Tag: being proactive

Step by step

I recommend you to take care of the minutes, for the hours will take care of themselves. Lord Chesterfield

Look around and you will find that people are scurrying around, frantically trying to meet some deadline; be it catching the pubic transport or finishing an assignment or speeding up their physical exercise routine because they have another social/ personal commitment to meet. Observe carefully your own life and calculate the amount of free time you have in it. Simultaneously also look at the amount of productive work you do and the amount of time you are guilty of wasting. Many times we are actually duplicating tasks because we didn’t do it right the first time or we are duplicating the effort because we didn’t plan properly. What does it all lead to? You labor in vain; every minute of the hours spent has gone wasted; if only you paid attention to every minute you spent working.

If you make your time count, only then can you make your life count. Don’t do things in a hurry because there is so much more to do; rather do things because you want to get the work done well and over with once and for all. No doubt you may have to do the same job again next day but then it is a new day , a new effort and a new result; not a repeat of a failed attempt or a patch up of a tardy attempt. The key is to focus on the small tasks that collectively help us achieve a big goal. In our anxiety to attain the big goals, we are tempted to rush in headlong into the job without much planning, preparation and performance standards. The net result would be  sloppy work, disappointing feedback and quite often re-work.

We have the onus not just to live but make our lives better each day. This means that we need to realize that meeting a deadline or completing a task is not an isolated activity but an integral part of our happiness, which can happen only if we have put mind, heart and soul into it. Every moment of your life is therefore an opportunity to progress further, spread cheer and win applause. Don’t waste the moment, the minutes in the hour hand and the seconds ticking away in your life in a frivolous, casual and indifferent manner. Be aware that the seconds and minutes add up to hours which when we look back and connect the dots, throw up a brilliant pattern of lovely hues and shades radiating your life or else it will just be a black and white picture of a gloomy, despondent and wasted life.

Remember: This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Try this:

  1. Can you jot down how much time you spent reading this post? Was it worth the time spent? How did you benefit from reading this post? Can you implement anything you learn from this post?
  2. If you were not reading this post what would you have been doing? Is that job you postponed in order to read this post having a deadline or a priority in your life? Would it have been better for you to do that job and then focused on reading this post? Do you have clear priorities for the day? Is there clarity in your step by step plan of action for major tasks on hand?
  3. If you have time for prayer, do you end up speeding up your prayers because there is something more interesting on TV or you have a more entertaining activity line up? Do you have a time slot for reflection? Do you spend sufficient time communicating with your family, your parents and siblings?

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Concentrate

Concentrate on finding your goal, then concentrate on reaching it. Colonel Michael Friedsman

In the chaos of everyday living, pausing to evaluate what we really want is both a rare privilege and a tough option. However, just as we squeeze in time for our personal grooming, take time out for family indulgences and social commitments it is imperative that we pause and study the route map of our future. As someone correctly pointed Pay attention to the future, for it is there that we are going to spend the rest of our lives.

In the short term, our goals will be determined in the order of Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs and the predominant goals would hinge around food, clothing and shelter, followed by security and recognition needs. Ironically, no sooner our needs are met, they turn into wants and then those wants soon morph into cravings for luxuries. While our wants can be broadly defined as above, pinning it into specifics is a tedious, indecisive and inconclusive process. If one can pin those goals to specifics, many of us would lead relatively stress free lives because there is clarity on our goals and all we need to do is concentrate on them. 

Security for the future and quality of our future life are two predominant themes that will provide the blue print for us to decide our long term goals. Our security concerns include our future income potential, our insurance for illness and similar eventualities, the cost of living and outflows in the future. The quality of life theme examines the possibility of living independently with the spouse or the challenges of living with married kids or the probability of living in a retirement home and the kind of lifestyle one would want to maintain. However, to zoom in on specifics is a rather tough goal for it is human nature to have never satiated wants. Without a clear goal, we can never concentrate on where and how we want to go and to awaken to the reality one has reached there.

