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A new dawn… a bright start.

Day’s sweetest moments are at dawn.  Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Anyone who is a late riser would find it very tough to empathize with this quote if he/ she interprets it literally.  However if one were to understand it from the perspective of dawn being an euphemism for the beginning of the day, the quote suddenly seems to dazzle. Every day brings with it the prospect of numerous possibilities and depending on our attitude we can relish every moment. It these mysterious but very real moments that one needs to focus attention on as soon as one wakes up, for then we can capture those moments in our daily living.

For a late riser, getting out of bed itself is a very painful and unavoidable chore and so in most cases their mood is already fouled up. It is therefore highly improbable that the mornings hold much sweetness for such people. Yet these very people will eagerly await the dawn when they have to go for a picnic or catch an early train or plane to go on a holiday. Notice that it is the expectation of something pleasurable and the consequent positive attitude that really motivates these individuals. So theoretically one must replicate the same feelings on a daily basis to ensure that each day begins with hope and ends in happiness. Unfortunately very few of us can say that our work is a picnic or a holiday so we soon become disillusioned and pessimistic. Can we remedy this situation?

Yes one can always attempt to remedy a bad situation and in the above case, one needs to find out some great positives and motivators in the daily job. For some it might be the possibility of meeting new people, for others it could be the prestige and respect offered by the job, others would perhaps focus on the reality of having a good job when compared to the reality everywhere. Some could enjoy the company of colleagues, the challenges in the job itself could motivate, visualizing one’s self as a very key member of the team could be a motivator and so on. Once the motivator is identified, there is a natural urge and a magnetic pull which in turn would provide the impetus to be positive and make one eager to look forward to each day. It is this change in attitude that would make each new dawn a momentous one.

The dawn also provides the silence in which one can mediate and rejuvenate, it ensures that each one wakes up fully charged and energized  and it gives every individual the opportunity to realize their dreams. When the cock crows and the birds chirp, we suddenly become one with nature and in that moment we suddenly also discover the wonder of waking up ; to a wonderful new day , to new opportunities and most of all to possibilities of making up for those moments that we may never utilized fully yesterday.

Remember: However long the night, the dawn will break.”  African Proverb

Try this:

  1. Make a determined effort to wake up at dawn for the next 2 weeks. More importantly ensure that each new day you leave your house and take a different route and take in the sights that greet you. For someone living in the cities focus on finding out the beauty of nature amongst the concrete jungle. For those fortunate to live in countryside focus on finding new flowers, insects, new sounds, new birds etc. Reflect on the wonders of your new discoveries.
  2. Make an attempt to wake up at dawn and do some new types of physical activity that you have never attempted or rarely tried. It could be deep breathing, yoga, cycling, aerobics, brisk walking, marathon running, tai ichi etc.

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Those who act make mistakes…

The only man who makes no mistakes is the man who never does anything. Eleanor Roosevelt

Critics particularly move critics are a breed that thrives on running down movies in general and the skill sets of the artistes in particular and by default claim expertise by virtue of their armchair proclamations. Sadly none of them venture into actually making / acting/ directing movies for that is a sure shot way for them to shoot themselves in the foot. This pretty much illustrates the reality of those who are hands on and face the flak and those who do nothing but earn a living running down others. By the way, many a critic has to eat humble pie when their crystal ball gazing goes wrong and what they run down becomes a super hit and what they grudgingly admire is rejected by the audience; further proof that if you do your job you will make mistakes.

The only trouble with mistakes is that in critical areas they never offer a second chance. Take the case of a doctor conducting a major operation or a pilot landing a plane in inclement weather; they never have the luxury of letting down their guard let alone making a mistake. Perhaps on hindsight we too realize the numerous mistakes that dot our life, marring its beauty but perhaps not scarring it permanently. For most of us a cursory glance at our school report cards will highlight the mistakes that were the offshoot of youthful tomfoolery and immaturity.  Closer home, at the work place our daily work might be punctuated with big and small mistakes none of which would have happened if had not done anything.

Mistakes are a result of carelessness, ignorance, misunderstanding, misinformation or sheer bad luck. In very rare cases of course mistakes are deliberately committed to spite or get even with another or for not so honorable considerations. As is obvious, for a mistake to happen there must be some action. Action takes place only when someone does something either as part of his duty or because he/ she is directed to do it. Most mistakes can be rectified and corrective action initiated to minimize the impact of the mistake provided the mistakes are identified at the earliest. Unfortunately many of us are so wary of the consequences of mistakes like getting punished that we first attempt to cover up failing which we try to pass blame and even distance ourselves from that mistake. If people realized that coming clean when a mistake happens is the best bet for you protect your integrity whilst getting help in rectifying the mistake.

