Motivation: Fuel for the Fire of Happiness

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We all have been at all time low at least once in our lives. Having a bad day at work, school, or even relationship problems can be just a few of the infinite amount of reasons to be in a bad mood. Motivation is needed by everyone to achieve happiness. We all know that we must achieve success in life, but we often tend to not take action. We often have many reasons for not achieving our various goals and aspirations. Many times, however, we know that logically we are right. It is because we tend to move away from it and the only valid reason for that are emotions. Emotions are what drive us every day, every moment. Imagine that you are laid back on your couch, watching television and in your mind you know that it would be a wonderful idea to exercise. You think to yourself, “Do I want to do it today, or shall I start tomorrow?”, and you know that this emotion that suddenly sinks in will decide your fate.

This small difference could create a huge impact in the quality of your life.

For each of us to accomplish overall success in our lives, it is of utmost importance that we all set goals for ourselves. If we do not set goals for ourselves, it can get very difficult to achieve our outcomes. And you may have chosen your goals, and even worked out a strategy, but if you do not have motivation, you will not even begin taking the first step to happiness. It can be looked at like owning the world’s most luxurious sports car with all the parts working perfectly; the car has the capabilities to go fast with the greatest fuel efficiency, but if there is not a driver and there are no keys in the ignition to start the car, it will not move. Motivation can be looked at like that spark for the engine. Motivation is what makes the human engine move. You may have the greatest talents or you may have acquired some of the best skills, but it you do not have motivation you will not go very far in life. Motivation is the driver that drives you to do what you hope for and aspire.

A bad experience, accident or any other negative incident has the ability to question a person's existence and make them sad, angry and depressed. Such people need to be motivated to live life fully once again, and Motivational Writing can help in doing just that. Motivational writing is one of the most effective ways to cheer someone up. Motivational stories, unlike speeches, often tend be relatively short but at the same time still show a reflection of the mind and heart. People everywhere need hope. They need to believe they matter. They need to know someone understands and shares their pain and that they are not alone in it.

There are different types of motivational writing, my personal favorite happens to be parables. I was once told a parable when I was a young girl that had to do with a courageous frog who happened to get stuck in an unfortunate situation. One day the frog happily is hopping along and then carelessly hops into a pail of milk filled half way up. The frog realizes that he is in extreme danger and struggles to escape from the bucket. After many failed attempts of trying, the frog realizes that all of the struggling he had done actually benefited him; he had actually churned the milk into butter, and then was easily able to escape. Like the frog, we have already faced many challenges. When feeling down or discouraged just realize that you have survived thus far in life, so you have the foundational tools to carry on and survive in the real world. What lies ahead is largely unknown but you can be confident that your journey to date has prepared you. As famous actor Mickey Rooney once said, “You always pass failure on the way to success”. The frog knew that giving up would be the easy way out, so he kept his head held high and continued to fight.

There is a much better way of dealing with your misfortune. Instead of looking at it as a loss, look at it as an investment in the universe and expect it to come back to you multiplied. When you have invested time, energy, resources and life in a project, person or thing, and you didn't get what you wanted back, place a demand on universal abundance, instead of another person or company to bring you back your just and deserved reward. Elbert Hubbard once said, "God will not look you over for medals, degrees, or diplomas, but for scars." Even if you disbelieve this quote, I know it works. I have seen it work in many people's lives that have suffered loss and turned a negative into a positive. They shake it off and step up.

When life does not go the way you had planned it and you have suffered many hardships, there are only two things you can do with it. You can simply do nothing and continue to suffer. You let it eat you up inside with anger, hurt or wanting vengeance. This attitude only multiplies the pain and anguish. It makes you want to hold onto and punish the past. But we must always remember the phrase, “carpe diem”, seize the day, and leave the past behind, and start living every day like it is our last.

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