Motivation vs. Inspiration


What is the difference?

This has been coming up a lot in my life within the past six months. Not only with fitness, but in relationships, health, and my own wellbeing.

People think that the two words are interchangeable, but the words are miles apart. Often times, motivation comes from a negative space. We are motivated to lose weight because it brings back a terrible moment in our life. We are motivated to get a job because we feel we aren’t doing enough or we are jealous of someone else’s career. We think that we should be doing something and it often leads to something that doesn’t even really matter. It can be a “good idea at the time” or something you think that you are “supposed to do” because others around you are, but may not necessarily be what you want.


Inspiration literally means inspirit or divine guidance. It is a driving force, while motivation is a pulling force. When you’re tuned into your spirit, you are naturally drawn to do whatever feels best. Inspiration is the fulfillment of an end result. It’s effortless, burning desire, occupies mental space, and you can even feel it in your bones. 

I’m going to leave you with this quote and hope it changes your mindset a bit when you think of both words.

"Motivation is when you get hold of an idea and carry it through to its conclusion, and inspiration is when an idea gets hold of you and carries you where you are intended to go." Dr Wayne Dyer

So where do you find inspiration in your daily life? And how does it differ from your motivation?