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Motivation vs Inspiration & How To Do Both

Ever wondered what the difference is between motivation and inspiration? Well you have come to the right place!

In today's post, I wanted to share with you the key difference between motivation and inspiration, which 'tion' you should be using as well as how you can incorporate both into your goal journey.

Motivation - The Definition -

Sourced from "motivation is a push factor. It is an outside force that is propelling you to take action."

Inspiration - The Definition -

Sourced from "inspiration is a pull or driving force. It is something within you that will proactivity help you give your best effort."

The Difference Between Motivation and Inspiration

To summarise, motivation is an outside force (a teacher for example) who has set you work and you therefore have the motivation to take action to achieve that work. Whereas, inspiration is a much more powerful emotion as it comes from somewhere within you and it is more passion lead as you really want to achieve said task for your own good.

You are now wondering, well which one should I be doing to achieve my goals? Well the answer is both! You will achieve the best results when you combine motivation with inspiration.

So to help you do this, I have included below some key tips on how you can feel both motivated and inspired.

Define Your Goal

In order to feel both motivation and inspired, you are likely going to need a goal or something to work towards that will help you feel motivated and inspired. If you are stuck or looking for goal inspiration then check out a couple of my blog posts that might help here and here.

Attach an Emotion

You are more likely to want to complete a goal or task if you attach an emotion to it. For example: if you say to yourself I will be really upset if I don't exercise twice a week then you are more likely to achieve your goal of exercising 2 times a week as you don't want to feel upset.

Keep Positive

Every day leads you closer to your goal. So even if you take a small step towards your goal on one day, you are a lot closer than what you were yesterday.

Get Organised

When it comes to goal setting, you need to have a plan so you know where you are going. Therefore, set your goals as S.M.A.R.T goals so you have a clear idea on the specifics of your goal, you can measure your progress, it is within reach and pushing your boundaries slightly, it is realistic to your abilities and you have a deadline for your goal.

By setting your goals in a S.M.A.R.T way you are more likely to achieve your goals.

Think of The End Result

We all have days when motivation and inspiration is running low so on these days, try and remind yourself of the end result and how you will feel once you have achieved your goal.

Positive Self Talk

Be your own cheerleader. Be the person who is pumping yourself up and telling yourself how amazing you are doing. By having a positive mind and practicing positive self talk it will help empower you to work towards your goal as you are helping boost your self esteem.


Now after reading today's blog post, I hope you are feeling motivated as well as inspired to take on your goals. Remember, it is never too late to start so start your goal journey today!

Reference - Entrepreneur -

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