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Unraveling the Inspiration-Motivation Paradox


Today, I want to dive into the intriguing world of inspiration and motivation. It's a topic that many of us grapple with on our journey towards personal growth and wellness. I receive countless DMs from people who dive headfirst into the latest diet or wellness trend, only to feel disheartened when their initial enthusiasm fades away. It's time to shed some light on this matter and help you unravel the inspiration-motivation paradox.


Let's start by clarifying the difference between inspiration and motivation. Inspiration is like a gentle breeze that stirs our creative spirit, urging us to do something extraordinary. It's that mental spark that ignites our passion and sets our imaginations ablaze. On the other hand, motivation is the driving force behind our actions and behaviors. It's the reason we embark on our wellness journey, keeping us going even when faced with challenges.


One common stumbling block is not having a clear "why." Without understanding the underlying motivations behind our choices, it’s like we are going through motions with no real purpose. To make lasting changes, it's important to identify our true motivations, as they lay the foundation for success.


Another important concept is extrinsic vs intrinsic motivation. Extrinsic motivation relies on external rewards or recognition, such as praise or tangible benefits. While it can provide a temporary boost, it's not enough to sustain our commitment in the long run. Intrinsic motivation, on the other hand, stems from within ourselves. It's fueled by our values, passions, and an authentic desire for self-improvement. Cultivating intrinsic motivation is the key to maintaining a lasting drive on our wellness journey.


Seeking inspiration is a vital part of staying motivated. No, I’m not talking about “Instagram Inspiration.” The people in our lives are the greatest source of inspiration. The desire to care for and support the people you care about often pushes us to prioritize our health. Education is the next greatest source of inspiration. Find some awesome podcasts and tune in on your walks or drive to work. Some good ones are The Nick Bare Podcast, Wellness Fact vs. Fiction, and you can always check out my Owning the Wait podcast, too.


With love and support,


Jillian










 

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