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“INSPIRATION OCD”….a favorable “Mental Disorder”




“INSPIRATION OCD”….a favorable “Mental Disorder”


As the definition states: OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) is an anxiety disorder characterized by intrusive thoughts that produce uneasiness, apprehension, fear, or worry; by repetitive behaviors aimed at reducing the associated anxiety; or by a combination of such obsessions and compulsions.


Would if we inserted the word INSPIRATION in the place of  anxiety disorder, uneasiness, apprehension, fear or worry….how awesome would it be to become obsessed with INSPIRATION. To know that when things get stale or dire my “INSPIRATION OCD” will kick in. I know, I know you’re saying Andre’ there are drugs both legal and illegal that can cause “INSPIRATION OCD”….yes followed by depression and helplessness oxymoron’s to inspiration.

Sure, we are going through some rough times as a nation…as a world, how do we get through it? To become inspired these days takes some effort and whether or not you are completely happy with your life Everyone needs to feel inspired at times. I’m sure those of you reading this article are going through some sort of rough patch as we all do at some point in our lives and from that finding that gold nugget of inspiration can be all the rehabilitation we need. Now, in my humble opinion being inspired is much more satisfying than this notion of being motivated. To me “being motivated” is the act of having to do something whether I want to or not (and in some cases this action in warranted), however, to be inspired or having inspiration is a positive mental adrenaline rush that’s very productive. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve sat through motivational speeches by retired athletes, past their prime celebrities or self help gurus all hired by companies I’ve worked for to get us “Pumped Up”. Now this “mind motivational speak” typically works for the time you’re at the meeting but it slowly dissipates when you arrive back home to face your “reality life”. Furthermore, the message you get from these “motivational experts” is how bad their lives were and how they picked themselves up by the boot straps and became successful. Now do not get me wrong these messages can be powerful and somewhat motivating…but inspiring I’m not sure. I’ll admit sometimes I think to myself while sitting through these lectures “How Does This Apply To Me”?? It’s a selfish thought but I bet many of you have felt the same way. To inspire someone is to totally separate yourself from the situation and totally engulf yourself in the other person you wish to inspire. I’ve been asked on many interviews I’ve had recently how I would inspire a sales organization and my response to that question is to first demonstrate “humility” and to the best of my ability treat each and every person as if they were the center of my universe…not in a manipulative fashion but a support framework and sometimes that’s just LISTENING.

As I’ve mentioned earlier we all need inspiration or the need to be inspired and it takes a true leader to understand the difference between motivating someone versus inspiring them, you see to inspire is everlasting to motivate is momentary. I wish to inspire those I come in contact with because if I can inspire you it inspires me…and that is what we all need right now to become “INSPIRATION OCD”.


“INSPIRATION OCD”….a favorable “Mental Disorder”


By Andre’ Harrell (AH2 & Beyond Consulting)



4 thoughts on ““INSPIRATION OCD”….a favorable “Mental Disorder”

  1. Let’s turn this around, people have to be open to inspiration and know what to look for. Inspiration is everywhere! It all depends how we interpret things in life. The simple fact is, people do not want to think, that’s too hard to do. Till they take a notion to THINK, there’s very little that will inspire them. Just my thoughts on it anyways 🙂

    1. Reality,

      Your statement is “Reality”, and you make an outstanding point. Like motivation you cannot force someone to be motivated, and if someone is refusing to be inspired than you have the same result…”a non-inspired” person. What I find however is that most people have a passion or are inspired by something/someone, as a leader of people finding that inspiration and tapping into it causes a positive current between the person doing the inspiring and the person being inspired. I agree both parties have to be open to “Inspiration”…but I find it hard to believe that NO ONE gets inspired or has the propensity to be inspired.

      Thank you so much for your comments, and please visit my blog again!


  2. Thanks for joining in Shadows of Love. It was created to inspire, to focus on the Truth rather than our circumstances. I hope you find it to be so.

    I’ve never thought of motivation vs. inspiration until reading your post. Ah, there is a difference–to me. When I am motivated, it is typically by an external reward with an expected end. I do not enjoy the pain of exercise but I will endure it for the benefit that comes from exercise. When I am inspired, usually it speaks to a place deep within me. The end result may or may not be as important as the process. I love to write and use creativity to communicate and often I am proud of the piece I’ve created; however, I enjoy the process of writing as well as the finished product.

    1. Thanks Debbie! I’m certainly please you found value in the article, I look forward to reading your blog and thank you for accepting my “follow”.

      Have a great day!


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