Tag: Enthusisam

Taking up challenges

“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything? ”Vincent van Gogh

Even as I write on this quote, I can see its relevance immediately. I have just returned from an exhausting day long trip and it is 1.30 am but since I haven’t written the blog I am determined to do it. However I was assailed by self doubts, my body was screaming with tiredness and the urge to throw in the towel very compelling. However the quote jabbed my conscious hard and injected a fresh dose of enthusiasm, partly by its compelling truth but mainly by its taunting challenge.

Many of us would have gone through a similar crisis where the spirit seems willing but the flesh perceives itself to be weak. These are the critical times in life when we need to find our inner resources deep within us and motivate ourselves to pick up the challenge. Despite our personal misgivings we must plod on in hope and then we will be pleasantly surprised to discover that we had badly underestimated ourselves. This new discovery about ourselves triggers a chain reaction and suddenly we find that we are more energized, very positive and find courage to welcome more challenges. Our life suddenly seems a lot different than what it was when we merely breathed, ate and lived devoid of too much of plan, purpose or passion.

Unless we have a plan for ourselves, we would be simply drifting through life with neither any interest nor any focus. The unrealized potential of the numerous people we know, clearly vindicates the reality that without a plan people are bound to exist but  end up wasting their abilities, talents and potential. On the other hand the numerous success stories of the apparently average person, sharply focuses attention on how these individuals identified their core strengths and formulated a plan to leverage that strength. For a plan to succeed there must be larger purpose to which it is aligned. The purpose that we are set to focus on must be positive in tone, create value and generate goodwill. Corporate mission and vision statements reflect the purpose and plan of the organization.

No plan or purpose by itself gives results unless backed by passion. It is when the inner urge overrides the negative emotions that we actually gain courage and confidence for then we are sized by the need to accomplish and succeed. When we lack courage to attempt we are setting ourselves up for failure. Passion provides that one critical ingredient that ignites mind, body and soul to align as one, work in tandem and persevere even if our initial attempts fail. Our reward is in the exuding that we stuck to our task and achieved what we set out to do. The one common trait in all those who have  no passion is reflected in them behaving like wimps constantly complaining, frequently failing and wallowing in self pity. Unless one dares to attempt we will never realize the true potential we have within us be it our talents, abilities or skills. The most important lesson would be the discovery that failure never kills, opportunities need to be sought out and exploited and success is yours for the asking if you have to courage to attempt again and again.

Remember: “You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.”  Beverly Sills

Try this:

  1. Outline the three passions you were keen to indulge in but never did. Choose one of these passions and make a determined bid to be fully committed to that passion. Eg. Wanting to play the mouth organ
  2. Examine some of your worst fears. Choose one and plan with a purpose as to  how you will go about minimizing your fears. Start working on that fear an attempt to regain your confidence. E.g. You  are scared of snakes. Begin by watching some program on snakes on TV. Thereafter try to visit a snake park and if bold enough to handle  a snake.

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Light up your life

To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it. Mother Teresa

Sometimes we have no choice but to cheerfully keep doing what seems boring, insipid and repetitive. The fact is that these are small inconveniences that we have to put up with in order to ensure that we can keep going forward and attain our goals. In the winter, when we are cozy in bed enjoying our sweet dreams, the alarm rudely jolts you and signals the beginning of another day. You then reluctantly get out of bed. What is worse is that this goes on for a couple of months and yet you wouldn’t dare to shut of the alarm much as you hate it. Similarly most of our life goes in doing repetitive tasks be it ironing our clothes, polishing our shoes or brushing our teeth and taking a shower and we do it cheerfully sometimes, reluctantly occasionally but most times we are indifferent.

On the larger canvas of life, there are many other tougher challenges that irritate and disturb us but we might be left with no choice but to go through it. Perhaps it is the daily commute, the nasty boss whom you despise but have to meet daily or it could be the insufferable canteen food that challenges you daily.  The real issue is not the repetitive action but the attitude to it. If one were to look at these tasks as chores to be done, it would be painful, never ending and accepted in bad grace. On the other hand if one were to see it as an opportunity to contribute, learn from, influence others etc. we would eagerly await the chance.  When in love for example, we never seem to tire of meeting the same person daily and spend hours with him/ her. When we keep solving mathematics problems because we want to score well we visualize the success and cope with the strain and stress of solving as many problems as we can.

To ensure that we not only cope up with the daily grind, what we need to do is change our attitude. Looking at the resultant benefits is a sure shot way to make peace with ourselves and enjoy the work on hand. E.g. If we are overweight, the thought of losing weight and looking handsome/ pretty will  spur us on to hit the gym and do the workouts with vigor and enthusiasm. If we can see the big picture it helps us better appreciate our contribution to the whole structure and we also realize what an important role we play in scripting the success story. E.g. Instead of merely seeing our job as that of a brick layer if we realize that we are contributing to building a palace, we realize our contribution and strategic utility and then even the most mundane job becomes interesting and important to us.  Be motivated by the opportunity to learn and grow. Then if one has to chase ones dream then no job is too tough or too demeaning. E.g. Most students pursuing their studies in the west are acutely conscious of the steep fee structure and so they pick up part time jobs well below their educational level, status  and dignity but see it as contributing to their long term goals and so they are motivated and charged up.

To brighten our future, our life and the present moment we need to constantly fuel our desires, plans and our efforts, all of which may be very repetitive and monotonous in nature but critical and unavoidable. We need to seek out a reason to like these tasks just as one constantly refills the lamp with oil in order to dispel darkness and provide light.

