The awareness of death is a powerful motivator, as evident in Buddhist, Samurai and Stoic teachings. Our days are numbered, and we must leave what is unimportant and focus on the essential.
However depressing it may sound, focusing on one’s death and considering oneself dead every day removes all distractions and time-wasting activities from our lives. It liberates us to move out of the fluffy cushion of life and get on to work, which is the best kind of motivation.
Let me respectfully remind you Life and death are of supreme importance. Time swiftly passes by and opportunity is lost. Each of us should strive to awaken. Awaken. Take heed. Tonight your days are diminished by one. Do not squander your life.
Every evening, simply remember that:
People that we deeply care about, our family, loved ones and our friends, can be incredibly motivating for us, and get us to move. We eventually work for our loved ones, not for money or fame.
A man, for example, has a basic desire for his wife and kids to look up to him as a role model. One cannot be a superhuman, so there will be flaws. But one can be trustworthy, fearless, compassionate, courageous and alive.
Play and adventure sustain our energy levels and help make otherwise boring and difficult tasks to be light and joyful.
Serious stuff stresses us out, and turning an activity into something full of exploration, curiosity, excitement, discovery, adventure and fun is a great way to stay motivated.
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