Motivation or Inspiration?

The Ultimate Secrets of Total Self-Confidence by Dr. Robert Anthony

“Perhaps motivation is  one of the most misunderstood words in the English language. Executives often ask me to visit a company to “motivate” their employees. They are surprised when I reply that I cannot. All I can do, hopefully, is to inspire them to change their awareness. It is important for you to have a clear understanding of what motivation is. Motivation describes your attitude when you would rather do one thing more than another at a particular moment. EVERYONE IS ALWAYS MOTIVATED.

Whether you are actively seeking success in a certain field or are just plain lazy and prefer to sit in a chair, you are motivated. If you didn't want to sit around and do nothing, you would do something else, and that would become your motivation. The fact is that you can't start the slightest activity without first being motivated. What you must recognize is the difference between positive and negative motivation: The motivation to do something worthwhile and constructive and the motivation to do something that is destructive to your well-being.

In essence, no one can be motivated. Everyone is self-motivated. Keel this is mind: YOU WILL ALWAYS DO WHAT YOU WOULD RATHER DO THAN NOT DO.”

“Normally, your basic motivation is to “feel good”- mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.”


If we are all already motivated, do you know what inspires you? Or what inspires your team?

Quotes from: Dr. Robert Anthony, The Ultimate Secrets of Total Self-Confidence (New York: The Penguin Group, 1979), page 24.

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