Everything in life offers us a platform to learn – from a simple argument to the fights– there is something valuable to learn from each of them. Some great men encourage this value of incidents of life and encourage us to appreciate everything that we have got and consider the practice of striving for more as a sign of materialism. And there are others who say that as human beings, we are made to push our limits and discover more to reach for something higher and become a WINNER.
Having struggled a lot with this issue, I have realised that the WOW factor of life is about maintaining a balance in between these two. I remember a beautiful lesson that once I heard on Discovery:
“After climbing a steep hill, you will find that there are many more hills to be climbed. Take a moment to rest there, steal a view of the glorious scene that surrounds you and look back on the distance you have come. But you can rest only for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities and the long walk of life has yet not ended.”
While I was a kid, my parents used to say Early to bed Early to Rise Makes a man Healthy, Wealthy & Wise Its strange how the very first things learnt in childhood remain true for the whole of your life. Waking up early is a gift to yourself that each one of use should preset to the self. We have seen how leaders win their fight against time..There is so much to achieve and influence and so less hours in a day....
So what is the solution? Wake up early, see the morning sun rising and feel its power charing you up for the whole day. I thought it might be a good idea to share how to get up early and you can follow if you like:
1. Exercise: Never miss exercise of the day. A good work out always keeps us active, when we need to.
2. Meditate: Take out 30 minutes of your time and meditate. Meditation, if done correctly, can help you to control wasteful but time consuming thoughts and you can concentrate in a better way.
3. Take a massage: I don’t take it regularly but it might help YOU. Massage can relax your body muscles and control your blood pressure. Let the negativity move out through it.
4. Spare a thought to your core values ‘Who you are?’ and ‘What do you stand for?’ Think about the values on which you would like to base your life and evaluate if what you are doing currently is helping you in achieving it. It isn’t tough but you have to learn to sit with yourself sometimes.
Giving 1-2 hours to these activities will ensure that you remain more productive during your working hours and who wouldn’t want that?
I sometimes feel shivers down my spine when I look at people who have failed to understand the value of life. Seeing how people waste their time & life sends shivers down my spine. Some of us get too much that we simply fail to understand their values.
Here’s a little test for those who say they are out of this trap
How do you react if someone doesn’t talk to you nicely? What is your first reaction? Do you let the situation go or you react by saying something equally disrespectful?
(I could have asked you something more displeasing like ‘what would you do if someone rejects your work’ but since I myself have not still learnt to take such a situation calmly, I can’t talk about that right now!)
Think about it and if you are on the side of majority, it’s time to reform. These days are such that most of us ride on the wave of impatience. They say ‘God made human is HIS own reflection’, so think: how we counter circumstances – is it the right way to react? This world has too many commoners, what it requires is leaders. Life is all about leading the way, it’s about managing your stresses with elegance & grace and becoming a person who paves his own way!
Whenever I am down, I read stories of Indian Army. Knowing that people can sacrifice so much, live in sub zero temperature, leave their newly born kids to a single whistle of duty, guide expeditions to places where no one has gone so far – all for the love of country – is amazing.
India was born rich but unfortunately our neighbours weren’t. Being surrounded by countries like China, Pakistan & Bangladesh there is not much scope to rest for these brave men. When we talk of stress, we fail to consider those who eat, sleep & work in stress, the stress of life, not knowing what would tomorrow bring and still they manage to spread the good cheer around– there is so much to be learnt from life, literally.
In management, we offer talk about ‘mindset’ of doing things & of getting them done. But what about ‘heartset’? Heartset is not even a word in English – isn’t it necessary for leaders to have heartset as well? A high performing individual operates with articulated strategy and displays mental excellence in every step.
Courage always goes hand in hand with compassion. This is what Indian Army has – unlimited courage and undying compassion for country. This is what I strive to achieve