“If you can dream it, you can do it.” ~ Walt Disney.”
People want glory, excellence, pride, and respect in life. They love to keep footprints in their race and aspire to be legendary. People wish for victory but often remain ignorant of their enemies on the way. Although people are aware of their visible opponents, most are unfamiliar with their internal adversaries, who constantly act against their path to success. Most people have too little knowledge of antagonistic elements existing within their minds which are recurrently pulling them down from climbing success. Who are those rivals overthrowing us from the path to our victory, and how to deal with them?
There are competitors and contenders everywhere, but the dire most foes stay within our minds. Shooters in the final round of the Olympic Games have long and passionate training. They all know every aspect of scoring the best in shooting, yet only one smiles with the gold medal. Only one enjoys the glory, and all others move to the trash of history. What makes the difference? That is our focus, the degree of attention on a specific point. Focus is our highest mental ability to engage ourselves at a particular time on a precise issue. However, the task is not easy at all. It needs continuous training and learning till it becomes a habit in life.
Concentrate on the Present
In the present education system, we learn a lot from our schools, colleges, and universities to earn life success. We learn mathematics, biology, atoms, languages, history, economics, and many more. Nevertheless, often, we miss learning about ourselves. We do not study the technique to find the correct aspiration in our life. We fail to identify the internal foes on the way to our victory. We do not learn to master our focus to move ahead in the face of challenges. Success in any field needs a lot of hard work, patience, tenacity, self-awareness, and motivation. Nevertheless, we do not know how to manage ourselves in the face of hurdles and hardships. Often we have no or minimal skills to keep patience in the journey through difficulty in life.
Human minds can constantly travel in the past and the future as natural beings. We can also store vast information in our brains for an extended period. This ability has made humans think, imagine, and decide appropriately in different situations. However, the influx of unnecessary information, data, or social stimulation also causes infinite destruction in our minds. Often we cannot concentrate on a single piece of work. The study reveals attention deficit disorder has engulfed almost all present societies. In the world of performance-based recognition, our minds continuously vibrate with a vast magnitude of uncertainty and disturbing thoughts. Harvard researchers conducted a study on 5000 people of 80 different countries and found that 47% of the time, people remain wondering in their thoughts.
Philosopher Blaise Pascal said, “All unhappiness in life comes from the inability to stay peacefully alone in a room.” Meaning that one needs the capacity to stay calm and control own attention to achieve a greater goal in life. Conscious attention is a precious natural resource given to humans, but this natural resource is not unlimited. The scientific study estimates that, in urban social life, our brain is bombarded with 11 million bits of information every second through our sensory organs, but humans can handle only 60 bits at a time. Efficient use of those 60 bits defines the ability to concentrate on our most essential purpose. We always pass through in a state of unsettled mind and worry about our capabilities, performance, relationships, success, daily work, time management, and thousands of such issues. These disturbing elements in our mind adversely affect reaching our optimum potentials. We need to undergo continuous mental training to deal with an unsettled state of mind. A daily 20 to 30 minutes deep and attentive religious prayer is excellent mental training. Meditation practice can also be much helpful. Only knowing something does not make us capable, but practical mental training shapes our behavior and makes a difference. Choosing the right thoughts among thousands of disturbing ideas is essential. Building a habit of cognitive engagement on a single point is the key to this training.
Clarity in Mind
Dreams are the seeds of growth in our life. Sir APJ Kalam said, dreams are not mere imagination or wish, but dreams are those commitments in our mind that do not allow rest or sleep till we accomplish. The strength of hunting success depends upon the clarity of our dreams. Sound, healthy and clean seeds determine the production quality in farming. Similarly, only a clear mind can focus with the utmost attention and conquer success. To make a clear dream in life, write your aspiration on a piece of paper, as detail as possible. Ask yourself again and over again, “Is it the best dream that matches the purpose of life?” If necessary, modify your thinking until you find the best one you love. Upon selecting the final statement of the aspiration, break it down and develop a precise time plan to achieve each segment.
Master Shi Heng Yi says:
“Clarity of goals, aspirations, and dreams is the key to our success. Unfortunately, we are often covered by the dark clouds in our minds. We cannot see our paths as we need to succeed. Clouds in our mind primarily come from five distinct regions. These are sensational desire, ill wills, dullness, restlessness, and skeptical doubt.”
Here, sensational desires are the biological instinct to enjoy life. These are kind of creed for fulfilling the hunger of own greed. The man who has stopped himself due to some sensational feelings is lost on the way from his dream. Our positive emotions of love and attachments to this physical world constantly pull us down. Conversely, our negative emotions such as sadness, aversion, fear, and anxiety make us ill-willed and distract us from our goals. A heavy physical body causes dullness. A monkey mind jumps back and forth from the past painful experiences to the uncertainty of the future. It causes unsettledness and restlessness in the decision-making process in our work. Skeptical doubt keeps us in confusion and dilemma about our ability and purpose. We suffer by the questions of uncertainty like, “If I cannot, or maybe it is impossible, if this or if that.” In the effect of skeptical doubt, we often stop instead of moving ahead. All these elements work together constantly in our minds, and we fail to see our path as essential for moving forward. These internal mental elements are the enemies that obstruct us from concentrating on our focus for an extended period. Own sensational desires, constant stimulation from the social environment, the uncertainty of life goals, social pressure, negativity in minds, daily life habits, and all other disturbing elements manacle our attention from all sides like an octopus. It is hard to get out from that shackle. It is like imprisonments to the sensational desires, ill wills, dullness, restlessness, and self-doubts.
To climb success, one must know how to see own target clearly by removing all these clouds from the mind. To find clarity in aspiration, one must structure lifestyle and habits to stop those dark clouds. In doing so, identifying the state of own mind is the first step. Know the sources of those clouds. Think deeply and find out the origin of smokes that blurs your vision. Upon identifying the sources, manage by rejecting or accepting them. Rejection implies you may take steps to remain away from those elements of distraction, and accepting means, try not to control the uncontrollable. If some disturbing features are inevitable, take them as a part of the life journey and live with them as best as possible.
All of our life is too unique to copy the path from someone else. All of our lives are also too unique in purpose. We need to set our aspirations as the best of all dreams. We need to master the art of concentrating the focus on our target.
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