If I were to read a quote, book, or attend a seminar in hopes to get motivation, I would be fooling myself. Inspiration, maybe. Motivation, no. There’s a difference between the two and it does matter. I used to use those words interchangeably until I noticed a distinct difference. The most noteworthy differences are these:
Motivation is purpose. Motivation requires actions.
About a decade ago, I bought a train ticket and had $2.12 in my wallet. I had almost nothing, but I traveled 900 miles to ‘go see about a guy’. It was more than that, though. I wanted a new start to my life and I didn’t want to wait one more minute. That is motivation. It has a clear motive fueling the actions to support that motive.
People with motivation MOVE. Plain and simple. If I’m not moving, I’m not genuinely motivated. Anything else is pseudo-motivation. That doesn’t mean motivation guarantees success, but at the very least — it guarantees that you’ll take some actions and give it an honest effort. The word motivation comes from the Latin word “movere” which means “move, stir, agitate”. So, motivation is where the action is. It’s anyone with a motive and body movement orchestrating their intent.
If you do need help getting motivated, here’s something better than a book…
- Mentors — they care, they push you in the right direction, they remind you of your motives in case you forget, they teach, but they also let go because they believe in you.
- Peers — people who are working towards similar goals, empathize with your motives and want you to succeed, and have your back. I met my peers during evening GED classes. Well, evening classes didn’t work at all for me and the entire group, so the whole group took online prep courses. All of us are now GED holders and proud of that achievement.
Everything and everyone else is an inspiration, entertainment, a distraction, or best if avoided.