Decoding “Success”

Often we get thoughts like, “can we do this.. or can we do that…” etc.

Only some of those thoughts stay with us.  Why?

It is because of the element of “intensity” of those thoughts.

Have you noticed?..  All the people in jails are not really criminals.  Some intense emotions within a split-second madness ended them in incarcerations.  Result ?….

Sometimes even loved ones are gone – forever!  Destructive, isn’t it ?

Usually intense thoughts have better conversions to “actions” ironically for the wrong reasons – destructive!

The consequence? – We have to repent for decades; sometimes even for our whole life!!

Rarely, we act upon intense thoughts for good reasons – constructively.  When do we remember the last time that we have done something good or great?..

If at all we do something constructive or appreciable, we brag around as if it was a Himalayan achievement.  We even expect others to start respecting us.  But was it really GREAT?

We only have “low” intense thoughts for good or constructive reasons.  When looking at Wangari Maathai, a Nobel laureate from Africa, for having planted over 20 million trees, how comparable are our’s?…

Does that mean “Intense” thoughts for good or constructive reasons are difficult to act upon or succeed?  Not really!

Most of the time, we blame circumstances or situations for not being conducive to help convert our intense thoughts to actions.  Isn’t it?

Let us see how we can methodically attempt slowly but steadily, towards REAL achievements. Strong intense feel or thoughts lead to solid actions.

Such intense actions lead to excellence!

Excellence is rare and when it is rare, it attracts high demand.

High demand means, across the table “WE” can speak TERMS; hence SUCCESS is our way!!

Now, 2 things play against us to reach this success.  One, our “laziness” and two, finding “shortcuts.”

Due to laziness, we blames circumstances or situations.  It is the same laziness that drives us to seek shortcuts.

Who else can be a better living example other than Sachin Tendulkar showing us not to “find any shortcuts” for success?

Having understood the reasons that hamper excellence, now we think, problem solved, right?

Though it is easily said, doing is the difficult part.

“Laziness” is the culprit that stands between us and success!

This culprit makes us dependent upon others, other’s skills.  What we call as conducive circumstance or situation is just sheer dependence on others.  If we are stuck at some point, why don’t we find “other” ways?

One of the best such way is to learn those “skills” that we depend upon.

A drunkard can find what he wants even on a “dry” day, isn’t it?  Such is his intensity.

How many laws and agencies are working towards eradicating drugs?  Still, how far is it working against those intense drug mafia?

Why should intense feel work only for Wrong Reasons?  Why can’t it work for Good Reasons?

We cannot allow circumstances or situations to run our life, right?  Keep distance from “dependence.”

Some ways to overcome our laziness are,

  1. Learn to bypass that hampering component (component meaning skills).
  2. If at all we cannot proceed without that component, let us acquire that component ourselves.

Most of the time, we can learn skills for which we are dependent on others.  Particularly in this age of internet, just Google or go to YouTube.  There are tons of information available on any subject beyond our imagination.  If we want to learn any new subject, it would hardly take 2 weeks to master that.  Such is the ocean of information on almost any subjects on the net!

One other most significant element we have to practice is to have a “blueprint” ready to have an organized mind map.  Many obscure forms can get cleared by charting down things.

A structured skeleton bears a better body!

Structure simplifies actions.

Intense feel has to be processed with these above tools of,

  1. Learning required skills
  2. Structured blueprints.

Take an example of students who prepare their academics the last minute before the exam.  Most of them succeed in exams just because of their “intense” preparation during the last minute.

Had they had followed the above two principles as their routine, would’t the “quality of success” be much better or even best?

Most of the time, it is just the “practice” that makes the difference between excellence and ordinary.

While the first tool releases the “Devil of Dependence,” the second tool provides “Clarity” – the recipe for SUCCESS!

All that I have discussed above is, keeping in mind those students and youngsters out there….

For Groups and Organizations, the recipe for success are more complex and would need deep analysis, understanding, and customization depending on each unique situations.  This is beyond the scope of this article.

Nevertheless, let me share one “generic element” that is common to most of the situations.

This would be, to “ensure” all individual members of the group to have the same kind of intensity in terms of feel or thoughts.  Something abstract, right?  True – most of the time, we work on the “objective” facet with little insight on the “subjective” facet.

Ensuring, would aid “collective efficiency” leading to “collective success.”

The problem is with the word “ensure.”  Mostly we connote to “making sure” of a certain modality or course of action.  I am not really talking about the meaning of the word.

I am actually discussing about, “How” do we ensure certain things to happen?  The “How” part is vital!

Yes, let us please understand,

“Ensuring” shall NOT be compulsive.

A good example would be ensuring “discipline” in defense forces.  There are intense protocols and breaches are dealt with severity.  Maybe, it is okay with the defense sectors.

But, compulsive methods little yield organic results – particularly with civilians 🙂

Here, we have to “ensure” or ascertain methods that generate outcomes consciously and spontaneously.  There is no “pushing” or compulsive factor attached, either hidden or apparent!

Everything flows naturally with little outside compulsions.  The doer does it on their own voluntarily for nobody’s sake.  They do everything for themselves.

In short, the patron of the group or organization shall ENSURE that the applied methodologies shall GENERATE the best feel or thought from WITHIN.

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