By Anna Trishch
I used to believe that the definitions of inspiration, motivation and coaching were synonymous. However, when I began to deeply explore the true essence that each discipline encompasses—and its role in helping us find and embrace our true purpose in life—I realized they all serve our greater good but they address and assist us at different levels of our existence.
Let’s look at each one in more depth:
Inspiration—The realm of spirituality
I am alive, I am breathing, and I am inspired. I love my life and everything it can offer. I am connected to my inner self, and I am moved by this exhilarating sensation.
What is inspiration? The root of the word is spirit. Inspiration literally means breathing life into our core nature—our spirit. It is an amazing stimulation of the soul and inner spirit. Inspiration awakens the divine part within us regardless of religion or culture. Inspiration ignites our inner spark, and it is reflected in the light of our eyes, our open heart and our energy flow. Inspiration spreads our wings so that we can soar, moves us emotionally, and anchors our infinite purpose. It helps us become a co-creator of life. It is the realization of the truth that we are spiritual beings having a human experience. It gives us access to infinite possibilities. It taps our creativity and allows us to confidently declare ourselves as the master of our personal universe.
Inspiration is the belief that miracles happen every day. If we open our eyes, we can find inspiration everywhere—sunrise, sunset, the singing of the birds, the rustle of the wind, the crushing of the ocean waves.
You look, you see, you feel, you believe, you connect, letting go of your mind and judgment and just being present. You are introduced to the sacred revelation of your inner spark. Inspiration is like an agent that stirs your emotions, gets the air into your soul and moves you from inside. Inspiration helps ordinary people do extraordinary things, so remember to draw inspiration from as many things as possible in life and feel them with your heart.
“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson
Motivation—The “Mundane” Realm
I think, decide, act, create, and achieve. I imagine with my mind, believe with my heart, and achieve with my strength. I am motivated to turn my beautiful dreams into specific goals.
The word motivation has great energy behind its meaning. Motivation is usually associated with leadership, success and achievement. In simple words, it explains the mental forces that drive our behavior. It’s mundane but extremely important because we all have different types of behavior, all of which impact our levels of success and achievement in life. The root of the word is motive—the reason for doing something. Motivation refers to internal and external factors that stimulate desire, energy and persistence to achieve certain goals. It provides the reasons why some are continually interested and committed to a job, project, role, or any other objective in life.
Motivation encourages us to set plans into action, provides the driving force for achieving things, and reveals our essential needs. We need motivation to survive and strive. We need enthusiasm in the goal-achieving process. We need fuel for our actions. The condition of being motivated is the condition of being eager to do something.
Motivation creates the engaging process that initiates, guides and maintains goal setting and goal accomplishment. It helps turn on the incredible forces necessary for your personal achievements. The components of motivation are: activation (initiates behavior), persistence (continued effort), and intensity (concentration and vigor). No goal can be achieved and no dream can be realized without motivation. It helps you pursue your dreams with mental force and determination.
“Motivation will almost always beat the mere talent.”—Norman Ralph Augustine
Coaching—The Realm of Leadership
I am a human being with faults and weaknesses. It is ok for me to ask for help and guidance. I need coaching for growth and expansion. Coaching reveals my personal empowerment zone during difficult moments. I am a leader, therefore I am constantly learning.
Great coaches take people where they can’t take themselves. They often are exceptional leaders because they see the bigger picture, far beyond the current moment. Their energy fosters self-belief in others, and they can invoke the best in people. A coach can help us open our eyes to see new opportunities!
We live, we have aspirations, we have dreams, we fall, we get up, we learn, we teach, we gain experience, we move forward. We all need guidance, advice, and support as we travel the many roads on our journey through life. Along the way, experiences can be challenging, and achieving dreams can be draining. We need somebody to remind us about our unlimited potential, so we can demand more from ourselves and perform at higher levels. We all need somebody to shift our focus from problems to our greatness during tough moments.
Coaching is an extremely helpful tool when you are exploring your purpose in life. It is about providing support for an individual in identifying and achieving specific personal or professional goals. The process can help transport you from where you are to where you want to be. It fosters your self-confidence, raises your standards, provides emotional support, and offers external help and mentoring in achieving your goals.
“Coaching helps you take stock of where you are now in all aspects of your life, and how that compares to where you would like to be.”—Elaine MacDonald
Used in unison, these powerful forces—inspiration, motivating and coaching—can become our “Holy Triad” for success in life. They are amazing tools that help us create the life we dream about and find purpose in all that we do.
Inspiration is about listening to the whispers of life and your inner self. It helps you create your dream. Motivation then follows. It gives you the mental drive and reasons to move forward: Why do you want to achieve your dreams and follow through with your plans and efforts? Finally, coaching provides guidance and emotional support along the entire journey—from the inception of a dream to its implementation.
The connection of divine (inspiration) and earthy (motivation) forces together with support (coaching) brings power by strengthening your body, mind and soul!
Anna Trishch is a lover of life, an author, a life coach and a public speaker. Coming from a very modest background in a small Ukrainian town, she faced many challenges and financial hardships as a child and teenager. Although Anna’s parents were loving and caring, they came from a victimhood mentality that did not resonate with her soul. A believer that we are the creators of our own life, Anna went on to study at Ostroh Academy, one of the best Ukrainian universities. Today, she speaks four languages and lives her dream life in Miami. She helps people to discover the universal truth about human greatness and unlimited human potential; it is never about resources, but always about resourcefulness. Visit her online at www.annatrishch.com, email email@example.com or call 786-768-4130.