4 steps to get ahead in life
- Become self-aware
- Save for a rainy day
- Read. Read. Read
This is the most neglected aspect of our Life. Most of us lead our life, in sobriety. Every day we get up, go to work, come back, sleep. The middle part is made up of exercise/ prayer/ gossip and some constructive hours. In order to live a complete life, we should be aware of ourselves. By that I mean. We should have a clear understanding of our strengths and weaknesses. Besides, we also need to know our thoughts and emotions. Specifically, we need to cultivate our thoughts by only thinking positive, feel-good ones. Thought-culture is not something we learn in school but through trial and error. As far as emotions are concerned, we need to know what triggers them. Also, we must know how to handle our emotions. Overall, this is what is called self-awareness. To stretch it a little bit more, we should be like observers looking at our thoughts and emotions, without judging them.
Save for a rainy day
This does not just apply to money. Yes, of course, you must save money for incidental things like emergencies. But don’t be too frugal, that you miss out on the little aspects of life. A dollar saved is a dollar earnt. My intention was to focus your attention to the following:
- Save energy for your D-day (it could be a speech, a presentation, a marriage proposal, etc.)
- Drink lots of fluid (water is almost free)
- Know in advance when it will rain (for example say a promotion)
- Prepare well (Practice makes us perfect)
Even in your workplace remember to line up the most difficult tasks for your most productive time of the day. Wake up early (before 6 am). Pray / Walk / Exercise / Meditate) and don’t pick up that phone for an hour. Complete your routine and get set to seize the day.
Read. Read. Read
This is a must-have habit. In today’s fast-changing world, if you don’t have this skill, you will be left behind. Read as much as you can. Fiction, Nonfiction. Classic, Modern. Art, Science. The subject doesn’t matter. It’s your interest or passion, as some people call it. Read at least for 3 hours in a single day. Collect information. Organize it. Internalize it. You must digest the information given in the books. If you don’t like to read, listen to podcasts. You can read a physical book or electronic ones. There are e-book readers like Kindle, or you can also read on your mobile phone. There are books which summarize other books (in case you want to get to the gist of the book real fast) Maybe you don’t have time to read a book, watch its video (http://www.mentorbox.com) Re-iterating my view-point – Read for a bright future.
This is the aspect that we get wrong. Maybe you pray every day, but still, don’t have what you desire for. Do not ask God for this and that. He/She already knows what you crave for. Instead, repeat your mantra as much as possible. Say ‘Om’ if that’s your mantra, Repeat and Rinse. Till you feel all parts of your body waking up. Do you know what’s the most important part of prayer? Yes, it’s gratitude. Thank God for whatever He/She has given you. Count your blessings, not your troubles. Prayer puts you in a positive frame of mind. And throughout your busy day, whenever you get the time, remember God. This is called ‘Dhikr’ or ‘Bhakti’. You don’t have to be in a place like a temple, mosque or church to offer your prayers. He/She is always available everywhere, at all times. Finally, keep this in mind – You have the right to action, but not the results.
God Bless …
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