Get Started, persist and persevere.

Act now. Sir Thomas Buxtan once said : “With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.” Successful people are those who act. The world is full of dreamers but dreams

remain just dreams if they are not supported by an action plan. Winners act in their dreams and create an action plan to make them a reality. They are quick to grasp the opportunity when it knocks on their door. They are learners and work hard in whatever activity they are engaged in.

If you need to do something on an immediate basis, simply do it. When we say things like “I really should…” or “I need to do something”, it is accompanied by a feeling of anxiety caused by not having done it. Life is too short for procrastination. Get on with the work at hand and complete it before you embark on another task. Each day brings forth an opportunity to start afresh and make life fulfilling. As someone once said: “No one can predict to what heights you can soar; even you will not know until you spread your wings.” So get spread your wings.

Take calculate risks. Real winners never wait for all the lights to turn green because that never happens. They get off the block at the first opportunity. Getting started is the first step in the direction


towards fulfilling your dreams. Winners prepare hard in advance and plan properly. Someone once said: “If you fail to plan you plan to fail.” Successful people are risk takers and make their own opportunities. According to George Bernard Shaw: “The people who get on in this world are people who get up and look for the circumstances they want and, if they can’t find them, make them,’ Success is reserved only for those who dare to venture into unknown territories. People who act see the positive in people, situations and opportunities and act accordingly. Those who risk nothing in life, risk everything .” But think and deliberate carefully before you jump the gun. A blind jump may you into mental, physical and financial misery.
Respect time. Winners always do it in time and that’s probably why they never lose. They never wait for tomorrow because tomorrow never comes. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift of God, the reason why it’s called present. Procrastinators have the habit of perennially

postponing things, be it for days, weeks, months or years. They lament and wait for the perfect day and time to do a job and spend their lifetime waiting. Nothing tangible ever happens for them.

Think of people who postpone things indefinitely on one pretext or the other. Do you think they would ever find a reason to do anything? There can be never a perfect time or day. A day is a day and one must begin to succeed. The Chinese saying that “a journey of a thousand miles beings with a single step” makes lot of sense. Those who sit on the shore waiting for a bonanza go back empty-handed. Procrastinators make New Year resolutions, only to break them the very next day. Procrastination has never helped anyone . It is a negative habit whose end result is only misfortune. Never curse the darkness; if possible light a candle.

If you wish to succeed, don’t expect anyone to deliver opportunities to your doorstep. Nothing happens by accident; you have to go out and make it happen. Action is the key word here. You are capable of doing amazing things and only you have the capacity to fulfill your dreams. Your actions are a potent force that can literally change your life. Have faith in yourself and strive to do the best. Take the responsibility and act now.

Persevere at all costs. Author Thomas Carlyle, after years of toil, had just finished writing a new book on the French revolution. The book was doubly important to him since he has also no money and was living in poverty. He gave the manuscript of the book to his friend John Stuart Mill for his comments. But one day, Mill’s maidservant used the script to light a fire. When Carlyle heard of this, he was aghast and horrified; years of toil and thought had just gone up in smoke. But he did not wring his hands and curse fate. He rewrote the entire book from start to finish. It’s only wring his hands and curse fate. He rewrote the entire book from start to finish. It’s only such perseverance that makes a winner.

Be Upbeat in your Thinking

Have you ever monitored your thoughts? In general, people don’t feel the need to do it. But it is a powerful tool to remain positive, upbeat and energetic. This way you can examine yourself and work on your thought processes. If you monitor your thoughts on a regular basis, you will be able to identify negative streams in your mind and consequently make efforts to eliminate them. Upbeat thinking requires paying constant attention to the flow of thoughts. The more you think about upbeat things, the more you become an upbeat person overall.
Negative thoughts detrimental to upbeat thinking:
  • I can’t recollect.
  • It’s no use.
  • I don’t have enough time.
  • I am too shy.
  • Things are not happening the way I want them to.
  • I am not that fortunate.
  • I am not good at math.
  • I don’t have a good memory.
  • Nothing right ever happens to me.
  • I am always overworked in the office.
  • I feel depressed.
  • It’s impossible.
  • I hate my job.
  • If only I was smarter.
  • If only I had more money.
  • No one likes me.
  • I am totally out of place.

