Brig Sushil Bhasin | 8 Keys to being Unstoppable
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8 Keys to being Unstoppable

8 Keys to being Unstoppable

The art of being unstoppable
Your mind has all you need to surpass every challenge on your path 

Often it isn’t the mountains ahead that wear you out, it’s the little pebble in your shoe. ― Muhammad Ali

A journey to success starts with the first ‘Baby Step.’ All you need to have is a clear picture of where you stand in terms of your skills, knowledge, networks, ability to communicate and milestones. Let’s understand some fundamentals that are useful aids to begin this journey. These are the handrails which you can use to climb up the steps of success. Please ensure that you use them as handrails and not as handcuffs. In other words, see what is useful in your case and apply it, and don’t turn it into a dogma.  

Go step by step

Step #1. Deal with the big problem areas: A gifted designer, let’s say he is Rajesh, was appointed to a senior position in his new company. He met with a lot of hostility from other members of the team, his juniors, who felt that the position should have been given to someone who had given years to the company and not a newcomer. Rajesh felt that he was turning into a sort of negative thinker in the face of hostility. However, he decided to respond to every barb directed at him with his self-deprecating humour. The colleagues gradually discovered the futility of sarcasm directed at a person who laughed at himself. They began to open up to him, and soon a couple of colleagues had a change of heart when they realised that it was not Rajesh’s fault. It became easy to ignore the ones who continued to be hostile. 

Every formidable problem looks bigger from the distance. What needs to be done is to approach it, and study it in depth, seek advice from others if you are not able to figure it out on your own, and collect as much data as possible on the problem. Every big problem is but a collection of several smaller problems. Create a work schedule, delegate if possible and solve one small problem at a time. Do this over a period of time and you will discover that bit by bit, the biggest of problems can been solved.

Step #2. Focus on your goals: It is important that one keeps one’s goals in mind. All dreams have to be turned into goals. Bigger goals and each goal has to be sub-divided into five year goals, yearly goals, monthly and weekly goals. We have also seen the importance of ‘rituals.’  These rituals form into habits. With all this in place, there is a need to have a clear focus on these goals. You should review each day, before getting into bed and examine each major activity done during the day. If any activity did not contribute, directly or indirectly, to any goal, then it is infructuous and should not have been done. Introspect and see how you can avoid many of such activities, or establish another goal. Accomplishment of goals should become a second nature, a habit.

Step #3. Need for self-discipline:  For moving on your desired path, at the required speed, there is no alternative to self-discipline. You need to be your own boss and be prepared to be answerable for your acts. You must awaken to the realization that establishing your own rules or rituals and then abiding them is a key to doing right things, the right way. Most students today generally lack in this department. How many of you are aware of the routine ace cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has followed all his life? It is not the number of hours I am talking about. I am talking of a strict routine and work ethics that he followed, which took him to the heights of glory. Can you imagine the amount of happiness he derived? We all must aim for that happiness if not for success, victory or glory. Sachin considers his 13 coins, which he received as souvenirs from his coach Ramakant Achrekar after bowlers failed to dismiss him in net, as his most prized possession. He still has them and that discipline is what made him the ‘master-blaster’ that he is regarded today.  

Step #4. Commitment to a cause:  In my life, I found commitment to be another critical attribute that must be acquired, developed and practiced. This is non-negotiable. Commitment bestows on you the strength and energy to achieve and accomplish what you decided to do. It is a pillar that eliminates the tendency of giving yourself ‘excuses’ and disciplines you to achieve what you have set out to. The tendency to give up and justify that by giving excuses is the strongest enemy to your progress and development. You will do well to get rid of it as soon as possible. 

Step #5. Pull out of the comfort zone:  We love to remain in the cozy space we create for ourselves called ‘comfort zone.’ It is more than established that success lies beyond this zone. No one ever attained happiness within the comfort zone. I would like to call it a ‘decay zone.’ When you take an action that moves you out of the ‘comfort zone’ and do it repeatedly for 21 days (that sets a neuro path and rewires your brain), it becomes a habit. Stepping out of this state is simple but not easy. It takes determination, will power and a little self-push. Remember, only the first step is difficult.

Step #6. Learn to manage time: We have discussed this earlier. Time is a finite, limited resource. A very powerful and rich resource, seldom valued. It’s perishable. Once gone, it never comes back. Learn to make the best of the time you have. You need to find your own methods of saving time and utilize it for the best things you want in your life. Learn to value time, not only your own but other’s too. To me this is one single most important quality that is common between all successful people. It can be good if you can keep a track of time utilized and time wasted every day.

Step #7. Be the CEO of your life:  Be your own boss. Remain responsible and accountable. Your life is like a company and you are the CEO. Just like the CEO of a company you must take charge of your life. As a CEO ensures that all the departments are functioning well you must take care for all-round growth in terms of – professional, family, health, finance, education, among others. These are your departments. Each one needs to be taken care of; otherwise the imbalance will slow down your progress, just like it does in a company. This is an act of assuming responsibility and accountability. 

Step #8. Maintain a ‘peak state’:  For a peak performance, it is necessary to maintain a ‘peak state of mind.’ Energised movement can change your state of mind. It includes mental and physical alertness and tons of energy. Just a clap of hands several times, stretching of arms, a little static running and putting on a big smile on your face can change your energy level. How is that possible? Well, you just moved out of your comfort zone. I recommend positive affirmations and lots of physical exercise, primarily stretching exercises. Energy is the essence and ‘action’ is the key word. 

What we have covered in this article are some of the important faculties we need to develop and use them effectively to climb of the stairs leading to success and happiness.

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