THE MOTIVATION TO MOVE AHEAD DESPITE HURDLES 

 

THE MOTIVATION TO MOVE AHEAD DESPITE HURDLES 

Motivation engenders synergy to do our job in hand with passion

And utilize our inner potentials for transacting any action

When the urge to achieve in us gets immobilized

We are in the hunt for alibis or reasons for not performing

And not taking initiatives which are in fact needed

Which we otherwise can

If we make a sincere beginning

With full yen and inclination at our command.

But alas! Our brain puts on the brakes, the most unexpected

On our initiatives – fearing failure as an excuse of not moving ahead

In the process, makes us inert

Without even making an honest effort!

Motivation means to have impetus to move forward

Without caring for the results which may come in the end

It is an itch to take initial step forward

And make it a habit to act without hindrance thereafter

Thereby caring for the systemic change in us

And become receptive to change to make it a change, so crucial

For which we’ve to make an honest beginning

Which is a key to change for the fulfillment of mundane desires

Then we ought to motivate ourselves to take diet rich in nutrients

Most needed for our sound body

As sound mind dwells in sound body

For realization of our dreams which we fervently espouse

Thus helping us leading a successful life.

With that positive change

And with permanent tag of inspiration attached.

We can take any challenge with resilience

Then even God would be offering His bounties.

WHY MOTIVATION?

Literally, the word motivation means  to have inclination to perform, deep desire or an impulse to put two and two together to come successful and do not get wrapped up in the irrational reasoning’s which may retard our forward movement. With motivation only we can make changes impinging on our day to day functioning. For this to be reality, the first step is to having longing or craving along with guts for making changes –because the changes have huge implication on our The motivation produces synergy to perform our job with utmost passion.

NO AGE BAR FOR OUR MOTIVATION

While sitting in the train, deeply immersed in my own thoughts, I observed an old lady entering our compartment with her bag full of lady garments, nail polish bottles, ear rings etc. I was a little surprised as to how she was able to hawk around at her age and health condition. I respectfully asked her to sit down and asked her the reason of her drudgery at this age even when she should be sitting in the comforts of her home. She opened up, she told me that she is 80 years old, her husband died two years back and she had two married daughters who are presently looking after their own homes and hearths. There were two alternatives with her either to sit at home and remain at the mercy of the people around or put an effort to do something and earn her honest living. She adopted the second course and in her effort she continued, initial finance for the purchase of things was money left by her husband. With her earnings, she not only supported herself but also gave some money to her daughters! Is it not a huge dose of motivation for us too who just remain stuck and do not make a beginning for a change and live at the mercy of others. Motivation for change has to spring from our inner self.

FEAR OF FAILURE CREATES HURDLES FOR OUR FURTHER MOVMENT FOR A CHANGE

There are times when we dilly dally or procrastinate about taking the first step for change. The thought of failure may prevent us taking the first step and become a roadblock in our path in initiation of process of change.  In this way, fear of failure barricades our further efforts and stops us in becoming instrument of change.  

MOTIVATION FOR PERFORMING OUR DUTIES

When we are motivated to do something, means we have solid reason for doing it and doing it in such a manner that our efforts meet with success ultimately. For this to be reality, it is essential that we initiate action for a positive change. Right motivation at right moments engenders passion in us to go ahead and perform.

In Bhagwad Gita, it has been enunciated that when the Dhanushdhari  Arjuna was in quandary on seeing his own close relatives arrayed in the opposite camp with Kauravas – with whom he had to fight. He expressed his his disillusionment to Lord Krishana and asked him as to how he could attack with his arrows  the warriors like Bhishma and Guru Drona – both of them were worthy of his worship. Subsequently he declared; ‘I will not fight’. At this juncture, Lord Krishana came to his rescue and provided him necessary motivation to fight. Lord Krishna exhorts  him and advises  that  when the fight is to remove injustice and evil, it is his (Aejuna’s) prime duty to fight,  He also tells him that soul was eternal, therefore, he should  not grieve over the death since after death there is rebirth.  Lord Krishna also warns that by neglecting his duties as a warrior, he would be incurring sin.

that he has to perform his action (Karma as a Kshtriya), and not worry about the consequence of his action. In essence, the purpose of Arjuna’s fighting was  to rid thre society of the evil.

OUR CHILDREN BESTOW US A HUGE MOTIVATION TO MOVE ON IN OUR LIFE

We must have observed in whatever comforts we are placed outside the confines of our household, we have an inner urge to be between our owns – our family, our children. After meeting them, we get a huge satiety which cannot be replicated anywhere on this planet. I can say with full confidence, we shall not wager or exchange this ‘satiety’ with even heaven!

