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Inspiration is Garbage

Yesterday, I watched a video from a lady that starts out her speech saying that “Motivation is garbage”. Of course like most, I was intrigued, but also a little ticked. “What do you mean motivation is garbage?” I questioned.

Immediately, my guard was up.

What is motivation? Where does it come from and can we create it? Is there a benefit to it? Yesterday my friend Scott caused me to question these very things by posting this single video to my Facebook wall. Over a year into InspireCast and I am now questioning what I do.

This lady, ironically a motivational speaker herself according to her own website, is confused. She went on to speak about how through life we will have to do hard things, things that we don’t want to do. If we are doing nothing… waiting for that moment when we feel motivated, that moment may never come.

Unfortunately, I think this lady needs to open a dictionary.

Motivation is quite simply “the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way.” It’s what causes use to act, rather than a feeling. Inspiration is a feeling, but more about that later.

So then, where does motivation come from? Motivation is simply the reason we act. I am a father of four children and a husband to a beautiful and amazing wife. Like most people, they like food, clothing and a nice dry, warm place to sleep. These are things that keep me motivated.

It’s 6:20am, and as I write this, my 12 year old son comes upstairs. It’s early for him as we usually wake him up at 7:10am to get ready for school. He’s motivated! Yesterday, he had lots of homework and didn’t finish before bedtime. Instead of staying up late to finish, he decided to get up early. He was motivated to set his alarm almost an hour early to get up and finish his work. #prouddad

Motivation is the reason that we do the hard things and the easy things. It’s the “why” we do the things we do. Can we create motivation? Can someone “motivate” us? In order to act, we need motivation, or a “motive”. Though the reason may vary, there is always a motivation when we act. The only way that we can create a motive is by creating a reason to act. I suppose this is possible. Go without paying your bills for a few months and I guarantee that your circumstances will motivate to pay them. 🙂

“If that lady was confused about motivation, what did she really mean?”

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I believe what she meant to say is “Inspiration is garbage”, and honestly, I can agree with that.

Being a person who created a website to try and inspire others, posting blog posts, daily motivational quotes and memes on my website and social media accounts, what do I hope to achieve?

I want to INSPIRE!

Ok, now that I have confused you completely… lol

Inspiration is garbage… if you do not act. Yup, there it is. Inspiration is great, but if we become inspired and do nothing, it is wasted. Inspiration always leaves us with a choice. Do nothing and eventually we become numb to inspiration, and over time our lives become dull with little that inspires us.

Inspiration can help us do the things we don’t have motivation to do. It can be found almost anywhere from music to a book or even looking into the eyes of your child. Inspiration helps us change our mindset and usually comes through learning something that we didn’t know or believing in a truth revealed.

We can get so comfortable in our Western culture. We have most everything we need, but to limit ourselves with that mindset is completely selfish. This is when we need inspiration. If we continue living for ourselves in our comfortable little bubble, we don’t have a reason to act. We aren’t motivated.

The same applies to small business. There are many small business owners out there who are satisfied with the level they are at, and that’s fine. But why not grow your business bigger? Why not live to change the life of someone else?

When I see a small business struggling, I am often inspired and compelled to help out as much as I can. I have offered my services free-of-charge many, many times. I am not waiting to grow my company to a certain level of income so I can help change lives, I am doing it as I go. I am living inspired. I say this to inspire. If I hoped to gain a pat on the back, what a useless reward that would be.

If you may have been inspired reading this to impact the life of someone else, THAT is a great start. You are fired up!! Now, don’t wait another minute. Don’t become numb to what you are feeling. Do something.

Be the change that you wish to see in the world.
— Mahatma Gandhi

And YES, I was inspired to write this article. I hope you enjoyed it and got a little inspired yourself.

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Ryan Boutin

Ryan Boutin

Entrepreneur and Marketer, Ryan is driven by a passion to help people grow their business. As CEO of Zeal Media Inc, a web development and marketing firm located in Saskatoon, Canada, Ryan's mission is simple; Implement custom strategies to launch small businesses to drastic growth. With a vision to reach more people, InspireCast was born.

1 Comment

  1. Garry Frie
    February 9, 2017 at 8:02 am — Reply

    Zig Ziglar would say that motivation does not last. Neither does bathing. Both are recommended daily.

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