If I had to think about the theme of my life's purpose, it would be an endless pursuit for balance. I never seem to master the art of equilibrium. Life is a constant balance of Yin/Yang, Push/Pull, Light/Dark, In/Out. Too much of one - not enough of the other is a recipe for disaster. Trust me.
I live too much in my head. Inspiration isn't something that eludes me. I find it everywhere. From the lint in my belly button to the wings of a butterfly. It's everywhere. But motivation? That is my achilles heel.
A lot of people mistake inspiration and motivation for being the same thing. Both can propel you to great heights. Lack of one, can keep you stagnant. Inspiration with no motivation, causes a person to become stuck. Motivation without inspiration will have you driving aimlessly in circles.
Inspiration is something that you feel on the inside, while motivation is something from the outside that compels you to take action. Inspiration is a driving force, while motivation which is a pulling force. Some people believe that motivation is for lazy people because they cannot be bothered getting things done. ~May 12, 2014
During my latest slump, I had a myriad of ideas. Goal setting was never a problem. Most of my 2018, was spent envisioning my future. But when it came to action items, there was a failure to launch. I could not seem to find that outside force to pull me in any clear direction. It was like standing in a crowd of people screaming at the top of my lungs, but not being able to put one foot in front of the other. So I cowered. My anxiety conquered me.
Luckily, I have been able to create tiny steps that are helping to propel me forward. If you follow my social media, you may see that I have been "happy planning". For me, it tapped into my innate ability to visualize creatively, while forcing me to create action items.
I must admit that I have spent WAYYYYYYYY too much money over the last few months on dividers, inserts, stickers and flair pens. But it's worked. It's become my path to balance and wellness.
Later this week, I will share my planning vs. implementation process. What about you guys? Do you have a balance of inspiration and motivation or do you find yourself bogged down by one or the other?