Think of the number of times we use these words everyday. Negative thoughts won’t help create a positive attitude and upbeat thinking. They only drain your energies and consequently make your life stressful and miserable.

Dancer Sudha Chandran is physically challenged. She overcame her innumerable problems and huge physical handicaps to become a classical dancer of repute. She programmed her mind in such a way that she could be extraordinary things. It’s all in our minds. Despite amputation of one leg, Sudha Chandran has established herself in the film line and got a reputation as an ace dancer and actor. After her injury she was unable to sleep for several nights. Nevertheless, she drew strength from the pain and pledged that she would become even stronger. On the advice of people, her father bought her a wheelchair but she did nor use it. Despite facing severe pain, she continuously practiced walking and one day she even went out for a movie with her friends. Later she was taken to a well known doctor got a foot manufactured which was of aluminum and was very light. Her leg would often bleed and as the movements of her leg became faster, the pain became more severe. At the end of every dance session, when she used to see the blood, she would start losing hope. However, her determination did not falter and she was able to control her disappointment.

Sudha is progressing well and her disability has now been left far behind. She has proved to the world that despite a disability one can touch the peak of success. She is listed among the top ten extraordinary people with disabilities. Her inspirational story has entered into school textbooks in various States of India. She had proved that no handicap, however great, however formidable, could quell the human spirit on its journey to greatness.

The Power of being Proactive

The story is told of a young couple making dinner.
The wife cuts the edges off the ham before she bakes it, and the husband asks, ‘Why do that? It seems wasteful.’‘I don’t know,’ she answers, ‘it’s what my mother always did.’ 
So they ask the mother, ‘How come you cut all the ends off the ham before you bake it?’ ‘Because that’s the way grandmother always did it,’
the mother says.So they ask the grandmother,‘Why did you always cut all the ends off the ham before you 
baked it?’
And the grandmother replies, ‘Well, that’s the only way I could get it to fit in the pan.’
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Too often we go through life never stopping to think about what we are doing or why.  We get up in the morning and go on autopilot and let it take us through the day. We react to whatever comes our way overlooking the many other choices we have available to us. As human beings we are responsible for our own lives. You are what you are today because of the choices you made yesterday.
There are two kinds of people in this world: those who take responsibility and act and those who only react. On an average, 90 percent of people react whereas only 10 percent act. People who react fail to take up responsibility. They develop a negative mindset and fail to take initiative in their lives.
People who take responsibility control their lives and hence their destinies. They don’t blame luck, destiny or external environment when they fail and are driven by their own values rather than behaviour of other people. Proactive people take initiative and look beyond the immediate. They have the will, determination, discipline, commitment, passion and courage to pursue their dreams. Other’s feelings, behaviour and the external environment, on the contrary, drive people who react.

Have a vision and concentrate on that (Focus)


helen killerHelen Keller once said that ” the most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight but has no vision.” Our success and happiness depend on asking the right questions. The right purpose provide us with a sense of direction, helping us resolve problems and overcome dilemmas. A vision can be described as seeing things are not immediately visible — a desired future state. A vision provides us with a purpose in life, giving it meaning and direction. Our inner strengths — character, integrity and values — help us to overcome these dilemmas. They help us stay focused.

How often do we examine our focus? Not often. Keeping things in focus gives us the power to qualitatively change the way we feel, think and live. When you drive a vehicle, what is your focus? Aren’t you totally focused and manoeuvre the vehicle skillfully? Do you concentrate on sundry other things? Not really. There is always a need to examine your focus and change it from negative to positive. Examine whether you are focusing on pain or pleasure. You get what you focus on. (Change your focus from being negative to positive).

