Many of us use the words inspiration and motivation interchangeably as though they are the same word. In fact, the two words, their meanings and the emotions they evoke are distinctly different.
Inspiration is an external, driving force—usually associated with some newly discovered information. Motivation, on the other hand, is an internal, pulling force that only comes from within.
In many ways, these two concepts seem to conflict because we “feel” inspired, which comes from within and motivation has some elements of external factors, which cause us to take action.
A great convention speaker informational presentation can inspire us, but the call to action comes from within. We are responsible for taking that action.
Motivation is when you get an idea and take it to its conclusion.
Inspiration is when an idea gets a hold on you and drives you where you intend to go.
Create your motives (and your motivation). Inspiration will come from your spirit. Keep exposing yourself to new information and you will continue to “fill your tank” with inspiration. Your motivations for initiating your actions are YOUR responsibility. Don’t shirk it; embrace it and it will soon become a very good and successful habit. Habits are activities that duplicate themselves.
The fear of failure is easy to understand. We all experience it, even if it is only from time to time (but it is likely more often). Fear of failure is right there “in your face”. It presents itself right up front and is obvious. As I said, fear of failure is easy to understand.
But it may be that the fear of success is your biggest obstacle. It is much more insidious and more difficult to identify. The article below from “Lifehack” can be very helpful in identifying that you fear success.
Try saying it to yourself, “I am afraid of being successful”, it doesn’t sound right. It sounds counter-intuitive. Check the behaviors, which indicate that you may, indeed, fear success. The article explains some things that you can do. You have often heard (probably) that your subconscious mind is in charge much more than your conscious mind is.
Don’t be afraid of being extraordinary. Having a strong why can help you overcome the fear of success. Revisit your “why” often or, more importantly, write it down and keep it in front of you where you will see it often. You and what you can do for you is powerful beyond measure.
If you work hard doing results producing activities, becoming successful is inevitable. You will have your share of failures. It is just part of life. Believing that you deserve or even are entitled to success can make it all happen. It all begins with you. Don’t fear to become rich, standing out or change. Don’t avoid doing two things every day that will lead you to become the awesome you that is within you.