Motivation is key to any successful endeavor. It drives us to act with a vision to do good things in great ways. What we have set our heads and hearts to, we seek to accomplish to the best of our abilities, and hence we are inspired to push beyond our limits. Yet oftentimes, this drive seems to be but a fleeting experience, and when trials begin this passion to do good flees us. Hence we find it hard to sustain and carry on what we have begun.
No success story has ever been told without setbacks and pitfalls. In fact, no action or undertaking ever done has been without some form of opposition. Even Newton’s law of physics acknowledges this stating, “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction”. The idea of setbacks and trials cause many to recoil and to walk away. Many who set light to the flame give up once the wind snuffs out the light and turn away from the embers, disheartened. While it may be true that opposition is one of the greatest hurdles, there is an even greater danger – the death of zeal.
When one loses fervor for what he does, he begins to act mechanically. Without giving any thought ir love, he does his work as if it were a mere routine. Many enter the faith overjoyed and inspired, but over time, the practice of discovering and developing their faith becomes nothing but a reflex. This cause our spirit to grow old and stale. Sure, it may seem efficient, but what good is a work of love when love is taken away? Man is like a burning furnace. His gifts fuel the flame yet, when he left forgotten and unattended, the great flame that once burned slowly sputters into embers that simply glow and forgetbto shine. There must be a drive within us to draw new inspiration everyday, to seek new ways to grow and develop.
If we are truly in love, then we have no reason to lose inspiration.
It is not an easy task; history’s greatest persons have been forged in the fire. Zeal must animate us. Without it, we lose heart and we lose our way. In the moments we forget, we must look back and ask, “Why am I doing this?. The answer will set us ablaze once more and give us a sense of purpose.We are persons, not objects. We are not meant to be mechanical. NEVER LOSE HEART. NEVER LOSE ZEAL.
1. Who or what inspires me to get up everyday?
2. How do I keep this motivation running despite faith and life challenges?