Motivation Monday – Inspiration is Cheap

Merry Monday! Let’s do this! We all could use a bit of motivation to get rolling on Monday. On Mondays, I like to share a Mantra or short inspirational message. If the message resonates with you, use to motivate yourself in training or life. Do you have your own awesome Mantra? Please share it below in the comments.

Girl running

I’m a sucker for motivational quotes. There’s something great about summing up a big idea in a short message. A simple quote can sometimes change the way you see things permanently. Contrast that with the barrage of photos with pithy quotes we are assaulted with everyday. These memes are meant to fire us up, but most are hackneyed, and trite. The phrase,” that’s so inspiring” is thrown about as much have a nice day. Many people want to change something in their lives but, they are waiting to be inspired.

For me at least, inspiration doesn’t last very long. I see something that excites me to do something new or better, then I get obsessed with whatever that is for a few days or weeks, and eventually the excitement wanes. Its just human nature to crave the novel and exciting.

To make real lasting change requires motivation. Not motivation from a speaker, or book, but motivation from within. The true reward for whatever you are seeking lies within yourself. This intrinsic motivation allows you to do great things. It provides the will to get up and do the work to progress toward your goals. Opposed to inspiration, which comes on quickly. Motivation is a slow burn that continues to drive you forward.

I’m not saying inspiration isn’t important. I love to feel inspired. It just doesn’t provide the energy to pursue big, long term goals. To reach those goals motivation and the why needs to come from within.

3 thoughts on “Motivation Monday – Inspiration is Cheap”

  1. Inspiration is a tricky thing, there’s no doubt. I was inspired to be a better husband when my wife and I went through some seriously tough times together. She changed a ton while I was a little more reserved… When I saw she was willing to change, I went in with both feet and we’re better now.

    Cycling was different. I was inspired when I saw a bike at a garage sale, $20. I bought that bike and fell in love with cycling (lust burns out too fast). I don’t know how it happened, but I’ve made it around the globe in a few short years (figuratively of course). I am fit and happy and I never need a quote to get me to push harder. The quotes are a minor, small push. That little niggle in the back of my head that helps the big inspiration feel just a little better when it takes hold… I can’t remember ever reading a quote and go, “Oh yeah, I think I’ll persevere because I saw that poster.”


    1. Thanks for the well said quote.

      I like your garage sale story. You know what got me back into cycling after years off? I saw a guy with a performance bike bag at the mall. I remembered the catalogs and decided I needed to go to the store. Bought a new bike and have been riding since, that was 13 years ago.

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