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Why you need to shift the focus of your thoughts and actions

Why you need to shift the focus of your thoughts and actionsImage Credit: Supplied

A spiritual guru was with his disciples discussing about life challenges that are beyond a majority of people's capacity to bear. The spiritual guru took a stick and drew a line on the mud. He asked his disciples to shorten the line without rubbing or touching it. The disciples were surprised because it was next to impossible to shorten the line without rubbing or touching it.

When all of the disciples had given up after much thought, the spiritual guru took the stick again and drew a bigger, parallel line alongside the first one. The disciples were surprised to realise the comparison; the first line became much shorter without anyone rubbing it.

Have you picked up a genuine life lesson here? When we complain about the bigger challenges in our professional or personal life (e.g. job loss, or death of someone near and dear to us), most of the time we think that these problems are beyond our capacity to handle. On the flip side, when we observe some of our work colleagues getting extraordinary success as compared to us, we usually switch into negative mode by giving in to office politics and leg pulling to ''shorten the size'' of the persons' achievements.

If life miseries and personal challenges are your issue, focus on other people's miseries and you will realise that your miseries are much smaller in scale than theirs. If someone else's growth and success is a challenge to you, focus on yourself and enlarge the scale of your contribution towards your organisation to the extent that all the other contributions look smaller in comparison to yours. This strategy will fill you with an attitude of gratitude and facilitate you to become a better version of yourself.

Build your character through integrity, honesty, hard work, passion and commitment, and start drawing bigger lines in the domains of your personal, professional, financial and social life so that all the other lines drawn by other people become insignificant in comparison to yours.

Handy Hints:

• Take everyday challenges as opportunities to improve yourself

• Learn to celebrate other people's victories and achievements

• Build your character through integrity, hard work and passion

Find out how to master emotional management

Source: Kamran Ahmed Siddiqui, Special to Jobs & Careers

The writer is Training Manager in a major Abu Dhabi Oil & Gas Company