"Super achievers do not waste time in unproductive thoughts, esoteric thougts or catastrophic thougts. They think constructively and they know that their level of thinking determines their success" - Dr. Seymour Epstein.
People who have overcome obstacles are more secure than those who have never faced them, most people who have failed to achieve something look for excuses for not accomplishing the said thing. The acheiver is one who despite obstacles never goes back but strives hard to succeed.
Rama's Single-Minded pursuit
Look at Lord Rama, His goal was to conquer Lanka and punish Evil Ravana, That goal was fraught with many dangers and involved risks, such as crossing ocean and overcoming the strength of Ravana, a powerful Demon with a large army, But Rama was an ordinary human being (THough he was a avatar of Lord Vishnu, he conducted himself as human), His army consisted of only monkeys. (If you tell something to them they do something else)
Also, Rama had no war equipment, such as chariots or horses. He had only foot soldiers.
Despite all odds, Rama went ahead, killed Ravana and accomplished the goal. That is why it is said that for achievers 'Sankalp' or determination is the main tool. Even if one has the necessary equipment/tools they are useless if their efforts lack determination.
In talking about devotion, concentration, determination and passion to excel, it is worth remembering Arjuna.
Dronacharya (Dhrow-nah-char-ya), the Guru of the Pandavas and the Kauravas, taught his disciples the importance of
concentration. WHile training these young princes, especially with regard to holding a bow and arrow, he told them to concentrate -- "Think of only what you want your arrow to do, Nothing else"
Arjuna listened intently and kept practising. Drona was delighted with his practice and blessed Arjuna. Soon other students got jealousy of Arjuna.
Wih a view to demonstrate Arjuna's skills, Drona announced an archery competition.
Next day Drona laid a bird (made of clay) on a tree far away from them and asked them to aim at its eye. Drona asked one by one each student to take aim and tell what they saw, All except Arjuna said that they saw the sun, the clouds, the trees, the branches, the bird, its leg, wings and so on.
Finally it was Arjuna's turn. He plucked an arrow from his quiver, placed it on the bow and pulled the string "What do you see ahead of you, Arjuna?" asked Drona.
"I see the eye of the bird." was the reply
Drona asked "What else do you see?"
"Nothing." came the reply and arjuna released the string, the arrow shot the eye of the bird.
Such was the concentration and focussed approach of Arjuna. If we all have the passion and concentration like that of Arjuna then there is no reason why we should not achieve our aim.
Another important point is never to be swayed by other peoples tendencies to be negative and pessimistic, because their negative attitude can take away your dreams and wishes from you. Always think of the power words have, because EVERYTHING YOU HEAR AND READ WILL AFFECT YOUR ACTIONS.
The story of the Tiny Frogs
There once was a bunch of tiny frogs, which arranged a running competition. The goal was to reach the top of a very high cliff.
A big crowd had gathered around the tower to see the race and cheer the contestants.
The race began, Honestly no one in the crowd really believed that any one of the tiny frogs would reach the top. They kept on shouting that the frogs would soon give up the attempt or fall down after few steps.
The frogs began to climb, the fell down, one after another. At last, when every other frog had fallen down or given up at the attempt, one tiny frog reached the top!.
THe other frogs wanted to know how it managed to do it.
It turned out that the successful frog was deaf and was not discouraged by the adverse comments, Hence be deaf to negative and discouraging remarks.
There was no rain in a village for a number of days. It affected all activities and people became gloomy. The temple priests
decided to perform a jajna (Fire ritual) for rain and asked all the villagers to bring one object of faith with them, ritual got completed and ofcourse there was rain.
People curiously looked at the objects each had carried. They were touched by the variety of objects clutched in prayerful hands -- holy books, dollars of hanuman etc, in their midst was one umbrella, carried by a small boy who firmly believed that it would rain.
The moral is, when you do something, have full faith that you will succeed. Faith is the foundation on which to build your life.
Author: Dr Jagan Mohan Reddy, Asst Prof, Osmania University, India.
Source: Tattvaloka Magazine