motivation

The Difference Between Motivation and Inspiration

Winspiration, is, of course, a play on the word inspiration. Inspiration is something that is difficult to cultivate yourself, though, which is why it’s so important to find a local community of like-minded people (your tribe) who can help you to recognize inspiration when it makes an appearance.

Inspiration is also closely tied to motivation. Often, the words ‘inspire’ and ‘motivate’ are exchanged closely, and although they are similar in terms of positive action, they are also intrinsically different.

How?

Well, one would have a challenging time inspiring his or herself, but can be self-motivated. But here’s the thing: motivation comes from within and builds with action. In other words, action comes first, and then passion follows.

Cultivating Motivation

“Once something is a passion, the motivation is there.” –Michael Schumacher

For example, picture yourself cleaning your home or car or office. You start the process out of necessity, but you keep it up and gain momentum—motivation—by experiencing the positive results of your work.

If you can’t relate to this scenario, then how about the example of writing an essay or completing a work project.

We may be excited to begin, but our motivation for finishing comes from within: we begin working and are encouraged by our progress and/or we see the light at the end of the tunnel and become motivated to finish so we can be done with the work.

How It’s Connected

This year’s Winspiration Day was full of positive thoughts, ideas, and personal stories communicated to us by our speakers and hosts. Although we felt motivated at the end of the day, only a percentage of us started something because of that feeling of motivation. When that happened, the feeling gave way to actual motivation, which helped us complete the tasks we set out to do.

The people who felt motivated but did not act upon this feeling never got started. In not acting, those of us who left that day feeling high on life and inspiration did not get to experience the actual motivation that was experienced by those who put feelings into action and received the subsequent reward(s).

Bottom Line

Our advice is this: just start. Just do. Just go and go and soon you’ll want to go farther and faster and you’ll become stronger and happier. If you never start, you can’t finish. If you never begin, you’ll never experience actual motivation.

You make a choice, and then that choice leads to motivation through action.