How long can you sustain momentum for any task? It is not easy for anyone to keep making an effort without result. Sometimes the outcome of our efforts seems to be out of reach. People who keep trying in one direction expect a certain result, but if the consequence is not positive, they get frustrated.
In the holy book of Gita, Lord Krishna says: ‘Karmanye vadhika raste, Ma phaleshu kadachana, Ma karma phala he tur bhuh, ma te sangotsva karmanye‘ which means ‘You have a right to “Karma” (actions) but never to any Fruits thereof. You should never be motivated by the results of your actions, nor there be any attachment in not doing your prescribed activities.’ This is holy preaching, but in reality, is it possible for anyone to keep doing their own duty without expecting a result? On a long road journey, we tend to notice the milestones indicating distance. It gives us a sense of achievement for the distance already covered, and also a confidence to finish the remaining path successfully. Doesn’t an individual get mentally tired if there are no milestones of achievement on the path?
How do you mark your journey towards any task? Do you break it up in terms of time you have put in to achieve a particular goal? Or do you divide your efforts for sections of the project at hand? The management has devised various ways to measure achievements of any project. If someone fails to achieve the desired result in the allocated time, s/he may be fired. They may have to re-visit their method and use the resources in the most efficient way to achieve success.
Life is not as easy to monitor as a construction project or any other office task. There are immeasurable aspects in an individual’s life which cannot easily be quantified. Emotional and social aspects of our life poses the biggest challenge in calculating our success. In terms of health, satisfaction and mental peace, perhaps it is almost impossible to calculate any achievement. This is the area where maximum frustration happens to an individual attempting to achieve some result. But at the same time, this is the best area of life to focus on. Therefore, an individual strategy should be prepared to measure success, so you can sustain momentum for the betterment of life. This strategy may include small milestones, if not exactly measurable in terms of outcome then in terms of efforts, so that a satisfaction is derived.
Apart from adding milestones, think of other innovative ways as how you will sustain efforts if there is no result in sight for a long time.