Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Motivational junkie

There are those who get things done only when they feel inspired. Then there are the movers and shakers, people who are powerful because they get things done, whether they are inspired or not. Inspiration and motivation can feel quite nice in the moment, but it simply isn’t sustainable. And if you are relying on always having to be inspired and motivated to get things done, then you are in trouble.
“We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action.” — Frank Tibolt, Author
 I am blessed to have known some very powerful people in my life. Powerful not only in positions of authority and responsibility, but how they lived their lives. Taking care of their health. Ensuring they had time and energy for their families. Preparing a budget and actually living within it. Making time for spiritual reflection. And so on.
And none of them had a “need” for inspiration or motivation.
Inspiration and motivation can be a beautiful thing. Listening to a thoughtful sermon or rocking to some music can give a lift to our spirits. And when we’re feeling down, who doesn’t appreciate hearing a message that can seem tailor made for us right at that moment?
But all too often, we fall into the trap of “needing” to be inspired and motivated in order to get a move-on with whatever we need to place attention on. And when we are in that pattern of behavior, we become a “junkie,” needing our “fix” of inspiration and motivation.
The movers and shakers of this world base their actions on what they believe is the right thing to do, as opposed to what mood they are in. And they get things done. On the other hand, those who are inspiration and motivational “junkies” will sooner or later fall prey to the despairing spirit of inaction. If you find yourself needing that motivational “fix,” what are you going to do if there isn’t any around?
Yes, it is reasonable to enjoy those moments where we are touched by somebody’s story, or how their voice happens to resonate. We are creatures of emotion and the excitement and fervor that can sweep up a crowd can be contagious for any who are present. And it is a wonderful thing when our hearts are touched, exposing our humanity. Having things to ponder, even emulate can be a source of growth.
Just beware of becoming in “need” of that stuff. Beware of becoming a “motivational junkie.”

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