Motivation by Indu Balakrishnan

Today, every day seems the same. Weekdays and weekends are no longer different. It honestly feels like one long day. Really really long day. I rarely used to get Monday-Blues. That was because I used to look forward to it. It meant an empty house and restored privacy. Today, it’s a concept—the pot of gold at the end of that rainbow of sorts. 

And I’m very sure that I’m not the only one feeling this way. 

So when I was looking for new books to read, I picked a mix of fiction and self-help. Fiction because it’s fun, happening, and welcomes me into a whole new world—a world without the pandemic. A world where vampires are sensitive studs and witches are really cool. Self-help because OMG, I need some help. I need some motivation when I wake up every morning and I have to stop myself from either going back to bed or swearing. 


Back in the day, I wrote proverbs and what-not on the blackboard in college every day. I thought it was an excellent way to start the day. And it worked for me as well. I’d spend time reading books, searching for motivational quotes. Diaries used to have them on every page, and that was my source. Mind you; we are talking about Pre-Google Days. 

  • All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.
  • You’re off to great places; today is your day
  • You’re braver than you believe and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think
  • Don’t limit yourself.

Some of them are really out there, and some really nice. Some make you roll your eyes and barf. I guess that also depends on the kind of mood you are in. 

And then there are those parenting quotes that catch my eye now. 

  • Be the parent today that you want your kids to remember tomorrow
  • Calmness is the cradle of power.
  • Being a parent means loving your children more than you’ve ever loved yourself.

When my kids are all nice and well-behaved, I go ‘awwww’ as I read these quotes. And then there are those days when I’m sure that it’s people without kids that wrote them. 

As I said, it all depends on the kind of mood you are in. 

Why do we need motivation in the first place? Because it provides us with that quick and timely burst of inspiration slash wisdom to get our focus back. It could remind us of why we are here in the first place, why we started it. 

I like those quotes that bring a smile to my face. Whether it gets me going or not, it surely lightens my mood. And sometimes that works too. 

  • I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.
  • You can’t have everything. Where would you put it?
  • Change is not a four-letter word… but often, your reaction to it is!
  • A clear conscience is a sure sign of a bad memory.
  • Be happy – it drives people crazy.

There are different types of motivation to get you going. 

  1. Intrinsic 
  2. Extrinsic 
  3. Incentive-based 
  4. Fear-based 
  5. Achievement-based 
  6. Power-based 
  7. Competence 

(I started to explain them, then I realized that they were pretty self-explanatory. And possibly I lacked the motivation to explain it too). 

The point being, Find Your Motivation. And like any self-help book would tell you, let it come from inside. 


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