This summer continues to be an exhausting one. I know I shouldn’t be complaining but I have noticed that my personal drive to get things done has diminished. Maybe its the lack of alone time to regroup, or that I am just not interested in what I am doing anymore. In short: I’m lacking the motivation and inspiration.
Difference between Inspiration & Motivation
Inspiration comes to me at the most random times, it feels. I could be laying on my couch watching Netflix, and then all of a sudden – BAM – I have this sudden urge to get up and make a change.
I have come to notice that this inspiration is easy to come across. Maintaining the motivation, now that is a real struggle.
They say it takes 4 weeks to create a habit. During those 4 weeks, the real battle is keeping the focus on the why behind the change. Without that why, what else is going to get you out of bed in the morning?
Currently, I am in that power struggle. I am constantly filled with the inspiration and my why to spark change. However, I often fall off the inspiration train. In the moment, I forget and am consumed by my immediate need and my why fades away only to be filled with later guilt.
There are things in my life that I wish to accomplish. And yet, I am currently sitting and letting time pass by while I repeat the same “I wish things were different” over and over again.
Your Environment Reflects Your Soul
Or better put: Your Space Reflects Your Life (same-same)
When my little casita is a mess, I find it unusually hard to do anything more than lounge around. I have the -all too common- ability to waste time on Netflix or Instagram. However, when I’ve cleanup my motivation gets flowing through me and I’m ready to tackle the world.
I hear myself say: “I should really keep this place tidy more often.” And if I have such a visceral reaction every time, why does the oh-so-small space find itself in disarray almost immediately?
It circles back to the continuous battle between inspiration & motivation.
Inspiration is that fun friend who comes along and fills you with so much joie de vivre. You feel like you can tackle the world! But that same fun friend is the fickle friend, easily distracted and running off leaving you in their dust. Motivation though, that is a practiced effort requiring a conscious mindset channeling the reasons why those inspirations are meaningful to you. Pushing through the distracted nuances in life to focus on what really matters most.
–>Motivation requires Practice<–
It requires the practice of repeated activities that align with your inspirations.
It requires thought and purpose into your actions. It’s the thoughts and intentions that most people skip out on, citing difficulty or inexperience. But turning those thoughts and intentions into actions that creates change. Adding fuel to your motivation, strengthening it.
It requires a conscious shift in thinking.
It requires being an active participant in life.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
In my opinion, this movie doesn’t get talked about enough for the amazing production it was, and continues to be thanks to Netflix.
The main protagonist, Walter Mitty showcases this exact struggle between Inspiration & Motivation. You see him wasting parts of his day, dreaming about what could happen based on his present inspirations. However, Walter doesn’t act. He goes on living his comfortable life as a Negative Assets Manager for Life Magazine. But they keep coming, his fun friend Inspiration. It isn’t until Walter is pushed into a corner, and entertaining thoughts of change, he finally acts! He jets off to Greenland that soon becomes the beginning of his new life.
Every time I watch this movie, I come away with an inspirational look on life: just go for it, Jill! Make that leap into the unknown! Why become placid in life when you can go out and try?
Its subtle, but you see Walter shift his thoughts little by little, leading up to his journey. There is a romantic interest involved in this shift but he comes back to that inspiration and takes action, fueling his motivation (to win the girl). Even when he finally makes it to Greenland, you can still see the hesitation to jump in the helicopter. But again, Walter becomes and active participant in his life and taking these risks become easier and easier for him to make.
When we arrive at the end, Walter is a changed man. The way he walks, dresses, and acts towards his romantic interest has changed. He took his inspiration, and through repeated thoughts and intentions followed by actions (motivation), he sought the desired change he was seeking.
Yes, it was a movie and not real life, but it is believable and thats what makes it great.
I wish it was as easy as waking up one day and flipping the switch and have it be smooth sailing to your goals but it’s not.
It’s a cycle that has to be worked on but once started, has a snowball effect.
Of course there can be major events that derail progress, and that sucks. That recently happened to me and its been a long journey to get back to where I find myself shifting and becoming that active participant. Inspirations are nice and fun, but I know I thrive and succeed with the motivation. Making those shifts, fueling the fire.
I’ve been there before, I can get there again.
If it was easy, everyone would have all they desired.