Going Back to the Future, Take 7.

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Every book I read on inspiration tends to insinuate that it is not just about inspiration. The authors claim that there is more than meets the eye in the content of the book. They also claim that whatever is being discussed is not just a quick-fix type of solution. More importantly, whatever is laid down in the books would mean nothing if it is not practised by the seeker.

Most of us, if not all, would be quickly drawn to shortcuts, or a quick fix to the challenges that we face. So, I am drawn again to the unavoidable and most interesting topic of going back to the future. All the books seem to be pointing to one thing. That inspiration not acted upon is dead. And it looks like I will focus on putting inspiration to practise.

Back in primary school, we had programs where motivational speakers were invited to come and share their knowledge with us. We had so many of them coming, and somehow, we got used to this routine. Every time they came, we felt inspired. We carried notebooks and pens, and jotted a few points down. You could see the new life in everybody’s face.

But this new air did not last long enough. For most of us, the longest that the effect lasted was one week. A few of us had the fire burning out just after a day. We were almost assuming that we could apply the new ideas given to us in the shortest time possible. As soon as we went back to the school routine, challenges set in, and we realized most of the new ways were not as practical as we thought they would be.

Slowly we slid back to our comfortable places, until the next motivational speaker came, and gave us another list of inspirational points. It was almost as if we had accepted that nothing would ever change. We did not think our environment supported us enough to incorporate new ways of doing things. This culture of inviting motivational speakers does not just end in primary school.

We carry it along with us to higher levels of learning, and further to our workplace. Institutions have various motivational programs to encourage their employees. By the time one is employed they have read so many books, but the contents seem impossible to be brought to life. We always assume that the setting of the books, and our situation, is different.

It is true that the setting of your book, and your life, is different. I have not seen a classic demonstration of my life situation in a book though. Well, unless I am the one to author such a book. Will there be a book tailored for the exact challenge that you are experiencing? I doubt if we will find one in this lifetime. Fortunately, or unfortunately, we must work under the influence of time.

Everything takes time to achieve. As much as there could be classic examples of those who have succeeded doing one thing or another, it is important to put into account the time that it takes to achieve. So, there comes a time when you put the book aside, switch off the radio, switch off the television, avoid going for the motivational talk, and instead start practising what you have learned over time.

The challenge between us and the goals that we make is that we are impatient. We are not willing to dive into the uncertainty of what could happen if we committed our time, and effort to whatever new thing we endeavour to achieve. It surely needs a strong will to start a new thing. Most of us desire a change in our lives. But at the same time, we feel insecure over the things that we would have to give up, to acquire what we so desire.

We give ourselves very little time to take up new challenges, yet we desperately need a change in our lives. To succeed we must think of this as a journey. If you know where you are going, you must be prepared. We cannot keep planning for the journey, then call it off at the last minute. We cannot stop the journey in the middle either. Unless you are experiencing negative consequences.

I prefer to give the shortest talk if I intend to introduce something new to other people. I would try as much as possible to incorporate the practical bit. So much talk, I feel, makes everything look like magic. We think that we can achieve anything with the press of a button. Who is to blame though? Personally, the first time I experienced a shift in paradigm, I expected a bigger change, forgetting that it all depended on how much effort I was putting in.

Success in any endeavour depends on what you can take on every step of the way. You cannot get output where you have not invested any input. What we call miracles, I believe, happen because there is an alignment. It is more about being at the right place at the right time. This is what we call synchronicity. There are no coincidences, everything happens when all supporting conditions are in order. Even when it does not seem like it.

Well, I will not fail to mention that everything is energy. If you invest a matching energy, then you get what you intended to get, and maybe even more. Doing nothing is as difficult as doing everything in frustration. Writing a paragraph is better than not writing at all. Also, trying to finish the book in a moment would be frustrating. There should be a balance between rest and work. Take a step at a time and commit to it consistently.

A friend of mine recently asked me to include him in my workout routine. I saw some lack of commitment in his request, because he also wanted me to wake him up. Although I did not tell him why I did not agree to it, I made it clear that if he wanted to work out, it had to be consistent and really mean something to him. If it does not mean anything, then he could easily lose focus. The challenge was that he was pulled by my motivation and not his will to make the first step.

I was willing to help him, and I would have, if he showed commitment. Otherwise, he would stop working out the moment I was not around. That would be a wasted effort from my end. I made a promise to myself to bring out the best in people. I think the best way to guide somebody is if they get inspiration from within themselves. It is easier that way, because all I do is spark that fire within them. It is usually easier to guide one when they are experiencing the change step by step.

Well, I know different things work for us, so continue doing what you are comfortable with. This is a journey that must be started though. You can make little big steps or big little steps, whatever it means to you, you must do it now, not tomorrow, not next week. Do not find excuses for failing to follow your routine. And in case there is an interruption, make up for it. Happy travelling people, cheers!

The Inspiration for this writing came from reading Stephen Covey’s book, ‘The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People’. Okay, let us give thanks. “Beloved source of all that is, God the One, thank you for your guidance, presence, support, and protection in my life. Thank you for I can feel you in every cell in my body, in the food that I eat, the water that I drink, and in the air that I breathe. Thank you for I am eternally part of you, as you are part of me. Thank you. And so it is.” Namaste.

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