Inspiration: the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.
Motivation: the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way.
I was having a hard time getting inspired to write a new article. My job’s been really tough lately, my mother and grandmother are both dealing with health issues and I am still grieving the loss of my father. Some days all I want to do is run and workout to escape the pain.
For some reason I felt inspired and motivated to exercise but not to write. This made me think about what roles inspiration and motivation have in our daily lives.
How am I able to feel inspired and motivated enough to do hard workouts?
Surrounding myself with others who push themselves has inspired me. I have been blessed to meet new people in the fitness community. Watching them obtain their fitness goals has inspired me to do better.
I’ve also started weight training. Watching my trainer and others in the weight room keeps me motivated.
Being inspired and feeling motivated has improved my performance. I’ve increased my pace in the last month and have seen results from my strength training. It’s amazing how that works!
Inspiration propels a person from apathy to possibility, and transforms the way we perceive our own capabilities.
Inspiration may sometimes be overlooked because of its elusive nature. But as recent research shows, inspiration can be activated, captured, and manipulated, and it has a major effect on important life outcomes.
— Scott Berry Kaufman
While I’ve been excelling in those areas, I haven’t been writing as much as I would like. Now that I’ve been blogging for a while I’ve become more critical of my pieces. In addition, life stresses has caused me to have writers block. These two things kept me from feeling inspired and motivated.
We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.
— Maya Angelou
After visiting my site and looking at previous pieces, I knew it was time. I went back to my roots and just wrote whatever I felt. No pressure, I just started writing.
Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Wishing is not enough, we must do.
— Johann Wolgang Von Goethe
To motivate myself, I put notes on my desk “New article soon!” I put a reminder in my calendar “ New article soon!”. Every time I saw the reminder, it motivated me to write more. It might seem trivial, but it worked.
Some days will be harder than others. Life happens. Every day we won’t feel inspired and motivated but we can try.
There are things you can do to increase the likelihood of inspiration occurring.
Openness to Experience, as having an open mind and approach-oriented attitude will make it more likely that you will be aware of the inspiration once it arrives.
— Scott Berry Kaufman
What do you do to feel inspired and motivated?
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