Motion over emotion

It seems the supply of motivation, inspiration, and encouragement is almost infinite. You can get it for free from the internet! Or if you prefer to pay or do it in person, countless trainers, motivational speakers, and life-coaches are your service. Alternatively, you can walk into Toastmasters, Rotary, Lions clubs or even BNI to experience the same.

The question is what do we do with all this motivation? I know some (actually, most) become addicts to the dopamine rush. And I usually am fine until this point, but then they declare themselves to be a “lifelong learner.” You and I know the type, the one who would attend every freaking webinar hosted across the planet, every meet-up or seminar that’s scheduled in the city, and ask every successful person their “secrets to success.” Heck, you can’t help but feel they must be researching on “the science of personal achievement,” but they aren’t. Almost all the time, they’re trying to learn the shortcuts to glory so they can replicate the same.

And therein lies the problem — we’re obsessed with shortcuts when deep down we know there aren’t any. The common denominator among all successful people I know, who also happen to be “lifelong learners,” is that they have a bias for action. For they know, the emotions can only get them ready, but getting into motion is what will take them to the destination.

Someone wise once said, “if you want to learn to ride a bicycle, don’t just watch a video or read a book. Try riding the damn thing!”

Get over your emotions and get into the motion. Believe me, it works.

By Sunil Nair

Nurturing leaders of tomorrow.

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