Dr. Mario O. Laplume, MD, MPH, Dr. PH – a prominent doctor and an author of repute on a variety of subjects besides being one of the best human being; has quoted an instance which is worth mentioning. As he met with an accident wherein his family bestowed him a huge dose of motivation in his recovery – to withstand pain and consequently ‘functionality’ of his body completely. Yes, our children are a reservoir of motivation for us. When they are with us, we get inner-peace, contentment of highest order besides our will to recover and live gets boost.

STUDENTS AND THE MOTIVATION

We all are aware that our students have to become responsible members of our society. It should never be forgotten that they have to be the custodians of the country in their respective capacities in a variety of fields, therefore, their proper motivation and grooming during schooling is a must. If they are motivated at the opportune moments, it could make a huge difference. For this to be a reality, it is essential that the parents and teachers play a stellar role and cooperate with each other so that the students get motivation rather than are de-motivated. I saw the gleam on the faces of award winning students today when they were conferred meritorious awards in Guru Nanak Public School, one of the prominent schools of Delhi. I also saw the resolute determination, writ large, on the faces of other students who too would like to be part of that award winning team – the next time! That is the consequence of true motivation.

Contrarily, I was truly saddened by the negative remarks of one of the teachers (of some other school) when a particular student scored 10/10. She sarcastically remarked that he had cheated for getting that score.  All this dismally degrading and discouragingly low remark came about in front of all the students! She overlooked the fact that anybody can put in sincere efforts and make a grade for himself/herself and for that right motivation is of paramount important. Hence the teachers and the parents should be cautious to use their language. One wrong word or phrase thereof could prove to be disastrous for the future growth and development of the students.

WILLINGNESS TO DO A THING

While we start doing a thing, willingness to perform should spring from the inner recesses of our mind. That willingness should have a firm stamp both of body and mind.

MOTIVATE TO EAT GOOD DIET

As we have seen; as you eat, so you become. If we eat healthy food in which all the necessary nutrients are present, it will keep us hale and hearty and our immune system would be fit. On the other hand eating food or munching on an assortment of delicacies available in the market thus adversely impacting our health condition. We should, therefore, motivate ourselves for the diet rich in all needed nutrients so as to keep ourselves healthy. It should aways be remembered sound mind develops in sound body.

A FEELING OF ‘YES I CAN’

If we have a feeling of ‘YES I CAN’ meaning I have the courage to face any hurdle that may come in the way. A feeling that nothing can stop taking further action should spring from our inner self.  Failure feeling cannot stop our further endeavours if we have such a feeling.

NO REASON OR ANY CAUSE OR EXCUSE SHOULD COME IN OUR WAY

We have every reason to procrastinate any activity but sincere efforts, anyhow, can overcome all those reasons and make a start.

OUR INITIATIVE TO BEGIN COUNTS

When we have to act, we have to, come what may should be our motto. The initiative lies with us, thought of not doing it could impact our standing in the society should never be forgotten. We should, therefore, not become chronic procrastinator.

HABIT FORMATION IN STARTING SOMETHING

Our brain is responsible for making our habits. It could offer different excuses for postponing a thing. Now, how to form a habit to kick start our effort to make a habit initially and afterwards it will become a routine to start without any hidden hindrances. Our effort should be to start instantly without the intervention of brain to offer us reasoning.

FORMED HABITS WHEN NEGATIVE COULD BE UNDONE WITH MOTIVATION

It should always be kept in mind that once a habit is formed, it is a bit difficult to undo that habit (if it is found that that habit is negative for overall growth of the personality)  without proper motivation either from our teachers/Guru or our parents. Significantly, it is important to understand as to how we go about it depends upon our initiative and will to do so. Here wishful thinking will not do. For example, the habit of procrastination which could be developed very easily but is difficult to leave. 

CHANGE CALLS FOR NO CHOICES

When we have strong urge to perform something significant, we should have only one choice, just to move on fervently and act. No excuse should come in our way., When change is urgently required, it calls for no alternative but to act on the spur. Our mind is hardwired or automatically to take a particular side, to offer different excuses for not initiating the first step. We have to have total control on our mind and ensure that it does not work at the cross-purposes.

