I am not saying that motivation is something bad. Of course at certain times in our lives we would need it badly. But motivation alone won’t take you anywhere.

It can give you that forceful drive to get you started, but it is not tough enough to keep you going.

Ask yourself, how many times you have taken an action as a result of being motivated? Ask yourself again, how many times you became consistent with that action?- You will be surprised to know that being inconsistent is THE result of relying on motivations only. Because if you became less motivated or not motivated at all, then what are you going to do?

وَقُلِ اعْمَلُوا فَسَيَرَ‌ى اللَّـهُ عَمَلَكُمْ وَرَ‌سُولُهُ وَالْمُؤْمِنُونَ

“And say, “WORK/DO/ACT, for Allah will see your deeds, and [so, will] His Messenger and the believers…” Qur’an 9:105

So it is OK to be motivated by a lecture, a book, an advice or a line of poetry, but will that energize you enough to take an action and create positive changes in your life? Maybe you will take an an instant action, but creating lasting, positive and consistent changes in your life require WORK – not only that, but you will have to literally force yourself to do what is necessary in order to stay consistent despite any difficulty or odd.

Charles T. Munger once said:

“To get what you want, you have to deserve what you want. The world is not yet a crazy enough place to reward a whole bunch of undeserving people.”

How true! – You won’t get what you desire by simply ‘wishing‘ about it. You will have to DO something about it to deserve and be rewarded for what you really wanted in life.

To Islamise the above quote of what Charles T Munger said, I can find no better words than what Allah SWT said in the Qur’an:

إِنَّ اللَّـهَ لَا يُغَيِّرُ‌ مَا بِقَوْمٍ حَتَّىٰ يُغَيِّرُ‌وا مَا بِأَنفُسِهِمْ ۗ

“…Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves…” Qur’an 13:11

So motivations ALONE won’t take you anywhere, rather a combination of both, motivations and hard work that would make you deserve what you worked for.

Wael Ibrahim

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