How to become and stay motivated

To become and stay motivated, you need a new start. Life is a lot like a raging storm. In the distance, we see it coming, it builds and strengthens. But, by the time we can feel the rain on our face — from the moment we begin to experience the vicissitudes of life — our path is virtually decided. It requires all our powers of thoughtfulness and action to change what appears to be our predetermined path. Usually, we awake overly late to our personal quest — life circumstances having already pushed us excessively far in one direction. There is a belief that maintains it is never too late to get on your life track, always possible to find your meaning. I subscribe to this view. However, it is certainly much harder at 40 than it is at 20. By 40, you are normally married with children, have some debt, and have a certain type of employment.  

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Work for freedom

Have you ever noticed the ants in your garden? They never stop working and working — constantly checking and touching and smelling and probing. They undoubtedly demonstrate what the concept of labor truly means. They work for freedom, for food, and for their little society. In our culture, however, we have come to demonize the concept of toil. It is something that must be undertaken, much like any inane activity, just because everyone else does — but rather reluctantly. It is not thought of in the same vein as a pleasurable evening with friends and family or a trip abroad. It is work, after all.  

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You don’t have to ever grow old

Why do we get old? We don’t, it is quite literally up to me and my perception of the world, my state of consciousness. Most certainly, my body will age with time. I will physically advance in years. But the mind if I want will stay young, curious, and vibrant. For the youth of today, there will be no old age in the traditional sense. The conventional idea is that you are slowly worn out by work, like an old machine, you retire, have some fleeting moments of joy, and you die. Potentially, for the post-Millennials, due to modern medical advances, there will only be life and more life. This is the ideal, unfortunately. 

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Why do we worry? This is, undoubtedly, the favorite human pastime. It is the mental sport that we most indulge in. But, what didoes our grandmother say? “Worry is like a rocking chair, it passes the time, but gets you nowhere.” This old proverb is true. Worry is pointless, but we still do it, don’t we? What is worry? Essentially, it is a concern for what has already passed or fear of events in the future. What links the two tentacles of worry is that neither can truly be controlled. In the case of the past, this is relatively easy because time has slipped away. It is retained in our memory and worked and reworked — mentally masticated and suffered. But, it cannot be changed no matter how much one would like to see a different outcome.  

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I recently came upon a major accident on a city street. This was more serious than most; the head of the scooter driver had struck the window of the car, which had subsequently shattered. He lay prostrate, unconscious, on the road, as the emergency personnel attended to him. The scene seemed to pass in slow motion with no one unduly panicked or concerned. They were efficiently doing their job.  

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To be free, spiritually, emotionally and financially is your birthright.