Assuming we have somehow managed to identify our goals, we need to work out the 5w’s and 1H of attaining those goals. With a goal in front of us, we can then map out the road map to reach the same. This will enable us to ideate with focus, plan with purpose and achieve our goals on time. We can inbuilt contingency plans, identify possible risks, track progress, realign the pace and pathway and more than anything else, enjoy the exuberance of life as we near each goal.

Remember: Nothing can add more power to your life than concentrating all your energies on a limited set of targets.”

Try these:

  1. Attempt to do a Sudoku puzzle. Initially you might find it hard, but if you attempt it a few times, you will realize that you have got the crux of solving it. Alternatively, if you have a arithmetic phobia, try a little basic science experiment. Take a piece o paper, a magnifying glass and sit comfortably in an open space where there is adequate sunlight. Hold the magnifying glass over the paper in such a manner that the sunlight passes through the magnifying glass. When sufficient heat is concentrated on the paper, (this may take a few minutes and depends on the intensity of the sunlight and the power of the magnifying glass and your ability to hold the magnifying glass still) see the paper catch fire. (Please exercise caution while attempting this and children should attempt this only under adult supervision.)
  2. Playing a game of rapid chess / bridge/ memory cards would be an interesting exercise to judge your ability to concentrate, remember and concentrate on your goals.
  3. If you would like to see the benefits of concentration, try the Jacobsens Relaxation Technique also known as Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) Technique http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Progressive_muscle_relaxation  This is a wonderful technique for you to relax using the power of concentration.

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Do your best

Nothing of worthy or weight can be achieved with half a mind, with a faint heart, and with a lame endeavor. Isaac Barrow

Observe children playing and you will notice, that they are enjoying with gay abandon their pursuits. If we analyze this phenomenon, you will realize that it is not just that they are doing what they like best, but giving of their best in the process and this is what doubles their joy and triples their fun. Examine our daily routine, and you will be hard pressed to find that sort of gay abandon in your routine. If you do a clinical examination of your day, it is possible that you will discover some interesting facets that you were blissfully unaware, that camouflaged your efforts from being truly satisfying and rewarding. (Before you read on, can you pause and take a pen and paper and attempt to retrace the activities of the previous two days of your life, putting it into hourly slots?)

If you have the list ready, carefully analyze it and mark out which activities and how many hours of the day gave you 100% satisfaction. Continue this analysis for 75% -50%-25%-1% and then ask yourself; what was the difference between the activity that gave you over 75% happiness and satisfaction and the one on the lower end of the scale. How many of the activities were initiated by you. How many of them were forced on to you. How of them were unavoidable? What were those activities that you did for yourself/ your family/ your friends & colleagues/ your company/ job specific etc. Can you see any correlation between activities initiated by you and higher satisfaction or activities done for yourself and family / friends and higher satisfaction? The converse must be true for the other activities.

The learning’s from the analyses done would give us the following points.

  • When we do things that we like or what we volunteer for or what motivates us, we are willing to give our 100% to that activity. Since we cannot always do what we like nor commit too much time volunteering, we need to motivate ourselves to perform a good job when there are tasks that are to be undertaken by compulsion.
  • The routine is invariably boring since it is often repetitive and has limited scope for variety. You need to be creative in tackling such tasks. Creativity can take many forms, from visualizing the task in a different way to tackling the job in a unique way or exploring alternatives to simplifying the task etc.
  •  Occasionally we get overwhelmed by the scope of the tasks on hand. This results in what we call paralysis by analysis, wherein we keep studying the task but not beginning it. The net result is procrastination and the hope is that the task will get solve over time. In reality, the criticality of the task gets increases, your anxiety levels o up and the possibility of failure keeps looming threatingly. The cure to this is to START. (See the post in  our weekly blog www.poweract.blogspot.com on Simply Trigger Actionable Results Today)
  •  We also, if we are very honesty to ourselves, realize that our personal weakness plays a critical role in poor performance. That is when we make half hearted attempts, display a shallow temperament, find excuses to justify failure, pass on blame etc. The remedy is to address the personal weakness and fortify yourself by academic inputs/ openness to feedback/ getting professional help by way of counseling or attending specialized training like Personality Development or Effective Communication Skills

