Identity: Your Dark Knight “Deshi Basara” Moment
Remember when Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne was stuck in the pit Bane threw him in, after breaking his back in The Dark Knight Rises? He eventually healed and tried to escape, but kept falling short of the rocky ledge that separated him from freedom and ultimately saving Gotham.
Why did he keep missing it if he was fearless? How was that possible if he wasn’t afraid of death and felt like he had nothing to lose? It’s because those were the very reasons he could make the climb, but not the jump. Aren’t those the qualities you need to make it out of the pit alive? Yes—and no.
You will only make the climb and the successful jump out of your hole of despair (or unemployment, obesity, self-doubt, etc.) when you do have something to lose (in the case of obesity, it’s got to be more than pounds of flesh). Fearlessness will get you up the wall. But fear—healthy fear—will help you make the jump.
It’s similar to how your passion can guide you to a purpose and kickstart your productivity, but commitment will keep you in the game when passion ebbs and flows—you need both emotion and logic. For the climb and jump, you need both bravado and butterflies—lots of them. In Bruce Wayne’s case it was bats—lots of them. But you need both courage and anxiousness, not anxiety. Too much fear and you will paralyze yourself, miss the jump altogether and fall to your proverbial death. You need the hubris of being a conqueror and the humility of just being mortal.
You get the idea.
And I have a feeling you don’t have any problems making the climb and scaling the mountain. But you’re struggling with the jump. You lost motivation. You’re tapped out. Going through the motions. Not as sure as you once was in the beginning. It’s because you forgot what you actually have to lose.
You’ve spent so much time in reckless abandonment writing that book, developing that app, designing that website, but you lost steam for the editing, the testing and iterating. You lost the weight and the why of the project, career, relationship and what would happen if it fell and died in the pit.
It’s now time to figure out what you have to lose. Seriously think about it and write it down. It’s why I’ve lost motivation at times. I forgot what it was that I could actually lose if it all went south. What have you got to lose?
By the way, “Deshi Basara” is the chant during Batman’s Jump scene. It means “Rise up.” So rise up. Make the climb. And make the jump count.