Give Life a Positive SpinCulture & Education | February 28, 2012
The way we think triggers our attitude toward life. Study...
Before we create a better future, we need to come to terms with our past. We must willingly allow the pains of the past to leave us and to not cling on to painful memories. Otherwise, they will always interfere with our present and future. We need to let them go so that we can move on. It may not seem easy, but all we have to do is talk to ourselves about the need to shed the memories of the past that are the stumbling blocks of our lives. Even if we want to, we cannot repair our broken past, and so it makes sense to concentrate on the present and the future as that is where we are going to make an impact and enjoy the life we have been blessed with.
To succeed, we need to build a mindset that will work towards it. We need to recall even the small successes we have had in the past and then use them to remind ourselves that we can achieve the goals we want. We must have the courage to dream big. Powerful dreams always inspire as they compel us to work consistently to make them a reality.
Anything is possible. The dreams that we unconsciously push back will happen only if we seriously want them. We need to accept the fact that we have the potential to create a better life. However, just thinking of change will not work. We need to take action systematically and deliberately. Walking alone may feel good, but it is not such a great idea. Two minds are always better than one. That is why inspiring the teams that work with us to do well and succeed is as important.
We need to constantly raise our standards and expect more out of ourselves. We must make it a habit to accept nothing less than the absolute best in all that we do and never settle for the second best.
It is a good idea to set aside 30 minutes each night before retiring to review our day and plan for the next. It is a simple way to add control to our lives.
It is important to have the courage to take responsibility for everything that we do. We also do not end up blaming others for the faults that are essentially ours. It is also one way of telling ourselves that we are in control of what we do. When we take ownership of our actions, we end up responsible, careful and assertive. We also consciously take advantage of all the opportunities that life offers. We suddenly see that it is so inspiring to build our life and future as only we can guarantee ourselves a better life.
Many of us play the role of a victim to perfection. We wallow in self-pity. It is a waste of time. Victims get lost in their unfortunate stories. No one is interested in losers. We all gravitate towards successful people with inspiring stories of leadership and achievement.
Time is precious. We must grab each and every moment before they vapourise forever. We all have moments in our life when everything is going right, when we are at our best. We must utilise those opportunities to create magic moments every day.
About the author:
Ramesh Menon, 56, is an author, journalist, educator, film maker and corporate trainer. Recipient of the prestigious Ramnath Goenka Award for Exellence in Journalism, Ramesh began his 34-year career with The Times of India as a reporter and has since worked for as associate editor of India Today, executive producer at Business India Television and TV Today, Roving Editor at rediff.com, and columnist with DNA. He has directed and scripted numerous documentaries on environment and social issues.
He recently co-authored “Whatever the Odds” with KP Singh and Raman Swamy. It was published by Harper Collins India in November 2011.
The views expressed above are those of the author, and not necessarily representative of the views of the Mahindra Group.