Monday, August 3, 2015

Exercise Motivation : The Power of Potential

It was Steven Pressfield who acknowledged, "The song we're composing already exists in potential. Our work is to find it."

Every man yearns to express his potential through his life and work. The dictionary defines potential as: latent qualities or abilities that may be developed and lead to future success or usefulness.

Potential evokes the impression of an idle car, roaring with possibility before hurtling down the road. It is the car's engine and driver that decide the car's speed. Yet, without someone to take control of the vehicle, there is little potential to speak of.

I recall taking an elective subject in automotive design at university. The lecturer, a former automotive designer, spoke of how the badge ornament for the Ford Mustang, the galloping wild horse, came to be. The final design has come to evoke a sense of movement and potential, so that even while stationary, the car conveys the image of movement.

Regrettably, many people are held back by limiting beliefs, fears and doubts related to their potential. Left unchecked, these destructive energies perpetuate into a contracted self-worth.

Whatever you buy into long enough and with enough conviction, forms your reality.

We recognise potential within ourselves foremost when we abide by our highest distinction. In doing so, it summons our dormant strengths and commitment toward greatness.

Consequently, the power of potential is the idle horse ready to gallop.

Potential necessitates discipline, attention and commitment to bring it to life. "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free," declared Michelangelo.

It must be said that potential is harnessed when you give yourself to the process. The greatest minds in history began life with little potential. Abraham Lincoln's learning difficulties as a young man is an example of one who transformed potential into achievement.

To cultivate potential, we hold steadfast to move in the right direction, without becoming fixed on the path which leads us there. Potential must be obvious to the individual and is accompanied with passion and desire.

"Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes time. Vision with action can change the world," states futurist and author Joel A. Barker.

Make it your duty to nurture your strengths since passion and enthusiasm alone only get you so far.

An indomitable will, spawned by inspiration rouses potential.

It is through dedicated focus toward a vision or dream that transforms desire into action since strong aspirations alone are insufficient.

"The difference between those people living their potential and those who don't, is not the amount of potential itself, but the amount of permission they give themselves to live in the present," avows spiritual teacher and author Marianne Williamson.

Whatever is possible is attributed to the mind that can conceive it.

The realisation of our goals and dreams are constrained only by our limiting beliefs. They slow if not halt progress altogether, because the same creative intelligence that manifests our desires, also gives birth to our insecurities.

The power to unleash potential is overcome by rising above our obstacles, instead of being defeated by them.

Potential is clothed in: hard work, an indomitable will, commitment and courage. To take a contrasting view, I equate lack of potential to simmering water which never boils because the heat is turned down.

In recent times there's been much discussion given to the widely held opinion we use ten percent of our brain power. Whilst acknowledged as an urban myth, I believe we are yet to tap into our other faculties, such as intuition or the deeper subconscious mind to harness potential.

In The Power of Habit, author Charles Duhigg suggests we reveal our potential by developing sound habits. Many people's failures are attributed to poor habits gained throughout their lifetime.

To nurture potential, we form a strong foundation to harness those gifts and cultivate them as we evolve.

I am fond of the saying, Life doesn't know what it will become until you create it.

Similarly, author Michael Talbot who wrote The Holographic Universe affirms, "We are not born into the world. We are born into something that we make into the world."

Potential exists in all living things and is the lifeblood of universal intelligence. To allow this intelligence to act through us brings to life that which resonates with our deepest self. The same energy which gives birth to our ambitions does so at the right time and not a moment sooner.

"Everything in the Universe, including you, your soul, everyone else, and every soul, participates in a continual unfolding of potential," avows the American spiritual teacher Gary Zukav.

You cannot escape your potential any more than refusing to inhale oxygen from the air surrounding you. However, how you use that potential forms the foundation for life to express herself through you.

Steven Pressfield struck upon a crucial point in the opening quote: that all potential exists within the space-time realm.

Your task is to birth that potential by giving it life through: dedication, commitment and inspired action.

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Friday, July 3, 2015

How To Success

Franz Kafka is considered one of the most creative and influential writers of the 20th century. Unbelievingly, he spent most of his time working as a lawyer for the Workers Accident Insurance Institute!

Then, how on earth did Kafka produce such fantastic creative works while doing his job?

The secret is simple.

By sticking to a strict 'writing' schedule.

He would come back from work and take a nap. He would wake up, write for a few hours beginning from sharp 11 p.m, and only then, go to sleep. He did this again and again and again and again.

Research shows, many many great artists, businessmen, sportspeople and scientists, followed a consistent schedule.

Maya Angelou, one of the most outstanding poetess I have ever read, rented a hotel room to write. She arrived at 6:30 a.m, wrote until 2 p.m, and then went home to do some editing. She never slept at the hotel.

Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Chabon writes five nights per week from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Haruki Murakami wakes up at 4 a.m, writes for five hours, and then goes for a run.

Sam Walton of Walmart was legendary for his weekly review of EVERY one of his over 9500 stores from 4.30 a.m. to 8.30 a.m. EVERY DAY!

