If you look around yourself, or perhaps merely within, you may observe a staggering amount of procrastination. Gigantic amounts of time spent on activities that are utterly unproductive; loitering around on social media being the biggest of them.
A psychologist named Abraham Maslow designed a hierarchy of needs which claimed the greatest need of humans to be that of self actualization. Yet that striving towards unveiling your best self is seldom reflected in contemporary reality.
I have always housed a craving for understanding, and this phenomenon of inactivity piqued my interest sufficiently enough for me to ponder over it. And I found that our old buddy, Apple Guy Newton, had provided an insight into this little situation that I wished to comprehend.
“An object at rest will remain at rest unless acted on by an unbalanced force.”
And thus I understood the war which waged within. (amazing alliteration surprises spectators)
The prerequisite to work is abandonment of rest. And to abandon that state of rest we require an unbalanced force to act upon us. Once your need for achievement is sufficiently high, rest becomes an uncomfortable position to remain in. And thus is created the unbalance required to initiate the war of contentment against convenience.
For there is no short cut to any place worth going, and no one has attained new heights through rest (except in sleeping competitions)
Contentment and convenience are often trade offs, for a certain amount of one must be sacrificed to obtain the other.
I believe Maslow neglected factoring in the individual variable; how high the hierarchy an individual travels shall depend upon an individual’s subjective notion of the ideal tradeoff. And that is why many of us never actualize our potential. Our notions of the ideal tradeoff have fallen too low to venture anywhere near self actualization.
For one to be successful in life, the battle must end in triumph of contentment. Convenience has often masqueraded as contentment, for haven’t we enjoyed not working? Yet work is not a perennial state. It is the road which we must trod upon to reach rest. Rest without work is as meaningless as success without effort.
The problem with convenience isn’t what it makes you feel, but what it doesn’t allow you to feel. We wouldn’t win without work (Aayush, alliterations are appearing alarmingly annoying) and even if we do, the elation wouldn’t be the same. To strive for something, to give it your all, and then reap the benefits… that is one of the most pleasurable moments of life. To willfully deprive yourself of that joy seems incredibly masochistic.
But it’d be pretty rude of me to tell you all about how you must fight against convenience and then leave without telling you how to do it. So here’s a secret weapon I’m handing you. It’s nuclear, so be careful while handling it or you could blow up the world with the awesomeness it would instill in you.
Here’s the deal. Just do it once. Feel true contentment. Have one single productive day, when you work yourself to the bone in a huge number of things. Wake up early, write a blog post of a thousand words, run a mile, play basketball, get your pending projects done. Imagine the most productive version of yourself, and be twice that. Just for one day. And then, just before you’re about to go to bed, exhausted to the very bone, take a minute and introspect. How do you feel? Do you feel bad, or do you feel contented. And if it’s the latter then just remember it. And when you wake the next day, ask yourself how you want the day to be like. I’m sure you’ll have the right answer.
So to all the people reading the post, I hope you guys win the war. And while it may be mere superstition, many say the ancient spirits have prophesied that following this blog increases your chances of winning.