Remember: To tell yourself ‘I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination’

Try These:

  1. In your daily chores / routine there would be many tasks that you fin hard to do or dislike. List out 2-5 such tasks. Now make a special effort to objectively look at each task and make 3-5 points on how you can get yourself motivated to do the task, Alternatively how can you circumvent the task or delegate it officially.( This is not avoiding the task but handing over the task to someone more competent or more interested or more prepared to do it)
  2. What are those tasks that you love to do? Are there ways to improve upon it? Can you add more value to it? Are there other tasks that you can club with it so that the net outcome is even better than the two tasks being done independently? What is it that motivates you in doing these tasks? Are there other tasks that you can take on based on similar motivational factors being present in those tasks?

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Chance

The successful person is one who had the chance and took it. Roger Babson

Chancing your arm is an old English phrase, which is not in vogue any more; it means taking a risk or a gamble. If we scrutinize the lives of the rich and the famous, without exception, every one of them had at many times chanced their arm and have come up triumphant. Very often the chance is a probability, with a real possibility of winning and a near equal probability of losing. It takes more than guts to chance your arm; it requires you to make an intelligent guess, be well prepared for the downside risk and being very clear about the upside potential and having the stomach to digest the win or loss.

To know what it feels like to take chances, play some of the card games like bluff or poker.  As the game progresses, observe the expressions on the faces of he players and you will soon get a hang of who has a good hand and who is risk averse and who are the foolish daredevils. You will soon realize that the guy on the winning spree, did not just have the good fortune of getting a good hand, but was shrewd enough to chance his arm and dexterously outwit the others. In real life, the competition is stiffer, the stakes much higher and the payoff enormous.

You need a good acumen, a strong heart and an excellent temperament to be able to chance your arm in whatever you do. Look at a basketball player attempting a 3 pointer, or the goalkeeper defending a penalty kick in soccer or an athlete attempting to break the world record. They have tremendous self belief, exude full confidence and have prepared hard to reach their objective. An interesting sidelight to this is the quirks, oddities and superstitious rituals that very often accompany some of the heroics displayed.

Seeing the big picture is a pre requisite to taking chances. This in effect means to see the risk in the correct perspective; in terms of quantum of risk, probability of success and conditions for success, the rewards of success, the effort involved, the time and scale of the activity etc. This is particularly true when the stakes are very high. Investing in a new venture, changing a line of business, changing jobs, pursuing higher education etc. have to be viewed with an eye on the payoff. A good SWOT analysis done diligently and honestly, would be a good first step before you take chances.

Remember: Dream what you want to dream; go where you want to go; be what you want to be, because you have only one life and one chance to do all the things you want to do.”

Try these:

  1. Play a few rounds of bluff and/ or poker to get a feel of your own ability to take chances. Notice how small the stakes you are playing for are and yet how anxious you are about the activity. Also ask yourself, if while playing the game, you are focusing on not losing, or on just you winning or on not letting the other person win.
  2. Try to lay a few bets on your favorite team winning a game and the score line at the end of the game. Pay close attention to the parameters you paid close attention to when you laid your bets. Was the knowledge and strength o your opponent (the person who wagered against you) a very important consideration, when you laid the bet? Did you feel you had a good chance to win the bet when you wagered the bet?  Did you get an uncomfortable feeling you would lose soon after you laid the bet?
  3. Notice the difference between the first set of you playing the card games and the second set of activity where you only wagered but didn’t participate in the process that determined the outcome of your bet. Was there a difference? Did the first one make you feel more responsible and the second one make you feel it is all a matter of luck? Did you enjoy the first experience or the second one. Justify to yourself, why you got that feeling.

