Yesterday I learned the difference between inspiration and motivation, courtesy of Danielle LaPorte:
MOTIVATION – You write the book, the blog, the brochure to raise your profile so you can sell more stuff, serve more people. You compose and package your thoughts. A 1000 words a day until you’ve crossed the finish line.
INSPIRATION – I have something to say that needs to be heard
The first is practical, honorable, even. We all need to make money to live, and providing a helpful product to people is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, it makes the world go ’round.
But following through on your gut to spread a message, change lives, or start a movement? Well, that’s a whole different level.
You know what? We’re shooting for that whole different level.
Today we start a movement to Live the Good Life.
Gain control of your money.
Define your goals.
Focus your actions.
Be a force of good in the world.
(the shortest manifesto ever)
Using Danielle’s definition, we can say our new Dream, Save, Do guide was written *with* motivation – schedules, checklists, reviews – but it was written *from* inspiration. And that’s where the Live the Good Life Movement springs from.
It pains me to hear phrases like “I’m living vicariously through you” or “I wish I could do that.” My gut clenches every single time. Saving the money and making the necessary changes to live your dream are not easy, but they are certainly within reach of many Western people, and it drives me nuts to watch so many let life just pass them by. But it is more than the money, it is really about the focus required to reach for goals that manifests brilliance in 1000 different ways. We want everyone to have that brilliance in their lives.
So we wrote this guide to show people how we did it so they could, too. We spent over six months working on it, getting feedback from a dozen people and recruiting some experts to help. It comes with all kinds of great bonuses you can read about over at the sales page at www.DreamSaveDo.com. (We’re especially jazzed to have Baker from Man vs. Debt contributing a couple of video classes on credit card debt for you.)
But it also comes with a huge chunk of our hearts and the wish that if you are not already living your dream you will begin to focus on your money and resources and how they can serve you and the greater community instead of the other way around – whether you buy the guide or not.
(Already know you want it? Get clickin’)
In fact, it would hurt me more if the people who needed it bought this guide and didn’t use it than if they didn’t buy it at all. (I’m getting sorta cardboard-sign-standing-on-a-milkcrate-crazy with this message, y’all.)
Your dream often *can* be something you actually live every single day with some focus and action on your part and the support of good people (and kudos to all of you who are living your dream and supporting others – you are an inspiration to those around you).
In that vein, we are going to use 10% of the profits from the sale of the guide this week to make a Kiva loan to someone who has a dream – a very basic dream – and has taken action to make it happen.
Traditionally ebooks make the bulk of their sales the first week out of the gate, and we think we can change someone’s life with a Kiva loan in just a week (short-term high!) while helping thousands of other more fortunate people improve their own lives over the coming months (long-term win!).
Are you on board?
I hope so. But seriously, please don’t buy the book if you aren’t going to follow through. My wallet can take it but my heart can’t.