Cricketing icon Sachin Tendulkar is a perfect role model for millions of young people, who are dazzled by his talent, his money and his power. Tendulkar’s achievements in the field of cricket are indeed extraordinary. But how did he develop that eSachin-Tendulkar-Pardaphash-84019xtraordinary passion for the game? Tendulkar developed his cricketing skills through persistence and his infinite capacity to take pains. He was not a natural genius, but has successfully identifies the seed of genius within him and nurtured it through hard work, commitment and passion. It’s his intense focus, honestly, discipline and burning desire to excel that have made what he is today. He excels when chips are down, and is an excellent example of a homegrown product of upcompromising excellence, tested fire in the most trying and hostile circumstances. This is the hallmark of a quality man.

All you need is talent, self-belief, an unflinching capacity to work, depth of character to overcome defeat as well as victory while remaining true to your vision.

Examine your focus by answering these questions :

  • What exactly do I want from my life ? – Be specific and focused
  • Why do I want what I want ? – Get rid of dilemmas
  • How would I feel after accomplishing my goal ? – Thrills or pains.
  • Are my accomplishments in conformity with my core value ? – Clarity of vision
  • Do I feel passionate and deeply emotional about the desired outcome ? – Meaningfulness and value for existence

These questions work as powerful tools, which can define our future with greater predictability. (Set goals, which are real and genuine).

The Power of a Positive Attitude – ASK formula.

There are three things that are essential for success – attitude, skills and knowledge. In other words, the ASK formula.



Attitude is nothing but a state of mind that directs our action in daily life. It is a kind of mental orientation. We are all products of our attitudes – whether negative or positive – and it is important to examine them from time to time discover their real impact on our lives.


A skill can be described as an ability to do something or to apply a concept or idea; competence is the ability and willingness to do it. Skills and competencies are as importance as knowledge and are critical component of a composite leadership development.


It’s a key element of success. The right kind of knowledge enables us to correctly identify facts, helping us to acquire a better understanding of the internal and external environments. Some people equate good education with good knowledge. The reality however is quite to the contrary. Good grades in examination do not guarantee high knowledge levels: degrees or grades that have been acquired through cramming, for instance, are of little value in real-life situations. The route to rule knowledge has to pass through the valleys and passes of great character, discipline, commitment and timely activation of dormant capacities, energies and intelligence.

A positive attitude is the first stepping stone to success

What distinguishes successful people from the rest of the pack is a positive attitude: a positive attitude leads to positive behavior and ultimate to success. This is important if we are to optimize our potential and capacities; in a vast majority of people these remain grossly under-utilized. A positive attitude is a potent force; a negative attitude, on the other hand, prevents us from our full potential.


Inventor Thomas Alva Edison made 10,000 attempts before he perfected the light bulb. Any other person would have quit the scene, but Edison refused to give up. Now people with a negative mindset might say that Edison failed 10,000 times before he succeeded. However, the fact is that Edison discovered 10,000 ways of not failing.

A positive attitude is also the first step towards tracking everyday problems – be it personal or professional. You see everything that happens around and within you through the filter of your attitudes. Since many events are beyond your control, you can neither choose what happens to you, nor guarantee success and happiness. But you can definitely choose how you feel about these happenings or how you react to them. A positive mindset allows you to have mental ability and the strength to be happier and take things in your stride. In today’s fast-changing environment, most people feel that it is not so easy to succeed and move ahead. As I have said earlier, it’s all about attitude. If you think you can win, the changes are that you will; if you feel that you can’t, you probably won’t.

A positive attitude always leads to:

  •  Higher productivity.
  • Good teamwork.
  • Good relationship.
  •  A secure feeling.
  •  High self-esteem.
  • Trust.
  • Pleasant personalities.
  • Passion and optimism.
  • Good motivation.
  • A sense of integrity, service and contribution.

The poem by an unknown author below beautifully sums up people with high energies, confidence and a positive attitude.

