inspiration-and-motivation.jpg“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life–think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.” ~Swami Vivekananda

What obstacles are derailing your pursuit of developing positive creative habits in your life? Work? Family? Lack of inspiration or Motivation? Time? Money…….! Now, what will it take to get you motivated enough to follow your pursuit? What inspires you?  There’s a subtle difference between inspiration and motivation. Inspiration has always been an illusive conceptual state, one that people constantly pursue and often refer to as the reason for their best creative efforts and most imaginative work. Its absence has also served as a convenient scapegoat for expected and unimaginative ideas. It’s natural to believe that creativity feeds off of inspiration because it’s true.

But the more habitual cause behind our most unremarkable solutions isn’t the lack of inspiration, but the absence of motivation. A key to overcoming either is understanding the difference. Inspiration, derivative of a Middle English term translating to divine guidance, is defined as the process of being mentally stimulated to do something, especially something creative. Motivation is defined as the general desire of someone to do something. It too comes from a Middle English term. But its translation is, to move.


There is no magic in either word, though they can both be used as the driving force for success. However, the difference between these two words is that, one is defined as an external force while the other is defined as an internal drive. Inspiration has us waiting impatiently for something to happen to us, which we can do little about. Motivation however is in our control. It comes from within and propels us to act.

Now knowing all that , are you mentally stimulated enough to move  towards your goals and make your dreams reality?

Have a Terrific Tuesday everyone!