Monday, 29 June 2015

How can I motivate myself for a long time?


You are asking how to stay motivated. But do you understand what is motivation? Well, do you understand what is ambition for that matter?

What is motivation? What is meant by ‘motive’?
- Motive means greed. 
- Motive means, ‘I want to get something.’

Same is ambition. 
- Ambition is an enhanced form of motive. 
- ‘I want to get more and more.’ That is ambition. 

Be it motive or be it ambition one thing is certain, you are saying that-
- I want to get something.
- I want to achieve something. 

I can understand that the voices around you have been constantly telling you that-
- You must get something
- You are incomplete
- There is something missing in you
- There is something wrong in you
And you must make up for it by obtaining a particular degree, a particular job, a certain respectability.

From that feeling arises-
- A sense of desire
- A sense of greed and ambition. 

All your motivation and ambition takes you to the future. 
It says that right now you are not alright, right now you are just not alright, you must work hard so that in future you must get something. That is the logic of ambition. 

What does ambition say?
- You are not alright. 
- ‘Work hard, go, attain, win, loot, grasp, earn.’ 

Whichever word you use, one thing is certain, that something is missing in you.

- If something is missing in me right now, ambition is telling me that the future will provide the treatment.
- That the future will provide a remedy, then it is certain that right now I will keep suffering. 
- You are feeling incomplete right now and if you get a job two years later, you will be complete, that is what ambition tells you.

But still what is the quality of your mind right now? - Unhappy. 

Look at the whole game. 
- I am unhappy, ambition comes. 
- Ambition says that you are unhappy, so go get a job. You will get a job you will become happy. 
- But the job will come to you after two years. Now, if the job is coming after two years, can that make me happy right now? 

So, ambition is promising me happiness but a deferred happiness. It is a false medicine. 

A totally false promise.

We said two things: -
One, ambition is born of the feeling of incompleteness, an unworthiness. Unless you feel bad, feel small about yourself, you cannot be ambitious. 
Ambition is born out of sadness. If you are very happy can you be ambitious? In your moments of ecstasy, are you still planning for the future?

Two, ambition makes you a promise but that is a false promise. It is a useless promise. 
Once you see this, would you still value ambition? Would you still say that I want to be ambitious? If you say that I want to be ambitious, you are saying that I am sad.

But you value ambition so much. 

It is not your fault. The entire world wants you to become ambitious. And success and failure become so important to you only because you give no value to the work and all value to the  result.

Kahlil Gibran has said, “Work is love made visible.” 

Work out of love. In love do you look for a particular result? Loving is sufficient.

Love is its own result. A moment of joy is its own result. It needs no further result. You do not need anything extra. You say, ‘I am happy because I could do this. Who is waiting for the result? The result has already come. I could do this and I am happy. Done. Contended. What more?’

What you call as future is anyway contained in the present. 
- Future arises out of the present. Does it not? 
- If the present is beautiful, will the future not be beautiful? 
- Is the present not the seed of the future?

For eg:-
Someone who is taking care of the seed, giving it the right nourishment - 
- If he is with the seed lovingly the future is ultimately taken care of. Is it not? 
- But when you are with the seed, you are not bothering about the future. 
- You are in the present, immersed in it. 
- The future will take care of itself without your intervention, the future will take care of itself. 
- You need not bother about the result. 
- The result will come on its own. 
Though it may not come as per your expectations. The result may not come as per your plan, the result may not be as per your design, but still it will be beautiful, more beautiful than what you have planned for. 

So, don’t be swayed away, from the media, the society, from the friends, from family. You will hear all those voices who would say, ‘Go, plan, be motivated. Unless you are ambitious, you are left behind the race.’ 

Do not take them very seriously. 

Listen to all this and smile.


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