(or vice versa)
I had written an entire article about this yesterday, hit publish, and then the post vanished.
I do not know where it went, but let’s just say that I don’t believe in accidents, so this will be similar but not the same (I couldn’t do it the same way twice if I tried).
So here’s the gist of this – I feel strongly that inspiration can come from anywhere, but motivation can only come from within.
Of course, I can MOVE you to do something.
Say, for instance, using physical force or threat of physical force.
If you work for me, I can threaten you with your job.
And these might inspire you into action, but the motivation is still coming from within – that is, your desire to keep your job or not be physically damaged moves you in a direction.
I didn’t do that, but I gave you good reason to move in that direction.
Get what I am laying down?
I can inspire you, I cannot really motivate you.
Which is interesting – because for hundreds if not thousands of people, I have been asked to “motivate them” – and people’s motivation comes from interesting places.
Sometimes it is money.
Sometimes it is love.
Generally, however, it is total discomfort or disgust.
I was listening to Larry Winget’s program from Nightingale Conant today called “Success Is Your Own Damn Fault” and he got on about a few things in this department. He said something along the lines of “motivation without action is just plain stupid” and I agree… though I feel that he was talking more about inspiration than motivation.
This is a question that I often ask a coaching client – what will move you across the finish line? What motivates you?
Someone might think that’s what I do, but it isn’t.
And cheerleading is not motivation either.
What moves YOU?