“Not today, I will do it tomorrow.” More often than not, we all find ourselves stuck in this situation. It is either the unwillingness to go for the kill or a disinterest in general. We find ourselves worn down along the journey we once wished to conquer, with flying colors. So much so, that sometimes, we even let it go altogether. But why? Why do we find ourselves standing at this crossroad of our motivation and complete neglect? Why do we not wish to continue anymore? Why does the procrastination take over? I have often pondered over these questions. Trying to find an answer. By trying to juxtapose the life events with events of those who motivate and inspire me. Sometimes even questioning the very paradigm under which the human behavior operates. One thing that was deeply rooted, in all those late night introspections and discussions was detachment.
Detachment often leads you to believe that the cause that once served a great purpose in your life, is no longer the fruit you were hoping to bear. It takes away the purpose, often camouflaging as an entity unworthy of your time and effort. In some cases, even if the purpose stays alive, the desire dies, it just does. A fellow colleague who was once admirable suddenly becomes unbearable. The daily routine starts to appear monotonous, with life moving in a full circle, day in and day out. The things that used to once excite you no longer appeals you. Everything, everybody around you is leading a better life, on a relative scale, when seen from your perspective. You feel like giving up, hoping that the next venture you seek out will bring a fresh wave of motivation in your life, and you will sprint through it. But deceptively so, life, as it operates in a circle, meets you right where you started, with a sly.
Okay, motivation is broken. So what?
But if such is the case, we, human beings are doomed, for life operates in a complete circle and eventually we are bound to get tired and demotivated with everything we ever start. Perseverance, the savior, to the rescue. Yes, across all the inspirational and motivational stories, those of success and failure alike, one thing ingrained in each is perseverance. And the more I have tried to logically question its validity, the more I have come to terms with it. It is the fulcrum on which the delicate see-saw of motivation and demotivation sways. As the saying goes,
If you ever feel like giving up, remember why you started in the first place
Perseverance comes with the theory of the eventual good. Which says that disregarding the end result, if you are true and honest to yourself, the process will reward you appropriately. No matter what the circumstances are, NEVER GIVE UP. Yes, it is easier said than done, but so is everything in life. Strike a balance. Be a funambulist. Do not lean much on either side. There are critical points in life, where pros of giving up may far exceed its cons. In this delicate situation, it is essential to remind oneself, that while giving up may take only a moment, it will void you of the eternity of satisfaction that ensues. As mentioned before, systems always work better than goals. And as Zig Ziglar says “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily”. So you do need to get into the habit of persevering and forming systems instead of being motivated for a few days and then letting it all get burnt down by not being motivated enough.
To conclude, I would just like to say – I have had several moments in my life, where I could have easily given up. I could have surrendered to the situation, not willing to move on. But I am glad I stood strong then. For those experiences have made me a better human being now, who is capable of handling adversities much better. Retrospectively, those adversities taught me more about life, than what I could have otherwise understood. So, I think that the quote –
When life throws lemons at you, you make lemonade from them
is only fair! So what are you going to challenge yourself to contiune doing?