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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Sunday Push and Pull

Sunday Push and Pull

Dancers often talk about being motivated, or maintaining motivation. And it’s true, we all need motivation to do whatever it is we must do in order to progress and develop. But how? How do we “get” motivated?

Motivation is often used interchangeably with inspiration, but they are different. Dancers know they must take class daily and work hard or they won’t achieve their goals. That’s the push, and whether they feel like it or not, they are pushed by the motive: the requirement to take class to get better technically. Motive/Motivation…you get it.

Inspiration is something that touches you and makes you feel excited, eager, driven, or gives  you a higher purpose. Inspiration is the passion that drives (pulls) you. The word itself comes from the Latin inspirare which means divine guidance.

Therefore, motivation is more external (push),while inspiration is internal (pull).

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Motivational Secret #109:  
Motivation is the push, inspiration is the pull.

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