Who or what inspires you? Have you ever really stopped to ask yourself this question? Ife we are really honest with ourselves, the answer is probably a resounding "No!" Present company included. So for that reason, I wanted to take a moment to talk about what being inspired really means. What does it truly mean to be inspired?
Dictionary.com defines Inspiration in several ways: 1. an inspiring or animating action or influence; 2.something inspired, as an idea; 3. a result of inspired activity; 4. a thing or person that inspires; 5. Theology: a) a divine influence directly and immediately exerted upon the mind or soul; b) the divine quality of writings or words of a person so influenced.
Taking these definitions into consideration, a few ways that you may know that you are inspired is that life can feel effortless and that you may fee called to do something (when the feeling comes from your core) or the fact that you may feel it in your bones.
Now that we know what being inspired looks like, I wanted to take a moment to point out that being inspired is different from being motivated. A lot of people use the words "motivated" and "inspired" interchangeably. But know that there is a very distinct difference. Motivation is more about psyching yourself up while inspiration comes from a completely different place. What is the difference? I'm glad that you asked. To me , when I am feeling inspired, I am being spirit led to do something for the greater good of others and as a result, out of that experience comes an overwhelming feeling of fulfillment. For example, when I created this blog, I instantly knew that I was being divinely inspired and led to share my journey through the experience of being laid off with others as a way of empowering them to re-discover their life's purpose. I was divinely inspired to not get stuck in the midst of this life altering event but instead to face my truths and to grow from them while I inspire others to do the same. It has been one of the most fulfilling accomplishments of my life.
Motivation on the other hand, tends to guide a person into the position of thinking that you should be doing something (without really thinking about why) which can then lead you in the direction of doing something that doesn't really matter. With that said, when you feel motivated to do something, is the end result leading you towards real growth or fake growth (fake growth is when you think you're growing but in fact all you are doing is trying to improve or fix yourself)? Real growth has nothing to do with improvement. In other words, being motivated to do something leads you into doing something that you are 'Supposed" to be doing but it's not something you are passionate about that leaves you with a feeling of fulfillment. In essence, all it really turns out to be is Just another "Good Idea!"
Armed with this knowledge of the difference between being inspired and being motivated, I challenge you to take a look a close look at your life and ask yourself, "Who inspires me or what am I inspired by? Am I fulfilled with the things that I spend my time doing and is the end result for the greater good of others? Am I walking in my life's purpose or am I simply being motivated to do something just because it seemed like a good idea at the time? It's time to AWAKEN to the plan and purpose that you have been destined to accomplish and live a life fulfilled! Oh by the way, the one person who inspires me is my mom. Even though I lost her at the young age of 57 to lung cancer, her memory still inspires me to this day to be a better person. Thank you for how you raised me! RIP Mommy, I love and miss you!