Have you ever felt that the things you’re doing right now are not meant for you? Do doubts constantly creep in your mind regarding what you really want to do??? Do you notice yourself dreaming about it day and night while at the same time you feel you’ve settled down for things which gives instant gratification and a sense of pleasure even if it lasts for just a while???.
I have seen people, who in spite of having everything which makes them complete, a perfect happy life, but they work day and night. I was really surprised. I have such great teachers upon asking about it they replied me like this “this is my work and I am meant for doing it”. He told me “find something you love to do and chase it until you get it”.
There will always be doubts in all of us regarding our ability to do what we really want to do and whether we will be able to do it successfully. During such times, take a look into the history and you’ll see lots of people who have done it. According to Behavioral science, by following passion and intuition we complete ourselves. Most of are doing what we are supposed to do as dictated by others and no really doing what we want to do. In other words we just exist and that’s not really enough for living a life. Sadly, it is easily said than done since most of us let our inner voice get drowned in the dark ocean of fear, doubts and insecurities.
For example, consider the cases involving Joy Mangano and Dr. Alfredo. Joy Mangano starting out from an ordinary life became a self-made millionaire and entrepreneur. Likewise, Dr.Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa who was a migrant farm worker initially went on to become one of the best neurosurgeon in America and also an author and researcher later on.
But the most inspiring story which ignited and moved me is the story of an Indian Administrative Officer by name Mr. Govind Jaiswal. In his interview, he told that while he was preparing for civil service exams, which is one of the toughest exams in India, he used to think twice even to drink a cup of tea which was Rs 4 at that time in Delhi due to his very bad economic conditions. His message clearly conveys that persistence and dedication are the two very important keys to achieve anything in this world in spite of obstacles that come along.
Time does not wait for any of us. It goes on. So it’s up to us to do what we want and live a life filled with passion and dedication. If we go in paths without any clear vision in our minds then it will lead to a complete doom in the end. It’s natural for us as humans to look out for easy things that are in immediate reach when things get difficult in life. But by doing this we will lose the courage to follow our dreams and end up being just mediocre in life.
You might have heard about the Marshmallow Experiment at Stanford University which was led by Walter Mischel, an eminent psychologist of the 20th century. In that study, a child was offered a choice between one small reward provided immediately and two small rewards if they wait for short period of time. The researchers later found that children who were able to wait longer for the preferred rewards tended to have better life outcomes, as measured by SAT scores, educational attainment, body mass index (BMI), and other life measures.
What I realize now after going through certain tough times and facing difficult crossroads in life is that it’s better to live a life with lots of adventures, experimenting and discovering new things so that we reach the core of our true self. Every day is a new day and we can make it for what is left unless today is lived well. It’s not tomorrow or yesterday that matters. There is only one day that does matter and that is today. If not, in end you will regret about your decisions when you realize that you solely responsible for your life because you were always the captain of your own ship.
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