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April 27, 2007 at 4:16 am #138407JaxKeymaster
In the Jedi path, a lot of people come and go. Yet there are those who stay for many years. So I’m curious, what motivates you to walk this path? What keeps you training? And what brings you back after a break in training?April 28, 2007 at 10:07 am #143869inariParticipant
Well, I certainly have times when I feel less than motivated, unfortunately I am having one of those times a bit right now. What keeps me going is mostly that this is what I want to be, and what I want to do with my life, and I’m not one to give up on what I want easily (read, stubborn).
InariApril 28, 2007 at 4:31 pm #143873blacksh33pParticipant
for me there is a bit of ebb and flow, but i always come back to what i’m doing with more information and renewed interest than i had before.April 28, 2007 at 4:52 pm #143875JaxKeymaster
I think for myself, I can’t ever really leave it. For one, I’ve put a lot of work into this site in particular, and am not about to abandon that. Also, I see the value in this path in my life. So when I’m not motivated, I take some time to look at why. Then I simplify and do only those things that are necessary, and avoid the things that are dragging me down. For instance, if a discussion somewhere is turning into something annoying, I step away rather than beat a dead horse.
But then there are times when you just have to push. Force yourself to do just a little each day. For instance, I’ll come to this forum and post something. It takes only 5 minutes out of my day, but it keeps me active and will hopefully get the site more active, which helps increase my motivation.April 28, 2007 at 7:58 pm #143880JacenParticipant
I can’t really say what keeps me here and brings me back, but when I’m away from the Jedi community I simply don’t feel whole.April 30, 2007 at 1:07 pm #143890IcarusParticipant
I think it is a good thing that there are times when we all step back and say, “Uh… I just don’t feel like doing this today.” It’s a great opportunity because then we have the chance to look at ourselves, honestly, and ask why we even got involved in the first place. In other words, we have to go back to the basics. It is easy to get bogged down by drama, confusion, or absolute chaos that seems to penetrate every piece of this community from time to time, but that little moment allows us to look at the situation, objectively, and renew our commitment.
And every single thing is a chance for us to learn.
I find my motivation in the Force. If I strongly feel like walking away, or just being lazy, I feel a gentle tug in the Force. If I choose to ignore that gentle tug, it turns into a hard push. If I ignore that, I will literally get knocked down by a tidal wave of Force energy.
When it comes to physical training, I remember my children. They make me remember that there are people out there that need help and protection, and though I may not be the best “warrior” out there, I can be better than what I am right now, and owe it to others to be prepared should they ever need help.
I have to keep in mind that this is something that I have believed in my whole life, and feel that those involved with this community are those that will build it and lead it into the future, where the possibilities are limitless.May 1, 2007 at 6:05 am #143903Jedi NitroParticipant
For me, being around the Jedi Community leaves you with a new challenge, hurdle or problem each day and it keeps you coming back. There’s always more to learn, and we all pose hard questions which can take some thinking. When I leave this place, I feel as though a part of me was took away, so when I return I feel my daily life is how it should be.May 3, 2007 at 4:06 am #143924Kai-AnParticipant
Along the lines of what Icarus and Jacen said, even if I do have moments where I just don’t feel like it, I always come back. I’ve learned so much and continue to learn and now teach. I wouldn’t give any of that up for the world. I really love this community.
Kai-AnMay 4, 2007 at 2:33 am #143940Silver TalonParticipant
I’ve only been a Jedi for about a year and a half now, but I’ve never had the feeling that I just didn’t want to do it. More, as the time progresses I get more and more excited about the growth and knowledge that I’m experiencing. This is my life, this is really what I’ve been dreaming of doing since I was a real little kid and now I’m living the fantasy. Being the person that I want to be.
But I do admit that there are times when I need motivation to quit studying what I want to study and log in here to do my actual coursework. That’s more because I probably took on too much at once, considering all of the other things that I have responsibility towards and I’ve just overloaded myself. But I’ve made a commitment, took on the responsibility and so I’ll continue on with it and try to manage my time more perfectly. Less time studying on my own and more time focusing on my required work.
Exactly as Nitro said, when I am away and can’t get to the computer because I’m on a trip or something – I’m missing a part of who I am. I have to grab a book or something to read to feel like I’m growing or progressing or I’m not whole.May 5, 2007 at 7:03 pm #143955steven.drew2Participant
The biggest thing that keeps me motivated is saying to myself, I AM PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN SOLDIER
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