Inspiration | Motivation | Taking Action

There's a difference between inspiration and motivation, even though most people use these two words interchangeably.
By: drjackijones
The Emerging Black Women Entrepreneurs
The Emerging Black Women Entrepreneurs
FRANKLIN, Tenn. - Feb. 17, 2019 - PRLog -- Truth is, inspiration comes from inside of you.  It causes you to take action, whether or not you have a cheering squad or people encouraging you to move forward. You are inspired because of what you know and believe to be true, about yourself, and about your vision.  It's what you dream about, it's when you know you have greatness inside of you, it's when you walk in purpose. Inspiration pulls you forward, in season and out of season, thru good times, thru bad times.

Motivation moves you and pushes you forward. It happens when you feel like giving up, then you get a phone call from your best friend, and she tells you "hey you can do this".  Motivation happens after you hear a great message or sermon, and your faith is re-kindled, causing you to hope again. It happens when you have a mentor, partner, or coach, someone who helps guide you along your journey towards success.

In life, and in business we need both in order to achieve any goal, and in order to realize any level of success.

However, sometimes even when inspiration and motivation are present, until we give ourselves the permission to take action, we won't get very far at all.

Here's a 3 step strategy that will empower you to take inspired action, and make things happen:

Be clear and methodical

Many people who are energetic about taking action tend to jump into activities and take action before they get organized, create a plan, or connect what they're doing to a strategy. Having the discipline to organize, assemble resources, generate a plan and commit to it. Clarity gives clear direction and a sense of connection to the strategy so that there is an understanding of how the work being done will be in line with the overall mission. Working with a coach ( helps you gain clarity, so that you are not all over the place.

Set smart goals and deadlines

Setting smart and clear goals helps with achieving objectives, leading to a greater sense of satisfaction and accomplishment.  Push yourself to achieve goals by pairing them with deadlines. While we may not like it, when someone gives us a deadline, our behavior changes. Simply setting deadlines for goals and objectives goes a long way toward achieving those goals and objectives!  If you resist setting smart and clear goals for yourself, start by asking yourself powerful coaching questions like, "What would it take to accomplished this goal two weeks earlier?"  You'll find that by challenging yourself you may actually feel more engaged and satisfied with the end result.

Be open to positive feedback

Be coachable, which means be open to receiving feedback along the way.  It's all about improving execution through intrinsic motivation from others, rather than only through setting goals and deadlines. Leaders who are great executors are skilled at giving feedback. Specifically, the leaders who rate most highly are those who deliver. You should have people in your corner who will always tell you the truth, no matter how hard it may be to hear. The truth always makes you better.

Are you a new entrepreneur looking for help with your business?  Working with a coach helps you get from where you are right now, to where you want to be.

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