When the going gets tough, the tough get going they say. But it is not always easy to get going, especially during those moments when life seems to be flowing against you and you are overwhelmed by the task ahead, whether it is achieving a goal you set for yourself or by someone else. So here are three tips to get yourself up and running, so you can head out full speed ahead, towards whatever you wish to achieve.
#1 Check if Your Goal is Really Your Goal
Haven’t all experienced something like this: We want something desperately, then we strive for it, get it and after an initial, brief period of satisfaction, find that we aren’t all that satisfied after all! Before jumping into something, its always best to sit back, spend a little time by yourself and ask whether this is something you truly want. Put aside what society, peer-pressure or anyone else says, and look at what you want, disengaged from these outside influences.
Once you go through this process, and if you still wish to go ahead with what you are doing, you will be able to step up to it with greater vigor. One of the many beautiful quotes from Buddha goes: “No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” Admittedly he said this in the context of liberation and spirituality, but it applies quite well here too. No one else should decide what we wish to do with our lives.
#2 Find Inspiration in Others Words
As illustrated by the Buddha quote, the wise have a way of saying things that can completely change the way we think. There are always hidden pearls of wisdom tucked away in what they have to say about life. A modern-day mystic, who has many spiritual quotes attributed to him said: “See how to go ahead in life. Constantly looking at the rear view mirror will make you crash.” A very appropriate quote for one looking to move forward in life, and one which goes very well with a quote by Mahatma Gandhi: “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
#3 Prepare Your Body and Mind
No matter how much you desire success, success doesn not come from desire alone. Success depends on our body and mind’s capabilities, or to be more precise, our ability to full harnass the capability of body and mind. So it is very important to develop the body and mind and access their fullest potential. Yoga, mantras and meditation are very powerful tools to do just this. The Patheos Blog has a nice collection of mantras for success that can get you started off.