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WHAT IS THIS “IT”?

This “IT” can mean many things to many people. It has a wide variety of meanings to different people. We all have heard or read something about this “IT”. We all have our very own versions of “IT”.

It could be words or labels like Dreams. The ones that we are told to have since childhood. The Dreams that we slowly and gradually start rationalizing and subsidizing. The “IT” could be those dreams. It could also be GOALS, the ones which we are always told to write down and have a look at it on a regular basis. GOALS that we are supposed to pursue on a daily basis. The “IT “could also be VISIONS. The kind that big corporate write in their corporate presentations. VISIONS for our lives. OR

The “IT” could also be a very interesting concept called PURPOSE OF LIFE. The philosophical word, the eternal quest to know why we are here on this planet. The desire to know what impact you are here to create. What is the purpose of your life? The “IT” could be labeled like a billionaire or a millionaire or being part of the Forbes magazine or being in company with the Elite. OR

 The “IT” could also very well mean Achievements and Accomplishments. All the worldly material possessions in your lap. The sense of finally arriving on the big scene. The “IT” could also mean being like someone, some celebrity, someone from the movie or music space.

SO, WHAT IS YOUR “IT”. WHAT EXACTLY ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?

The “IT” could also mean a lot of things that we are yearning for INSIDE of us. It could be that Happiness, that strange feeling of calm. The feeling of happiness that has nothing to do what you are or not on the outside. The happiness that you feel but can never put it in words. OR

The “IT” could also be the feeling of Peace. Being at peace with whatever you have, whatever you do and whatever life has provided to you on a platter. The Peace of just existing and living your life to the fullest. The Peace when you realize that everything is futile. Nothing needs to make sense because there is nothing to know or understand. The peace of a small baby, a beautiful child playing or the birds chirping, or the rivers flowing. The beautiful Peace. OR

The “IT” could mean satisfaction. The feeling of finally having reached, having got what you always wanted, having conquered those mountains, the sense of a fulfilled life. The satisfaction of an aged man who after years of toil and hard work sees the fruits blossoming on the trees that he planted years ago.

SO, WHAT IS YOUR “IT”. WHAT EXACTLY ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?

The “IT” could also be the work or the activities that you pursue on a daily basis. The small child trying to build a sandcastle, the Kid trying to figure out words and meanings and sentences. It could also be a grown-up preparing for the exams, the ones that will test how much can be memorized and reproduced. The “IT” could also be your daily struggles in the job, the meetings, the targets, the accolades, the eternal effort to survive every month, 12 times a year every year.

The “IT” could also be about how high and glorified you want your business to be. How much of the market share you want to acquire or how much of prime property you want to have? It could also be the legacy that you plan to leave behind for your children and the gigantic business empire you dream of creating one day.

The “IT” could also be about a very meaningful and loving relationship with someone. The love or care that you seek, the sincerity & surety that you are vigorously looking for. It could be about the generation that is behind you, who helped to enter this world, take your first steps, speak your first words, finance your first education, bought you the first toys, taught you the first tough lessons of life OR it could be about the Generation that is coming after you, your offspring. The people who will grow up to be for good or bad a version of you. OR

“IT” could mean the pursuit of ultimate knowledge and connect with the Almighty. The final frontier in human awareness. Knowing and connecting with the creator.

IT COULD MEAN A LOT OF THINGS TO PEOPLE.

SO, WHAT ARE THE INGREDIENTS TO GET THIS “IT”? THERE ARE 3 VERY IMPORTANT ONES.

FIRST INGREDIENT: WORK

We all know how important it is to work and to work really hard is of paramount importance. We might also have been lectured about the work ethics while growing up. We may also have read some books or articles about work and how it is extremely important. So I guess that part is clear and that is not what we are going to talk about here.

What we want to look at is that for us to achieve the “IT” in our lives, what kind of work do we need to do. Work as a generalization does not make any sense. We see numerous people around us slogging and toiling and still struggling to make ends meet or finding it hard to make two square meals a day.

There is also another set of reasoning that talks about Smart work. Now all my life I have always wondered what this word means. Is it implying laziness, or taking shortcuts, or cutting deals or being deceitful or taking advantage of someone. No matter what I tried I could never come to terms with this SMART WORK philosophy.

However, for me WORK as an ingredient to reach my “IT” is all about dedicating the maximum amount of time on that “IT”. No matter what fashion of work you do, whether you do hard work, smart work, intelligent work or lazy work but your maximum time of the day must be dedicated to that “IT”. We must realize that we are always running out of time. We are always depleting this exhaustible resource called TIME.

So, if your “IT” is extremely important to you then you must learn to dedicate the maximum amount of your 24 hours to it. The moment we start dividing our time in mundane things, things that are not part of the “IT”, things that do not connect with it, things that are just a ploy to look away from the “IT” we are moving away from it.

EXAMPLE: According to a survey done on a very large sample size of salespeople it was found that 97% of these respondents spent less than 2 hours in a day doing actual sales. The rest of their time is spent in activities totally unrelated to “IT”. With this type of approach, you are doomed to fail.

EXAMPLE: Suppose your “IT” is happiness, then the maximum amount of time should be dedicated to pursuing things that make you happy. Even when you are in a job/business/stressful situation you pursue happiness. You look for it everywhere. You need to be consumed by it.

