Monday, 29 April 2013

Habit- Good or Evil?

Winning is not a sometime thing; it's an all time thing. You don't win once in a while, you don't do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.
- Vince Lombardi

Habit is an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary. It is essential for learning. Learning cannot be completed without rehearsing again and again until it is completely absorbed in the brain or more precisely in the nervous system. The word ‘habit’ is derived from Latin word ‘habitus’ meaning ‘retained’. If we further go deep in the history almost at the beginning of the ancient civilizations, we found a word ‘habeĊ’ meaning ‘to grab’ in the Proto Indo-European language which is thought to be the mother of many Indian and European Languages. As it is clear from the etymology of the word ‘habit’ that it has to do something with learning and exactly how it helps learning can be understood from functioning of the nervous system.

The nervous system consists merely of mechanism for the reception & transmission of incoming messages and their transformation into outgoing messages which produce movement. The messages trail in the form of nervous current; leaving impressions on the pathway it traverses which once made can be retained and thereafter tends to seek the same pathway and to end in the same movement when same incoming message received. Movements may be started by the stimulation of a sense organ or by a thought. Howsoever it starts, seeks a way out, and prefers pathways already traversed. Hence we are bound to have habits.

Everything that enters nervous system produces some modification within it. It is derived from the factor of modifiability that with each succeeding repetition, the tasks become easier or learning becomes better because the path becomes worn smoothly and the nervous current seek it own accord, in other words, each act and each thought tends to become habitualized . We are bundle of habits and they manifest themselves in two ways as habit of action and habit of thoughts. Our mind is arranged in such habitual patterns that a large part of what we do and think during the course of twenty four hours is habitual.

Habit answers the mechanism behind learning which is basically involuntary in nature once the pathway is designed but leaves out option with us to choose which one to develop.

To ensure beneficial learning and cultivation of useful habits we must aware about incoming and outgoing messages and act as guard to allow only positive things to enter. We must go slowly at first to register the correct impression, so that it triggers the required outcome in the form of desired habits. It takes 21 days to concrete the neural pathway dig out by any stimulation. So, it is necessary to practice the activity at exact time continuously without any exception for at least 21 days because each time exception deepens the old pathway to boost the previous result. Reward yourself on each successive days and in case an exception occurs punish yourself. Don't fight with negative thoughts, just substitute it with positive one, using affirmative statements only, because our mind could not hold two thoughts at a time.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not a act, but a habit.~Aristotle                                     

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Saturday, 27 April 2013

Being Successful- An Insight

The wave and particle pictures, or the visual and causal representations, are "complementary" to each other. That is, they are mutually exclusive, yet jointly essential for a complete description of quantum events. The wave function of the unobserved object is a mixture of both the wave and particle pictures until the experimenter chooses what to observe in a given experiment.
-Neils Bohr

Good and bad can be treated as the visual and causal representations that are complementary to each other. An unobserved event is a mixture of good and bad until one chooses what to find out. They are like two poles of magnet which cannot be separated; it doesn't matter how hard one tries. Good and bad can also be understood in terms of a coin having two sides but only one side is visible at a time; like sides of a coin can be flipped.

The conception of the objective reality has thus evaporated not into the cloud of some obscure new reality concept, but into the transparent clarity that represents no longer the behavior but rather our knowledge of this behaviour. It is essentially subjective because the basic reality of the theory is our knowledge. In the words of Friedrich Nietzsche, there are no facts only interpretations.

There is no such thing as absolute truth or universal reality. Reality is contextual or relative, relevant in one situation and irrelevant in others. Albert Einstein opined reality as merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. 

The same is true with the terms good and bad that cannot be demarcated. Morphine, a narcotic drug, is considered as curse but for the person suffering from cancer or other severe diseases having unbearable pain morphine as analgesic is a boon. Cutting of hand or leg out of violence in society is bad but same turns out to be good at operation table when doctor do it to save the life of a person. Water, the very essential for living also takes lives in the form of flood.

