Inspiration vs Motivation

I just came across this passage in an article by Lance Secretan in the July/August issue of ODE magazine:

…motivation is a relationship between personalities, inspiration is a relationship between souls.

Motivation comes from a place of fear. It creates an attitude of scarcity and self-concern – “I want to change your behavior with a reward or incentive so that, if you meet the targets or goals I set for you, I will meet my own needs and goals.”

Inspiration, on the other hand, comes from a place of abundance, service and love, with no strings attaches – “I love you and wish to serve and teach you and help you to grow,”

When we motivate, we serve ourselves first; when we inspire we serve others first. Motivation comes from the fear inside us; inspiration comes from the love inside us.

Which do you resonate with? Do you want to motivate or inspire the people around you? Do you want to be motivated or inspired? Do you want to form relationships with other personalities or with other souls?

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      3 Responses to “Inspiration vs Motivation”

      1. Miguel Trujillo on January 13th, 2007 10:23 am

        This is a very good point. I will have to remember this. Funny, I had not recognized before that there was a connection between motivation and inspiration.

      2. Karen Lynch on January 19th, 2007 7:09 pm

        I’ve always felt that inspiration had a special magic behind it and motivation was always something I was looking for.
        I want to strive for Inspiration!

      3. Edward Mills on January 20th, 2007 6:24 pm

        Miguel. I had not consciously recognized the connection and the distinction between inspiration and motivation before reading that article. It was quite illuminating.

        Karen. Yes. That’s it exactly. There is a mysterious, magical quality to inspiration. Not as in “magical thinking” but in that it comes unexpectedly and surprises us with its messages and energy. I too choose Inspiration!

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