So WORK is basically spending all of your waking hours in pursuing your “IT”. It is like your “IT” completely submerges your 24hours like a Tsunami. That is what work is and that is why it is an important ingredient.

Every successful person, from any sphere or field, right from Dalai Lama to Nelson Mandela to Gandhi to Bill Gates all have dedicated their entire 24 hours to pursue their respective “IT”. They have maximum minutes or seconds dedicated to their “IT”.

QUESTION IS: HOW ARE YOUR 24 HOURS ALIGNED?

 

SECOND INGREDIENT: IMAGINATION

We all have heard this at some point in our lives that all creation begins with IMAGINATION. Even the great scientists like Einstein or Nikolas Tesla have acknowledged this power. Imagination is a gift that only humans have. The ability to project into the future, to think about things that don’t exist, to beak from the clutches of our animal brains and project into the unknown is something that we are blessed with.

To pursue your subjective “IT”, this is a very important ingredient. This is what makes this recipe interesting.

Imagination has two very specific parts. The first part is what helps us CREATE things. The phones, the airplanes, the computer, the cars, etc that we see all around us are a product of this imaginative creation process. With this ability, someone at some point in time dreamt about them, worked on them and brought them to fruition. This imagination in creation is what keeps the human race moving forward.

I am sure you have read a lot about this Imagination and how it is important to have it etc.

However, we are going to look at the second aspect of this imagination. The part used to find SOLUTIONS. The creativity is in solving a pressing problem. A traveller on the mission to achieve his “IT” is bound to face lots of adversity. The path to surmounting your “IT” is laid with problem mines. They explode right in your face, mostly when you least expect and almost always seem as if we are over.

This is where all great achievers excel above the others. They are very good at using imagination and creativity to solve problems.

EXAMPLE: Elon Musk of Tesla motors want to make space travel a normal thing, he plans to put a man on Mars, so he is very imaginative over there. However, we all know that space travel is costly. So, he solves this problem by building a rocket that can be reused again and again. This helps to save cost and also opens many other possibilities. He is yet not successful in this, but this is what we mean when we talking about being imaginative in solutions.

Most of the people around us are more Imaginative in just dreaming and less of that when it comes to solving problems and finding solutions to reach those dreams.

EXAMPLE: suppose your “IT” is a RELATION. Now when in relation there is bound to be friction. There are going to be skirmishes that may take a huge toll on the relation. Now here we need to be imaginative to solve these problems and come up with some solutions. The standard tried and tested methods probably may not work. Using imagination might take some time but it can definitely throw up some interesting solutions.

SO HOW TO DEVELOP THIS IMAGINATIVE SKILLS?

SOAK IN NEW INFORMATION

  • Collect thoughts, ideas, information and knowledge from a vast domain or subjects. Most of the people stick to their familiar areas and are not interested in any other information.
  • However, you must know that our brain functions in a very different way, it can take some idea from one area and come up with a solution in other areas.
  • Example: the ancient Chinese art of ORIGAMI is being used by NASA scientist to pack SPACE ROBOTS in a compact space and sent to MARS.
  • Most of us are taught only hard science in school (Physics, maths, chemistry, etc) and we rarely pursue softer science like Art or Literature. This is where we can see or learn the most creative endeavors of Human Kind.
  • So, the first way to do this is to go out of your comfort zone in people or knowledge and acquire as much as you can. The more you soak in the more ammunition you give your brain to come up with some amazing ideas.
  • REMEMBERS ALL LEADERS ARE READERS. They are busy soaking up information, especially from fields that are unrelated to theirs.

WRESTLE WITH THE PROBLEM LONG ENOUGH:

  • You don’t leave it unless you have solved it. Your brain is an amazing machine. It will eventually come up with a workable and interesting solution if you allow it to stay with the problem for long.
  • Most of the people quit quite early. Some don’t even start. A lot of them repeat the same old few solutions that they have again and again.
  • The BRAIN is a device that gives the answer. It is here to serve you. Sometimes it takes a lot of knocking on the door before it opens.
  • So, to make your imaginations powerful, learn to persist with problems, keep looking for answers long enough.
  • No question is big enough for your brain to not come up with a splendid answer.
  • THE TRICK IS TO WRESTLE WITH THE PROBLEM LONG ENOUGH.

HAVE LOT OF ME TIME:

  • Set aside time every day to sit silently in a quiet place and Think
  • We are not talking about mediation, but to think. Think about any subject or topic that you may have encountered during the day. Argue from both sides. Be like a lawyer that is fighting from both sides.
  • Like a chess master playing with himself from both sides.
  • Your Brain is a Muscle, it needs exercise else it stops growing.
  • So HAVE LOTS AND LOTS OF ME TIME.

 

THIRD INGREDIENT: FAITH

Faith it till you make it.

It’s Not about believing that everything right will happen, it’s about having faith that no matter what happens “I WILL FIND A WAY OUT”.

FAITH! that there is something important to be done by you while you are on this planet and that you can do it.

Having FAITH that it is possible.

FAITH in the possibilities that are available to you.

FAITH that everything will fall in place eventually

FAITH IN YOURSELF.