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# Just a tad bit of motivation!

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Hi all,

I feel all of us at some moment or the other feel demotivated in life. Similarly, while preparing for GMAT, many of us might be going through low phases when they feel that nothing is going right and they can't do it. I am starting this thread where I would be putting some motivational thoughts/stories which might help keep us going. Please free to add to it if you feel like.

Hope this might some help some of you!

So here's the first:

The Glass of Water
[Author Unknown]

A psychologist was teaching stress management to a large audience. As she walked around the room, she held a glass of water out in front of her.

As she raised the glass high for everyone to see, they expected her to ask the "half empty, or half full", question.

Instead, with a smile on her face, she asked, "How heavy is this glass of water?"

The answers that were called out from the crowd ranged anywhere from 8 to 20 ounces.

She replied, "The absolute weight of this glass really doesn't matter —so much depends on how long I hold it:

If I hold it for a minute, it isn't a problem.
If I hold it for an hour, I'll get a muscle cramp in my arm.
But, if I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb, maybe even paralyzed.
In each case, the weight of the glass doesn't change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."

She continued, "The stresses and worries in life are just like this glass of water:

Think about them for a little while and nothing happens.
Think about them a bit longer, and they begin to hurt.
And, if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed and incapable of doing anything about them at all."
It's important that we remember to let go of our stresses and not carry our burdens through the evening and into the night.

We have to remember ... to put the glass down.

Hope it inspired you! Don't give up! Also, do share this to someone if you feel they need this!
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10 Aug 2019, 11:43
HarshitT wrote:
Hi all,

I feel all of us at some moment or the other feel demotivated in life. Similarly, while preparing for GMAT, many of us might be going through low phases when they feel that nothing is going right and they can't do it. I am starting this thread where I would be putting some motivational thoughts/stories which might help keep us going. Please free to add to it if you feel like.

Hope this might some help some of you!

So here's the first:

The Glass of Water
[Author Unknown]

A psychologist was teaching stress management to a large audience. As she walked around the room, she held a glass of water out in front of her.

As she raised the glass high for everyone to see, they expected her to ask the "half empty, or half full", question.

Instead, with a smile on her face, she asked, "How heavy is this glass of water?"

The answers that were called out from the crowd ranged anywhere from 8 to 20 ounces.

She replied, "The absolute weight of this glass really doesn't matter —so much depends on how long I hold it:

If I hold it for a minute, it isn't a problem.
If I hold it for an hour, I'll get a muscle cramp in my arm.
But, if I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb, maybe even paralyzed.
In each case, the weight of the glass doesn't change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."

She continued, "The stresses and worries in life are just like this glass of water:

Think about them for a little while and nothing happens.
Think about them a bit longer, and they begin to hurt.
And, if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed and incapable of doing anything about them at all."
It's important that we remember to let go of our stresses and not carry our burdens through the evening and into the night.

We have to remember ... to put the glass down.

Hope it inspired you! Don't give up! Also, do share this to someone if you feel they need this!

I'm pretty sure DisciplinedPrep will remove this post as it adds no value to the forum
He removed one of mine as well, it was a lot similar to this one
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14 Aug 2019, 20:37
Thanks HarshitT!

I certainly appreciate any motivation and inspiration I can get.
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15 Aug 2019, 22:15
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25 Aug 2019, 12:36
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Here we go, another story to keep yourself motivated!

As a man was passing by the elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, break away from their bonds but for some reason, they did not.

He saw a trainer nearby and asked why these animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away. “Well,” trainer said, “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”

The man was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were.

Like the elephants, how many of us go through life hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once before?

Failure is part of learning; we should never give up the struggle in life.

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25 Aug 2019, 12:42
HarshitT wrote:
Hi all,

I feel all of us at some moment or the other feel demotivated in life. Similarly, while preparing for GMAT, many of us might be going through low phases when they feel that nothing is going right and they can't do it. I am starting this thread where I would be putting some motivational thoughts/stories which might help keep us going. Please free to add to it if you feel like.

Hope this might some help some of you!

So here's the first:

The Glass of Water
[Author Unknown]

A psychologist was teaching stress management to a large audience. As she walked around the room, she held a glass of water out in front of her.

As she raised the glass high for everyone to see, they expected her to ask the "half empty, or half full", question.

Instead, with a smile on her face, she asked, "How heavy is this glass of water?"

The answers that were called out from the crowd ranged anywhere from 8 to 20 ounces.

She replied, "The absolute weight of this glass really doesn't matter —so much depends on how long I hold it:

If I hold it for a minute, it isn't a problem.
If I hold it for an hour, I'll get a muscle cramp in my arm.
But, if I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb, maybe even paralyzed.
In each case, the weight of the glass doesn't change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."

She continued, "The stresses and worries in life are just like this glass of water:

Think about them for a little while and nothing happens.
Think about them a bit longer, and they begin to hurt.
And, if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed and incapable of doing anything about them at all."
It's important that we remember to let go of our stresses and not carry our burdens through the evening and into the night.

We have to remember ... to put the glass down.

Hope it inspired you! Don't give up! Also, do share this to someone if you feel they need this!

I'm pretty sure DisciplinedPrep will remove this post as it adds no value to the forum
He removed one of mine as well, it was a lot similar to this one

Well, I don't know what did you post. But even if this thread fuels one person, it does the job.

Ironically since you said, you once posted a similar post, atleast you should feel the value that it adds.

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26 Aug 2019, 07:24
HarshitT wrote:

Like the elephants, how many of us go through life hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once before?

Failure is part of learning; we should never give up the struggle in life.

it's small, but very very motivational story. Thanks..
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26 Aug 2019, 08:37
Thanks for your motivation post. I am really appreciate
Re: Just a tad bit of motivation!   [#permalink] 26 Aug 2019, 08:37

# Just a tad bit of motivation!

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