My thoughts on living and action:
Different people may have different outlook on life as everyone’s conditioning and circumstances have been different.
But as far as life’s purpose is concerned, by and large "bringing peace and contentment to oneself" is life's purpose. We are all seeking this objective inherently.
To desire is very human like and we need not be ashamed of it. Having a strong desire to achieve anything is a starting point of living. it is connected with our belief in our worthiness and joy of living.
The first step, then is “Aligning the actions with the thoughts”. This brings us the authenticity and character that is the foundation of peace and contentment in life.
When we have a desire for achieving and take necessary action to meet the desire, the first step is cleared. Action itself is enough. The outcome may or may not be to our liking but we need not be unnecessarily occupied with it while taking action. Actions taken towards reaching a strongly desired goal bring us peace and contentment for sure.
If we desire anything and do not complement it with reasonable action, the result is frustration and confusion. Therefore, choosing realistic goals and complementing them with actions is important as against taking unrealistic goals and avoiding the action.
Next is our ability to remain undeterred and unperturbed in the face of difficulties, once we have taken a task. As a matter of fact the real pleasure comes when we have achieved our desired Goal but we must realize that these are two different states:
1. Desire for achieving a Goal and acting for it.
2. Getting the result of actions.
Thus the total process of living includes desiring and setting a target, acting on it, achieving it and getting motivated to grow further. And in the total process there are two separate states as above.
There are some catalysts and some deterrents as far as action is concerned:
- Belief that ‘I deserve happiness and pleasure’ in life.
- Strong desire for achieving prominence.
- Hope, Energy, Fire & Motivation. Enthusiasm.
- Value system: I love doing what i said (or thought) as it brings me greatest contentment.
- Loving the feeling that comes after getting any award or recognition.
- Feeling of worthiness.
- Finding it easy to act. (Habit of making correct mental image and not making a bigger than actual image of any task.)
- Feeling driven (what they call to have a Drive)
- Loving the activity in general and enjoying it.
- Clarity of vision
- Lack of confidence. Lack of Fire, Energy or Motivation. Lack of Enthusiasm.
- Any kind of Fear. (Fear cripples the action)
- Absence of a strong desire to achieve. (devoid of purpose)
- Temptation to have things & pleasures without efforts and work
- Dislike towards working hard (Making the mental image bigger than the actual.Fearing difficulties).
- Lacking courage.
- Impractical or unrealistic approach. Inability to plan realistically and execute happily.
- Lack of worthiness or having low self esteem due to guilt or inferiority. (Such a person thinks internally that he does not deserve happiness and pleasures of life so why take action which will bring them. He feels a particular type of malaise before he starts anything)
- Fear of responsibility. (Doing timely and excellent work will bring bigger responsibilities, how will i meet them? He forgets that bigger responsibilities bring bigger power and facilities too and in fact it becomes easier to take action then. This skewed thinking prevails in non performers).
- Wrong beliefs.
- Lack of vision. They do not have clarity of destination and want to be in status quo. In short, always looking for security instead of growth.
- Lack of initiative (which comes due to lack of clarity or vision)
Therefore, it is all about improving upon the catalysts and bringing down the deterrents. This two pronged strategy really works.
I suggest you to have realistic and reasonable Goals, have a strong desire to meet them and compliment it with smart action. This is the key to happiness and contentment. This is also the key to success and peace. Amen!