- 07/27/2019 at 7:54 am #1517918EduGorillaKeymasterSelect Question Language :
Direction: Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow.
“How soon ‘not now’ becomes ‘never’ “-a quote by Martin Luther which actually explains the reason behind all those unaccomplished dreams. Actually here’s the thing, you are able to be incredibly self-motivated! For instance, if I park my car on your toe your motivation for me to get my car off your foot would manifest immediately. Motivation in this context is easy to produce. But when people say they want more motivation, what they really mean is that they want to purposefully direct their motivational force towards something positive, constructive and valuable to them. But how do you ramp up your self-motivation? It’s a mistake to assume that motivation must always be linked to feeling motivated. We assume self-motivation is fuelled by emotion and initially it often is. Inspirational speakers with strong jaw lines, tailored suits and overpowering white smiles whip up your emotions. You leave the seminar feeling motivated – ready to take on the world. And this is great – in the short term. But like getting a sugar hit when running a marathon, pretty soon the effect fades. You can’t be forever motivated by others – eventually, you have to be self-motivated as self-motivation can be sustained.
The question is – how do we feel motivated? First, be fuel-efficient. If we see emotion as a type of fuel for self-motivation, then we need to be able to save it. We need to be able to run the machine, using up very little emotion sometimes. Secondly, learn to act when you don’t feel like acting it as it gives you a massive advantage over 99% of people who have been trained by society to ‘only do stuff they feel motivated to do.’ However, the feeling of motivation gradually develops only after. You’ve started and made sustained efforts. Don’t wait until everything is just right. There is never a ‘right time’ to do a difficult thing. Make enough preparation, but be man or woman enough to know when you’re just hiding behind excuses. Sometimes the more we put off doing something, the more ‘reasons’ we find for putting it off. Further, shoot for the moon and you’ll land amongst the stars. It’s worth being ambitious because even if you fail short of your ultimate goal, you’ll achieve a lot ‘by default’. Also, hang out with motivated people, because attitudes rub off. It has been observed that really motivated people are motivating. Find people who are positive and goal-focused. Lastly, it’s important to remember that a step in and of itself is not much of a thing but enough steps together can take you far indeed.
There will be times when you need to re-evoke some fire in your belly. In such times, take time to sit down and relax. Close your eyes and remind yourself of all the reasons to be motivated. Consider how you would feel if you really didn’t go for your dreams. The greatest failure is the failure to try because people, when motivated, achieve amazing things. The couch potato does change ways; the college dropout does go on to create a global empire. Just take a look at the Guinness Book of World Records and you will never doubt what people, who set their minds towards something, are capable of.
What does the author mean when he says “strong jaw lines, tailored suits and empowering white smiles”?
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