We seem to use these different terms, sometimes interchangeably.

What is the difference when you say I am motivated to do something?

When you say you are inspired to do something? Which is better?

asked 15 Dec '12, 05:58

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Dollar Bill


Motivated = "I have momentum"
Inspired = "This is my excitement"
I think inspiration needs to be hung like the carrot at the end of the stick for motivation to exist. (Vision board)

(15 Dec '12, 15:24) The Traveller

Motivation is the reason for doing something whereas Inspiration I believe means In-Spirit fully connected to Source

I feel motivated to get a meal when I am Hungry ( reason ) , when I get a feeling that I have to do something right this very moment and am filled with Joy and Urgency , thats my InSpired signal

Just my tuppence worth :-)

(15 Dec '12, 20:14) Starlight

@the traveller Perfect answer!

(16 Dec '12, 01:54) mastermind2

I like to think of it as a symphony of music, the movement, the driving force and the notes, a stream of exciting lightbulb moments

(15 Jun '15, 23:46) jaz
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Excellent question Dollar Bill - Here is my answer - Motivation comes from the head. Inspiration comes from the heart.


answered 15 Dec '12, 07:24

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@Dollar Bill The "here is my question" was just because I needed a few more characters to have it accepted by IQ - for once I was brief.

(15 Dec '12, 07:25) Catherine

I like this answer also. Perhaps we could consider the "head" being here in the physical, connected to our physical self and the "heart" being -- as the Egyptians believed -- the seat of the soul, Source.

So Inspiration comes from Source.

(15 Dec '12, 08:23) Dollar Bill

it could be a reaction to the wisdom of your soul to a new combination of variables from having your intellect sorting options, the motivation may also be part of your active spiritual core

(15 Dec '12, 19:51) fred
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Interesting. I received an abraham quote today regarding your question.

"Inspiration comes forth from within. It's what the light burning within you is about, as opposed to motivation, which is doing it because if you don't do it, there will be negative repercussions. Motivation is making myself do something that I don't really want to do. Inspiration is having the clear picture of what I am wanting - and letting Universal forces come into play to get the outcome." ---Abraham


answered 15 Dec '12, 06:42

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@releaser99 Good answer! Then, can motivation turn into inspiration?

Houdini did some amazing things. like walking from the wing of one airplane to another, both in flight.

He said that he could do anything when he felt the inspiration, the connection with something greater, but when he tried to do it on his own, to "push it" he failed.

(15 Dec '12, 08:20) Dollar Bill

@releaser99 I've just opened this quote from Abraham Hicks - spooky. That is definitely a synchronicity! Not that you and I have just opened the same email because obviously everyone on their mailing list will have opened that same email but just that DB has asked this question on the day that AH sent that mailing!

(15 Dec '12, 14:48) Catherine

I have also opened the email from AH. I think that I am gonna go have a glass, maybe a bottle of wine.... Or should I make some videos?

(15 Dec '12, 18:06) Dollar Bill

I guess it is like Stingray said if it isn't "Hell yes!" It is "Hell no!" I have been looking for a vintage Cadillac. I found one exactly like I wanted, but don't like the color. BUT the deal was very good, so I tried to make (motivate) myself to like it. (BTW) properly repainting a vintage car is a huge undertaking. About $12,000, so repaint was not an option. I quit trying to make myself like it. I decided to remake my order to the universe and find another one, the right color!

(15 Dec '12, 18:13) Dollar Bill

@Dollar Bill Given the quote i think motivation can turn into inspiration. Motivation - negative emotions - resistance = Inspiration @Catherine I think you're right. It's a perfect synchronicity although i don't know what it could mean. What's the universe trying to tell us? Perhaps it means we should eat more candy bars with coconut flavour and forget about the calories?:) Would be the perfect message for me right now:)

(15 Dec '12, 22:20) releaser99
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