Looking through the inspirational posts on social media I noticed that there were two types of posts. One that advocated trying hard and lots of effort and the other that was about finding inspiration and flow. This got me pondering which was the right way to approach life and this is what I have realised.
The world we currently live in isn't a motivation or an inspiration world, but it's actually a combination. And that just observing life in the last 40 odd years I can see that it's starting to shift. The mindset used to be focused much more on motivation. Life was about what you had to do, should do, and must do. However things are shifting and I love this so much. People hire professionals to help them find their purpose and businesses are starting to realise that aligning with values that matter to everyone leads to a happier and more productive work place. Mediation is now not a strange thing that hippies do, mindfulness and yoga are mainstream. This is meaningful in the context that I am talking about today because these activities are not Doing activities they are Being activities. These activities encourage people to get out of their busy minds and be present, they create space in lives that are otherwise very, very full of things to occupy the mind.
Whilst inspiration is more valued than it used to be we still live in a world where there are some things that we need to motivate ourselves to do. I find that the more I learn how to allow inspiration the more I want to live from this space. I love the feeling of inspiration, when I get an inspired thought I just can’t contain myself and I have to go off and do something that follows that thread of that inspiration. Nearly all of these blogs originate from inspired thought. I will have a thought and then I am filled with a kind of excitement and a feeling of - Oh I've got to share this! Or I will have a question that niggles me and I just have to follow a little thread of curiosity till the answer comes to me.
I do however recognised that there are still things in my life that require motivation.
- For instance I do not particularly enjoy accounts. I have learnt to do accounts and I can do accounts quite well but it is not something that ignites me and makes me excited, but I know they do need to be done. So this does require motivation from me. I now have a process where I do them once a month on a certain day every month. I have learnt to reduce the resistance to it by doing it every month rather than leaving it to the end of the year but even this doe snot negate the need for motivation. The need to sit myself down and make myself do them.
- Something else that I have realised I need motivation for is when I’m starting something new. For example if I have been off kilter for a little bit and have got out of the habit of exercising then I need to use motivation to get back into it as there is resistance from me to doing it. Once I am back into the rhythm of doing the exercise then there's no motivation needed, then I love the feeling of my body getting stronger and I love the feeling of being out there and doing whatever it is that I'm doing, but I do adit that initially I do need motivation to get me started.
In pondering this topic I realised that inspiration is Source creating through you. Allowing inspiration into your life (I did a blog specifically on how to allow space for inspiration - Allowing Inspiration) means that you allow the creative power of Source to flow through you and this is where original ideas and innovation come from.
As Einstein said - “You cannot solve todays problems with yesterdays thinking” if you want to solve todays problems you will need to learn how to let inspiring ideas into your life.
Something else that you might not realise about living your life through inspiration is that when you follow an inspired idea the usual laws of time and space do not always apply. Normally when you want to achieve something you create a plan and you know that if you do this and then that you will get there. There is an understanding of how long the process will take you and the steps you need to take to get there. However when you are inspired there is very rarely a straight line from the idea to the result and you can get results much more quickly than you ever thought possible. For instance when I was moving to Bath in the UK I was inspired to tell people about it to try to make connections before I moved there. At the time I only knew one person who lived in Bath. This caused me to speak to someone I knew in Hong Kong and during this conversation he said that he knew the director of Bridge (an international organisation) and that he lived in Bath. He very kindly introduced me to him and it was through tis contact that I ended up working for Bath Bridge. It would have taken me years and a lot of networking to make this contact the normal way. Inspiration is like a wormhole or a time wormhole or a loophole or something life that. It can magically bring you to your destination or to something greater than you ever anticipated. It is like magic and if you follow the inspired thoughts they will bring you to a space way beyond what you could ever comprehend in your head in an amount of time that is so much quicker and shorter than you could have ever thought possible.
The other thing about motivation and inspiration is that motivation requires you to use your own energy. Continually motivating yourself is exhausting and leads to burnout. This is why I think we need to balance motivation and inspiration whilst trying to live more and more from a space of inspiration. If your life is predominantly powered by motivation, if you live your life by making yourself do things and feeling you have to, you should, or you must then you might find you become drained, exhausted, stressed and even depressed. Inspiration comes with its own energy package, it ignites energy in you and gives you the resources to be able to follow it through. You can feel this as excitement or anticipation. It is a little bit like falling in love. When you fall in love with someone you have so much energy that you can survive on a few hours sleep a night and still wake up feeling like you just can’t sit still. I think this is because you only receive inspiration when you are open and when you are open Source can flow through you. And that is what inspiration is. It is a spark of Source. A spark of collective consciousness that you allow into you and it brings in its own energy from Source into you which makes every part of you tingle and fizz and bubble.
If you are new to living from inspiration you should be aware that your subconscious programming and your old beliefs might come in and make you either
- doubt yourself. You might think that you’re not able to do what ever it is that you have been inspired to do.
- Feel self-conscious. You think that you are being silly and that you are not being practical or realistic.
All of these thoughts come in from your old patterns and you old thinking and it's your subconscious and your egos way of trying to keep you safe in what you've always done. So especially initially when you start following inspiration you need to have a little bit of courage. Courage to follow that beautiful wonderful golden thread through life. Courage to trust yourself and to build self trust and self belief. (I have also written about this - Building Self Belief) If you are able to find courage and follow your intuition that is where you will find the magic in life. It is where the beauty and excitement and expansion is and you know that you truly are a creative being.
In conclusion I do think that there's still a place for motivation in this world that it’s still important. You might find that your life consists of more motivation than inspiration but realising this means that you can now start to consciously make space for inspiration and to start to follow the golden thread of inspired thought to your own adventures and start to create your own magic. Because when you become inspired when you follow an inspired thought when it bubbles up or comes down or however it comes into you and it creates it’s energy in you so that you can't prevent yourself from getting excited and wanting to follow where that inspiration goes it is the most beautiful feeling. The more you bring this into your life the more synchronicities, serendipities, magic and beauty you will experience in your life.
I hope you have enjoyed this blog. I have lots of resources on my website(I will pop it in the first comments below) I am also a coach and if you want to work with me I am happy to have a free chemistry call with you, just contact me through the contact page on my website.
I would also like to thank all the people who commented on my social media post last year where I asked them what they thought about motivation v’s inspiration. Your comments really made me think and I am blessed to be connected to so many fabulous people who are living lives focused on inspiration. I have tagged you all in this post to say thank you for all of your in put it was greatly appreciated and I wouldn't have been able to write this blog - The Importance Of Motivation and Inspiration with out you.
So much love from me to you