Monday, March 18, 2013

Eagle as a metaphor

Eagle is a powerful metaphor for me and it fascinates me. I used eagle as a metaphor to inspire my team.
I picked David McNally's "Even Eagles Need A Push" from my home library and find the following very rejuvenating to read:
The eagle gently coaxed her offspring toward the edge of the nest. Her heart quivered with conflicting emotions as she felt their resistance to her persistent nudging. "Why does the thrill of soaring have to begin with the fear of falling?" she thought. This ageless question was still unanswered for her.
As in the tradition of the species, her nest was located high on the shelf of a sheer rock face. Below there was nothing but air to support the wings of each child. "Is it possible that this time it will not work?" she thought. Despite her fears, the eagle knew it was time. Her parental mission was all but complete. There remained one final task - the push.
The eagle drew courage from an innate wisdom. Until her children discovered their wings, there was no purpose for their lives. Until they learned how to soar, they would fail to understand the privilege it was to have been born at an eagle. The push was the greatest gift she had to offer. It was her supreme act of love. And so one by one she pushed them, and they flew!

What an inspiring paragraph!  This role of eagle is applicable to parents, teachers, team leaders and everyone who care for people. This is a story of detachment, responsibility and care.


Thursday, February 28, 2013

Happy Birthday, Tony!

Today is Tony's birthday.  Supposed to be on 29th. 
He is the man who gave me all the best ideas for various walks of life. His words penetrated into my thinking system and has very strong influence on my beliefs. 
He is a great example as a human being. 
I have a photo album of his that I look at it often to draw inspiration.
Long live, Tony!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Remember, Recall and Remind

Thumb Rule:  When it comes to good things, always remember, recall and remind.

When you 'remember' and 'remind' something worth, it is assumed that something already exists. 

I use it for my personal strengths, I remember my strengths, I remind myself of my potential, I recall all my past accomplishments. I also often recall my failures, and remind myself of learning opportunity hidden. I recall them as frequently as possible. In fact, I relive the moments.

I frequently use this technique with my family, dear ones, and colleagues.  I often "remind" them of what was already possible.

On the bad side, people already remember, recall, remind, relive of all the bad things happen in their lives. Our legs are tied to the past so heavily, that we are stuck in the past. We are not able to get an 'escape velocity' into the future.  A bad incident, a bad rejection, a bad failure, dear ones separation happens probably once - but we recall many a times, and relive the past. We are solidying the memory that we want to get rid of. See, how unfortunate it is!

Coming back, the ritual one need here is, have a gratitude journal or a meditation practice, where you recall the past of all good times. You can even 'reframe' the past in terms of positivity even something bad had happened. For example, if you failed in an exam miserably, recall the experience with the belief "I had a rich experience. I know what amount of preparation is needed for such tough exams. I can train anyone on how not to prepare for such exams...I met so many people after that because of one such experience".  Surround yourself with materials, photos, writings of all the good things that happened.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Every day focus

I wake up at either 4 am or 5 am.  It is the practice I inherit from my dad.  This is the time that is of 'my space'.  I do a creative visualization to solve the current problem at hand.  Thats the time, I had get my coffee too.  This is the time I detach myself as an individual 'identity' and think from a spiritual being. I appreciate, appraise, apprise myself of what I am and what I can be. For me, being awake at this time itself is a worship of God. 

Monday, August 13, 2012

Why There Is No Such Thing As Failure

One of the NLP Presuppositions is "There is no such thing as Failure; there is only feedback."

It is true.  You may also want to equate it with 'everything is maya' concept; however if you meditate more on this presupposition, you will understand the "truth".

This world is running through a chain reaction - if only we can see the cosmic rays probably we may see web of events. The events interact, interfere, impede and impact one another.  One leads to another. By "event", I do not mean an incident, in our conversational sense. It could be anything that is "exeA cuting" or "under execution". Let us assume you understood this and probably agreed to this.

Given this a well coordinated, complex events, - is it really fair to expect only success. Having studied history, we know both "success" and "failures" are part of our baggage.

There is no such thing as failure! There are only results.

So, when we work on any mission, lets remember this -

a) Success and failure are one of the results.
b) A success necessarily need not mean, it was possible due to your efforts. There could be other "contributing factors".
c) A failure necessarily need not mean, it was due to your efforts. There could be other "contributing factors".

So, when you encounter so called "failure"
1. Do not accept it as a failure - see it as a case for study
2. Identify those contributing factors
3. If you are really serious about your "intended result",  rework again.
4. If your intention was to try only once, and expect success - probably you are not serious.

I tuned myself into a philosphical mindset and attempted to write this for the last 3 days - I think I got it this time. Please meditate on this - There is no such thing as failure.