CEO Perspectives

Inspiration vs. motivation and prioritizing your dreams

Written by Faith Bartell

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What’s the difference between being inspired and being motivated? Are “inspiration” and “motivation” interchangeable words, or do they have different implications when it comes to your life and your dreams?

Your dreams are more ambitious when they’re characterized by inspiration, which lies a step above motivation. Motivation and motivated dreams come from outside sources. These external sources could be your parents, your bank account – anything that isn’t simply you. Inspired dreams, on the other hand, are internally sourced. They come from your soul and are your deepest personal aspirations and desires. They generate more energy and courage, and while they also require vulnerability and willingness to accept risk, they are more meaningful and fulfilling, and lead to greater success.

To identify and prioritize those dreams that inspire you, take the time to ask yourself, What do you truly want? Additionally, what are your most important accomplishments and most moving moments? What made these experiences so impactful? Did they stem from your inspired dreams? Rob believes that great people have great habits and answering questions like these as frequently as once a week is a step toward bettering yourself, personally and professionally, and exponentially improving your life.

About our CEO Perspectives series: These insights and perspectives were adapted from sessions and conversations hosted by our CEO and Founder, Rob Siegfried.

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