Life is an expedition on which we learn as we grow. It’s worthwhile to Question – Are we here just to raise families; make a living; self-enjoyment or to make some meaningful contribution to this world that could give us Long-Term Success and Holistic Contentment.
Effective self-growth is changing ourselves in small quantum every day for our better self, competing only against ourselves. This is what keeps us consistent and consistency is what enables us to achieve phenomenally.
In today’s fast-changing times, we get obsolete so fast, if we do not continuously keep working on our self-growth. Very soon we realize how we become replaceable. Even though the experienced professionals have a lot of value to add, but just due to their stagnancy and rigidity in their self-growth they become irrelevant in demanding times.
Steve Jobs said “Stay Foolish, Stay Hungry” – It simply meant to keep the child alive in you, stay hungry and innocent to be receptive to new learnings, doesn’t develop a know-it-all attitude. The know-it-all attitude kills our possibilities of Self-Growth.
For effective self-growth, am sharing a simple Mental Conditioning Pie, which gives us the knowledge of:
— WHY TO / WHAT TO – HOW TO – WANT TO –
(SOFT SKILLS) (TECHNICAL SKILLS) (DESIRE)
The WHY TO/ WHAT TO is developed by the soft skills that arise out of curiosity, knowledge acquisition. In ancient times, the Primary knowledge parted was of Character building. These are more deeply embedded principles that lay the foundation of Why we must do anything so that we have the right purpose of doing What we are doing. Somehow this knowledge has gone missing in our Modern culture education system, thereby so many sufferings because we don’t have the correct and deep-rooted purpose of doing What we are doing. Like a Strong, Charactered King would have a deep and clear purpose as Why to and What to Do for his people. So this is something we need to acquire today with the right association of Mentors and education.
Then we need to focus on the technical skills that are the, HOW TO which are more modern and ever-changing techniques and can be acquired from time to time. Our Modern education system provides thorough knowledge on this.
Then most important is the WANT TO, the Desire. Self-growth is possible when we develop and nurture the desire to move forward.
In my recent reads, I observed Stephen R Covey, a renowned author in his book ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ shared a powerful concept of the Glittering Golden Eggs which he defines as the P / PC balance (Product / Production Capability).
This can be easily understood by the fable of the Goose and the Golden Eggs. A fable about the poor farmer when he one day comes across one golden egg he thinks it is a trick. When he finds it the next day and the next day, he starts collecting the Golden Eggs and gets very rich. But soon his desires become bigger, then the production that he was getting of one Golden Egg every day seems less. He decides to cut the stomach of the Goose and get all the Golden Eggs in one day. Which meant that he destroyed his Production Capability – the PC, in his greed.
In the long term, we all need to understand how to maintain the balance of the P/ PC. If he had given love and care to the golden goose it would have produced Golden Eggs for him all his life.
Like when I bought my car, I kept using it for years without servicing it and the engine got choked. The car became a waste. If I had serviced my car from time to time and increased its Production Capability (PC) I could have enjoyed my car, the Product (P) much longer.
Like-wise if we keep servicing our own Production Capability (PC) by upgrading our skills, we can be Productive (P), consistent much longer.
Effective Self Growth is a Timeless Principle to create and Nurture your Own Fate.
Bhagavad Gita explains the nature of the mind, which is so frivolous, therefore it is so important to have the regular acquisition of knowledge and mentoring to attain consistency. It is the regular Yogic practices that set aside the Great Men…
The senses are so strong and impetus O Arjuna, that they forcibly carry away the mind even of a man of discrimination who is endeavoring to control them. Bhagavad Gita 2.60
“Whatever actions a great man performs, common men follow. And whatever standards he sets by exemplary acts, all the world pursues.” – Bhagavad Gita 3.21