We all have reasons for doing the things we do every day. Our dreams, goals, passions, beliefs and morals drive us toward achieving what we want out of life. Our life’s work as it was. For some of us, it’s not that clear cut. Not everyone is blessed with a clear direction in life and knowing his or her life’s work from a young age. Regardless, what motivates us?
I just finished reading The Monk Who Sold his Ferrari, and I am once again contemplating why I wake up every morning and why I do the things I do each day. Am I putting enough thought into my daily actions? Where am I headed? You would think I would know where I’m headed by now but there are days when I question certain things.
The book uses a fable filled with symbolism to represent the daily aspects of our lives. At the end of chapters seven to thirteen, it has an action summary highlighting the symbol, virtue, wisdom and techniques explained. To keep an even keel and my ship of life pointed in the right direction, I’m going to work on adding these virtues into my life as daily habits.
Wisdom from the book:
- You need to visualize your goals; you cannot hit a target you cannot see.
- Mind management is the essence of life management. Even the best-conditioned thinkers only use 1/100th of a percent of their mental reserves. Choose your thoughts wisely.
- There are no mistakes in life, only lessons. There is no such thing as a negative experience, only opportunities to grow, learn and advance along the road of self-mastery. From struggle comes strength.
- Quick fixes do not work. All lasting inner change requires time and effort. Persistence is the mother of personal change.
- Always be brave. Stand your ground and follow your dreams. The universe favors the brave.
- The quality of your life will come from the quality of your contribution.
- I am more than I appear to be, all the world’s strength and power rests inside me.
Quotes and excerpts from: The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari: A Remarkable Story About Living Your Dreams By Robin Sharma
My life so far has been a life riddled with debt. I have known only one time in my adult life where there was no debt. My first part time job was at age sixteen and it was the first time I knew what it was like to earn my own money. By eighteen, I was the first one in line for a credit card. Heaven only knows why I signed up for almost every card on the planet. Who knows why I felt such a lack in life that it required purchasing so much stuff.
For as long as I can remember, I had a car payment, debt payment, and at most times either a rent or mortgage payment. At present, I am at a moment in life where there is very little holding me to one certain place. In essence, the world is my oyster. I could live, travel or do whatever I want. Only one thing holds me back: debt. Debt is the only thing stopping me from doing, being and living where I want, and it pisses me off.
What’s my motivation to pay off debt?
The ocean is my motivation. Strangely, I should have been a marine biologist, a surfer or the captain of a grand yacht. I have always loved water all my life, as a child it was the lake in cottage country. In my teens, once I had a taste of the ocean, I fell in love. I now feel a strange separation or disconnect when I am away from it. I am at peace and feel at home near the ocean. My grand goal is to be living by the ocean by 2017; it is part of my five-year plan set in 2012.
That small burning fire of anger at myself for the situation I’m in, combined with my love of the ocean are more than enough motivation for me to keep going.
[quote]We are all here for some special reason. Stop being a prisoner of your past. Become the architect of your future.[/quote]