1. Never underestimate the power of Thought.
We should never underestimate the power of our thoughts. Our thoughts, in a fleeting instant, can take us either to heaven or hell. Similarly, thoughts can determine our success or failure. A man who continually thinks he is inadequate or doomed to failure will sadly prove the truth of his own thoughts. To achieve success we have to visualise success. When we hold onto thoughts of failure and fear, we subconsciously invite the very events we wish to avoid. At the very least we can suspend disbelief and maintain a clear mind.
Thought is the bridge
Between Heaven and hell.
Thought is power,
A ceaseless magic spell.
– Sri Chinmoy, from poem: Thought
2. Aim high
Just because something has not been achieved before does not mean it will always remain impossible. Somebody had to be first to climb Mount Everest. There is no reason why the first person cannot be you. Quite often, when one person achieves something, many other people are soon able to do it too. For example, it took many years for someone to break the 4 minute mile record; however, after Roger Bannister broke it, many other runners soon went under. When others achieve something we subconsciously gain confidence; to be a pathfinder we should have confidence in ourselves whatever others may do.
“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”
– J.F. Kennedy
3. Be Inspired by Others
If we value the inspiration offered by others we will be able to learn and absorb their good qualities. Their achievement may be in an unrelated field, but the principle of self transcendence we can apply to our field. Appreciating the achievements of others is a very powerful force for our own success. If we look upon everyone else as competitors we feel a sense of separation, we will not be able to share in their success and learn from their achievements.
4. Self transcendence
Self Transcendence is a very powerful philosophy, it is the belief that we can continually improve on our previous achievements. Self transcendence can be applied to all aspects of our life. If we make this our own philosophy we can continually aim at surpassing our previous achievements.
“When we transcend ourselves, we do not compete with others. We do not compete with the rest of the world, but at every moment we compete with ourselves.”
– Sri Chinmoy
5. Do not be discouraged by Failure.
The problem we often face in achieving something new, is that we easily get discouraged by failure. We should change our attitude to failure; instead of seeing it as a bad thing, we should feel it is a necessary step to our final success. To find a new treatment, research scientists may have to undergo countless experiments that do not work. If we have real determination we will not allow a temporary failure to stop us.
“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing.”
– George Bernard Shaw
6. Do Not listen to Criticism
The world has more than its fair share of critics. It seems it is easier to put down people than offer encouragement. If we place great emphasis on other’s opinions, we will be easily discouraged when they tell us our task is impossible. Fear of what other people may think nearly prevented Darwin publishing his theory of evolution; at the turn of the century, there were many people who said building a flying craft was foolishly impossible. To achieve something new we need a vision and also have faith in it.
“When you invent something, there will always be people to criticise. God’s creation is full of critics, but has God given up His creation because of the critics?”
– Sri Chinmoy