MAKE A BEGINNING EVERYTHING ELSE WILL TAKE CARE

When an honest beginning is initiated then come what may everthings will fall in place. We should always keep in mind the wise words expounded by Bruce Lee: As you think so shall you become. So why not become a part of a change rather erect barriers in our way for the dawn of change to come and change our life – indeed with motivation.

Some thoughts on motivation:-

  • Our mind can make or unmake us. Reining in our mind can spur us to initiate any change in us.
  • The desire for change lies within us only. Searching within for this key could help us for a good beginning.
  • Our resolve can make much difference in our forward movement.
  • Excuses and reasons for not doing a thing are originated in our brain so start a thing just quickly without letting it to erect brakes in our path.
  • Self belief and belief on our Creator makes a huge difference in our efforts and keep us glued to the change we want to have for our upward movement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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18 thoughts on “THE MOTIVATION TO MOVE AHEAD DESPITE HURDLES 

  1. Dear Harbans

    Motivations are the driving power behind our thoughts, words and deeds. If your motivations adopt the colour of not being the Doer for the benefit and walefare of others, without pride then unasked happiness lies in these kind of work, filling our heart with peacae and joy as a kind of radiation, echo from own deedless deeds: something that goes opposite the ego and mind. So simply we can say: If our motivation is to live and do for others or for ourselves… – we grow in the happiness of others, in the thankfulness of their eyes…

    Thanks for sharing, dear friend 🙂
    All the best and warm greetings
    Didi

    1. Didi sir, thanks a lot for appraising the blog and giving your motivational and invaluable add-on – indeed wisdom suffusing.

      I too get motivation from your commentaries on a varieties of subjects affecting the human phyche.

      WITH KIND REGARDS

      HARBANS

  2. Thank you for this wise words of wisdom you always share. I do absolutely agree with all of what you have stated. Whatever is in you will redevelop after a downfall if you will only take a chance and just go for it.

    1. My sincere thanks for your kind words.

      These invaluable motivational comments spur me to write more and more on a variety of subjects.

      Thanks and regards
      HARBANS

  3. Good afternoon and congrats for this great article my dear spiritual friend across the oceans. I will leave my commentary for the morning when I sit down at my desk to study, write and sip my “mate amargo.” Arrivederci!

    1. Dr. Sir, my grateful thanks for your valuable comments, as ever.

      I shall wait for your commentary since your it is motivational in nature indeed.
      WARM HUG.

      With regards,

      HARBANS

  4. Good morning and thanks for this great post, my dear spiritual friend across the oceans. This is a good “racconto” of the main drivers of motivation and perhaps only one is missing. I know that, being a very polite and prudent gentleman, you might have left it out of your manuscript, in spite of being definitely in your mind. So I will do you an intellectual favor, as someone like myself blessed (and cursed at the same time) of being born under the aegis of Scorpio; sadly we don’t have almost any socially acceptable filters when we talk or write. One of the most, if not “the most”, motivating drivers in our lives is: our children. Oftentimes we’re tempted to lower our arms or give up altogether but the mere sight of these defenseless creatures gives us the necessary boost. After I had a terrible accident at Columbia University almost twenty years ago (I fell from a flight of stairs and injured my back and knees) I had to stop working and underwent rehabilitation for months. Many times, I felt so much pain that I wanted to give up. But the support and company of my family kept me going until I could recover my functionality. And they still inspire me my friend. I don’t want to imagine what a boost a grandchild might be, like the one you can enjoy.
    A big hug. Arrivederci!

    1. DR. SAHIB GOOD MORNING
      My gratitude for your most educative commentary with regards to MOTIVATION.

      I totally endorse your viewpoints that our family is the most motivating factor. Whenever we meet our children, especially, our grandchildren, a sort of inner peace is generated which is second to none.

      I shall include this in my write-up now. Thanks for giving a cue and rightly so, since readers should also have realization that our children provide us a huge dose of motivation when it is hugely needed.

      Your episode is a eye opener.
      WITH HUG FROM YOUR FRIEND
      WITH REGARDS

      HARBANS

      1. Good morning dear Il Chiaro. I really thought that you had considered the issue of children but did not want to put it out in your article out of concern for the childless couples ( a terrible tragedy in our modern societies) Well, it is said then. Arrivrderci!

      2. Dr. Sahib, Good morning

        I felt it my my duty to let the readers to realize the importance of children in our life but it is not to put a dampener on those who are not graced with offspring. Anyhow, whatever has been provided to us by God, we’ve to satisfied with what we’ve and what we do not have.

        With regards

        HARBANS

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