There is no one who can claim he did not make any mistake. As someone correctly pointed out even Jesus Christ had to just make 12 right decisions (when he chose his disciples) yet he got one wrong – Judas! We mortals are more susceptible ; so take heart and get along with the job on hand!

Remember: “Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” Conrad Hilton

Try this:

  1. Try to recollect the worst mistake that you made. Can you identify the reasons for that mistake? What lessons did you learn from that mistake?
  2. Examine your own reactions to mistakes made by others. How will you deal with a situation where you notice that your boss has made a major mistake? Similarly how will you deal with a subordinate whose minor mistake has unfortunately snowballed into a major problem for you because your workings were based on his inputs?

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Unless you try…

No one knows what he can do until he tries. Publilius Syrus

Most people when confronted with a new situation or a new task immediately react with a response that they cannot measure up to it. While it is a normal human response to shy away from what is perceived as tough call, a little rational thinking and logic if applied will make us realize that everything is possible unless we try and fail. To put it differently, unless we try how will we know if we are capable of it? Look at our own life and the numerous new tasks that we have tried at first, failed and yet perceived and become experts at it. Remember the early kindergarten days when evening memorizing the alphabets was a challenge and writing it a very daunting prospect. As we grew learning to swim posed a huge problem of fear of drowning and inability to float and yet today we jump into a pool shrieking with delight. Remember the bruised knees when learning to cycle and confusing clutch and brake while learning to drive. When we persisted we mastered!

One reason we fail to try is simply fear of failure. The embarrassment of failure has been the biggest stumbling block to people daring to attempt. Most of us don’t even realize our full potential because we are not prepared to take risks, explore different avenues and are secure in the comfort of the routine. In real, almost all of us fail in our first attempt at anything new and yet with singularity of purpose, a steely resolve and a unquenchable thirst we can repeatedly attempt till we achieve what we set out to do. Look at a small baby’s first attempt at standing up and walking all by itself. The child will fall repeatedly, perhaps even hurting itself in the process but it strives and finally achieves its first baby steps.  One reason for it is its natural instincts but equally important is its carving to walk and lack of fear of falling.

Another major reason for us failing to try is because we are tempted to visualize something new in a grossly distorted manner. Right from seeing the task as much tougher than what it really is, we go on to imagine that it requires superhuman efforts to achieve it and as a lastly  simply rationalize that we are ignorant of how to go about it. True that anything new poses a challenge and sometimes by sheer fluke we may get it right first time but that simply boosts our confidence thought it may also trigger grossly exaggerated expectations from onlookers. Imagine trying to play pool for the first time and in your first attempt you manage to pocket the correct ball. You are acutely aware that there needs to be a right stance and proper style to use the cue and yet the thrill of pocketing the ball remains imprinted in your mind.

Most people don’t try anything new simply because they are happy with the status quo and wonder why they want anything more in life if it involves trying something new. At best we may experiment with new restaurants, new malls and new movies and the like. The common thread being it is near risk free and does not make us get involved too much. Youngsters will attempt to imitate others so as to be up to date on style but in reality they are going with the trend and not really creating something new. It takes a lot of courage to buck the trend be it style, beliefs, goals etc. How many of us are prepared to follow ones heart desire when choosing a future? Do we really have to courage to be trail blazers and change agents? Can we let go the security of our normal life and furrow a different path that may be full of surprises, shocks, difficulties but nevertheless promise tremendous adventure and excitement?  When we can cut the umbilical cord that ties us to our past only then can we say, we tried something new and when we did not succeed we tried again until we succeeded!

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

Try this:

  1. Attempt a new type of exercise routine. Eg. If you do yoga try aerobics or vice versa. Notice how inhibited you are initially but how you soon gain expertise in the new style.
  2. If you have a secret desire it is time you made a beginning towards attaining it. Whatever your desire put on paper the steps required to achieve it. Then before the week is out start working on step one that you have listed. Eg. You want to learn music. Identify the type of music, the time slot available to you and locate the possible teachers. Begin by at least reading up on the type of music you are interested in.

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