Balancing Your Life

Dec. 1, 1998
Motivation is "some inner drive, impulse, or intention that causes a person to do something or act in a certain way." Inspiration is "any stimulus to creative thought." In other words, inspiration is about thinking and motivation is about doing.

Dick Biggs

How to be more intentional, think more clearly, do more consistently, and have what really matters.

Motivation vs. Inspiration

Motivation is "some inner drive, impulse, or intention that causes a person to do something or act in a certain way." Inspiration is "any stimulus to creative thought." In other words, inspiration is about thinking and motivation is about doing.

An inspirer is the catalyst or "agent that provokes or speeds significant (behavioral) change or action." It`s up to you to turn inspiration into motivation. In truth, it`s self-motivation nourished by inspiration.

To gain a greater quantity of self-motivation, surround yourself with the greatest quality of inspirers. Here are four ways to increase your inspiration and, in turn, your self-motivation:

- Read from a good book at least l5 to 30 minutes each day. If you`re too busy to read for this minimal time each day, could you be too busy? Speaker Charlie "Tremendous" Jones is known for this motto: "You will be the same in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read." A book is a bargain when you consider the time saved learning from an expert who inspires you to act on an idea.

- Listen to educational, upbeat audio tapes each week. This popular form of learning enables you to listen to an interesting message while driving, flying, or exercising. The subconscious mind becomes an awesome, motivating force as you hear these tapes repeatedly.

- Attend at least one worthwhile seminar each quarter. One of the most powerful learning tools is a live presentation given by a polished, proficient seminar leader. You will be exposed to some provocative ideas and have the chance to interact with other people. Look for one or two ideas you can use immediately.

- Develop a mastermind group that meets at least semiannually. This is a relationship comprised of perhaps four to eight positive people who are willing to provide ongoing encouragement, education, and evaluation. The purpose is to offer support, share ideas, and provide feedback within a group of your peers. To learn more about mastermind groups, read Think And Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.

Dick Biggs is president of Biggs Optimal Living Dynamics. An inspirational speaker, he is the author of If Life is a Balancing Act, Why Am I So Darn Clumsy? For more information about Mr. Biggs, call (770) 886-3035.

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