means to be in spirit. When you are tuned into your spirit, you are naturally drawn to accomplishing what you set out to do. You may do things that don’t seem outwardly productive, like calling a friend you have been thinking about, or finishing up a book you started a while ago. Or, you may be so inspired that you even write a book! Either way, it is all good because fulfillment is the end result.

Motivation is about things that you think you should do or that you’re supposed to do. Inspiration is about being called to action because you’re in direct alignment with the magnetic, brilliant potential that is within you. You WANT to do this, which means you’re motivated to take action.

You will know when you’re inspired about something because…

• Life feels effortless.

• You have to hold yourself back from starting right now.

• Your passion burns steady, it doesn’t flatline.

• You feel called to do this; the feeling comes from
   your core.

Continual inspiration

Continual inspiration is about continual realignment. Realignment isn’t anything complicated. It’s very simple, actually. All it involves is drawing inward and exploring what you really want. A question to ask yourself and get this realignment started is: If you had the time and resources to do what you really really want, what would you do?

Whenever you’re feeling like you have to push, it’s time to realign. Whenever you’re feeling like you’re not enjoying life, it’s time to realign. Whenever you feel like you’re trying to fulfill a quota or expectation, it’s time to realign.

what do you really want?

Not what should you want, and not what you think might be a good idea for you to want. What lights you up? What do you think about doing when you’re not working or doing the things you have to do?

Once you’ve got a grasp on that, stay with it for a little while. Really think on it. Feel it for a while. Savor it. Taste it on your tongue. Feel it tingling down your spine. That’s inspiration – meaning you’re in spirit. All of a sudden, you’ll find yourself motivated.

So which one is it – would you rather be motivated or inspired?

We’re mid way through summer,  a great time to realign, find our inspiration,  dream big, and challenge our limits.  Are you in?  I’m in!