Would you rather live an inspired life, or a motivated one? There’s a distinction between acting from inspiration versus acting from motivation. My practice is to be aware of the distinction, and act from inspiration more and more of the time.
The distinction between inspiration and motivation can be subtle. We may think we’re acting from one, but we’re actually acting from the other, and vice versa. The key is to be aware of how we feel about what we’re doing. Inspired action feels like it’s coming from within; we want to do it. Motivated action comes from outside of us; we feel like we have to do it.
Inspiration calls to us, and we feel pulled or drawn toward it. Motivation pushes on us, and the pushing can come from our environment or other people. Inspiration naturally energizes and rejuvenates us, while motivation is like taking a hit of something and needing to come back for more. I think it’s helpful to remember the adage to do what you love, and to love what you do.