Motivation means we have an idea and we are going to carry through on that idea. We work hard at it, and we are disciplined.
A highly motivated person takes an idea, goes out there, and won’t let anybody interfere with them.
Inspiration is exactly the opposite. If motivation is when you get hold of an idea and carry it through to its conclusion, inspiration is the reverse. An idea gets hold of you and carries you where you are intended to go.
Arthur Miller, one of our greatest playwrights, died in February. He once was asked, “Are you writing another play?” His answer really intrigued me. He said, “I don’t know, but I probably am.” This brilliant man was saying, in a sense, that it really was not up to him.
The word inspired comes from being in spirit, accessing a force out there. Patanjali said when you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds. Your mind transcends limitations. Your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, wonderful world.
Patanjali also said dormant forces, faculties, and talents—things you thought were inaccessible and unavailable to you—come alive when you are inspired. You discover yourself to be a far greater person than you ever dreamed yourself to be.
– WAYNE W. DYER