Adversity, struggle, complexity is by virtue a part of our lives. Human psychology functions on a very fundamental principle. Our basic ambition in life is to do what is perceived to be a landmark that very few of fellow beings have achieved. This desire to better our compatriots is what tends to define our existence, purpose in life.
Any such achievement requires prowess better than what others have been able to cultivate in their lives within almost the same set of conditions, opportunities and difficulties. A thought comes into my mind time and again – what are these champions made up of - entrepreneurs, nobel laureates, research scientists, social activists etc. etc. Is it an inherent “super-ability”, exceptional mental & physical faculties, a mixture of genius and great luck, optimistic mindfulness , pure desire to struggle and emerge victories etc. In a gist, it has to be an amalgamation of all the above factors to be better than the rest and achieve your own ambitions.
However, a common characteristic of all those is a burning desire to prove oneself through a continuous struggle against oneself. There are phases in one’s life, wherein even with the same set capabilities one feels powerless and yet at times one feels that all the problems can be overcome. The underlying observation about human psychology is the passion within.
Often, it is this desire that brings in other factors essential for success – the love for your work, clarity in your own ambitions, definition to your life, unimaginable power to face tough situations, explorative ideas, expertise etc. etc. I believe it is this one particular inherent quality that can set your life on a ride so exciting that it might be difficult to de-addict oneself from it. To be an achiever one has to be a believer first, and to believe you need the craving within to break those pessimistic barriers that mar your vision.
A lack of faith, interest, desire to excel deflates a person’s of his abilities leaving in him searching aimlessly. One gets caught in a trap of presuming it is his environment that is not conditioned adequately for his success. This is a kind of circle of failure where in the effect turns to amplify the cause itself. What is easier to understand is that the paths that one selects must have his inner self’s pure belief.
There is different kind of sweetness even in the failures of a path that you have chosen for your own self. Such a journey is a lot more enlightening and explorative than those trodden ones that already millions have found ends to. It is that light within that finally shows you the pits on the road ahead. The ecstasy of living your own passions is what drives winners through tough times, inspires them to overcome their own beliefs, look into corners none has ventured into and rise to those super human capabilities which are often ridiculed at by realists and critics. Life is intricate, and human psychology is ever so more complex.
There is a light within each one of us, a light that can guide us to something never achieved before, to a destination that was incomprehensible to others. It is this guiding force that a majority of us seem so reluctant to find, not because it is hard to but for the reason that once we find it, it would be hard to give up on that inner craving once we realize it. It is this journey of self realization that we fear to struggle for and instead learn to live happily within a cocoon of our presumptuous security and safety. It is not the darkness that we fear but the light that might trigger new passions overthrowing our journey and jeopardizing our sweet little beliefs that we never question. What if this is was not the journey that was our true destination ? What if there was a path better for us ? It is thoughts like these segregate leaders from followers. It is that light within, that desire within that leads one into unchartered territories breaking barriers both within and without.