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Interest

The very first step towards success in any occupation is to become interested in it. Sir William Osler

We are curious by nature, but very often our curiosity is peripheral and we are unable to sustain our interest. This means that while we know a little about many things, we do not know much about any particular thing. In this day of competitions and specialization, to have an edge and be successful, one needs to leverage ones competitive advantage in the market place. This means that we need to have a deep and specialized knowledge, which can be gained only if we take an active and passionate interest in it.

It was Dale Carnegie who made an interesting observation when he said ‘If you take interest in people, people will take interest in you’. The importance of taking interest is equally true about everything in life. It is when you take interest in studies that one prepares better for exams, if music is your passion, it is logical that you have deep and abiding interest in it and if you are a food lover it naturally follows that you know the best eating joints in town or have access to the recipes of some exotic dishes, simply because you take interest and collate that information. Extend the logic a little further and you will notice that almost all successful professionals are passionate about their profession mainly because they have taken an extraordinary interest in the same. The same holds true for all successful people; be they in business, the performing arts, those with a scientific bent of mind or even those doing a mundane job extraordinarily well like the pizza delivery boy or the waiter in the restaurant.

It is not as simple as it looks to identify and get interested in something that in the long run gives you excellent results and brings success to you. This is because, many things interest us but when we get into the nitty gritty of each, we soon discover that there are certain unavoidable activities associated with it that challenge us, are repetitive and boring and tax us mentally and physically. Often we are lured by interest in passive activities like listening to music, watching TV and partying around, but to make a success of it means that we have to be active and leverage our interest with some learning, hard work and risk taking.

Remember: The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a thousand things well.”- Horace Walpole

Try these:

  1. If you are a student ask which subject in your current course interests you the most? If you are a professional or a homemaker ask a similar question about what interests you the most in your current role. Next ask if you are taking any special efforts to leverage your interest and gaining more proficiency or adding value to your area of interest. Eg As a home maker, your interest is in the studies of your children. Are you reading up on new techniques that will facilitate better learning? Do you know if there are resource people around who can help your children with some of their weaker subjects? Do you think you can have a data bank of such similar inputs related to students and studies that you can leverage and make into a profession as an educational consultant or offer education relate services?
  2. Now that you are reading this paragraph, it is probable that it is because you liked the contents. It is also probable that you do not fully subscribe to the views here. In either case, are you interested enough to leave a feedback by clicking on the feedback link at the end of the post? If you liked the post, would you like to be updated about the posts regularly ? If you say yes,  will you be clicking on the related links to subscribe to this Blog and be notified of new posts via email?
  3. Have you noticed the links to the weekly posts that is present at the tail end of the post? If interested click on it and discover some other interesting posts. Notice that you have to make the small effort to click and link if you are really interested.

For answers to last weeks challenge in the post ‘Doubts’ dated 8th February 2010, please see today’s post on www.poweract.blogspot.com dated 15th February 2010.

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Get Going

Inspirations never go in for long engagements; they demand immediate marriage to action. Brendan Francis

Man is not just a social animal, but a thinking species too; this gives us a unique advantage in that we are constantly ideating and never short of inspirational thoughts. Notice that at the moment of getting the inspired thought we are fully charged up, extremely passionate about our idea and can even feel the glorious dazzle of success. Alas, we are soon bogged down by trivials; our perceived lack of resources, our inability to take the risk, our inability to translate our inspirations into working project skeletons etc.  Soon our enthusiasm wanes, our self doubts creep in, we prepare to fail and work towards a self rationalizing reasons. The dazzle of success soon turns into a fizzle of leaving a trail of despondency.

Inspirations require quick responses in order to translate it into evaluative results and self propelling ventures. The key is to start (see the post on START in www.poweract.blogspot.com dt 1stFeb 2010). What a good start ensures is immediacy of action that enables one to make the commitment to make the inspiration workable. Equally important is the fact that once we start, we will be moving towards generating some results which can be evaluated for reconfirmation that our inspiration is workable or requires tweaking. The start also gives us the momentum to continue to pursue the project; the progress made helps us sustain our enthusiasm, reinforces our confidence and generates its own energy of positive reinforcement, optimistic outlook not to mention a taste of success.

