Inspiration Vs Motivation
Have you ever been super motivated for a little while only to have it fade away and all of a sudden you lose all momentum?
Have you ever sat back and wondered how some people can keep charging on in one direction seemingly forever and overcome any obstacle that gets in their way?
You see there is a difference between inspiration and motivation….
Motivation will get you going short term but will soon fade out. Inspiration means you have a cause bigger than yourself which requires you to change your thinking, become someone else and achieve something for the greater good!
Here’s an example…. Sally sees a picture on facebook with a quote from someone famous and says “today’s my day – I’m going to go for a run!” So she goes for a run… The next day however it’s raining, Sally decides it’s best to stay inside so she doesn’t exercise that day – she lost her MOTIVATION!
On the flip side Joan decided she needed to lose at least 10 kilograms and lead a healthier lifestyle as she can see her children starting to adopt some of her unhealthy habits. She is INSPIRED to change for the sake of her kids!
Rain, hail or shine Joan is going to workout because her childrens health and future happiness are at stake!
You can see how inspiration and motivation are two completely different things.
The question is – Can we force ourselves into inspiration or do we have to wait for it to find us?
I believe you can force yourself into an inspired state! (yay!!!)
Here’s how…. So we know that at the essence of inspiration is a cause bigger than ourselves, so what’s your biggest reason for wanting to do what you want to do?
Eg: Using Joan’s example - Q: Why do you want to lose 10 kg? A: To set a great example for the kids….
Now once you’ve identified this core reason – make a list of at least 20 reasons as to how why and how you losing 10 kg’s will benefit your kids!
You see if your main reason for doing something is for the kids it means they are one of your highest values (same principle applies no matter what your main reason is). By creating this list you are appealing to your highest values and creating a clear link to your brain between performing the activities required and your highest values (the things that drive you).
I would recommend actually writing far more than 20 but start with that and go from there – the reasons you come up with the clearer the link and the stronger your inspiration!
Try not taking action after you’ve got 50 reasons that appeal to your highest values!
I hope that helped :)
Dedicated to your fitness success,