Thursday, July 31, 2008

Belief.. Ultimately you are what you think you are

If you are in a habit of reading self help books, you will find that nearly all authors will focus on the belief system and related topics in first few pages. What do you think makes the author comment on the power of belief initially? It’s something which you would never have thought of in your wildest imagination! If, the author is incapable of helping you build a belief system there is no point in going forward with the book.

The first quality you need to inculcate is, to believe in yourself. Ultimately if you want to change, you need to believe you are capable of changing. Let’s face it; any accomplishment is 80% belief and 20% action. You have innumerable capabilities in you to become a winner, still the question that haunts all of us is, why are we not the best in our field? The answer lies within you! Introspect and find out what are you made off? Do you have all the firepower to become the best?

We all have experienced the power of belief. We may have outrun a powerful opponent with our belief system, be it in the field of sports, academics or business. This is how experts state the power of belief "When you believe you can attain your goal and take a powerful decision; suddenly from no where the entire billion cells in your body will power you with energy so that you take the necessary action to make it a reality"

Belief can be compared to a car with an engine but without a steering. The engine represents the immense power you have in you while the steering represents your belief level. Without proper sense of direction you cannot command yourself to perform any action. Just like the car will move and reach some destination, you will definitely be someone but importantly not what you wanted to become. It’s the belief that steers you to your destination, so why not do it??

 The animals are also tamed in the similar fashion; they are conditioned to perform things that their counterparts cannot even think of. If we humans can pump in belief level to all these animals to help them do productive work, then why cannot we change our own belief systems? Changing your belief system is not that easy, else every second person would be a winner.

Not all people end up as winners. Winners have it in them to perform consistently. The difference is where you formulate your belief from, who is the person influencing you to build up the right belief. Are you taking the help of the person who has not made any significant achievement in any endeavor or are you backed up by a powerful mentor? Your belief level will automatically boost if you associate with the winners.

To be a common person you needn’t put any effort, you are by default. If you wish to change, change for the good, you need to start somewhere. The best place to start is from yourself. You change your thought->belief->action then winning becomes a habit. Keep in mind the best lesson is learned when you are temporarily defeated, whether you come back to the winning streak or not will depend on your belief system!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Vision...See beyond the obvious.

It gives me immense pleasure to raise my views on this topic! VISION, is not merely the ability to see, but to see beyond the obvious. It’s a simple yardstick to distinguish a leader from a layman.

An interesting finding is that every era is ruled by a group of visionaries. The question which arises in our mind is what goes into the making of a visionary? It isn’t that the common man is not hardworking; on the contrary the reason why he remains mediocre is because his actions are not backed by a powerful vision. What is the special power bestowed in them which makes them foresee what will flourish/boom in the future?

Have you ever thought that if you had the power within you to predict the next revolution, will you not be able to build a huge fortune? Every leader is a visionary, irrespective of his area of functioning. A popular quote from the Bible," Where there is no vision, the people perish". Let’s get a clear picture of the power of vision by taking the example of Bill Gates, the master visionary. He had the mettle to believe that the upcoming trend is software. Many people who were in the similar business perished because they did not have the vision to see the upsurge of this billion dollar industry.

It’s a common saying that Necessity is the mother of all inventions; the fact remains that an invention was not really a necessity, until the inventor could sell his invention to the layman. Only the inventor had the vision to foresee that his discovery would become a necessity in our day to day life.

 Let me illustrate with an example. Thomas Alva Edison perfected the tungsten bulb. Even after its reinvention, the bulb barely had any market value; no one really needed an electric bulb. If Edison had not marketed this product through GE, the dark ages would have protracted till date!! Edison’s conviction made him believe that someday people will accept his invention and his genius gave us light in our home.

The vision, observance and performance of true leaders are unequaled. We all require vision to be a leader in our area of working. Here are a few simple steps to formulate a vision.
First, you need to have a powerful dream, which will torture you day in and day out. The power of this dream should be such that it makes your life miserable if not accomplished! Next, you need to fix a time span to turn your dream into a reality.
Last but not the least, you need to select a vehicle to lead you to your dream Selection of this vehicle is the most important criterion. It’s always advisable to take the guidance of people who have made significant achievement in whatever endeavor you wish to step in. At any point of time, if you could answer the simple question ‘why are you doing all this? You are on the right track and your vision is resolute!!!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

DESIRE – The stepping stone to success

All major achievements or success stories begin from a spark in the mind. The ability to dream and set goals is what makes the human race supreme. We always crave for luxury, more comfort and a better lifestyle- this is what keeps the mind active.

