What’s the difference between operating from inspiration and operating from motivation? Some would argue there’s no difference and pretty much have the same meaning.

But in actuality, there are differences between the two words no matter your perception. Anyone who really knows me, can tell you I’m always a respecter of another’s point of view even if I don’t necessarily agree.

This article will be written from my perspective of the words inspiration and motivation

Within this Abraham-Hicks YouTube Video, Esther Hicks, channeling-Abraham, gave their definition of both, which were simple definitions I agree with wholeheartedly.

In a nutshell, in one instance, you are being called to something. In the other instance, you are making yourself go do something. In both cases, action is required, but one action is a calling and the other action is forcing

To me, motivation alone is useful for those who are unaware or unseasoned using the Law of Attraction. It’s not a bad thing at all; however, it is an upstream way to manifest. Motivation by itself helps you pull up your boot straps and get down and dirty, and the common words you may hear in your mind are, “I’m going to do whatever it takes to get the job done.” Or, “I don’t care what it feels like. I’m going to do it anyway.”

In these statements is a lot of resistance toward the task at hand. When an action has to be forced, there is some sort of misalignment with the outcome of that action. It doesn’t mean you won’t reach the desired outcome; it’s just a forced and tiresome way of doing so.

On the other hand, if you are moved by inspiration, it doesn’t require much forcing at all. You are led or gently guided to take certain actions. They may be small actions, which cause a huge result. It will feel very natural to do the tasks at hand and you won’t want to do anything else. Your focus will be solely what you’re called or led to do.

Inspiration can happen in the form of gentle nudging. What I mean by this is you can get a slight pull or urge to call someone, research something, open a certain email, and schedule a conference call or anything like that. Sometimes, one may notice this and even mention to themselves, “I wonder where this is going to lead?”

Conversely, operating with just motivation can cause you to dread the very action you may “have to” take. You may say to yourself, “OK, I gotta make sure I call all five of these qualified leads tonight before I go to sleep.” It’s important to notice how you feel when you say this.

Do you feel happy and excited or suck your teeth and have to pull yourself together before you can make the calls? The former may actually be a form of inspiration, but the latter is definitely one where you’re motivating yourself to get the job done.

Motivation and Inspiration can work hand in hand, but I believe inspiration should come first and be the captain. I have an entire chapter in my book How Ordinary People Attract Extraordinary Wealth going into more details about drudgery versus love when it comes to productivity.

The key is to focus on the outcome and to take actions you’re led to take, and not so much driven to take. You can be pumped up from excitement and then hit a wall only to reveal you were operating from motivation. Or, you can be pumped up from excitement, bump into the wall, and discover there’s another way around the corner without stressing or trying because you were operating from inspiration.

In a nutshell, using strictly motivation, you can get tired and may quit. While operating from inspiration, you’re continuously inspired, and keep being led ultimately to blissful manifestation.


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2 Responses to Are You Inspired, or Motivated?

  1. Diarra says:

    Ooooh I never even focused on the differences between the 2 words. I think a lot of us may loosely use the words interchangeably at times. Motivated & Inspired. That would explain a lot, in my world. Some of us may often wonder why we are so amped at first and then within the process, we hit a road block that stops us but we won’t have that same umph to knock the road block down and keep moving. This could also be shown in the part of your latest book that focuses on our “beliefs”. What do we truly believe? what are we truly inspired to do? To use the differentiation that u have shared, when one is inspired to attain a goal, the feeling of dedication & desire just might feel quite different than if one was just motivated. By using methods such as meditation, focus, making ourselves aware of our own beliefs & truths, we can then be in-tune to these feelings of confirmation. For others it could be natural. For some there could be more than one thing. But we must all become one with that feeling of knowing, in order to be inspired & to then create or live out our dharma to its fullest potential.

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