In his book, Five Secrets to World Peace, the late Mahatma Gandhi explains how to achieve peace. There is a need to take some action, then it must be accomplished as quickly as possible.
He explains that actions can be very slow, but they must be taken. It doesn’t mean we should wait to take any action. He is suggesting that we should have extreme determination to complete our actions as soon as they are acknowledged. Furthermore, once we decide that a certain action is done, it is important to commit to it.
What follows here is an exercise that will enable you to pursue any of your actions and make them happen. It is very simple and you may have encountered this exercise in your mind many times before. This is one of the simplest forms of motivation, and one that is fundamental to all successful people.
Write down one thing that you love doing, and write a note to yourself that you will never give up on this activity. Hence, when you feel like giving up, picture this activity for a moment, and imagine what a beautiful life you will be living if you give it up. The picture of what you could achieve by giving up should help you overcome any feeling of loss that you may experience. Most especially when you are having these thoughts.
A great thing about this exercise is that you can practice it whenever you feel like giving up. Thus, imagine what a wonderful life you could have if you commit to it. The exercise might help you gain the strength of will, courage, and determination in whatever action you do. Moreover, it is an excellent self-motivation technique that will assist you to live the life you always wanted.
While you are working on this exercise, ask yourself why you want to work on these self-motivation techniques? Also, what are the reasons that you are willing to live this life or achieve this goal? In today’s world, most successful people seem to be those who do not spend their time looking for themselves.
They take advantage of opportunities that come their way, and they don’t spend their time looking for a grant or a big announcement. Instead, they choose to be generous, give to others and act with confidence. So, reach out to others with a warm heart.
In every relationship, there are two people; a partner and a friend. When you become a friend, you develop a trust that makes you feel comfortable and secure, as well as protected. This trust gives you protection, and the other person can make you feel safe and secure in a very powerful way. Hence, if you were to give up this protection, would you be able to keep your feelings of safety and security?
Becoming a friend, however, does not stop there. You must return the favor by being generous and helping others. This is where your happiness and satisfaction lie. So, only after becoming a friend, you will be able to give away so much to others.