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OF SMALL STEPS & THE BIG PRIZE

— Dr MUKESH BATRA



Most of us take the big vow — now and then — to make monumental changes in our life. This ‘occurs’ because we may not be happy with the way things seem to be working at a given point of time. This also has more to it than ‘turning a new leaf.’

To begin with, there is often a massive burst of energy; also enthusiasm. Remember, you need to keep at it to turn things around, because too often, as most of us know, the idea of a big change, after the initial burst, wanes or slowly drains away. This is also the moment in time when people discover that, as their focus of energy gets scattered, they have already slid into the patterns they were actually trying to break away from. This is nothing short of a surging dilemma — an awfully annoying experience.

In our fast-paced world, most people want ‘on-the-spot’ results. Many also believe that any effort put into creating any sort of change needs to show extremely quick results. Or, they will lose interest and give up, because ‘nothing's happening; so, why worry?’ This is erroneous, if not dismal surrender — even before the battle to change things has begun.

The fact is little drops of water make a mighty ocean. It is, likewise, little things that we do every day that will gradually make a big difference. When you persist, the most impossible contexts are overcome, because solutions to problems are the sum of all of our day-to-day experience.

Our life is constantly built on small pieces of time. Every action, small or big, we do is connected to the next. The result is — each small piece of your life slowly and cumulatively merges into the whole web of who you are and what you want to be.

It is rightly said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. When you take the first step and follow it up diligently with the next, you may, of course, not always make it big. Yet, the best part is, things often change when you simply decide what it is that you want, and subsequently take small, conscious steps — to get it done.

Inflation, strife and conflict envelop the globe. There is stress all around. In the emerging economies, workaholics, who burn the midnight lamp, alongside a frightening surplus of wannabes, not to speak of pressure-related suicides, are sure taking a great deal of stress.

This is because instead of competition, as a means to success, we are frantically getting into the ‘me-first race.’ Not co-operation, or win-win. Instead of analysis, we are using acknowledgment, not ideals.

We sure have far too many choices in life — yet, the problem is we are not seeking balance between our inner and outer worlds. Or, between the demands of our jobs, and our families. Or, between our focus on material prosperity and our pursuit for good, optimal well-being or spiritual meaning. Or, between our distorted ‘fixations’ and our personal dilemmas. Or, our awareness versus the challenges in the community where we live.

Our life is like cycles of several seasons overlapping each other. The only manner in which we can bring balance is by way of a ‘connect.’ We need to connect with ourselves and with others around us, through meaningful relationships, values and purpose. How can we connect and change things for the higher purposes of our existence, and not just change for the sake of change? Here goes —

• Don’t pass the buck, or blame someone for a job which you could not manage.
• State your vision. Brainstorm the process. Get everyone on board.
• Don’t demand. Deliver through team work.
• Don’t tell this is what we are going to do. Say, ‘How can I support you?’
• Understand that change is a constant. Embrace change.
• Competition is inevitable. Beat the competition.
• We don’t have all the answers. So, ask the right questions
• Choose what you can do.
• And, just do what you can, with dedication, drive and intensity — and, to the best of your ability.

You will be happy, healthy and successful in life.

There will always be things we all want in life. This may be a great dream, a passing fad, or the big prize.

You should never allow a prize that you cherish slip away. Keep it always in focus. And, continue to move towards it, one step at a time. Many focused steps will take you there.

This, in effect, is the essence of keeping your eyes on the prize. The first thing you should do is keep it in your thoughts. If you visualise your goals on a regular basis, you are more likely to be motivated to work on them. When you consistently work on them, you will also be moving closer and closer to the accomplishment of your goals.

Use Your Time. Use your time well — time represents your goals. You can also add quality time, on a daily basis, as a motivator.

Print Them. Print your goals and keep them in important places that you're likely to see, every now and then.

Goal Card. Use a visiting card with your goals written in bold letters on it. Keep this short and to the point. Just a line, may be. You’d place it in your wallet, or purse too — this way you'll be reminded of your goals.

Use a Slate. Write your goals in bold letters on a slate, and add a new, inspirational quote every day.

Reading Elevates. Stick to reading your goals, for 15-20 minutes, twice a day. Once in the morning and, again, before bed-time.

Keep It Simple. Keep your goals simple and fresh. Also, recall them — because, recalling them in your mind ‘ups’ your positive mindset. Agreed, that you may still hit the rough spot on occasions. This happens with the greatest of individuals. But, remember, keeping reminders is like having a personal cheer leader. It helps you achieve your goals faster.


About the Author
Dr Mukesh Batra, LCEH, FSRH (MED) P (LON), MDH (USA), FBIH (UK), a Homeopath of international repute, is Founder & Chairman, Dr Batra's, the world‘s first and largest corporatised Homeopathic Healthcare Group.

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