A Zen master and his student were sitting in the garden of the monastery contemplating the view. Suddenly, they see a rabbit being chased by a fox. The student quickly points out: “I think the rabbit has seen his last day”. Whereby the master replies “That depends on what is stronger – the hunger of the fox or the rabbit’s desire to live”.
In order to get anything done we need motivation. Motivation is what gets us out of bed in the morning, what makes us go to work, what gets us to go out into the world and touch other people and so on. We need motivation for anything we do.
What is Motivation Anyway?
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Did you ever happen to go through a tougher moment in your life, when something you wanted really badly and fought for really hard did not occur?
Let’s say for example that you desired a job promotion. You saw an opportunity for that in your current workplace, so you put in extra hours of effort and invested a lot of time in various activities.
But after weeks of struggle and countless sleepless nights, you discover that someone else gets promoted in your place. It doesn’t matter if the person deserved the promotion or not and who is to blame for the lack of success.
The fact is that you did not achieve what you wanted. And I bet you feel that all the effort and dedication you put into your work is now pointless.
What’s the use of it all? [click to continue…]
In my previous article I’ve talked about the importance of having a life mission. You can’t live a truly fulfilling life unless you discover your mission and live by it every single day. In this article I will guide you to find that mission and turn it into concrete action steps.
At this point some people may argue that a mission doesn’t need to be found – it rather needs to be created. While I do believe we hold the responsibility to determine our mission and live by it day in and out, this process does require some introspection and soul searching. That’s why I rather use the term “find”.
In order to be effective, a life mission requires the following three components: [click to continue…]
Ever since I was in high school, I kept wondering what the purpose of life is – why we are here, what we are supposed to do and what the meaning of everything is.
In order to find an answer for myself, I started asking people around me what their purpose was. I thought they might be able to give me some ideas.
And I got a set of interesting answers ranging from “My purpose is to be happy” to “I want to leaving a mark behind me in the world/ I want to make a difference”.
My next question would then be “And what does being happy mean for you?”. “What kind of mark do you want to leave behind you?” or “How exactly do you want to make a difference?”.
Now I would get a blank stare from nearly everyone. Most of my friends considered that a wacky question (that’s just an euphemism for “what on earth is wrong with you, why are you asking me such freaky things!?”) and said something like [click to continue…]
Did you ever set out to exercise 3 days per week, but stopped after the second day, because you couldn’t convince yourself to go to the gym anymore?
Did you decide to go on a diet (for God knows how many times) and couldn’t refrain from eating that forbidden cookie?
Did you set you alarm for 6:30 in the morning and found yourself hitting the snooze button again and again instead of instantly jumping out of bed?
No matter how much willpower you’ve employed in those situations, it apparently wasn’t enough to stop you at the right time.
Truth is, willpower is the worst approach in such cases. There’s a much better alternative to willpower. [click to continue…]