What came first? The chicken or the egg? A classic conundrum don’t you think?

So my question to you, young man, is what comes first? Inspiration or motivation?

Rex, is this a trick question? No trick question, but I will have a say in the matter.

It is a well known fact that you need inspiration to get your motivation going. Because of this motivation that was given to you, gets your ass off the LazyBoy and makes it happen. You make it happen, you own it and success follows. Boom!

It’s a myth, plain and simple. Just give me a couple of minutes of your time to make my case, then you can move along.

You get a life-changing idea. The idea is revolutionary, it will save people money, you will make millions. This idea might even save lives, upgrade a person or make life so much easier (as if we aren’t lazy enough). It is there in your mind, one idea that can make your dreams and the dreams of others a reality.

Now you wait to get inspired. You might argue that the idea IS the inspiration, but is it? How many times have you had an idea, a great idea, and it never came to fruition. It just sits there rolling around in your head, nudging you to get it out to the world, but you don’t move. There is just something there that doesn’t make you get shit done.

So let’s go all scientific on your ass. Psychologist Abraham Maslow wrote a paper in 1943 called “A Theory of Human Motivation” where he established a 5 level classification where if one level is not satisfied the next won’t be of any use. Of course, I am giving you the layman run down here and if you want to know more I will link a Wikipedia article for it.

There are five needs that all humans have to fulfill to have growth in their life:

  • First is Physiological, things like food, water, sleep, shelter, etc.
  • Second is Safety, including, but not limited to personal, emotional and financial security.
  • Third is Social Belonging, to include family, friends, and intimacy.
  • Fourth comes in at Self-Esteem, this is your ego. Basically recognition, status, respect, etc..
  • Fifth rounds out at Self-Actualization. This one is basically the need for a person to realize his full potential.

Ok, the one we really need to concentrate on is the second level: Safety. That’s where inspiration hides. It does not want you to leave the safety of the nest, it wants you to be cozy and cocooned. It will not allow you to be hurt in any way that might be detrimental to you. The comfort zone is the safety zone. I know that idea is awesome Big Guy, but if you leave this comfort zone there is a good possibility that we will be hurt.

It happens to me all the time, and I think that even the most productive people in the world have the same problem once in a while, yet they have found a way to move, to take the first step, to act. I believe it is a teachable strength that can be learned, and there isn’t a person in the world that can’t learn it. You have to change your views on how the system works. Take a gander.

Here is your current formula:
Get an Idea, Get Inspiration, Get Motivated, Complete it, Success.

Here is the correct formula:
Get an Idea, Get Motivated, Get inspiration, Complete it, Success.

There is a difference between inspiration and motivation. Inspiration is an inside voice, motivation is an outside voice. We are always waiting for that inside voice, inspiration, to tell us what to do, but what we really need is the outside voice to tell us to get our asses moving. Once boots hit the floor and you start moving, inspiration will show up from the inside. Once your outside voice, your action, gets together with inspiration the world is not enough.

Change yourself. First, take action, be motivated, then get inspired. Rule the world.

It’s not easy, but you have to do it. One of the rules I give you in my book Accepting Success is this:

When it comes to success, now is right now. Now is literally the second after you make a decision or have an idea.

Enough said. Please I would like to hear from you and any comments you might have, so feel free.

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