Today . . . I am thinking about the difference between motivation and inspiration. I'm thinking about this because I have a client who wants to lead her team to success her way (via inspiration) rather than the way of her supervisor (via motivation).
What's the difference, you may ask?
Often we use the two words interchangeably, though energetically they are quite different.
Motivation is when we are pushed forward something. Usually, by the ideas, ideals, and influences of someone other than ourselves. Guilt is often a big motivator, as are the dreaded shoulds. Motivation Memo Blog by Peter Sinclair is a good example of what motivation sounds and feels like.
Inspiration, on the other hand, is when we are magnetically drawn toward something we wish to be, do, or have. The desire for a better life inspirers us, as does inner peacefulness and beauty. Women in the Lead Inspiration Blog is a great example of this.
Drawn toward or pushed forward, which feels better?
Would you rather be motivated for success or inspired to success?
Energetically, there's a big difference between for success and to success, isn't there?
Here are some words that The Synonym Finder by J.I.Rodale associates with motivation and inspiration:
Motivation-incite, provoke, trigger, make, push, shove, goad, and bring on.
Inspiration-sparkling, stirring, awakening, passion, eagerness, brightness, and my favorite . . . muse.
Weigh-in. Which do you prefer?
Add your pros and cons either or both.
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