It is not so much our lack of knowledge, our inexperience or our personal limitations that stunt our growth as much as our lack of self confidence, our inability to be daring and our fear of failure. The cure to this malaise fortunately is with us; having faith in ourselves. Faith helps us believe in ourselves, gives us the courage to dream and dare and most of all provides us the inner strength to keep striving even when the seas are rough, the environment cloudy and the horizon invisible. In all probability you are right now reading this on your computer and what you read is possible because of the wi-fi connectivity that you have which you can’t see but can experience. Your faith must be of the same quality as your wi-fi signal, unseen but powerful.
Faith helps you discover & channelize your latent strengths. Key among them are the following :
Goal setting – For the vast majority of us our goals for life are opaque and hazy. It largely centers around a few buzz words like happy, successful, wealth and recognition. Faith will enable you to identify goals which are more tangible, help you define the life path to choose and provide you the impetus to march with confidence on your chosen path. Pinpoint a successful person and study him or her and you would notice that all their actions and choices were planned, executed and embraced with full faith in their ability to achieve the goals they set for themselves. Steve Jobs is a classic example of someone who believed in himself so completely that he could rewrite the history of technology and evolve it to become a new paradigm. Faith will be like that a TV antenna that helps us tune into exactly the right channels that we want to play out in our life.
Motivation – Being self motivated is the only way to remain competitive, alert and enthusiastic. Motivation is nurtured by faith which acts like water that nourishes the plant life. Without faith, your motivation would dry up and wither away. Just like a plant cannot survive without water even if we provide it ample fertilizers, sunshine and oxygen, without faith you cannot remain motivated. Even if we add tons of encouragement, provide you ample resources and provide you a conducive environment to succeed, without faith you will not be motivated to sustain your quest. Faith sustains your motivation by quietly whispering into your mind time and time again that you have it in you to attain what you set out to achieve. Faith is then like the wi-fi signals that sometimes weaken and slow our browsing but yet we keep refreshing the browser knowing that sooner or later we would get connected at the speed we desire.
Resourcefulness – No matter how much we prepare and plan, there would always be surprises and occasional twists and turns that challenge us to be resourceful enough to overcome. While the minor hiccups would only slow down our pace, the major challenges could be daunting. With faith in ourselves, we can delve into our untapped resources of imagination, creativity and problem solving ability. Faith will then be our personal google interface that pops up an array of possibilities to choose from.
Resilience – Along life’s way, we are bound to hit many speed bumps, perhaps an occasional diversion sign and at times we may even meet with an accident. We would then question our wisdom about continuing with our quest. We may even perhaps give in to the temptation of abandoning the trip altogether or even advertently changing our original destination without realizing how close we were to reaching it. With faith providing us the fuel for the journey we would never run out of patience, perhaps even enjoy the diversions and forced breaks and resolutely carry on till we reach our destination. Faith is then like the drones that use the wi-fi technology to reach the intended target.
FAITH then is WI-FI, because it simply means With In – Find Inspiration.
Identify 3 of your strengths. Now outline an action plan to utilize these strengths to enhance your personal performance at the work place, enhance your contribution on the home front and be actively engaged in your social circle.
Is there an activity / passion/ dream that you have not yet attempted or realized? Now is the time for you to commit yourself to attain it. Begin right now by jotting down that dream. Over the course of this week read up on it, talk about it with others, visualize how you will go about fulfilling that desire of yours. You will be nurturing your faith in that dream and taking the first steps to fulfilling it.
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