A simple example to illustrate how desires can be fulfilled is the discovery of the automobile. The sole reason for this discovery was because someone had the desire to lead a better life- in short, luxury! Have you ever thought; why are then the majority of people struggle to meet their daily requirements; be it money or time? The answer is DESIRE. It is the factor of how much more you want out of life.

There is an outstanding success rate, in people who have believed in the concept of desire and stood up for it. Most people do confuse desire with wishing. They wish to lead a better life, have a raise in the salary, get out of debt. Merely wishing will not take you places. Your dream, however small, should be embossed into your subconscious mind. Only when your dreams are imprinted in the subconscious mind, will you take the necessary steps to achieve it.

Desire is basically the stepping stone to success. In simple words, it is a never ending craving for something which will not let us lead a peaceful existence, unless satisfied!!! Desires are as vital to human beings as water is to fish! All successful people for that sake are crazy dreamers. They went out and achieved whatever they desired.

When Henry Ford had an itch in his mind to have his name on all the cars on the street – his friends thought he was insane!! When Bill Gates dreamt of having his software on every computer – people around him thought he was out of his mind! Hence, we all should be working progressively to attain our goals. It’s not mind boggling to understand the determination and will power of the brain to achieve these desires.

If you are dissatisfied with your present circumstances, it’s simply because you aren’t doing what you dreamt of doing. There are only 2 solutions for this situation.
1. Either you can program your mind to start liking the things you are doing.
2. You can intensify your desire. You will be amazed at how the subconscious mind will find a way out.
Napoleon Hill’s six ways to turn desire to gold
1.Fix in your mind the exact amount of money you desire. It is not sufficient merely to say "I want plenty of money" Be definite as to the amount.
2.Determine what exactly what you intend to give in return for the money you desire. There is no such reality as something for nothing.
3.Establish a definite date when you intend to possess the money you desire
4.Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire, and begin at once. Put this plan to action
5.Write out a clear, concise statement of the amount of money you intend to acquire, name the time limit for its acquisition. Describe clearly the plan through which you intend to accumulate it
6.Read your written statement aloud, twice daily, once just before retiring at night, and once after arising in the morning. As you read- see and feel and believe yourselves already in possession of the money.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Life cycle of a great personality

In an effort to become a ‘motivational speaker and writer’, I have decided to write a weekly newsletter to a select few people who have been pillars of strength and encouragement in all my endeavors! Being an amateur, I may make a few mistakes in the initial stages but I would be more than glad if all of you could help me make this newsletter more resourceful and interesting with your valuable inputs and suggestions! I hope to make a difference to each of your lives in a small way with the power of motivation!

Topic for the week: Life cycle of a great personality

Some people achieve phenomenal success in their field of work. Have we at any point of time analyzed how these people make so much money while most of us just about manage to make ends meet! Success is measured by the amount of wealth one has acquired, which in turn is directly proportional to the services they’ve rendered.

Successful personalities always have a large network which helps them grow faster and bigger! The law of nature states that, if you are service oriented and focus on helping everyone else around you, this is a sure shot step to success, the money will follow soon! Irrespective of which field you belong to, your career must follow a definite life cycle comprising 5 stages:-

1. Decision: We need to decide who we want to be and set personal goals to accomplish our dreams.
2. Apprentice: We need to find a person who has the expertise in our area of work and accept him as our mentor. This is a learning phase where we need to be patient enough to do what our mentor asks us to do without focusing on monetary gains.
3. Performer: Once we have gathered sufficient knowledge, the next step is to put this knowledge into practice. Try try try till you suceed, never give up!
4. Leader: This is the actual break even point. Only when he becomes a leader in his area of functioning does he stand a chance of becoming a MAGNATE.
5. Mentor: This is when people accept you as their ‘guru’. A mentor never forces his mentees but he merely guides people by giving them many choices. At this stage you are stable in all respect and you play a vital role in influencing many people’s careers and lives!

One simple exercise after reading this would be to sit back and analyze which stage you are currently at and how quickly you can reach the zenith!