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Why you want to be Inspired and not Motivated?

Motivation and inspiration are the two words that we tend to use interchangeably in our communication with ourselves and others. When we can differentiate the words we use, like motivation and inspiration we are able to better question and understand ourselves and the decisions we make.


The Latin root of the word motivation is movere,which means to move and would include synonyms like stimulation, impulse, inducement. Through its definition, it implies that there is an external force pushing you toward action. While this can be helpful at times when we need to get our butts kicked to start something, it certainly will not keep us moving consistently to meet the commitment. This is why the external factor, motivation can lead to burn-out and self-defeating commitments. We also instantly gratify our animal nature, leading to satiation, addiction and decreased levels of self-worth. Motivation is therefore a temporary change.


The Latin root of the word Inspiration stems from spirare, which means to breathe. The original use of this Latin term was in relation to a divine calling. If we study the word structure of “inspiration”, we can easily see the prefix, “in” and the root word, “spirit”. Further morphological deduction suggests that one takes action to perform a particular task from within rather than from without. When we live through inspiration, we are balanced and poised, we have an internal force at play as we are on track within ourselves. We remain steady no matter the circumstances and see all occurrences as feedback mechanisms. We also elevate our self-worth and make our long-term goals sustainable.


In a nutshell, motivation is someone telling you to do something that is important to them but not of importance to you. Inspiration, on the other hand, is a calling from within you to act upon doing something of importance to you. This action is then accordance with your values and your purpose.


Bring this into your reality and start to feel and see the difference in your life!


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