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So, motivation is about things that you think you should do or that you’re supposed to do. Inspiration is about being called to act because you’re in direct alignment with the magnetic, luminous marrow of potential that is you.”
During my latest race, the Lake Placid Ironman, I was surprised by how many younger people, as they ran by (before I hit the wall at 10 miles into the run, as a result of my big [some say misguided] Paleo experiment), said, “Man, you’re an inspiration.” This in response the my age, 70, on my calf. One guy said, “You’re a real inspiration, sir, my mother in-law is 70 and it is as much as she can do to get out of the couch.” Another common statement was, “I hope I’m as fit as you when I’m 70.”
I wondered as I ran along, and before the nausea hit, “Am I inspiring them or motivating them, and who do I want to inspire or motivate, whatever the difference between inspiration and motivation might be?”
On reflection, I agree with Jonathan (see quote at head of this post), motivation becomes a slog, while inspiration grows like my little fig tree. It just grows and gives me lots of wonderful figs.
Who do I want to inspire? I want to inspire people rehabilitating from a major life-threatening event, such as cardiac or aortic surgery. I want them to get their life back, which involves a little work and play, and definitely balance (thus the movie), physically, mentally and emotionally.
PS On reflection, isn’t inspiration one form of motivation?
Important Note: These posts do not provide medical advice. You should always consult your physician before undertaking or significantly modifying an exercise program.
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