When motivation no longer serves, live
Motivation, it is a push or encouragement to do something. Like you could watch a video and feel so psyched about working out, attend a conference and feel so psyched to dive into that business opportunity, talk with someone and receive the harsh truth which gets you to exit that toxic relationship.
Somedays we need it, other days we give it. It does come in handy: I mean hearing someone tell you what you sometimes really need to hear and what you deem as the bitter truth. Motivation comes through physical interpersonal interactions, books, articles and lately mostly through the social media – Facebook, Instagram, emails, forwarded texts, you name it. Everyone is a philosopher – every picture on Instagram has an attached caption that is advice. So as it is, motivation is all over.
Lots of people have made a career out of this. This need for humans to be encouraged, pushed, told they are capable of much more. It is by far one of the most honorable callings/careers.
So great, now that we have established that we need it sometimes, we need to note that there are other times when it no longer serves. Times when it becomes like water overflowing from an already full jerrycan or one with holes. Assuming the goal here is for the jerrycan to be full.
Do you know yourself enough to realize when you need motivation and when you need a break from it? Do you even know that you need breaks from people’s opinions because as it is, motivation is another person’s opinion?
Has it ever gotten to a point you felt like motivation no longer helps you? I know I have.
Like yes, you read, listen, share but see no significance in your life. Sometimes I will read a book, and later on if you ask me about it, I can’t exactly narrate it to you. That’s how motivation work. You read or listen then go about the day or night and inna few moments, it sort of evaporates from the mind.
Remember that quote that, too much of anything is poisonous, yeah.
Now, allowing in too much of motivation will bring you to only live in your head. You will build castles in the air, fantasize, want to be like certain people without keeping in mind who you actually are.
If you ever feel like this, what you need is to live life, the actual life. The only way motivation sticks if you apply it in your daily normal life.
Start a business, date that guy/girl, take risks, make mistakes, lose friends, make friends, do shtuff you are scared to do, plan trips, actually take some, use your whole salary on a phone or that thing you know will serve you, tell people how you sincerely feel even if it means ending a relationship or friendship, ask for sincere feedback, not just the usual you were great, dig deeper because there’s always something more. Let go of the fear of seeing yourself for who you are and evaluate yourself and see who you could be.
Stop resisting your current situation, embrace it, then deal with it.
Then and only then will motivation have meaning in your life,
You will know it by experience, by heart, by your own definition,
It is in fact the only way to remember that which you learnt:
Through practice, failing, nailing it, repeat…
And I think that’s what they meant by leap of faith. Saa zingine ishi kimakmende.
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