We have many “KEM BINA SEMANGAT”, but what we really need is “KEM BINA TABIAT”
An individual, a community or a nation who is constantly dependent on, in need of, or worse, yearns for extrinsic motivation to make things happen, can never be successful.
Yes, having a positive attitude is important and we spend a lot of resources to motivate people. But it is crucial to have a clear distinction between attitude and behavior. Attitude is a mental state, behavior is about actual practice. Attitude focuses on intentions; behavior pays attention to outcomes and performance.
To put it simply, “we do not have to like our boss, colleagues or subordinates”, but we still have to be professional, do our best to work with them and deliver results. Ditto our jobs. We do not need to like or love 100% of our tasks, but we must still deliver.
Failing to define this distinction clearly, we have created a new generation who are undoubtedly positive in their outlook, having grand visions, declaring lofty dreams to change the world, but failing to wake up early in the morning to take simple doable actions to make things happen. A generation who constantly needs a pat on the back for accomplishing the usual.
The belief that we continually need to feel positive, be encouraged and happy to get things done and make things happen, is a sickness. It is a flawed belief system and a myth.
What about the practice of delayed gratification? What about discipline – the inner ability to do what needs to be done? What about the sense of duty and responsibility? To do things because it is the right thing to do, not because you feel good doing it?
In short, we have failed to create a generation who is happy because they are performing. Who knows that a difficult journey makes the outcome worthwhile and gives true joy.
“I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” - Muhammad Ali
Success does not depend on moods; it rests on action and deeds. Not just on attitude, but more importantly, on behavior.
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