Questioner: How can one stay motivated when things don’t go your way despite your best intentions and efforts?
Sadhguru: This is another concept which has made it’s round in the world – that something else should motivate you to do what you are doing. If what you are doing is significant enough, you don’t need any other thing to motivate you. [If] what you are doing is significant enough for life, why do you need another motivation to make that happen?
If you really understand and experience that what you are doing is truly important for every life around you, you don’t need a motivation – life just goes on. See, just your heartbeat need a motivation to keep it going? I’m asking you! All the life processes is not asking for any motivation, isn’t it? Monsoon is coming – any motivation! No, it’s coming year after year – because the natural process is going on. Simply like that, in you and me life is ‘on’.
What I’m telling you is – if you are doing something which is aligned with the fundamental life process of who you are – this can find a million expressions, it need not be just spiritual teaching, it can find a million expressions – that what you are doing is aligned with your fundamental life process, then you will not need anything to motivate you. Simply, as a part of life, it will just happen. How much you do, simply depends upon how much time you invested on upgrading yourself.
You don’t have to be a superhuman. Being human itself is super
The problem with the world right now is – people are always trying to upgrade their activity. If you upgrade your activity, without upgrading yourself, you are bound to breakup somewhere. It’s like you went on a ‘formula 1’ track, because you want to be on a fast track, and you went with your Maruti 800 (small hatchback) – suppose you hit the right kind of speed, all the four wheels will go in the four different directions. It won’t hold up. If you want to be on that kind of speed, and that kind of track – you must prepare the machine. Upgradation of this one [pointing to self] is important. If you upgrade yourself, activity will simply happen.
Many people around me – many times think I’m superhuman, because of the activity that I perform. This is not about being superhuman – if you explore the possibilities of being human, if you explore the possibilities and the immensity of being human – you will realise, you don’t have to be a superhuman. Being human itself is super. So, you will not need any external drive, or some other inspiration – the very process of life will do it.