Human beings are capable of a tremendous amount of effort. This is possible only when we are inspired; otherwise the ability remains dormant. The quality of an action depends upon the ideals, which guide and inspire an individual.
A person with no ideals feels fatigued in his work. This fatigue is caused by the strain and stress, which we invite by craving for indulgence in sense objects and ceaseless expectation of the fruits of our actions.
Our work is love made visible. A man of achievement does not work in the world for profit, nor for success or recognition, but from a feeling of self-fulfilment that he did the best he could.
He discovers his joy in the precision and perfection of his work, and a silent stream of joy sings a secret song at all times in his heart. He does not care whether others recognise him or not. He is a master of circumstances, a ruler of his own generation.
Faith is power; faith fulfils. This is the secret of achievement, whether the desire is for worldly things or for the fulfilment in spiritual life.
By Swami Chinmayananda