When yoga guru BKS Iyengar was celebrating his 91st birthday, he was quoted saying, since the age of 14 (that is for 77 years) he might have missed practicing yoga a maximum of 10 times. Can you imagine? In 77 years, not exercising for only 10 days!!! Phew! Mind blowing! But, that is what I guess is the secret of his high energy levels and brilliant health.

Sania Nehwal would appear for practice at P Gopichand's academy at an incredible 4.30 a.m. for that was the only available time slot! For this, she had to leave her home at 3.45 a.m. It's up to you to guess what time she must be waking up???

The work of top successful people isn't dependent solely upon resources or talent or fortune or plain opportunity. Besides one or a few before mentioned factors, they follow a consistent pattern and 'work' routine. It's the mastering of daily habits that leads to super successes, and not some mythical spark of genius.

Why are habits and routines so important in the making of schedules? Habits and routines are important in the making of schedules because they "free our minds to thinking about 'development and execution' in personally interesting fields of action."

In my career as a trainer and as a counselor, I have seen supremely talented people waste so much of their lifetime 'trying' to decide what time to work or where to work from or worse still completely ignoring the scheduling process. They wait for the 'right mood' and never truly take-off. They never condition themselves to 'peak performance'. In the process, they impede their capacity to do their best work.

There are plenty of research studies done all over the world on willpower, habit formation, inspirations, creativity, literature, sports, peak performance and motivation to back up the above paragraph.

To sum it all up, if you're sincere about compelling success, stop waiting for motivation and inspiration to strike or the right mood to set. Make it simple. Set a schedule for doing important work on a consistent basis. If a certain time works best for your 'important work', make that your consistent time.

Ironically, we set time to see movies, watch TV, read newspapers, all of them are not your 'important works'. By all means, do so. But, do schedule the 'important works' too.

You will be delighted with the results.

Looking forward to hearing from you on this topic. What is your take on this? What has worked for you? Would love to learn from your experiences.

With love, prayers and exceptional wishes,


Imagine, when we wake up, we are given only what we had thanked for.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Self Improvement : Jesus, Friend of Gays and Lesbians

Matthew 9: 9 (ESV) As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, "Follow me." And he rose and followed him.

10. And as Jesus reclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his disciples.

11 And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?"

12 But when he heard it, he said, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.

13 Go and learn what this means, "I desire mercy, and not sacrifice. For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners".

Taking a closer look at this passage, Jesus was accused of one thing that Christians are not accused of today. Although we quote the phrase; "Love the sinner and hate the sin", we seldom practise what we preach. Quite often, we hate both the sin and the sinner. Jesus had many titles like Master, Teacher, Lord, Saviour, God, but one major title He had was "Friend of Sinners". Looking at the Bible passages above, not only was Jesus found in the house of Matthew the tax collector, He was also eating with both tax collectors and wicked sinners. Tax collectors can be likened to the corrupt politicians and government officials of our time, who steal public funds for their own benefit. Imagine Jesus with us on earth at this time and you hear that He is relaxing in the house of a well-known corrupt politician or government official, what would be your reaction? Would you speak well of Jesus, or will you, like the Pharisees, ask why He is with those recognised are thieves?

Then imagine Jesus sitting also with those labelled as gays and lesbians; those ostracized from the community, whose sins attract a punishment of imprisonment. How would you see Jesus? Would you still refer to Him as your Saviour or would you count Him as being one of them? Jesus wasn't dinning with them in order to affirm what they were doing. Rather He dined with them because He knew they had a void in them that needed to be filled; they were sick and needed a physician to heal them, not condemn them. Like the two stories in Luke 18 and 19; Luke 18:18-24 presents a rich young ruler who appeared to be self-righteous and wanted to show off his acts of righteousness before Jesus, saying "I have kept all of the commandments from my youth". He felt he was a candidate of eternal life because of his actions. But this ruler went away in sorrow when Jesus pointed out to him he still lacked something.

Luke19: 1-10 is about a tax collector (corrupt politician) who heard that Jesus was coming to Jericho and climbed on a tree to see HIM. Our Lord Jesus went home with Zacchaeus to eat and spent the night. He wasn't there to condemn Zacchaeus, but to show so much love that would compel this sinner to change his ways. In our society, we are driven by guilt and condemnation and we feel that that's the best way to make sinners repent. But feeling remorseful or guilty does not necessarily lead to repentance. Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus was so full of guilt that he went to return the money given to him by the high priest. But this only led him to commit suicide. Peter also sinned. But his response was different; Peter saw the love of God but Judas saw his own self.

Are you struggling with any sin; lying, cheating, adultery, fornication, masturbation, homosexuality? Jesus sees all these in you but He has chosen to love you and be your friend. People might have rejected you, the government might have put up a penalty for that. But Jesus put so much value on you that He came to die for you. If you were the only sinner in the world, He would have still died for you. Look away from yourself, look up to Jesus who is ready to come in and dine with you. His love is unfailing and unconditional. If you will accept Him, He will come in and revive every area of your life. And like Zaccheaus He will say to you, "Today has salvation come to you, my child".

Say this prayer with belief in your heart; "Lord Jesus, I heard that You are a friend of sinners. I also heard that You are the saviour. I accept You into my life today, I cannot live another day without Your love, come in and dine with me Lord. Thank You for giving me a brand new life, thank You for saving me. Amen