There is nothing to fear – you’re as good as the best,

As strong as the mightiest, too

You can win in every battle or test;

For there’s no one just like you

There’s only one you in the world today;

So nobody else, you see,

Can do your work in as fine a way,

You’re the only you there’ll be!

So face the world, and all life is yours,

To conquer and love and live;

And you’ll find the happiness that endures

In just the measure you give;

There’s nothing too good for you to possess,

Nor heights where you cannot go;

Your power is more that belief or guess,

It is something you have to know

There is nothing to fear – you can and you will

For you are the invincible you,

Set your foot on the highest hill,

There’s nothing you cannot do

People with a positive attitude are energetic and take initiative. They don’t sit back for want of opportunities. They act and make the opportunities if they don’t find one.

Tratak : Concentration Boosting technique for students

 Best Meditation type for students


Tratak is a type of yogic sadhana which helps a person to increase concentration, boost confidence and develop positive attitude towards life. This can be done by anyone and everyone. It removes bad thoughts and negativity from one’s mind and brings out positive vibes. It also improves eyesight and keeps you away from depression.

There are various types of Tratak Sadhanas. The one most suitable for students is Madhya Trataka in which we concentrate on flame of candle or lamp.  This has to be performed at sunrise or sunset in natural light.

Procedure for Madhya Tratak :

  1. Place a lighted candle or lamp (diya) on a table/chair such as the flame is at a straight line height with your eyes when you are seated on the floor.
  2. Take a blanket or mat. Place it on the floor and sit on it. Take a wet handkerchief and place it beside you.
  3. Make sure there is least disturbance of any other light or sound.
  4. Now concentrate on the flame. Slowly you are only able to see the flame and nothing around it.
  5. Try to keep your eyes open and concentrate until eyes start watering.
  6. Then close your eyes and imagine that you can still see the flame for minimum of 2-3 minutes.
  7. Chant “OM” or any other prayer your follow. Keep your eyes closed.
  8. Wipe your eyes with wet handkerchief. Then slowly open your eyes.
  9. Wash your eyes and you would feel completely fresh and charged
  10. Follow this 3-4 times a week. Following this regularly will bring in tremendous positive change in you.

I have followed this since my school days and this has really helped me a lot. If hope this would be beneficial to you too. Give it a try and let me know if it makes you feel different and positive. Feel free to comment/share/like this post.

Sharpen Your Skills


A villager sees a wood-cutter working hard in a jungle trying to cut a huge tree with his axe. The villagers asks him “How long have you been doing this, you look really tired.”. Wood-cutter replies “It has been 5 hours I am working to cut this tree. This is really a tough job.”

“Why don’t you take a break and sharpen your axe” exclaims the villager. “No. No. I don’t have time to sharpen the axe.” The wood cutter says empathetically. “I am busy axing.” Time passes and it started getting dark. The wood cutter finally completes his job for the day and returns home to come again next day.

While he is returning home he thinks about what the villager had told him. He goes home and sharpens his axe for the next day even though he was very tired. The next day when he starts working on the tree, he finishes cutting it in little time and with very less effort than the day before.


Here the Axe symbolises your skill set and abilities. In our daily life we get so busy with work and studies that we can hardly recognize that we have to polish our abilities and skills to perform better. We are so busy with work that taking out time for other activities seem impossible or waste of time.

But as the story suggests, we should take out some time to learn new skills and techniques that would help us perform better at work and studies. We should spend time in learning new concentration techniques, memorization techniques, self-study techniques etc. which will help us study efficiently. We should not only learn them but also take out time in our daily routine to practice them. Practice meditation, yoga and/or exercise which will relieve our day-to-day stress and keep us motivated and energetic.  All this would improve the performance level of our mind and body and we would feel more accomplished. We would complete our work in less time and utilize remaining time for rejuvenation.

The Art of Memorization



Human memories are associative. We always tend to remember an incident by its association to other incident. You can try this exercise, sit idle and close your eyes and let your thoughts flow for few minutes. Now stop the flow of thoughts and traverse back what you were thinking about one by one and think about how you jumped from one thought to the other. The reasons that cause jumping are the association.

