Week 42 – Is Your Action Inspired Or Motivated?
Focus more on the vibration and less on the situation – Edward Muhammad
In the past few weeks I’ve found myself uninspired to do the things that I know must be done. I have come close to letting a couple of crucial deadlines catch me. I have allowed my living space to become cluttered in a way that makes me feel unproductive and anxious. I have been inconsistent with a few personal goals that I set several months ago. While I have come a long way from the days where feeling unfocused, and unmotivated made me feel frustrated and want to turn on myself for not being “productive,” I still noticed a sequence of thoughts that went something like this:
“Remember that important thing you put on your to-do list last? Why haven’t you done it and when are you going to do it?”
“I’m too tired, I have too much going on.”
“You know how important this is.”
“Why are you allowing yourself to make excuses?”
“GET IT DONE!”
I could keep going, but you get the picture. I was having a very familiar debate with myself about taking immediate action/pushing through versus creating inspired action. Notice I said creating inspired action and not waiting for inspired action which is the concept some teachers teach. However, you do not have to wait for the inspiration to move you, you can create it.
If you’ve spent any time at all with personal development principles, you’ve undoubtedly heard the term “inspired action” and waiting for the inspiration to come before you physically act. But here’s the thing: Most of us, living in this society that is action-oriented, have been conditioned to focus on goals, action steps, grinding hard, pushing through, making effort, getting the job done, no pain no gain, etc. We live in a world where things simply must be done if you want to accomplish your desires. The rent has to be paid and paid on time right? The bottom line is we have deadlines to meet and physical obligations to fulfill. The paradigm that most of us are familiar with is one where we simply don’t have time to wait for the inspiration, we must move out of sheer necessity.
Of course we all know that we can muscle things into where we want them to be and certainly there is value and valor in hard, action-oriented work. But consider this: The largest undertaking you will ever encounter usually takes the least amount of physical involvement. Everything physical came from nonphysical. But we have become such responders to what we see, and reactionary to what’s in front of us right now at this second, we have lost consciousness of our true power.
Our true power comes from spiritual and vibrational alignment. There is so much more power from getting in alignment first, AND THEN acting. Doing the vibrational work AND THEN acting. Lining your energy up AND THEN doing whatever action you’re inspired to do. You see, when you’re inspired, you almost won’t have any choice but to do the thing you’ve been inspired to do. It will be like a calling. You will act spontaneously without even much thought to it. You will not need goals or action steps. Everything that you need to do will come to you from within. And here lies the major difference between inspiration and motivation.
Motivation comes from the external world. Someone or something pushing you to do something. This is why most “motivational speakers” today no longer wish to be called as such. Because we now know that motivation usually doesn’t last long. It comes and it goes, and very quickly you’re looking for the next thing to “motivate” you. Inspiration on the other hand is internal. It comes from within your soul. It comes from your core being. Inspiration drives you, it calls you to do something. It doesn’t push. You don’t feel bad when it’s not done today. Inspired action comes from a place of feeling good. Motivated action comes from the mood of fearing the repercussions if you don’t act – Fear based. When you act from an inspired place of spiritual alignment, the task at hand doesn’t really feel like work or a task at all. It takes very little effort to get it done. There are times where even the most menial task of housekeeping felt like a tremendous feat to me while other huge projects and undertakings felt so easy, like a game I was playing. This is because I was inspired to do one, while the other I felt like I had to do. I mentioned earlier that of course things do have to get done. You can’t let the dishes just pile up in the sink and never wash them. Well you could but it’s probably not what you want to do. So where’s the happy medium? How do you create inspiration that isn’t already there? How do you get inspired and stay there even with the smallest of things that have to be done all the way up to your larger wants and desires?
If you want to live an inspired life, one where you’re moving primarily from inspired action rather than motivated action, consider doing these 3 things:
- First and foremost
Change your paradigm of thinking. Make the mental shift of understanding that we are all vibrational/spiritual/energy beings. And that, although we live in a taste it, touch it, see it, hear it, physical world, we are mostly and primarily spiritual beings. And that we came from a nonphysical realm into this physical realm but the larger portion of our being remained nonphysical.
From this new paradigm shift, raise your vibration. Know that you have the leverage and power to be, do, and have whatever you want. And know that this power is a vibrational power! You must do the vibrational work first by lining your energies with the energies of this universe. We’ve mentioned how to do this in previous blogs such as meditating, being grateful, being more mindful, finding ways to serve more, engaging in more fun things, and simply doing things that make you feel good. These are only a few ways to raise your vibration, there are many.
Have a clear vision. It’s hard to live an inspired life if you’re winging it without a clear purpose and vision of the life you want to create for yourself. And in the vision, ask yourself the most important question ever. WHY? Why do I desire this thing, this life, this whatever. What is it that I’m striving for in attaining this vision and purpose? The answer to this question will be your inspiration for acting. Let your decisions to act be based on the why of your vision.
This is how inspiration is created. We now can make decisions from a place of empowerment and invincibility, knowing we have the power to create nations and worlds at our disposal if we do our part first, the vibrational part first. When we understand this, we become powerhouses!