Inspiration is defined as the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something.
Motivation, similarly, is the reason(s) one has for acting or behaving in a particular way.
Below you will see the inspiration that’s posted on my fridge. Today I had lunch with my dad who is so fired up about his fitness and inspires me. Inspiration evokes a sort of emotion. People that are excited about what they are doing inspire me. People that care about what they are doing and how it affects the world inspire me. I have made it a point to surround myself with people that inspire me. I strive to be that inspiration to someone.
My motivation, on the other hand, is seeing the numbers on the scale go down or the girl in front of me in spin class that’s super toned and I’m forced to look at it the entire class and think “if I just keep this up, I too could have those legs and butt. Keep spinning!” Motivation is the carrot at the end of the string. It’s that bikini you want to wear next summer or that little black dress you bought on sale at Neiman Marcus hoping one day to fit into it.
I believe we need both to make the changes needed to get where we want to be in life. What inspires you? What’s the carrot you are reaching for?
(This photo of JLo on my refrigerator motivates me not to eat that ice cream sandwich that I want so badly.)