By Om Swami

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“What do you think the weather is going to be like today?” Mulla’s neighbor asked him.

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By Om Swami

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“What do you think the weather is going to be like today?” Mulla’s neighbor asked him.

“Oh, the weather? It is going to be perfect today. Just the way I like it.” Mulla said with great confidence.

The neighbor, somewhat surprised at the response, said, “How can you be so sure?”

“Well, it is very simple. I have learned to love whatever type of weather I get for I have no control over it,” Mulla added, “but staying positive helps me feel motivated all day.”

Many struggle to maintain motivated right till the end. Keep one’s motivation can be the difference between winning and losing, between victory and defeat, between success and failure. Motivation is both an attitude and a habit. It can be cultivated, nurtured, boosted and instilled like all other habits. Here are some steps to maintain your motivation:
  1. Be Positive. If you are positive, you will most likely stay motivated naturally. Everyone has their own unique way of staying positive. You need to have a little bit of self-dialogue, self-reflection to see how you can stay positive. A good way to do so is to look at the benefits of achieving your goal and find a way to enjoy your journey. Imagine being stuck in traffic on a highway. It is beyond your control. At that moment, you have the choice to be positive and listen to some nice music, call your friends and family (with the hands-free kit, of course!), etc. Or, you can instead be cross with all the commuters, with the roads and traffic department, with the lanes that appear to be moving faster than your own, and on and on. Being positive, however hard it may sound, is a matter of choice, a both a matter of maintaining good habits and making conscious decisions.
  2. Be Disciplined. Being disciplined is, in a way, even more important than being positive. If you are disciplined, you will get results. And as you see results, you will automatically feel more motivated. When you decide to do something, just get on with it. It is not always about liking or disliking. Let’s say you are trying to lose weight. Whether you have decided to shed five pounds or 50 is immaterial. If you follow the discipline in your set diet and exercise routine, results will show through. Day in, day out, if you eat right, hit the treadmill, burn calories, and tone yourself, you will achieve your goal of losing weight. But total change is not going to happen overnight.
  3. Be Patient. Motivation gets killed when we lose patience. If you stay on course, steadily working toward your goals, you will inevitably see results. Let me go back to the example of losing weight. Let us assume you are 30 years old. It has taken you 30 years to gain this weight. And, do you expect to lose it in three days, or three weeks or even three months? Surely, you will start to see results in a matter of weeks, but if you want to lose weight the healthy way, the natural way, it is going to take a little longer. When you have to do something because you have decided it, do not let your heart dictate. Let your mind lead. Do not think about the hour you have to spend at the gym; just take it one minute at a time.
Whenever you feel restless, remind yourself to be patient. Whenever you feel like skipping a part of your practice, remind yourself to be disciplined. Whenever you feel low, remind yourself that it is not about feeling good or bad, low or high. You just have to do it. Actions bring results.

As they say, if you want to be happy, stay positive and motivated. Do what you love or start loving what you have to do.

Peace,

Swami
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