It’s easy to feel restless and frustrated when our plans for a successful project don’t materialize or when we’re denied what we want to have. At those times, it seems like we’ve lost a fair amount of personal power. Despite our best actions the expected outcome doesn’t always happen. Even if the action we took was not a mistake it’s puzzling to face its consequences.
At other times we may realize that the failures happened due to a mistake on our parts then we attempt to camouflage and over-compensate for being unable to control the scenario. It’s easy to generalize, feel pessimistic, and take a blow to our self-esteem.
Despite the commitment to act on an idea or plan, maybe things were rushed without more careful consideration of all possible outcomes, not just the desired outcome. We motivate ourselves by imagining the trophy and maybe fame and glory. Doing so, we lose track of the real world. We can become so overly ambitious and aggressive in pursuit of the goal that we run roughshod over others and maybe even cause them harm.
This can also happen if we act first then think later. When we set about to satisfy an ambition in a hurry and fail to have a clear-cut plan. Winging it might negatively affect the chances of success and could even cause long-term setbacks for us and the people around us. One may think of the old adage, “Haste makes waste.”
Certainly we want to take action on constructive, positive ideas and plans. If we have a vision of how to improve our lot in life we want to have the drive and courage to ensure that our ideas take shape and become reality. It’s good to have the confidence to commit to starting and completing what one sets out to do.
It’s also wise to consider the over-all consequences of how we go about accomplishing our plans and if the desired result is really beneficial to everyone concerned.
Will our pursuit harm others? Are we motivated by a huge salary and hope to earn far more than we need? Does our plan exploit or harm others instead of truly improving the human condition and actually serving others?
While instituting our plans do we fudge the truth, take credit for other people’s ideas, or steal? Might it involve harming the environment, or possibly exploiting or killing other people? (This is especially worrisome in international trade and politics.) Are greed and fraud taking place in the plans? Do we enact our plans with integrity, honesty, respect, generosity, and compassion?
If our motivation is energized by impeccable ethics, we have a better chance of succeeding in our aims and will benefit society. With these considerations in mind, it will be easier to move past obstacles and proceed with determination and enthusiasm. We can be more confident that our actions will provide good results.
The Blue Jay of Happiness shares this thought from Thomas Jefferson: “Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.”