An inspiration is like a bottle of soda, which once opened needs to be consumed immediately or it will loose its fizz. How we consume it, where we consume, in how much time we consume it etc. are matters that are automatically taken care of when we commit to opening  the soda bottle. Inspirations when they come leave us with even little choice for action, because we will succumb to the lure of the next idea or to the pleasures of leisure. A quick proactive response commits one to the idea, generates solutions to problems that may crop up and motivates us to chase our dream in right earnest. It may also help us reinforce our beliefs, stimulate more inspirations and possibly even kindle in you the spirit of adventure.

Remember: “Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one’s thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.”

Try these

  1. Take a sheet of paper. How many times can you fold it before you reach a point when you can’t fold it anymore? Are you guessing? Did you hear about it / read about it and so know the answer? Have you confirmed that answer? If you have never confirmed the answer… Get Going- TRY it NOW!
  2. Did you like the contents of this post? Have you noticed that there is a provision to comment about the post on the bottom of each post? Have you ever tried to give your comment / views on the post? Get going – TRY it NOW!

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Commitment

If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything. Michael Evans

Life blesses us with the best of choices. The trouble is we have to make a specific choice and that is a ‘commitment’, many of us cannot decisively make. The dilemma one faces is that all alternatives look equally attractive or have similar limitations and hence no sooner we make the choice, we believe that an alternative is better. Often we are tempted to choose on impulse, which is not a bad choice because that choice is based on our intuition and first impressions, which very often are quite balanced.

 Standing for something ensures that we have something definitive to focus on. This gives us an opportunity to examine our alternatives both objectively and insightfully, before we zoom in on our choice. This means that we must have at least a conceptual blueprint in our mind, which objectively defines the parameters within which our choices must fall. Our personal insight will provide the comfort that our heart feels, about the correctness of the choice.

Not being decisive, exposes us to the possibilities of being forced into a decision because you can’t defer it any further and not because it is well thought out and ideal. Even more dangerous is the possibility that we might end up accepting decisions that are thrust upon us or decisions which otherwise might have been our last choice. Often the decisions taken are irrevocable and could involve substantial financial outlay, have major impact on the professional, personal, social, economic or political environment in which we operate.

There are times when standing for something also means exposing ourselves to criticism, risks of varied types like social ostracism, bodily harm, financial ruin, harassment by authorities and vested interests and the like. This is particularly true if we stand up for a minority point of view or stand up against fanaticism of any kind. This means that we need to be bold and courageous, well planned and well prepared, conscious about the risks involved and ready to move well beyond our comfort zone.

Remember: Commitment unlocks the doors of imagination, allows vision, and gives us the “right stuff” to turn our dreams into reality.” James Womack

Try these:

  1. Make a list of health, wealth and travel related dreams that you have. It could relate to slimming, eating well, reducing your tummy, enhancing your income by a certain amount, contributing to a charity etc. Select one of the options from each and then make the commitment to follow-up on that for the coming year.
  2. Make a commitment to enhance your spiritual growth, your intellectual growth and your overall personality. Like the above, begin with a commitment to one way of achieving this for each area of your life.

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Cowardice

To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice. Confucius

Being called a coward is perhaps one of the most humiliating tags to be labeled with. Yet, if we look seriously at our own behavior and reactions, we will realize that more often than not, we exhibit our cowardly temperament many times in a day. Criticism about someone to others is the most common form of cowardice we display and each of us reading this post, is definitely guilty of this cowardice, me included. The fact that we are unable to stand up and express our criticism to the person who is being criticized poses the classic dilemma for many cowards; how do I boldly express myself and yet be away from the repercussions.