Now that we know how it works, we have to practice and implement it for remembering what we read or study. Therefore now we have to learn to deliberately create associations. Here is an article that would help you start:


Another efficient way of memorization is using audio-visual techniques. We generally tend to remember movie scenes and songs easily than we can remember our formulae. We can use audio or visual techniques to the same. A Simple visual technique would be using colour pens to write a formula attractively such that we can remember it in the form of a picture or converting a definition into a rhythm to remember quickly.

The above given techniques have proved very efficient to those who use it. A good practice at associating day to day work, study and facts would certainly lead you to perfection in memorizing.  If this article helps you or if you have queries regarding the same feel free to comment and connect back.

Last Minute Study & Tips



Last moment revision will always be important for all the exams you would appear for. And this applies to both students who have studied well before and for students who were unable to prepare earlier.

It is observed that students tend to lose their self-confidence if they are not prepared well, as expected or if they are not able to re-collect what they have studied and learned. Good amount of practice would surely build this confidence level but the efforts have to be put in the right direction when time available is less.

Follow these simple techniques for efficient study :

  1. Whenever you read or study from books, underline the important lines and words. Highlighting will help revising more in last moment.
  2. Take notes while reading or in lecture. This helps in 2 ways. It keeps you more attentive in the lecture or while studying and the notes made by yourself are best handbooks for revision.
  3. Reading is not enough and you need to check that your brain is sharp enough and is able to recollect what you have learnt. Giving Mock Tests is the best way to do this. Instant evaluated mock tests as on PREXAM is the best judge of your preparation level.
  4. Revise deeply the part you were evaluated to be weaker than others. If you are able to answer the question well in time, you are all set for the final test. Take another mock test if time permits and you can re-evaluate yourself.
  5. Now revise all formulae, diagrams, laws, nomenclatures, dates etc.
  6. Take good rest before exam so that you brain is active enough to answer twisted questions in the exam.
  7. Eat light food, fruits before and during the exam so you do not feel sleepy.

Hope these tips help you. Feel free to comment on it. Good Luck and Happy Preparations!!

Magic of Involvement



After a performance in the court, King Akbar told Tansen that he was the best singer.  Tansen thanked the king but corrected him humbly by saying that there was someone who could sing better than him, his Guru. On hearing this Akbar was delighted to hear Guru sing. But Tansen made it clear that his Guru would not come to the court & he does not sing for earthly rewards.

King Akbar & Tansen started off to Guru’s  residence, a case on the hills. At dawn, Guru went to the river, bathed & started singing in his melodious voice. The whole surrounding was immersed in his voice. While returning Akbar asked Tansen, “There was some magic in his voice that’s incomplete in yours. What makes his voice so different? Tansen replied, “Huzoor, I sing for thee, but he sings for divine.”

Tansen sang with an intention to satisfy the king & win earthly reward whereas Guru sang for his own satisfaction, with full involvement & found more happiness in it.

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Once a sage was passing through a village. He saw men working in the scratching sun, seemed like Mother nature was being cruel to them. They were carrying heavy stones.  He approached one of the worker & asked, ”What are you doing ?“ He replied angrily, ”Can’t you see what am I doing?”. He asked another person “What is being constructed?” He answered,“ I don’t know I have nothing to do with it.  I get my pay at the end of the day then why bother.”


The sage continued. On enquiring with another worker he knew a temple was being build. Further he“Why are you so happy?” asked the sage. “I heard a temple in being constructed here.  I wanted to help. It is a rare opportunity one gets in ones life.  No other work can make me happier.” did not find a man who was working happily in the hot sun

In this story we come across four people who thought differently. The first one is working due to compulsion & is not at all happy to work, second, with an aim of earring, third was partly involved in his work, fourth working happily.


If we do something on our own without any compulsion we do it better. It’s something we do for our satisfaction & not to satisfy others. Even if it is a small thing we did, we will be able to find greater happiness & beauty in it.