STOUT Inspiration + Action To Accelerate Your Week: Maintaining Motivation
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was an Indian activist who employed nonviolent civil disobedience, which he called “Satyagraha” (a combination of the Sanskrit words for truth and firmness), in his campaign to lead India to independence.
Wed in an arranged marriage at age thirteen, Gandhi left for London at eighteen to study law, but when he returned to India, his inherent shyness caused him to lose his first legal case.
Humiliated, he accepted a post in South Africa where his journey to activism began when he was asked to leave a first-class car because of his skin color, refused and was physically removed from the train.
Appalled at the treatment of Indian immigrants, he began a movement for rights there which eventually carried him back to India as a respected politician and social activist, whose methods inspired similar movements for civil rights and freedom across the world.
“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”
– Mahatma Gandhi
(The honorific Mahātmā is Sanskrit for “great soul”)
❶ Celebrate Your Accomplishments
In the face of setbacks or obstacles, or when you are in that middle stage of drudgery or struggle, make a list or use Tim Ferriss’ “small wins” secret to staying motivated and get fresh inspiration from how far you have come.
❷ Review Your Plan
Ensure your current path is still the best one to achieve your goal. Recognize changes in your current situation and make adjustments to the steps and timeline as needed to get your back on track to push forward on your journey success.
❸ Stay The Course
Don’t re-pivot trying to find a new end goal when doldrums hit– at points it may feel as though a plateau is insurmountable, a goal may never be reached, but the hardest struggle often happens right before a victory.
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