By T G L IYER,
Without doubt, you take one of the major steps in determining your level of happiness in life when you gain clarity on what is your purpose in life. Life purpose is hard to define as a single element because our life is made up of work, family, health and so on. Most people understand the term to mean the one thing they believe they are on this planet for.You might see your purpose in life as doing community work to help the poor. You might believe you are here to be the best parent you can be, to bring human beings into this world, and raise them as accountable members of society. Your purpose in life is totally focussed towards your career and making major advances in whatever field you choose. When you throw yourself and do your absolute best, you receive guidance from your intuition to steer you towards your purpose. All successful people share a similar story of how they managed to start their own business.
They did their absolute best for their employer, and by doing this, gained the selfconfidence needed to go out on their own. Once a seed is planted, it never shrinks; it just grows. Just as advertisers know that they need to repeat their advertisements in order to build consumers desire for their products, you need to keep reminding yourself of your dreams and goals. The more you remind yourself of what you want in life, the more comfortable you will become with it. Before you know it, you are seriously considering its purchase. If you want to achieve in life, make a plan and break it down into easy achievable stages. There is a saying “Success by the inch is a cinch, and by the yard, it is hard”. Many people work hard to go up in life. One must be prepared to change route or direction of the journey if ultimately you want to reach a goal. History is full of people and organisations that through stubbornness, short sightedness or stupidity are unwilling to change direction in order to achieve their goals. All people dream of achieving something. Those who dream at night discover that it is just vanity.
Those who dream during the day find that it is sanity. Usually day dreams come true. In the hotel, you eat and then pay, but in life, first you pay, and then you eat. Many people have a vague idea of what they want. But remember that no steam or gas ever drives anything until it is confined. No niagra has ever turned into light and power until it is funnelled. Similarly, no life ever grows until it is focussed, dedicated and disciplined. My teacher used to say, “Make a list, expand the list on a sheet. Until you commit what you want to achieve, you may have intentions that are seeds without soil. Some goals are big and some are small, but goals must be specific. Committed lives have meaning, accomplishment, purpose and excitement. Success is sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out. One builds success by adding up small little things. Nothing can be done with large ideas because small ideas have more vigour and strength. Top people win because they play to win, plan to win, prepare to win and expect to win. Most people flow with the tide. The Human Mind immensely helps in completing the picture we paint. So paint the picture of what you want. If you want to reach a goal, you see yourself as already there. Get up and stay up when you are knocked down. All people have ups and downs in life because life is a rollercoaster.
Some things happen by accident. Sometimes we sabotage ourselves. We become our own enemy. Laughing out your misery is better than crying about it. Humour is a good and grand medicine which gives life strength and vitality. The Human Mind is like the parachute. It works only when it is open. Treasure is not in the book or Guru. It is in the mind. The key to understanding is your own mind. There is only one life to live, and it should be lived well. We cannot grasp the whole of life. So at least grasp most of it. We become old when we cease to learn. We can’t change other people. The only person we can change is ourselves. What we are is the result of our thinking. One mind can awaken another mind. Two minds can awaken a third. A collection of minds can awaken an institution. That is how we progress and reach desired destination, and move further on towards the target. People who were happy in their jobs enjoyed their work and remained happy after retirement too. Those who worked on a routine for a salary were never happy. Those who have the roots get the fruits! We get attached to the past but in fact we should get attached to the future. The past is over and don’t carry it as a garbage. Future is yet to come. Good things may happen in future.