Purpose, Motivation, Action

We’re 7 months away from Winspiration Day 2018, and our event planning team has been meeting to discuss possible themes for next year and what we want to inspire within our Vancouver community!

One of the possible threads we’ve been exploring is the idea of purpose, motivation, and action—the linear line of mindful choice that leads to inspiration. Let’s explore this idea a little further:


Bringing an idea to reality is what we consider action. Whether that idea is to unload your dishwasher, sign up for a class, or start volunteering, action is what propels you to go further. Nothing can begin without it; action is the beginning.

In a past blog post, we wrote about the common misconception that motivation inspires actions. In fact, action is what prompts what comes next:


The motivation to do something or make a change comes from action. You begin to do something, is makes you feel good in some way, and that motivates you to continue or take it to another level.

The key is to start. If you don’t start, nothing is accomplished.


Once you’ve acted and felt motivated to continue, then comes purpose. For example, say you decide to further your education, so you sign up for fall classes at your community college.

That’s action.

Then, during those classes, you meet others and develop relationships with your instructors and love your environment, and all this prompts you to finish the semester and register for another one.

You’re now motivated.

And because you’re motivated to finish school, you can see the light at the end of the tunnel—you’re working towards something for a reason.

That’s purpose.

Here’s another example: you decide to do laundry because you have nothing to wear (action). This leads to cleaning your bathroom and making your bed (motivation), which results in spending a couple of hours on housework so that your entire home is clean for the weekend (purpose).

In your own life, how have you used action, motivation, and purpose (whether it be intentionally or unintentionally) to propel yourself to complete a project, strive towards a better life, or inspire yourself to follow your dreams?

This is one of the concepts we want to touch base on, on Winspiration Day 2018. Whether it be community, family, or employment-focused, we want to hear your stories.

Purpose, motivation, Action. What’s yours?

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.


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.


Community, Courage and Kindness: Winspiration Day Vancouver

They say it takes a village to raise a child, but education and the need for love, acceptance, and guidance doesn’t stop at age 18. The most successful businesses are those built on community involvement and collaboration.

You see, no one goes through life by themselves.

We’re a social species who yearn for togetherness. In fact, we need that togetherness to achieve our very best selves, and to utilize our unique talents and abilities to their furthest extent—and that’s what Winspiration Day is all about.

Winspiration Day 2017 is less than two months away, and we couldn’t be more excited! This annual, global event is a way to meet with like-minded community members and be inspired through stories, experiences, and encouragement.

Community Speakers

Here’s who’s speaking at Winspiration Day Vancouver, held this year at the Westside Grand:

Aside from these local and inspiring speakers, the event will include live streaming from Winspiration Day headquarters in Los Angeles, and local collaborative food samples from such wellness warriors as Commodity Juicery.

If you’re someone who could benefit from a fresh burst of inspiration and motivation from your own community, then you need to be at this event! Whether you’re looking for ideas concerning family, career, or finance, Winspiration Day is the day to receive intentional and mindful gifts of love, creativity, and light from others who have walked your path and have something positive to share about it.


Tickets are only $25, and are available on Eventbrite now. Seating is limited to 150, so hurry to secure your tickets soon. $25 may be all it takes to reinvent your current situation…

See you on May 7th!