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During my long stint of more than 1000 trainings I have been enormously interested in finding out why and how people learn and why they won’t. Based on my observations I have coined a term “The Power of -1” . Minus One has two very interesting properties. If multiplied by biggest possible positive number, it converts it to negative and if multiplied by biggest possible negative number, it converts it to positive.
I have been using this technique in my personal life, in my trainings and teaching to my participants.
No matter what I teach in a training or any participants may already know, only one doubt in his mind will make all the gyan useless. It will clutter his mind and give enough reasons to not to act on any of the knowledge he possesses. This doubt may be something like “It sounds good in theory but in practical life……” OR “If this is how it is then …..” OR “ This may be okay for others but we are different …..” OR “ hard work is ok but some people do have good luck…”.
The doubts are like dirt on all precious knowledge we may possess. It covers all the gems of wisdom and promotes inaction. Specially to the people who don’t have enough will power to change, doubts give sufficient reason to lay supine. Since the time I started devoting time to remove this dirt, I could see palpable results. Not only the trainings became more effective I am seeing more and more participants discussing during breaks, asking for contact details for individual sessions and increased queries through mails – depicting more interest in learning and putting that in action.
Interestingly I have devised a way to use this power of -1 for good. People usually talk about negative or not so supporting environment, boss, juniors etc. I use the power of -1 to convert this negativity to positive. Negative environment only means less competition for me. Instead of saying “ My boss never appreciates” I say “ I need to learn more on how to get appreciated” and I’ll read some good books, google on it and consult some expert. Any atonement shall be handy with many more people, throughout my life. My juniors are never useless, its me who has to upgrade “How to get work done” skills. That may also work in getting my kids study harder.
This is a simple change of perception. Abundance of energy is already there, but working against you, use power of “sublimation” to make it work for you, to motivate you and challenge you.
Hope you will enjoy converting all negative energies to positive using power of minus one.
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In a Recent Training on Goal Setting and Target Achievement ( During an Exercise ) I asked participants to set humanly impossible goals for themselves. This is what they had to do when I made them achieve those Goals. Now they believe they may not know how, may not know ever, may not achieve now or ever, but ALL Goals are Achievable.
There was this king with his colossal army. The army was impeccable and won dozens of war for the king. This war was special as the opponents were almost double in number. The King was worried this time. At last, the strategy of the Army Chief and the power of the army prevailed and the King had another feather in his cap.
There was no end to King’s delight and in this mood he promised Army Chief to grant any wish he wanted. The Chief replied “With your mercy I have everything I could think, But there is only one thing I can never have. If you are happy my lord, then make me the king for one day”.
The wish did not amuse the King but he had to keep his words. The Chief was made King for one day.
No prize for Guessing the first order he gave ? Hang the actual King.
You are that king and your Mind is your Chief. If you can control your mind, you can conquer anything your want. You can win all wars and achieve anything. If you let your mind control you, You are doomed.
Our mind ( the software part of the brain ) works on two simple principles. Survival and Immediate Gratification. It is just not programmed for planning, strategizing and delay of gratification. Which is must to live the kind of life you’ll like to live.
Most of the times we know what is good for us, what has to be done for what we want. Its the difference between knowledge and action that that is keeping us. We all know regular exercising is good for us, but how many of us are able to do it? The course we wanted to do, book we wanted to write, business we wanted to do, skill we wanted to develop, hobby we wanted to pursue might be some of the endless examples.
The revolution in information technology has mitigated the importance of knowledge. All gyan is available on finger clicks. The one who can implement shall prevail. The one who has the control to concentrate all energies, focus all efforts shall achieve. Today is the time for “Karma Yoga”.
Never in the history was such a wonderful time to show the world what you are capable of. You just need to be better than others and your can show it. You cut grass, but wonderfully, and people will stop on the road to click your park and upload. The world will know here lives a person who is the best grass cutter.
Fix your goals, focus your mind, concentrate all your efforts and you will get it.