Success is Peace of Mind…

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“Success is peace of mind

which is a direct result of

self-satisfaction in knowing

you did your best to become the best

you are capable of becoming.”

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John Wooden (Photo source: Wikipedia)

John Robert Wooden (October 14, 1910-June 4, 2010), American basketball player, NCAA basketball head coach, ESPN’s coach of the 20th century, Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Mentor, Author of several books including the one about the Pyramid of Success.

Carve a Niche for Yourself…

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“Greatness is not a commodity to be bought and sold in the market. A man does not become a historic figure by a fluke or quick wink of fate but by carving a niche for himself in the temple of fame. His greatness stature is the crowning result of his exceptional endeavours.”

 

– Prof. Agam Prasad Mathur (27 July 1930 – ), Scholar, Historian, Researcher, and Author of several books including ‘Petals of Love’ from which the above has been reproduced, Head Radhasoami Satsang, Former Vice Chancellor, Agra University, Agra, India (1982 – 1985 and 1988 – 1991), Photo Source: Radhasaomi Satsang

Success is being a laughter yogi…

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“To laugh often and much;

To win the respect of elder people and the affection of children;

To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;

To appreciate beauty and goodness in others;

To find the best in others;

To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;

To know that even one life has breathed easier because you lived.

This is to have succeeded in life.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

 

Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882), American poet, lecturer, essayist, and leader transcendentalist movement. Photo Source: Wikipedia

 

 

 

Each one of us has our own definition of ‘Success’. The definition that I like most is the one above by Ralph Waldo Emerson that brings out as to what it means to have succeeded in life…Most of us spend our lives running after the material things…and I am not an exception…But, do note that none of these material things find any place in the above definition…In fact, it makes us aware as to what really is important in this ephemeral world and thus provides us the right understanding vital for leading this life…

Success means to laugh often and much…This poem by Emerson is a favorite of mine and I dedicate it to all the ‘laughter yogis’ who make me laugh…

Six Powerful Questions for Team Building…

Recently, the Indian Cricket Team currently touring England performed dismally in the test matches. After drawing the first test match and winning the second, the performance of the team in the next three test matches drastically declined and the team lost to England 1-3. The teams morale was down in the dumps. A lot of analysis was being done by the media to identify the cause for such a poor performance.

Indian Cricket Team. Photo Source www rediff.com

 

Dr. Rudi V. Webster, famous sports psychologist and author of book entitled “Think Like A Champion” offered an advise, published by The Times of India on 24 August 2014, to the Indian Team to do soul searching as to why the team performed so poorly and what needs to be done to come out of such a slump. He offered the following six questions that the Indian team must ask and answer honestly to come out of this difficult situation:-

What do we want to achieve and become and why?

What standards should we aim for?

What do we stand for and believe in?

What are our most important values and priorities?

What is our action plan?

What are the bad habits, limiting beliefs and negative thinking that will hold us back? 

I thought of sharing these powerful questions with you simply because these are not only applicable to the Indian Cricket Team but also to any team working in organizations.  Soul searching using these questions and answering them honestly and thoroughly can bring out as to  what ails the team  and why it is not able to achieve its objectives. Once we are aware as to what ails us, we can take appropriate corrective action to come out as a winner.

“Success is not permanent and failure is not fatal,” with these words of Rudi Webster, I sign off this blog-post stating that failures are like the stepping stones for success and must be taken in our strides with self-belief, self-discipline and self-confidence, to emerge victorious.

Being Successful…

Most of us keep running after success throughout our lives knowing not what it is and it keeps eluding us. Mostly, we define success in terms of positions that we attain or physical facilities like a palatial house, a big car, a fat salary, a huge bank balance, etc. We keep working very hard without any respite to think as to what exactly this success is all about. In this “Bhagam-Bhag” (aka Rat-race), we have little time for building relationship, being busy from morning till evening acquiring more and more physical facilities endlessly. If we carefully look at our daily schedule, we would find that our major chunk of the time goes towards accumulation of these physical facilities. And when we attain them, we, for a while do get pleasure but that is very short-lived and yet again, we restart this cycle to look for something that will give us a feeling of having succeeded. The primary reason for this feeling is that we do not allocate our time wisely towards nurturing our relationships with our family members, friends and colleagues. I am not trying to suggest that these physical or material things have no importance at all. They do play a significant role in our lives and are important to lead a decent life style but the problem starts when they become the only focus of our life  totally ignoring our relationships. So, we need to define first what “Success” means to us.

According to Ralph Waldo Emerson, the great American philosopher, Success means:

“To laugh often and much;

To win the respect of elder people and the affection of children;

To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;

To appreciate beauty and goodness in others;

To find the best in others;

To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;

To know that even one life has breathed easier because you lived.

This is to have succeeded in life.”

Lastly, When we succeed, Success makes us feel Happy. Happiness is a feeling within; it has nothing much to do with physical or material things. When there is caring, appreciation, love, and affection for others; when there is trust and respect in the relationships, we are happy and successful.

Harmony in relationship is the key that opens the door to Success and Happiness.

Be successful…Be happy…Always.

 

 

 

Success Mantra : Hard Work with Determination and Total Focus

Recently, I had written a blog-post entitled “Nothing Worthwhile Ever Comes Easy in Life” with Pusarla Venkata Sindhu as its protagonist. The teenager had amply proved her mettle, then, by winning the Malaysian Grand Prix Badminton title and I had attributed her success to her hard work, discipline, dedication, willingness to accept challenges, burning desire to excel, passion and commitment for the game and above all the never-say-die spirit. She has, once again, proved, beyond doubt, by winning the bronze medal at the BWF World Badminton Championship being held at Guangzhou in China that she is a world – class Champion in the making. After defeating two former world no. 1 Chinese players, in straight games, she lost 21-10, 21-13 , in the women’s singles semi finals, to another talented teen-aged Thai shuttler, Ratchanok Intanon, world No.3.  Despite her defeat, world No. 12 Sindhu was happy with the way she performed on her debut in the World Badminton Championship and reportedly said,

“It was a great tournament for me. It was my first World Championship and getting a medal is a huge achievement. I want to dedicate my success to my coach, Gopi Sir. He is the one who believed in me.”

PV Sindhu (Photo courtesy The Hindu)

Sindhu’s success mantra, as reported, is very simple: total focus and immense work. Her day begins at 3.30 am, with her session getting underway at 4.00 am when the world is sleeping.

I am sure, with this kind of hard work with determination and focus, the day is not very far when Sindhu would be on top of the world. And, with these words, I sign off this blog-post averring that if you wish to scale such height of success in your field of endeavor, then you too need to follow Sindhu’s mantra of success.