 While cowardice is definitely a shameful tag, practicality demands that we are not foolhardy and rush into fighting and unequal battle. Often, it is muscle power, money power and raw political power that is the bane of society at large and the ordinary citizens can see the blatant misuse of power. Yet we as concerned citizens are reduced to the status of mute spectators, simply because the daring required to directly confront the wrong doers is completely disproportionate to our own personal strengths. It is stupidity to engage in a battle or confrontation of unequal strength for you will be vanquished easily. Does this mean what we have to walk around with the defeatist tag, the tag of being a loser or worse still being labeled a Coward?

When faced with a situation that demands our proactive intervention, we must prepare well, armed with facts and figures,  analyze the situation, study the adversary’s strength and weakness and then strategically choose a course of action. It need not be direct confrontation but can be more subtle and subdued. Gathering public support through use of all communication media beginning with writing letters to the editor and giving out facts to the media will help gather momentum for the cause. As a catalyst of the momentum, you will be displaying exemplary courage, providing direction and unifying like minded forces. If you are not the catalyst, you can still be an active campaigner, supporter and disseminator of information.

 Cowardice begins when we ignore the truth because it is inconvenient to us, it is reinforced when we back away from our moral and legitimate obligations and peaks when we side with the tyranny by our indifference or our rationalization or our conformity with the injustice, simply because it suits us at that moment.

Remember:  The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice, it is conformity.” Rollo May

 Try these:

  1. Do you have a strong view point about certain political happenings or societal happenings, which you feel is irrational or taking place because of self centered / vested interests? Identify these and ask yourself how you can raise you voice / oppose the happening actively and not ignore it, because it doesn’t affect you at all.
  2.  As a citizen of the world you would definitely be concerned about climate change, global warming, environmental pollution, human rights violations, wars, hunger and disease around the world etc. Have you identified at least one amongst these as a cause for which you will work? If not, is it because none of these affect you and you don’t want to worry about them since in your opinion, these are problems about which you can do nothing?  Can you take a membership to an organization concerned with any of these issues? Can you write letters to the editors on these, so as to get public support for it?
  3. Plastics are a bane to environment, but the multinationals are still peddling their wares in plastic bottles/ containers etc. Can you boycott it? Can you campaign against it or support a campaign against it? Will you be able to stop using plastic bags? Can you encourage people to use cloth bags or are you ashamed to carry one yourself?

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Daring

No one reaches a high position without daring. Publilius Syrus

Dare –Do –Win is a common slogan that many graduating classes have printed on their T-shirts. It symbolizes the spirit of youth, the lofty ideas of a fresh graduate and the passions that drive the wheels of progress. Movies are a great influencer in shaping such thoughts because the heroes always dare – do – win.  Remember the movie Where Eagles Dare or the Rocky and Rambo sequel of movies or the James Bond Series or the numerous Western Movies and the War Movies. In real life though, the daring is fraught with genuine challenges, big risks and high stakes.

History bears testimony to the great leaders in War, Business, Science; Social Service etc. who have dared to take up challenges and more often than not won. It is a pity though that history does not really record the heroics of the vanquished who must have been even more daring but lack of skill, support or just fate dealt them cruel blows in the battles they fought. Napoleon and Hitler are exceptions to this fate, but the exploits of Alexander the Great, King Akbar and Shivaji Maharaj throw light on the daring that preceded their victory and the recognition. The frontiers of science, business and social service throw up heroes who dared to think differently, furrow a lonely path, stand firm against their critics and triumph in the knowledge that they have liberated the world from the tyranny of self imposed boundaries and limited knowledge.

Daring is not foolhardiness; it is not impulsive nor is it use of brute physical or intellectual strength. Daring in fact is intelligent use of available resources, using the tools of sophisticated planning, leveraging the existing knowledge, harnessing creative insights, channeling mental and physical strength, filtering all these through the moral and ethical filters and taking calculated risks. It involves decision making of the highest order, leadership of great maturity and a farsighted vision. For those who dare, victory is never assured but they never live with any regrets!!; achievement of their dreams is the icing on the cake of life.

