October 2010

Inspiration vs. Motivation

It may seem like a subtle distinction, but the worlds of motivation and inspiration are millions of miles apart.

A lot of people use the words “motivated” and “inspired” interchangeably. But I’ve found something different to be the case.

When I try to motivate myself, nine times out of ten I’m pushing myself to do something I don’t really care about.

Motivation is about psyching yourself up. Chest-pounding. Fire-walking. Heavy-metal riffs. You get the point.

Inspiration comes from a completely different place.

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Revolution is a dense word. It carries a lot of association with it; typically involving an overthrow of a regime or a movement to fundamentally alter the way society operates. But that’s not the type of revolution I’m talking about here. Because to be honest, those revolutions are secondary and most of the time, they don’t last. One tyrant replaces another. One broken system is replaced with one that’s supposed to fix everything, but results in a different flavor of the same.

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Abundance and achievement, or acceptance of the present? Thinking about having to choose one or the other is a false dichotomy that obstructs most people from making progress in their lives. You want to experience abundance, achieve goals, and realize your deepest dreams. Yet at the same time, you want to experience joy and peace within your current situation.

On some level, many people think that in order to be happy all desires must be exterminated and radical acceptance of the present must occur to find true happiness.

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There have been many times in my life where I’ve wanted to pursue something new and later quit because I was afraid I wasn’t doing it right. I felt like the harder I tried to do things right, the more I did them wrong.

A few years ago I had a burning desire to want to meditate. I wanted to move past my monkey mind and reclaim control of my inner space. I wanted more peace in my thoughts.

I remember listening to an audio recording by Alan Watts on how to meditate.

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Progress is made by lazy men looking for easier ways to do things.
—Robert Heinlein

I’ll be the first one to admit it: I don’t like working hard.

I go out of my way to be as lazy as possible. I have a hard time doing stuff that I don’t want to do. And even the things that I really don’t mind doing, I’m just not driven enough to pursue them full force. Other people might want to do 50 state book tours and create content five days a week.

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