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Inspiration vs. Motivation

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According to the Oxford Dictionary, inspiration is “The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative” while motivation is “a reason or reasons for acting or behaving in a particular way” or “a desire or willingness to do something; enthusiasm”. The two are needed for anything to get started or completed. One can be inspired to start something, but without motivation, they will most likely quit. One can have all the motivation needed to do something, but without the inspiration to start, they will most quit before they start. It’s something that people will face many times over the course of their lives. Even I’m facing such issues myself in a few areas of my life. Overcoming such dilemmas is not an easy task and requires more work on top of whatever work you are currently cannot finish.

Inspiration can be found in many ways and in many different places. Something as simple as going out for a walk and taking in the world around you can have an immense effect on your mind; clearing it for that moment of inspiration. Photography can provide you with a much needed change in your perception, forcing you to find the beauty in your life and inspiring you at the same time. Listening to music can definitely be inspiring as well. I find that when I’m stuck on a design, blog post, or program, listening to music awakens my imagination like nothing else can.

Motivation can be found in many ways as well. You must however, remind yourself of those motivations, lest you lose your way. How you remind yourself of your motivations for doing something can take any number of forms. I prefer to keep my motivations in my journal (in close proximity) or on the walls of my office. As you find further motivations to keep you going add them to the medium that you use to remind yourself, of your reasons for doing whatever it is that your doing.