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The subject line says it all. What is the difference between Motivation and inspiration? Never have been able to figure the difference. :oops:
From India, Mumbai
Handwriting Analysis, Employee Relations,


Dear Sunayana,


The Difference Between Motivation and Inspiration

Sometimes we all need a kick in the pants. Motivation has its place. But when it comes to maintaining the energy to achieve notable goals, there’s nothing likeinspiration


External Source

Ÿ Reward

Ÿ Recognition

Ÿ Comparing individual performances

Short Term

Lasts as long as the reward is there


Outcomes matter to the individual,sometimes to the detriment of the



No sustainable internal energy – it comes from outside the person Situational Source of energy is linked to specific circumstances


Typical motivational techniques pit person against person – contests,

productivity comparisons, rewards and recognition


Ignores obstacles in the organization in an attempt to push through limitations


Internal Source

Need to make an impact. To know that our work is part of a more important,higher goa

Long Term

Encourages resilience and perseverance in order to achieve the

meaningful outcome


- Outcomes matter to those being served

– promotes partnership


A deep and enduring connection to a source of energy – it comes from the

hearts and minds of people


Source of energy transcends situations and adapts in order to achieve the

deeper outcome


Forgoes time and money-wasting campaigns to use resources to achieve

the deeper goal


Inspiration is built upon a goal we all want to achieve, a goal bigger than any one of us that requires all of us to bring our abilities to the game


Requires an honest examination of organizational obstacles to remove


Read this article by Kenneth James Michael MacLean

Motivation vs Inspiration

by Kenneth James Michael MacLean

I was listening to a lecture by Dr. Wayne Dyer the other day. Dr. Dyer said “I don’t think it’s really possible to motivate another human being…”

I began to think about that and I believe Dr. Dyer is correct. I believe that there is a subtle and powerful distinction between motivation and inspiration.

Motivation occurs when someone else persuades, cajoles, or coerces you into doing something. The company has a new customer relations policy which states “All employees, when answering the phone, must give the new sales pitch before identifying themselves and taking the customer’s question.” The motivation is two–fold: Failure to do so generates a less than favorable evaluation during the next employee assessment period. Increased sales, however, will lead to greater profit sharing amongst all employees.

Motivation can also happen on the reflexive flow, or self–to–self. “Somehow I have to get myself motivated at work,” a friend of mine said. “I need to get myself motivated to exercise,” my wife remarked last week.

Usually, motivation requires a kick in the butt from self or another, in order to reach a stated goal. But how often are these goals actually attained? How effective is motivation along the road to manifestation?

In politics, motivation is enforced by law. If you don’t pay your traffic ticket, your drivers license is suspended. Failure to pay your taxes results in a judgment against you, fines, and even jail. A cursory look at our society shows us that motivation by punishment doesn’t really prevent law breaking. And that is because such motivation is fear based, and very low on the emotional/vibrational scale. The higher, universal law of ‘like attracts like’ assures us that such “solutions” will just create more problems, which then need more laws, which then result in more problems…we soon reach a point where there are so many laws, and so many new laws passed, that Congress doesn’t even have time to read them! (In fact that is what occurs. Congress never reads the laws it passes).

Self–motivation is a little better, because it involves more free choice. If you are tired of being overweight, then more exercise and a better diet is a positive step in the right direction. What usually happens with self–motivation is that we begin with good intentions, and lose interest before very long.

Inspiration is a completely different animal, however. Inspiration is entirely self–generated, and comes from within. It results in a feeling of excitement and well being, and a desire to get into action immediately. When I wrote Dialogues Conversations with my Higher Self, for example, I’d wake up every morning fired up. I couldn’t wait to come home from work and get in front of the keyboard. I’d sit and write well past midnight because I just didn’t want to stop!

You might say that inspiration isn’t really possible in the mundane, workaday world. Going to work, paying the bills, taking the kids to school, making meals and doing the laundry and shopping aren’t exactly activities to inspire anyone. But ask yourself, “Why don’t I have an inspired life?” “Why aren’t I passionate about my life?” If you examine your life you’ll see that the things you don’t like doing NEVER come from inspired decisions! An element of “now I have to” or “now I’m supposed to” was, and is, always involved. “Yes, but I have to pay the bills! I have to go to work!” you might say. Well, maybe so. But why must these activities be less than exciting? The answer is that the state of being with which you created your job, and with which you continue to create your job, is not self–inspired! There are innumerable reasons why your life has to be the way it is. To the degree that these reasons have not been mindfully and consciously chosen, your experience will be less than enjoyable.


John N

From India, Madras
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