March 29, 2009...
To be "inspired." To be "motivated." To be "transformed."
Inspiration. Motivation. Transformation.
I believe when true change reaches an individual, these three words work together in perfect sequence. One doesn't guarantee the other...but the goal is that one will follow the other.
On occasion, we'll have a special moment when "inspiration" greets us. We meet a person, see something, read something, or have an idea that inspires us to want something different for our lives. That moment of inspiration fills us with an instant feeling of "Yes...I can, too!"
But "inspiration" can be short lived.
Without immediate action on our part, inspiration can slip away. The person or idea fades from our mind and things return to the norm.
But when inspiration is fed with action, "motivation" kicks in. We begin to take action on our inspiration, and our purpose and passion fire is lit. We are motivated to do more and to be more. Internal change starts to smile at us from a distance.
But "motivation" can have a short life, too.
Without a constant feeding of inspiration, motivation starts to die. We soon realize how hard our objective might be, and then we decide "It's not worth it!" Deep down, though, we know that's a lie. It is worth it.
When motivation, however, is combined with accountability, "transformation" starts to change our world. When we establish those day-to-day anchors and accountability measures in our life to keep us inspired...to keep us motivated...our world begins to transform. Our attitude changes. Our passion increases. Our purpose becomes bigger. Our world fills with empowered hope.
So you want the recipe for real life change? Here it is:
Take a handful of "inspiration," add a full cup of "motivation," and stir it often with lots of action. When things really start simmering...add a pinch (or two) of accountability every day...and then...only then...watch "transformation" really start to take shape!
More success. Better realtionships. More harmony. Greater purpose. That's what serving up a dish of "transformation" brings to you. Your body will love it. Your mind will eat it up. And your emotional world will become more centered.
And the flavor that it adds to your world? Well, that's to die for.