By Parveen Chopra March 2001 The Indian ideal has always been living life 200 percent: fully enjoying material as well as spiritual planes. And it is a less known fact that till just two centuries ago, India was the richest country in the world. Here are a few articles discussing what success mantra is. An article on what constitutes the success mantra and how we can achieve it, as individuals and as organizations, without paying a price in terms of stress and disharmony You are Rich By Parveen Chopra An American millionaire who was asked how much was enough, replied: ‘Just a little bit more.’ This implies lack, which has become an inseparable part of our lives. But rather than how much you have, it is your attitude to what you have that determines your level of abundance. And the lack in one area of life disallows success and fulfillment in all the other areas. These insights are getting a hearing with the focus on abundance. But what is abundance? And what are the ways to let it flow into our lives? Abundance is certainly not something we can acquire, it is something we tune into. It is a state of being. Of feeling that ‘I have enough’—time, energy, well-being, loving relationships, wisdom, everything. Enough money too. Delhi-based reiki master Sukhdeepak Malvai says we should mind our self-talk. Seeing a fancy car or a bungalow, do you say with a sigh: ‘No, I cannot afford it’, or, ‘Only people with black money earned by dubious means can enjoy these luxuries’? Replace such thoughts with statements such as ‘Yes, I might have a house better than that.’ Closing money matters, literally, also helps: therefore, settle old debts, update your bank books and so on. Declare for yourself what you want. Be specific in setting your goals. Focusing on what is already there in your life and not on what you don’t have may sound like good old positive thinking, but it is an important principle. It relates to the Biblical promise: ‘To him that hath, shall more be given.’ Also, believe in the abundance of the universe. Think of the things we need to survive: air, sunlight, food. Is there any shortage? Once Maharishi Mahesh Yogi was talking enthusiastically about a project costing a few million dollars. In those early years, the TM movement wasn’t flush with cash. Naturally, his associates asked: ‘Where is the money going to come from?’ ‘From wherever it is now,’ was his simple, confident answer. Truly, all things material circulate and recirculate—nobody can own them. Ten Sutras for Corporate Success By Anil Bhatnagar Modern thinkers and scientists are now convinced that the world is not made up of things, but of consciousness or an energy field that is experiencing itself. The shift has been from man seeing the world as an ocean of matter to be exploited for improving the quality of his material existence to seeing it as an ocean of intelligent energy of which he too is only a part. Some timeless principles highlighted by New Age leaders underlie this paradigm shift and can be applied for building successful business organizations. Understand your place in the sun The universe is one big jigsaw puzzle and each business organization and individual has a unique slot in it. Each person should be fitted into the right slot in relation to the organizational plan while fulfilling his own role in harmony with the Big Plan. Every organization should realize that intent and natural talent are assets more important than specialization or technical qualification on its own. A person with a burning desire to learn more about a subject can do wonders irrespective of his background. Practice the economics of abundanceIn a perfect scenario everything is available in abundance to meet one’s needs. In any real-life situation, however, this is not true as people’s acquisitive tendencies are driven by reasons other than genuine needs. The first verse of Isha Upanishad says: All that we see around us belongs to God and has been given to us only for our use. Hence we should not hoard things unnecessarily. Many problems crop up in an organization because people operate from a scarcity consciousness. Organizations with a culture where people circulate rather than keep things they do not need, provide an environment of abundance; people always have what they need at the right time and place. Be rooted in the reality of ‘oneness’Every organization should function cohesively. It is important that organizations and individuals ensure right from the recruitment stage that they share common values, concerns, visions, challenges, goals and dreams. The more the employees work from the perspective of ‘It is not I but the Unmanifest working through me’, the more they achieve. Use the power of positive thinkingPeople and organizations think and feel low not because of the dismal circumstances they are in; but because they think and feel low. The most powerful but least understood tool we possess is positive thinking. Don’t work against anything. For example, don’t fight against violence. Work for peace instead. Let the Unmanifest work for you Just as the whole banyan tree unfolds from the tiny seed, the world comes into being from the Unmanifest. Individuals and organizations must realize that money, material benefits and all that makes Man happy flows only from the Unmanifest; hence they should not sacrifice their link with the latter for the sake of the former. Abundance, the very nature of the Unmanifest, shall enter and continue to pervade the lives of people and organizations provided they work in the interests of the common good and in harmony with the Unmanifest. Recognize and trust change Individuals and organizations should not doubt or resist the inevitable changes encountered while they are working for the Big Plan. Many organizations at some juncture feel they cannot afford to go on paying their workers because of adverse market conditions. Driven by scarcity consciousness they start driving people out of jobs. An organization with abundance consciousness, on the other hand, values people more than its assets and may take such adverse circumstances as the Unmanifest’s signal to change lanes and perhaps start a parallel or new venture utilizing the experience of surplus employees. Success requires that organizations remain open to the opportunities and be sensitive to the world around them. A Shell Group study of 27 companies revealed that each one had changed their ‘business lanes’ at least once after inception. Attune yourself to the Unmanifest Perfect quality comes from a perfect source: our inner self. Unless the employee is in harmony with his inner self, he will continue to fail in channeling the perfect quality of the Unmanifest into his performance. We can work at various levels to call upon the power of the Unmanifest so that it seeps into the organization: Meditating helps in transcending both inner as well as external noise that keeps the Unmanifest from us. Make the best use of the present moment Life is not a destination to be arrived at. What counts is the present moment. For employees to make best use of the present moment, organizations should:• Train people in time management. Prioritizing jobs helps.• Ensure a workplace with a minimum of distractions.• Encourage people to talk to each other in low-pitched voices-that too only when necessary. Develop quality people Personal transformation programs help in the development of highly effective, quality people. Reiki, vipassana, yoga, sudarshan kriya, TM, hypnotherapy and NLP are some of the systems gaining popularity in corporate circles. Interpersonal communication skills are the backbone of success for any organization. Employees should develop listening skills, understand the basics of body language and learn memory-enhancing techniques. Grow motivation muscle For employees to display loyalty, organizations must show a similar concern for them. Most organizations grossly underestimate the human need for appreciation. This erodes employee motivation and creativity. A good way of motivating people to work for the organization and not merely for themselves is to equitably distribute a good percentage of profits (say 10 per cent) as a bonus for employees. In organizations where benefits are meant only for the top few, all others become outsiders. Finally, don’t wait for others to change first. Be an active participant in this inevitable change. Success-Up, Up and Above By Anupama Bhattacharya and Saurabh Bhattacharya ‘Success,’ says Promod Batra, former general manager of Escorts and seminar leader, ‘is basically about how you can turn adverse situations in your favor.’ Consider this. Thomas Edison failed approximately 10,000 times before he finally invented the light bulb. Henry Ford was broke at the age of 40. Beethoven, as a young child, was told he had no talent for music. Walt Disney, as a young cartoonist, was told that he wasn’t good at cartooning. In his struggling years at Bollywood, Amitabh Bachchan could not get a suitable role because he was ‘too tall and thin’ and was rejected in an All India Radio audition because of a ‘heavy voice’! Or take Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. ‘Few people face as much failure and humiliation in one life as Gandhi did,’ continues Batra. ‘But he didn’t give up. He was there, at the right time, still struggling, when his fate changed.’ The issues may not have been big enough. But the dreams were. And each step was taken in that direction. ‘You don’t have to want to be successful,’ writes psychologist and motivation teacher Edward de Bono in his book, Tactics: The Art and Science of Su
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