Remember: Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary. Cecil Beaton

Try these:

  1. Read the poem Ride a Wild Horse  http://www.cyber-key.com/mj/wildhorse.html   What is the message of the poet? Do you have wild horse (ideas/ passions/ dreams/goals/targets) that you would like to ride (attempt/ try/ work on) into the sun (attain glory/ get recognition/ be rewarded for)?
  2. Look back and recollect the most daring things you have done? It is possible that many of the dares you took up challenged authority, bordered on the dangerous or was plain foolhardy. Do you still retain that daring within you? If that daring has been stifled, can you outline the reasons for it? Does too much of analysis and fear of failure play a dominant part in your lack of daring?

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Opportunity

There is no security on this earth. Only opportunity. General Douglas MacArthur

 Look around and you will find scores of competent, intelligent and dynamic people who have never realized their full potential. The one common trait these people will invariably share, is their propensity to gravitate towards safe options, be it in career, social life or personal life. As the old saying goes, a ship is safe in the harbor, but that was never the reason for which it was built. Similarly if our talents, our learning, our personality is to be harnessed to its fullest so that we impact our surroundings, society and the world at large we must be prepared to face the risks of failure, disappointments, lack of appreciation and criticism.

Security in life is very limited and is as good or as bad as the human mind can conceive. Every one of us runs the risk of death, be it a sudden one through an accident or a heart attack or a slow and painful one through cancer, Alzheimer’s or arthritis. Does it mean that we become hypochondriacs popping pills to remain disease free or live life with the Damocles sword of death hanging over our lives everyday? Take the case of our computer systems, it is prone to hacking every moment; yet do we stop using the computer? Then why is that we stop being adventurous, being creative, being daring, being torchbearers for a cause or simply go about doing the best we can? Perhaps we need to seek the opportunities that are galore in life and grab them with both hands rather than go about whining that we are beset with problems, troubles and failures!

 Even failure is an opportunity to learn and correct ones self. If we look at life from that perspective, we will soon realize that there are opportunities galore all around us and that we have been wasting those opportunities. It is never too late, so start now. Take the initiative to step forward and attempt what you always wanted to do. A word of caution, plan well before you embark on your mission to size the opportunities. The question now is where and what are these opportunities? Most opportunities are available in the form of problems to be solved, passions to be explored, new experiences to be had, discoveries to be made, improvements to me made, feelings to be expressed e.g. through paintings, poetry, drama, films etc.

When Columbus embarked on his voyage to discover the other lands, he didn’t see it as a problem of crossing seven seas instead he saw an opportunity to create history. Look at the heroics of the Spaniard Hernando Cortes who set out in 1519 to conquer the Aztecs. When he set out, Cortes had eleven ships, 600 men, twenty horses, and ten small cannons. Upon landing in Mexico, he burned his ships, so that his men would not desert him and hen his men had no option but to fight and Win. We may not attempt such heroics, but when we can conquer our fears, over come our apprehensions and have self belief, we will then seize the wondrous opportunities that are swirling around us.

Remember: Opportunity is sheep in wolf’s clothing.

Try this:

  1. If you are aware of SWOT analysis, attempt it now. (You can see the post on Self Acceptance dated 12th January 2010 to know more about SWOT). In particular pay attention to the possible opportunities around you which can help you grow in your career, your personal life and improve the quality of your personal and family life. Try to attempt a secret passion that you want to give expression to, like dancing, acting, singing, painting, photography, traveling etc.
  2. Outline some of your worst fears. Can you see opportunity in them? You may need to be creative and think differently in order to see the opportunities. E.g. You fear your stagnating in your career. Can you see opportunity to start your own venture? Do you think you can change your career path and move on to something that you are passionate about? Will a change of jobs be opportune? This might be the right time to circulate your resume and explore possibilities elsewhere. Maybe this is the time to upgrade your skills or learn a skill that is much in demand at your work place and one which can actually help you leap frog your career.

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