3 Great Ideas To Succeed In Life

Swami Vivekananda was considered a youth icon. He always believed in young men and said that young men are the future of society. He always motivated and inspired students to succeed in life. Here I present the three great ideas of Swami Vivekananda which were told by Swami Sarvapriyananda in one of his lectures.

Idea 1. SELF CONFIDENCE.
You should always have faith in yourself. No matter what task we do, we need to believe that we will be able to accomplish it. It is believed that “One who does not believe in God, is an atheist!” But the modern saying is “One who does not believe in oneself is an atheist!” Two person might be having the same intellect but one may have attained great success and others would have failed many times. One of the major differences between the two would be that one would have better Self Confidence.

A person who has got Self Confidence will begin the work with a belief that he will be able to achieve the result. If he faces any setback, he will be ready to experiment and find some alternative solution and invariably he will succeed. Never ever tell yourself that you cannot do, always tell yourself that you will successfully complete the task.

Henry Ford said, If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right

In 1994, Albert Bandura proposed the concept of Self Efficacy. Self-efficacy is the belief we have in our own abilities, specifically our ability to meet the challenges ahead of us and complete a task successfully. General self-efficacy refers to our overall belief in our ability to succeed, but there are many more specific forms of self-efficacy as well (e.g., academic, parenting, sports).

Now let us take an example. Suppose a puzzle is given to three students. Now one student will look at the puzzle and he will give up very early without making a proper attempt. The other student will make a sincere effort and when he cannot figure out the solution, he will give up. But the student who has got Self Confidence and Self Efficacy will somehow find a solution though he might struggle at times.

Always believe that what others can do, I can do, too. It is very important to infuse Self Confidence in children from a very young age. Give your children simple puzzles, even if you know that they will be able to figure them out, then praise them and this develops Self Efficacy in them.

Idea 2: HAVE A VISION IN YOUR LIFE.
If somebody asks us what is the vision of our life? We become confused or give an answer which is more like a short-term goal like making a certain amount of money or paying off their debts. But there is certainly a huge difference between short term goals and vision in our life.

People who achieved success in their life always work with a vision in their life. They don’t just work hard without any specific plan. You can take the example of a person who hires a cab to go somewhere. Now when a person sits in the cab he gives specific instructions to the driver along with the agreed amount on reaching the destination. He does not tell the driver to take him where he wishes.

Now the difference between our lives and the lives of great people like Vivekananda, Mahatma Gandhi, or Sardar Patel is that they always worked with a vision in their life. All of them had 24 hours in a day like all of us. But they had proper plans and only worked according to that and not deviating anytime from that path.

Once you decide upon a vision, make sure that whenever you pick up any task, ask yourself whether that activity will help you reach your destination. If the answer is Yes you can go ahead with it otherwise you need to reject it.

As far as children are concerned you can also discuss with them about their goals. Their goals will vary with age but at least it is good to make them think about it from early childhood. You can also show them the lives of great people which will inspire them.

We need to do the work with complete consciousness rather than just working for the sake of completion of tasks.

IDEA 3 THE POWER OF CONCENTRATION
The difference between two people and the amount of success they achieve lies in the degree of Power of Concentration. It is the most important quality for all, especially for children.

Now let me give you an example of Vivekananda. Sharadchandra one of the friends of Vivekananda, one day went to the room where Vivekananda was studying. He saw that there were all the volumes of Britannica Encyclopedia placed in the room and Swami Vivekananda was reading one of the books. Sharadchandra told the Swami that it was almost impossible to study books of such volume. Vivekananda told Sharadchandra that he had already completed 9 volumes and was now reading the 10th volume and he may ask any question from that. Sharadchandra picked one of the volumes and asked questions from it. Vivekananda not only gave all the answers but many times he also told about the commas and full stops.

Swami Sarvapriyananda, one day went to IIT college in Kanpur and went to its library. He could see that all the students were studying there for long hours and were fully concentrated. When he inquired with one of the students, he said that students study here from morning to night, many times they don’t even go to the room in the evening, they buy a sandwich from the canteen and come back to study. The library was open for 24 hours and during the exams students studied for the whole night.

After some time Swami went to a private college where students got admission on donations. He was surprised when he saw that there were just 2 students in the library and the rest of the library was empty. When he inquired with the staff they said that students studied like that only and they study for some time and then they go for a walk and enjoy. Now Swami asked the students, “Do you know what is the difference between students in IIT and students in your college?” The students gave different answers like the quality of teachers, infrastructure, etc. But the Swami said that all the things are almost the same but the only difference is THE POWER OF CONCENTRATION

Many people believe that if we work for long hours, we feel tired and our concentration level goes down. But in fact, it can be contrary. If you are fully focused and have a proper mindset, then you enjoy your work, even more. And if you are enjoying your work, your concentration levels will begin to pick up.

So we need to train our minds in such a manner that whatever task we are doing, we should do it with full concentration. It does not just apply to studying but to all activities. If we study the lives of great people, we don’t need to see how they achieved their goals as a whole. We just need to observe their little habits and the manner in which they pay attention to minute detail and that will help us understand the reason for their success.

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