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Inspiration versus Motivation

Inspiration versus Motivation

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  • 1. "INSPIRATION”…Inspire me not motivate me!!Sure, we are going through some rough times as a nation…as a world, how do weget through it? To become inspired these days takes some effort and whether or notyou are completely happy with your life Everyone needs to feel inspired at times.I’m sure those of you reading this article are going through some sort of rough patchas we all do at some point in our lives and from that finding that gold nugget ofinspiration can be all the rehabilitation we need. Now, in my humble opinion beinginspired is much more satisfying than this notion of being motivated. To me “beingmotivated” is the act of having to do something whether I want to or not (and insome cases this action in warranted), however, to be inspired or having inspiration isa positive mental adrenaline rush that’s very productive. I can’t tell you how manytimes I’ve sat through motivational speeches by retired athletes, past their primecelebrities or self help gurus all hired by companies I’ve worked for to get us“Pumped Up”. Now this “mind motivational speak” typically works for the timeyou’re at the meeting but it slowly dissipates when you arrive back home to faceyour “reality life”. Furthermore, the message you get from these “motivationalexperts” is how bad their lives were and how they picked themselves up by the bootstraps and became successful. Now do not get me wrong these messages can bepowerful and somewhat motivating…but “Inspiring” I’m not sure. I’ll admitsometimes I think to myself while sitting through these lectures “How Does ThisApply To Me”?? It’s a selfish thought but I bet many of you have felt the same way.To inspire someone is to totally separate yourself from the situation and totallyengulf yourself in the other person you wish to inspire. I’ve been asked on manyinterviews I’ve had recently how I would inspire a sales organization and myresponse to that question is to first demonstrate “humility” and to the best of myability treat each and every person as if they were the center of my universe…not ina manipulative fashion but a support framework and sometimes that’s justLISTENING.As I’ve mentioned earlier we all need inspiration or the need to be inspired and ittakes a true leader to understand the difference between motivating someone versusinspiring them, you see to inspire is everlasting to motivate is momentary. I wish toinspire those I come in contact with because if I can inspire you it inspires me…andthat is what we all need right now “INSPIRATION”. By Andre Harrell (AH2 & Beyond Consulting)