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.
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.