“Before you start some work, always ask yourself three questions – Will I be able to do it, What the results might be and Do the results matter to me. In short asking why am I doing this task? Only when you think deeply and find satisfactory answers to these questions, go ahead.”
The above quote from ‘Artha Shastra’ tells us how to bring maximum energy into task that we are trying to perform.
- Will I be able to do what I am trying to do ?
When we are not able to answer this question we are lacking in self belief and hence we have to resolve this by understanding why self belief is lacking and how we can improve it.
- Will results come from actions ?
When we are not able to answer this question we are doubting the utility of the actions, one way we can answer this question is by comparing results of others who performed the same actions and what results it produced.
- Do the results matter to me?
Sometimes results are not meaningful for us and that is single biggest reason for us not taking up certain tasks. For example some students may not value high grades that much and hence do not want to spend more time on studies. The way to correct it is by understanding the benefit which we may be able to connect with, this will completely change motivation levels. For example a student may not be interested in studying accounting to get high grades, but she may be interested in studying accounting if it is fun and helps her prepare for entrepreneurship.
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