Success And Failures Rest On Your Thoughts And Focus

    • Publish Date: Jul 25 2018 4:10PM
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    • Updated Date: Jul 25 2018 4:10PM
Success And Failures Rest On Your Thoughts And Focus
Ajay Swarup

Ajay Swarup, Political Science teacher at Army Public School, Birpur feels success and failure, motivation and demotivation, happiness and unhappiness is just a mind game. And it’s one’s perspective towards the subject that makes all the difference in your approach towards solving the problem or giving up on it.

In today’s world, most of the people are disgruntled, dissatisfied, and unhappy with their lives. The reason is very simple; we compare our negative points with the positive of others and hence, we are demotivated. However, if we compare our positive with the positive of others we will feel happy and motivated. The best way of living a better life is, learn from past, live in present, plan for the future and put our best foot forward for it. And rest of the things will fall in place. Unless and until we are motivated we can never be successful in life; be it in our profession or personal front.

Pillars of motivation

The main pillars of motivation are; self-confidence, never-give-up attitude, self-efficacy, commitment, persistence, focus, hard work, the pride in performance and last but not the least passion.

Out of these, the most important pillar is the focus. In today’s world, children lack focus. When you ask them what is their aim in life — they are generally confused. This is because of peer-pressure, pressure from the parents, siblings and relatives.

One should introspect to understand oneself about what interests them the most because he will excel in those fields. The job of a parent, teacher or friend is to guide, as it is rightly said; you can take a horse to the pond but cannot make it drink water from it.

Why is it so difficult to be motivated?

A question always comes to the minds of people, ‘Why does this person not work?’ Refusing to work is a problem of lack of interest.

The most difficult situation is demotivation, which happens because of lack of direction, lack of recognition, unfair reward or recognition, punished in public and praised in private, lack of freedom to perform and forcing people to work in a monotonous manner.

Following Chanakya’s principles

Chanakya — the ancient Indian strategist — identified five categories of people who need differential motivation to achieve their goals:

  • Guptapragya means those who have undiscovered talent
  • Suptapragya means those who are talented but deliver no action
  • Truptpragya means those who are contented
  • Luptpragya means those who have lost interest
  • Pradiptapragya means those who are sharp and dashing

Individuals’ in these categories must be treated differently to motivate them at different levels. It is the right motivation that helps an individual unfold and live his true potential.




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