wordhound, 2-5-2019:

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Seeing someone who's a bad example or with an unfortunate habit or situation and thereby being inspired or motivated to do or be the opposite, i.e., to have the contrasting good habit or make the better choice.

0 wordhound, 11 days ago:
I am an older person (72 next month) and have always tried to work out and to eat and sleep well, etc., But sometimes I'm not as aggressive as I would like to be in doing these things, or at least not as enthusiastic. This morning, while exercising indoors, I happened to look out my window and see a familiar neighbor walking their dog, a person who is at least ten years younger than I am, who used to appear to be in reasonably good shape, but who has gradually, over the last 30 years, really ... shall we say .... let themselves go. I was thereby inspired to keep up my own good routines and to do an even better job of it. I wanted to know if there were or could be a word or term for this. So I posted the description above. Afterwards the best idea for a term for it that I could think of myself was "loser inspired". So I am now hoping that someone here will come of with and share a better term for this.

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Loser inspired

Submitted by: wordhound
You see a person who is bad example for something and consider that in that particular respect at least they are a "loser", so you are "inspired" to do the opposite.

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Bottom-up inspiration

Submitted by: wordhound
Because one is getting ones own inspiration raised up by witnessing an example near the bottom with respect to a goal one has, so further urging on ones own efforts to pull oneself up in that respect.

"The old dude with the enormous gut provided me with bottom-up inspiration for my daily workout."

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0 wordhound, 11 days ago:
I am an older person (72 next month) and have always tried to work out and to eat and sleep well, etc., But sometimes I'm not as aggressive as I would like to be in doing these things, or at least not as enthusiastic. This morning, while exercising indoors, I happened to look out my window and see a familiar neighbor walking their dog, a person who is at least ten years younger than I am, who used to appear to be in reasonably good shape, but who has gradually, over the last 30 years, really ... shall we say .... let themselves go. I was thereby inspired to keep up my own good routines and to do an even better job of it. I wanted to know if there were or could be a word or term for this. So I posted the description above. Afterwards the best idea for a term for it that I could think of myself was "loser inspired". So I am now hoping that someone here will come of with and share a better term for this.