When you are feeling defeated and need some motivation or inspiration what do you do? Many people look to exercise, reading books, mediation or other mindfulness training techniques to get them going again. But wait, did you know motivation and inspiration are two different things that many people wrongly use interchangeably? Don’t worry if you did not know the difference, many do not but those that do tend to be great leaders and life coaches. So, what is the difference between the two and how can you motivate others or be the reason someone gets inspired?
Motivation vs Inspiration
To start explaining the differences between motivation and inspiration let us first look at the definition of each one:
Motivation is the “act or process of giving someone a reason for doing something.” Or “a force or influence that causes someone to do something.”
Inspiration is “something that makes someone want to do something, or that gives someone an idea about what to do or create.”
Simply put, motivation is a rational thing, an external force, and the reason for you to do something. While inspiration is an emotional thing, an internal drive or the desire that propels you to do something. Motivation can happen immediately through reminding yourself of your reason to do the task or listening to energizing amped-up music. It tends to be short-term in nature, which works perfectly when you are trying to get a certain task done or goal accomplished that you are resistant to. Inspiration is more of a process that moves you to do something, it can happen spontaneously when you hear someone speak, read a certain passage in a book, hear a song, a person you meet, or maybe even just something that you see. It will ignite you, inspire you on the inside and connect you to a state of excitement, purposeful, and productivity in a way that is everlasting.
It is important to note that one is not better than the other, and a lot of times there is a need for both and working on one can evoke the other. One thing that is always helpful is gratitude, whether you are looking for motivation or inspiration, being grateful and counting your wins, small or big, will help you.
How a Life Coach Can Help
Many people can struggle to become motivated, and this is where a life coach with a life coach certification can help. People that are lacking motivation are most likely lacking other things in life, such as confidence and the knowledge of their goals and passion. Life coaching training will provide you with the tools to evoke this confidence in your clients and teach you how to cultivate a safe space of openness to explore their passions. As a life coach, you will empower your clients by providing them with the resources they need to succeed and educating them on how to reach their goals. This will help them develop confidence which will turn into motivation and even inspiration.