By Kingsley Paul
Motivation is a powerful force behind our activities or lifestyle. When it’s not there you can imagine what life will look like. The West uses it to bring out the best in their citizens, one thing lacking in our society even among our leaders and the educated.
Here, we criticise negatively in a way that dampens the spirit of the criticised. Have you tried to find out what is going on in their personal life? We pass through different ropes. Some have unresolved emotional issues in which you might even help them out in your personal capacity instead of listening to unintelligent and selfish advice as well as psychologically deficient personalities.
Some lack that psycho-intelligence that they give irrational opinions. They have neither observed, thought critically, analysed to understand some circumstances nor keep off the situation they don’t really understand. If you can’t help, why make the issue worse?
There must be the motivational factors or a force behind every drive in life existence. Hope for future, job, good enumeration, love, marriage, children, family and appreciation are some of them. In the other way round, when these factors are absent; the environment becomes gloomy, there is no essence of living anymore, the person becomes depressed or falls into melancholy: a situation where you find someone unable to get off the bed in the morning or find it difficult to take a bath throughout the day.
You don’t expect a person to perform better than someone with good support, be it emotional, financial or otherwise elsewhere. Naturally, we all need someone to lean on at one point in time because of changes in situation associated with existence.
Sometimes you see a child build a device or show tendency to do extra-ordinary things: there was a case, not too long ago, a boy of 17 years from Imo State built a rocket that flew some distance in the air before burying itself inside the ground (and other similar cases in the past). Before you know it, nothing will be heard of it again.
There would be no encouragement or other forms of support to develop this great potential scientist for the good of the nation and the talent may die along the way. If he has the opportunity of travelling abroad, he would become useful to his adopted country because they know the importance of human resources. The Steve Jobs of this world wouldn’t have succeeded if it were to be in this environment. How then do we develop?
Take another instance of when combatant soldiers defending their fatherland saw how those who were cut up in the battle line were treated. May be their corpses not searched for, their families left behind, and no heroic honour!
Or the man at the helm pocketed all the money budgeted. Those under him are not taken care of. This will surely affect their motivational level. In that condition, you hear of soldiers scampering for safety on terrorists’ approach.
Have we asked ourselves, why are the soldiers in America performing better than the soldiers here in Nigeria?
I once heard a song from a friend who is now an American marine singing he wouldn’t mind dying for his country, America. Imagine that! What will cause that? How far his second country which he now prefers has been able to care for him within the short period he has been there after so many years in wilderness here. He wants to pay back. It’s a subconscious thing!
When you see terrorists kill without conscience, one couldn’t help but wonder what is behind all of this! Is it a brainwash, the material gains, the forces behind them or probably the hope that they will achieve their aim? Whatever, if there is no motivational factor, they will give up.
We should always care for our people. In so doing, the Nigerian project will always be first in their mind. Even when aliens come in to sabotage the country, instead of the citizens being used as operational tools, they will join hands and make sure they are caught and brought to justice.
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