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Motivation can be difficult to come by. Definitions of motivation in the dictionary include, “the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way” and “the general desire or willingness of someone to do something”. You must have a very very good reason, otherwise known as your ‘why’, to motivate yourself to act.

Inspiration, on the other hand, is defined as, “the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative”.  Feeling is the answer. Once someone feels they must do something, they are inspired to act.  And inspiration makes it easier to do the required actions to attain a goal. Motivation can become secondary and can be difficult to muster up on occasion. Or more than one occasion. 😊  

Regardless of motivation and inspiration, if someone wants to attain a goal, they must work on self-discipline.  Self-discipline is a process.  Small acts that a person can take on a day-to-day basis that brings them closer to their goal.  Whether you want to lose weight or write a book.  You must decide what it is you must do and decide to do it.  Above all, one must do it to build the confidence and belief that they can attain their final goal.

So, motivation and inspiration are two different things. It is probably best to have both to attain a goal.

We are in a New Year, 2024.  Many people set New Year’s resolutions.  Some believe it is important and others believe it is not important to set a resolution because they never attained their goal previously.

Whether you decide to set a resolution or not, remember the important steps to attain a goal:

  1. A decisive and important – WHY
  2. Build your self-discipline by acting daily
  3. Belief

Remember – I CAN, I WILL, I MUST!