I heard a story of a man who had a horse. One day his horse went somewhere and didn't return. The man went sad and thought something bad happened. After three months all of a sudden his horse with some other 30 horses returned. He thought good happened. While riding on his horse the man fell down and got severely injured. At the same time war broke out with neighbouring countries and the king wanted every healthy individual to join army and fight for the country. The man due to severe injuries could not join the army and survived because his country was defeated and all the army men were brutually massacred. Now I give up to you to decide; is falling down from the horse and getting severe injuries really bad for that man?

Let me give you an example of a legend who in a survey conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers among the leading CEOs for most admired global leader ranked 2nd and is the only one in top 10 list who belonged to corporate world. He is Steve Jobs. He believed in positive outlook of life. In his famous speech delivered at Stanford University, he outlined some incidences of his life which according to others could be considered as worst things that could happen to person such as dropping out of a college in which tuition the entire savings of his parents were spent and firing out of a company which he started at his father's garage & nurtured from his sweat and blood to such a reputation as of 2 billion$ company with over 4000 staffs launching of Machintosh. But in his statement they are the best things that could ever happen to him because we could have deprived of the beautiful typography of modern computers as they are the result of his drop out from normal classes & joining of calligraphy classes instead and devoid of the first animated feature film 'Toy story', the best animated studio 'Pixar' and the technological renaissance that we witnessed after his return to Apple again as these are the results of developments occured in a company called 'Next' which he formed after his firing from apple.

So I would like you to recall your three worst things that happened to you according to yourself and rethink over them that whether are they really worst or somehow helped you in shaping your future? For better result of absorbing this nature of successful person, I recommend to write down on a piece of paper the new opinion that you find out after reconsidering. You can also analyse your day to day deeds at night before sleeping while lay down on bed and waiting to sleep.

Bad has no existence and good never ceases to be, the reality of both has been acknowledged by the seekers of success.
Bhagwad Geeta (Chapter II verse 16)

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Wednesday, 24 April 2013


Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.
-William James

I am here to help those who are ready to do anything to lead a SUCCESSFUL life but don't know what to do. I could not be of any help to those who aren't ready to pay for their purchase. 'Doing' makes a huge difference between successful and others.

Let me tell you a story from my childhood memories of a sage who had an apple and a pineapple in his loosely sewn handmade cotton bag. By eating apple, you could be successful and eating pineapple could tell you everything about success but eating one could make the other disappear. But, I am sorry to say I do not have any pineapples now to offer you for sake of choice.

There is no way to replace action with knowledge. Knowledge is worthless without actualization. Any hypothesis must pass the litmus of action to become theory. In scientific community, an experiment is conducted first and on the basis of its observations, a theory is proposed to explain the observations revealed in the quest. Stephen Hawking in his book 'A Brief History of Time' stated "a theory is just a model and a set of rules that relate quantities in the model to observations that we make. It exists only in our minds and does not have any other reality (whatever that might mean)". 

The outcome of an experiment may propose a number of theories to satisfy the reasons behind the outcome but in spite of all these, one thing is definite that the exact replica of procedures followed in the experiment everytime will give the same outcome. So whenever I get the opportunity to choose between apple and pineapple I always opt for apple and hence, I can say very little about being successful- only one statement that 'Being Successful is a state of mind' but I can prescribe the procedure upon following one could feel the state of mind which I refer to as being successful or blissful living.

Wake up early in the morning before sunrise take a long walk untill you start sweating. After the morning walk over stand naked beneath the running shower in your bathroom and feel that come across your senses whether it is the sound of water coming from the shower, water striking your body, water striking the ground after trailing all over your body or sensation of water all over your skin or anything that you encounter while standing there. 

By starting the day with this state of mind you'll surely able to distinguish that day with any day that you lived earlier.

An inactive man can never be successful whatsoever may be the reason of his inactivity; laziness or attaining knowledge. Surely no one can remain inactive even for a moment; everyone is helplessly driven to action according to nature of the person.
Bhagwad Geeta (Chapter III verses 4 & 5)

My next blog will be about nature of successful person.