Monday Morning Coach
Edition of 4/7/2008


Carole Billingham's Monday Morning Coach for April 07, 2008

motivation vs. inspiration

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April 7, 2008 - A publication of The WisdomCoach -

Monday Morning Coach
Written weekly by
Carole L. Billingham, MCC

Spiritual and Business Coach

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On a recent coaching call, I had the opportunity to discuss the distinction between motivation and inspiration. In our session I shared that in the mid-80s I was obsessed (yes, obsessed) with seeing motivational speakers like Brian Tracey and Zig Zigler. I loved the rush that came with seeing those guys up on a stage. I left with a feeling that I was capable of anything and everything. Unfortunately, by the end of the week, that feeling was gone. 


In looking deeper, I can see that several things were happening when I would go to see a motivational speaker.  First and foremost, I had the idea (and perhaps they did too) that they possessed something that I didn’t and that somehow I needed them to show me those things. I gave my power away in thinking that they knew answers for me, that I didn’t. My energy was focused outward illuminating them and not my own inner truths. 


I also discovered a delicious rush of adrenaline in hearing and watching them “perform.” Years later, I learned that adrenaline is a drug and that the feelings of euphoria and excitement are only temporary, often leading to a need for another “fix.”  At the time, adrenaline was my drug of choice because I had not yet discovered the joy of living an inner-driven and heart-centered life.


Fast forward to the mid-90s when I discovered the newborn field and profession of coaching. It was then that I asked, “What if we could experience the excitement of new knowledge and be given tools and accountability to make that new information stickto be able to really take those ideas, embody them and start to implement them into our life, what might be possible?”  Little did I know that twelve years later I’d be just as excited by that question as I was the moment it first came to me.


What I discovered along the way is that the key to long lasting and deep change is inspiration. According to the American Heritage Dictionary the word “inspire” means “To affect, guide, or arouse by divine influence.”  Personally, I have always thought it meant “in spirit” and that the blessed act of inspiring another is to get out of the way of one’s ego in order to make space for spirit to move through you.  (I’ve often said that I cannot take credit for the words that come through me, but only for learning how to get out of my own way so that I can be a clear channel for them.)


Maybe the difference between motivation and inspiration is just semantics, but what it really comes down to is that at our core, we are all craving connection. A connection to the God/Spirit, to our higher self, and to others. By being open to inspiration we discover what we’ve known all along, that we are all interconnected, all One and that when we look into the face of God we see our own refection. Others can excite and inspire us, but it’s not until we take ownership of our own inner light and the God/dess within that the magic and real awakening begins.


Recently, there has been an excitement about the book and movie The Secret.  From the beginning there has been something that has not felt right to me about the message within the book and movie. I realize now, that it reminds me of the motivational speakers that I saw many years ago. In the excitement of the messages learned, people often lose sight of their own inner wisdom and connection and fail to recognize that the truths shared in The Secret are just a reminder of something they already intuitively knew.


I believe that the message shared within The Secret only skimmed the surface of what’s possible. It spoke to our ego’s need for “things” but not to our soul's yearning for Grace. I am grateful that The Secret brought forth some very powerful ideas at time that we are ready to embrace them.  And I will continue to hold my intention that we remember to honor and nurture our own inner guidance and remember that Truth is never a Secret.

Have an inspirational week,


Quote of the Week

Quote of the Week:  "Your compass is in your heart, not your head."
-- Carole L. Billingham


Question:  What would happen if you spent more time in your heart this week and less time in your head?


Affirmation:  "I willingly allow my heart to guide me. As I do so, I find that my life flows more effortlessly and naturally."


Copyright 2008, Carole L. Billingham, MCC  All rights reserved.

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