“Intention is …, the difference between motivation and inspiration. Motivation is when you get hold of an idea and don’t let go of it until you make it a reality. Inspiration is the reverse- when an idea gets hold of you and you feel compelled to let that impulse or energy carry you along. You get to a point where you realize that you’re no longer in charge, that there’s a driving force inside you that can’t be stopped. Look at the great athletes, musicians, artists, and writers. They all tap into a source.” – Dr. Wayne Dyer 

Intention is noble, but it is not heroic. I always think of the saying “good intentions pave the road to hell” – it is where a lot of regrets live. Every day I have good intentions that don’t get done. I will think about the phone calls I need to make to connect with good friends, and then I get busy and they don’t get made. I have the good intentions to do so many things around the house that somehow don’t get done.

Adding execution to intention puts a feedback loop into the process, with one feeding the other. It speeds everything up, it is what we call being in the flow. It is synchronicity. Everything we see, hear, feel – it all feeds into this feeling of being inside that zone, tapping into the source of everything. Life becomes a fast moving river, instead of a slow meandering stream.

I go through spurts where I am really good about drinking lots of water. I find that when I am in this zone, that I am naturally more thirsty. I start craving more water and so it becomes easy to drink the 8 – 10 glasses of water a day. I feel better because I am hydrated. It becomes a feedback loop to better health. I think that this concept applies to everything we do when we execute our good intentions.

I love it when I get in this zone creatively. It is like everything I reach out my hand to is just perfect for what I need next. If we follow through with this quote, the reason why we don’t quite get into the zone could be because we were motivated and not inspired? Motivation will not take you into the zone. When you are motivated you are “forcing” what you want to bring into the world, into reality. When you are inspired it is like giving birth. Once you start there is no turning back, no stopping what is being created from being born.

Interesting that being inspired is actually handing over your being in charge to the universal source, to bring forward into reality what you can only see inside your head. Another point of reference to indicate that we are either being motivated or inspired. So if we are in charge, or forcing by our strength of will to bring something into reality, lets step back and see how much easier life can be by letting go and being inspired. Take the good intentions and execute them through inspiration and we will become a raging river that no one can stop.

Sheryl Silbaugh

I am married with 4 grown children who are all married and currently have 14 grandchildren and two great granddaughters. I work fulltime as a Director at Bank of America and I am the founder of, which is a website and Facebook page dedicated to personal transformation and growth. We all have life's lemons show up in our life, this website helps us to make them into lemonade.