Thursday, May 31, 2012

The success code!

If you want to become a winner you were born to be, it is going to take changing your daily actions until they become a habit. The fact that you created a vision and understand the true value and purpose of that vision will energize you and give you personal motivation you need to finish well- and achieve exceptional results. Mahatma Gandhi, who led India’s independence, was an average person with limited success in his early career.  Some life changing experiences he had in South Africa as a young attorney discovered his “purpose in life” which motivated him to “persist without exception”. With that vision and purpose he led the entire nation to independence without firing a shot!

Much about success is just the result if simply the ability to follow up, follow through, and finish what you started. You are not beaten by being knocked down. You’re only beaten if you stay down. You are what you are and where you are because of what’s gone into your mind, but you can change what you are and where you are by changing what goes into your mind. Choices determine that action you take, and action produces the results of your life. You can only think in ways consistent with the information you have in your mind. So to change what you do, you have to change the way you think, and to think differently, you need to change what goes into your mind.

There are six characteristics that comprise the foundation stones of your life and success. They are: honesty, character, faith, integrity, love, and loyalty. These six foundational stones essentially provide the raw material for your thinking. As such, they become the core characteristics of what you be, do, and have, which ultimately determines the results you get in life. These stones form the code for success or failure because you are thinking and your actions must be consistent with the characteristics of the foundation you build. The idea of value and purpose is linked to the concept of discovering a great good, a mission, or higher calling. This is applicable at individual and at business level. High performing individuals and organizations have discovered this higher calling. Fundamentally, we need to understand one universal principle: You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want. This is an other-centered strategy; not self-centered.

Finally, to have success, one must develop the following three dimensions of life. The first dimension is spiritual, the second dimension is mental, and the third dimension is physical. Each dimension is separate, but they work together to create a total person. The most important and the most neglected dimension is spiritual. It is out of our souls our attitude flows, and our attitude defines our altitude in life. The depth of our spirit will determine the height of our success. Our mental abilities are housed in our brains, and if you think our brain as a muscle, you need the importance of exercising it daily to keep it in top condition. The best exercise for brain and your mind is to force it to think which is enabled by continuous learning and education. Taking care of physical condition and health is very essential for our overall success. We need to have good eating and wait control plans and regular exercise. If we want to provide our spirit and mind a top notch house to live-in we need to keep our body in excellent shape.

Our success greatly depends on how we align these three dimensions, viz; spiritual, mental, physical. This is my personal testimony. I believed in all three dimensions from very early age in my life, but my priorities were in different order. Some life changing experiences gave me deeper insight which helped me reprioritize the dimensions to the right order: i.e., spiritual, mental, and physical. This change in priority clearly brought greater success and happiness in my life.

I wish you good luck and see you next week!

Saju Skaria


Air Cmde (Retd) JWR Chinniah said...

A wonderful and thought provoking article Saju ... keep going ... thanks.

Air Cmde (Retd) JWR Chinniah

Hem said...

Thank you Saju for this piece. You are right, just showing up, and follow through alone can lead to success. I would also like to point that Mahatma Gandhi was much of a failure in his career in the beginning, until he turn his efforts from focusing on himself to focusing on others. His focus shifted to helping others who needed legal help, instead of making himself money. In that process, he became an advocate of downtrodden people, and people start to come in droves to him to solve their problems. This led him up to be a people's advocate and led to his greatness in liberating India from the clutches of the British. My own personal story of shifting from an engineering career to a people oriented career, once the focus is shifted and aligned to the needs of the client,and looking out for their benefit and wellbeingness, more than the career, it brings me immense pleasure, satisfaction and worthiness in even contributing positively and touching lives in this world.

Saju Skaria said...

Air Cmde Chinniah: Thanks for your kind feedback. Please visit this blog at regular basis. My plan is to share one blog per week.

Hem: I totally agree with your comments. The intangibles we accrue while serving others can't be measured. It has to be experienced! I find lot of happiness when I am able to contribute without expecting any return in particular.Pl stay tuned!