“There is no use whatever trying to help people who do not help themselves. You cannot push anyone up a ladder unless he be willing to climb himself”—is a famous quote by Andrew Carnegie. Through these words he wants to make it clear that nobody can achieve anything worthwhile in his life unless he himself has the conviction that he can achieve it. Motivation has to come from within. At the same time, we are told to be introspective in order to gauge our real intention behind making all the efforts to have a clear idea of the intensity of our wish. One must spend time having a deeper look at oneself. This helps one become more aware of the forces that guide one through one’s life and makes one feel what change one needs to make one’s journey smooth and fruitful. Experts suggest that you should keep a diary and note down all the things that happen to you every day.
If you start following the expert opinion, you can easily know some truths about yourself which are crucial to your well-being. At first, you will find out what makes you happy. Besides, you will come to know what are the main points of irritation which lead you to the loss of control. It is also a means to know the feelings lying within yourself and point out the factors responsible for your worry. Your knowledge of your worry will keep you from getting afraid. This is possible only when you find out the assumptions you make about yourself as well as others. Mahatma Gandhi has aptly said, “Not to have control over the senses is like sailing in a rudderless ship bound to break into pieces on coming into contact with the very first rock.” In other words, introspection provides us with the truths we are generally unaware of. Without knowing our weaknesses and strengths it is almost impossible for us to make our journey in the right direction.
It is only by becoming aware of the patterns of behaviour which form the basis of your life that you are able to take the right action which leads to the attainment of your goals and ambitions. If you attain your goals and ambitions, you are able to satisfy yourself and become happy. When you take sometime off to think over what actually awareness means, you will find that awareness is actually noticing everything. In brief, you are required to be aware of the impact of the words used by you, your thinking, the images you create in your mind, the judgements you make about others and your patterns of behaviour. Awareness also comprises the impact all these have on the way you run your life. This awareness is very crucial, because it is only by developing your awareness that you will be able to prevent your thinking from impeding your progress towards your goals. Here, it will be apt to quote William Shakespeare, the greatest English poet—”We know what we are, but know not what we may be”. In other words, to realise your full potentiality you have to be aware of your own ability.
You should never lose track of the fact that you have to be aware of the factors that might impede you in attaining your goals and ambitions. It is this awareness which will encourage you to have self-control which is necessary to concentrate all your energy in the right direction. The famous poet, Robert Burns has written—”Prudent, cautious self-control is wisdom’s root”. Self-control can be exercised by you only when you are aware of the facts regarding your endeavours.
Looking forward to your attainment of every ambition,
(Surendra Kumar Sachdeva)