Remember: It is better to light a lamp than curse the darkness.

Try this:

  1. If you are a habitual procrastinator identify 3 reasons for your behavior. ( If you do not know what is procrastination check the meaning right now or you are guilty of procrastinating.) List out 5 jobs that are still pending and begin attempting to complete the tasks.
  2. If you are guilty of any two of the following, it could signal your aversion to doing mundane / repetitive tasks.
  • Not filing your papers regularly
  • Polishing your shoes only occasionally
  • Delaying paying your bills even if you have sufficient bank balance to pay off your outstanding
  • Not doing some task requested by a family member / friend simply because you can take them for granted.
  • Not keeping appointments because you find there are more pleasurable alternatives

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Make things happen

Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out. Anon

Opportunity beckons at every turn, but most times we see them as obstacles that disrupt the smooth flow of our life. We tend to evaluate happenings in the light of what we would wish to happen rather than seeing it as surprises, chances or a great break that we must use to the full. For example if one fails an exam the immediate reaction is one of defeat, hurt, shame and pain which is justified under the circumstances. However if one were to see that failure as an opportunity or a chance or a break , one would immediately make the connect that perhaps we are not cut out for it or that we need to pursue something that enthuses us and this is the right time to make that move.

Many of us are conformists and this poses the big problem of adjusting to change or even visualizing even the remote possibility of some opportunity in problems. The tried and tested ways of life are safe options which have very little risk attached to it and so the vast majority of us try desperately to follow the same path. In this pursuit, we suppress our own personal preferences, give in to social, family and peer pressure and turn a blind eye to any alternatives that may fleetingly make an appearance. Ask yourself if you regularly follow a set routine every morning or are you disturbed if some events throw your plans out of gear. Eg.  You are a coffee addict and cannot function with your cuppa. Unfortunately one morning you just can’t seem to find the coffee jar. How you react to this situation is perhaps an indicator of how much of a conformist you are.

There is a large section of the population that loves to avoid responsibility and who won’t hesitate to apportion blame. They will find excuses for not playing their part well and end up portraying a ‘poor me ‘syndrome to ensure that they are not blamed. They will go all out to find lacunae in the planning and execution which cannot be linked back to them. These people actually also love to wallow in self pity and many of them even enjoy the attention and sympathy they get. They actively seek out issues to shirk all responsibility and quickly find a fall guy to pass blame to if events don’t follow the expected or planned schedule.  More often than not these people attain moderate success and are critical by nature. The bureaucracy is quite often staffed by people with such a mentality.

Success is ordained for those who are passionate about what they want for they seek it out in the complex maze called life. Thos who don’t stop to apportion blame, those who take responsibility for all that they do, the people who are prepared to struggle hard, take risks and grasp opportunities are optimists with a mission. They are the ones who somehow manage a toe hold in the door of destiny and by grasping every little opportunity that comes their way attain success. To them every set back is a chance to pit their wits against; they never stop to find excuses but seek to find the fault and correct it. Look at a marathon runner who has to practices for hours on end exerting themselves till they nearly collapse. There is no guarantee that they will even complete a marathon in a proper race much less win it.  What drives and motivates them is the real possibility that they will not only complete the race but win it too.

Remember: “We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.”  Charles R. Swindoll

Try these:

  1. Read the poem ‘ The Psalm of Life’ by H.W. Longfellow. Click on the following link to see a commentary on the various verses of the poem. http://poweract.blogspot.com/2009/12/psalm-of-life-commentry.html
  2. Jot down 3 difficulties that you faced in the past week. Now try to reframe these as possible opportunities for you to have leveraged.  To understand how there are opportunities in difficulties click on the following link and read the well known short story The Verger by Somerset Maugham http://sinden.org/verger.html

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Give me a man who sings at his work. Thomas Carlyle

It is no secret that a person with a pleasant disposition and countenance, is often the most popular person around. It is true in all walks of life and the best part is that such people liven up the environment they are in. A fairly reliable indicator of such positive, happy and energetic people is that they always have a smile on their face, a song on their lips and faith in themselves.

The world at large puts a premium on education, skills and hard work in order to separate the wheat from the chaff. However, when it comes to selecting team members, it is soon evident that these attributes have to be supplemented by subtle qualities in the individual like creativity, motivation and enthusiasm if one has to get a winning combination. One on one too, a single individual with conviction in himself, can take on any challenge and deliver results if he is driven by enthusiasm and is equally motivated.

The beauty of enthusiasm is that it charges up the person, gives him boundless energy, fires up his spirit and enables him to transmit the fervor to anyone who comes in contact with him. Equally importantly, work on hand becomes a pleasure for him, the completion of the task a welcome goal and excellence the only standard that he believes in. Who would not like to be associated with such a person – be it a superior, a subordinate or a team member.

Remember : Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.”

Try these

  • List out the leisure activities that you are most enthusiastic about. How do you ensure that you find time for that activity / activities? Can you draw up a list of tasks in your work that you are equally enthusiastic about? Are there tasks that you dislike / hate and how do you cope with them?
  • Select 3 jobs that you would hate to do. Now outline how those doing those jobs motivate themselves to do it. How do the following people motivate themselves- a grave digger, the doctor doing post mortems, the guards on trains, the watchmen on night duty.
  • If you had an option to change your profession or subjects of studies (if you are a student), what would your alternative be. Do you think you will do much better there? If yes- then are you prepared to make the switch? If no- what is holding you back?

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