Because our lives are run by our already-existing beliefs and conditionings, our intentions are not always freely chosen. Our intentions for the most part are determined by our past, or, to be more precise, the meaning we gave past experiences. In other words, our intentions are limited by our beliefs. We cannot intend to achieve more than our beliefs will allow.
Inspiration, on the other hand, is created out of nothing. It is a calling, the universe or god. It is a purpose that we are meant to fulfill and is not limited by our own limited beliefs. Inspiration comes to us or through us and intention in many cases is based on who we think we are or some might call the ego.
In the first stage you are a victim. We’re all born into it and most of us stay there. With coaching or the right books or the right movies, you one day break free.
As soon as we are born all of the influences of our environment start to program us. The ego is who we think we are and we go through life being pushed one way or another. Eventually we grow up and learn that we have power. We decide where we want to go and what we want to do in life. At some point we realize that we have a choice but we don't have control. You realize that you don't have all power and that there are things you cannot change. Eventually we surrender and in this surrender is where you can allow yourself to receive inspiration from something greater than yourself and not the ego.