Double “I” Initiative & Inspiration

Vantage Points Header Joel ElvesonA double entendre is a word or phrase open to two interpretations, one of which is usually risqué’ or indecent. The focus of this article does not qualify as a double entendre since what I am focusing on is the words initiative and inspiration. Both with two separate meanings but despite that fact are intertwined with each other.

Inspiration is what causes you to act or take action in manner that is hopefully constructive and positive. Inspiration or feeling inspired becomes a part of you. Inspiration as defined in the dictionary is the process of being or becoming mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.

In my case I am inspired to write when an article centered around a certain subject or topic finds its way into my head causing me to put my words and thoughts on paper (Microsoft Word) to share with my readers along with others I would like to see the end result of what I have written. In your case inspiration will give you the initiative to do something.

Initiative is what set leaders, entrepreneurs and alike apart from the rest of us as they had that inner drive to do over and above what is necessary to achieve a goal. To take or have initiative is to possess a stronger will or drive than most which often results in superior results.

The two in tandem with each other will frequently see inferior results in most aspects of their lives. People magnetically attract to those people whose drive pushes them to go higher or at least dream bigger.

Both words clearly have different meanings but are as stated above intertwined with each other. When inspiration hits you the logical next following feeling is initiative to do what is necessary to take your inspiration and make it into what you envision it to be. Those who know best will tell you it is hard to have one without the other.

In the religious sense a prayer, a powerful speech, etc. can inspire you do more with your faith and follow it more closely. Under this context you don’t necessarily need to have the initiative to carry forth with your path. A special religious leader (such as the Lubuvitcher Rebbe) can inspire even those outside of his faith to aspire and achieve greater things.

It can be argued that one must take the initiative to soak in all of this newfound dedication. If you don’t have the will or desire to move higher then you won’t. Once again in the case of religion I have concluded that initiative is not overly necessary.

How is it possible that these two words in the lexicon of human beings actually have a similar definition? We are driven by our emotions in conjunction with our feelings hence the linkage between what I call the double “I” which you now know as inspiration and initiative.

Of the two which is the more powerful and necessary to adhere to? In my estimation initiative weighs that much more heavily in all aspects. We are constantly being urged on by any number of different types of people in all walks of life about having to take initiative. It is of tantamount importance to do. As our future (as I have often alluded to in past articles) rests with our children and grandchildren how can we expect them to carry forward what must be carried forward without them taking the initiative we have shown them we have. They must be inspired as well but that alone will not suffice in their own journey down the lanes of life.

If a person, group, organization can galvanize or harness the power of each term so that they work in unison with each other on a constant basis as opposed to a case by case basis which is the norm now great things can be accomplished. Imagine taking an idea (the light bulb or the automobile) and through the power of inspiration (having the idea that this can be possible) and putting it in tandem with the necessary initiative to put in the time and effort needed to see the idea come to life the results have consistently been there.

We have launched many spectacular information bringing space missions over the years each with more spectacular results. Had President Kennedy not taken the initiative to set a goal for our foundling space program it never in all likelihood would have come to fruition. A dash of inspiration with a heavy dose of initiative made the program the success that it was.

So here we have the Double “I” story, as I like to put it. I have as I often have put my opinions and facts for you to digest and offer your opinion as to which one is the – or should be the – more dominant “I” word.


Joel Elveson
Joel Elveson
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  1. Chris,
    I have always felt that without words thoughts would not be possible. You are 100% right when you say thoughts shape actions. The two are connected to each other. Thank you Chris for being a loyal reader along with a regular provider of well thought out commentary. All my best.

  2. Chris,
    I have always felt that without words thoughts would not be possible. You are 100% right when you say thoughts shape actions. The two are connected to each other. Thank you Chris for being a loyal reader along with a regular provider of well thought out commentary. All my best.