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PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT   Personality is the sum total of ways in which an individual reacts and interacts with others. Or Personality...

WILL POWER

WINNING BY WILL POWER

A leader requires a strong will power. Strong will power enables the leader to develop good habits essential for successful leadership. Initially, a leader has to consciously condition his mind and thought process to look at things in a positive manner with optimism, by the exercise of his will power. He must look at the brighter side of the problems.

We are all familiar with the saying that “where there is a will, there is a way”.  An individual with an iron will, will have indomitable determination. He will have the stamina to stick to his decision and task, no matter what odds are there. Nothing will deter the strong-willed individual from his or her chosen mission. Strong will power will invest the leader with strong resoluteness, firmness and decisiveness. There will be no wavering, no vacillation, no  ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ and no hankering. Will power enables the leader to assert himself, to take the plunge to accept challenges, to be bold and enterprising. It alone can enable you to persist and hold on, when everything appears lost.

One needs a good deal of will power to persist with a difficult task under trying condition. There may be occasion where you may get into a tight corner and everything goes against you. The time may come when it might appear you could not hold on even a minute longer. You should never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn in your favour. You need all the will power you can muster to resist temptation to yield, to quit, to throw up the sponge at this critical stage, when the last stage is to be taken, when the final effort is to be made. It is the last step in the race that counts. Many a prize has been lost just when these were ready to be plucked, since the individual lacked the will power to take this all-important final step. In the ultimate analysis, will power is required to overcome one’s temptation not to do the tough, difficult and strenuous things.

One has natural inertia and a love for pleasure. You need the will power to overcome this inertia and develop the ability to make sacrifices, in order to gain your coveted goal. Let us take a common example. All of us interested in developing our physique and maintaining sound health. This calls for regular physical exercise. May be you have to get up an hour early in the morning for this purpose. But both getting up early and taking physical exercises might prove most irksome, especially when the initial enthusiasm wears off. Missing an hour’s pleasant sleep is certainly some sacrifice. Doing the physical exercises is definitely irksome and unpleasant. Yet both have to be accomplished if you are to gain your good physique and sound health. You have to exercise your will power, therefore, to persist with your physical exercise.

We need the will power to carry on, to fight against temptations, to do things in the right manner instead of choosing an easy way or a line of least resistance.  To drift in the wind, to float downstream with the current, you don’t have to make any willful effort. But to be in the lead, make the rest follow your path, to march ahead as a path finder, to do the unusual, to accomplish great things, to rise against the wind, to swim or raw upstream against the current, you need will power. But to be the certain of your senses, to maintain control and discipline, to be the master of our fate, you cannot do without the will power. In brief, will power is victory, will power is leadership and will power is success.

The unique feature of will power is that the more you exercise it, the more you develop it. It multiplies in a geometrical progression in an individual at each time or occasion he or she exercises it. Therefore the only way one acquire a strong will power is to begin by exercising it at each possible opportunity. The exercise of will power will then become a matter of habit. You would have acquired both self-control and self-confidence.  In fact these two important attributes of leadership viz., self-control and self-confidence, are only the extension of one’s will power. Discipline is the result of will power since discipline is essentially the self-control. Determination is nothing but will power expressed by different names.

Every human being is born with a certain measure of will power. Some exercise it where as some fail to exercise it and allow it to remain dormant and weak.  A leader who is keen to acquire a strong will power must begin by exercising his will whenever opportunities present themselves. Initially, you need will power to stick to your programme. Therefore, you can start with your daily schedule. If you have planned to get up at five in the morning, make sure that you do so every day. This conscious effort to get up at a particular time in the morning and the necessity to exercise will power would be necessary only till you develop the habit. Once a habit is formed, it cannot be broken unless will power is applied in a concentrated measure. That is why it is necessary that we develop it right from the beginning. After getting up, you concentrate on your physical exercise. Once again apply will power in the beginning and see that you take the exercise regularly. If you happen to miss it, start all over again. Never yield to the temptation to abandon or give up your physical exercises.

If you have planned to study or read during certain hours of the day, make sure you complete the study or reading. Slowly and steadily tackle more and more difficult and unpalatable tasks. For those who wish to reduce weight, it might be difficult to control their eating habit. But exercise of will power will do the trick.  Use your will power and see that you keep your temper. Let your will power come into play to force you to listen more, to give sincere appreciation, to look things from the other person point of view instead of yourself monopolizing the conversation and talking about yourself and your own interest or problems. Force yourself to listen instead of talking by the sheer might of your will power. Similarly do the reverse during a group discussion, debate or when facing an audience. Just force yourself to talk, to participate to deliver a lecture. Use your will power to stop yourself whenever you are tempted to criticize, to find fault, to talk ill of others or to blame others. With the help of your will power be positive and eschew negative qualities.

The will power of an individual can also be strengthened considerably, especially when directed towards overcoming entrenched bad habits like smoking, drinking, gambling and the like. One motivating factor could be to contemplate on the advantages of persisting with it. If you give up smoking, for example, there are at least two distinct advantages.  One is saving money which could be utilized for more useful items. The second thing is to discourage your children, younger brother or sister from taking to this bad and harmful habit. We all are interested in enjoying a happy, healthy and full term of life. Secondly, smoking also causes a certain amount of inconvenience. The other factors which go to strengthen one’s enthusiasm, optimism, faith, interest, keenness, urge, sense of responsibility and strong desire to become a successful and effective leader.

One can also find inspiration to develop one’s will power by reading the life stories of great men and women. Biographies and autobiographies as well as various personal improvement websites could help one to develop and strengthen his or her will power.

It is also true that for anything and everything, there will be a way provided there is the will. For the cynic who raises the doubt as to what would happen if there is no way, your answer should be that you will blaze a trail and make a new way if one does not exists already. This is the approach of a confident and success-oriented leader. Assert with absolute confidence that you will find a way to make it. Go ahead with courage and determination. You are certain to get success.


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INITIATIVE AND LEADERSHIP

INITIATIVE AND LEADERSHIP

Self condition is the precondition for effective leadership and initiation. Initiative and leadership are associated, because leadership is essential for attainment of success and Initiative is the very foundation upon which this necessary quality of leadership is built.
What is the initiative ?
It is that exceedingly rare quality that prompts and impels – a person to do that which ought to be done “without being told to do it”. Elbert Hubbard expressed himself on the subject of Initiative in this words:
The world bestow its big prizes , both in money and honour for one thing and that is initiative.
What is initiative ? ”It is doing the right things without being told to do it”.
Yes, one of the peculiarities of leadership is the fact that it is never found in those who have not acquired the habit of taking the initiative. Leadership is something that you must invite yourself into; it will never thrust itself upon you.
If you will carefully analyze all leaders whom you know, you will see that they not only exercised Initiative, but they went about their work with a definite purpose in mind with full confidence.
A great philosopher once said : “Initiative is the passkey that opens the door to opportunity.”
All people may be placed in one or other of two general classes. One is known as leaders and the other as followers. Not often do the “followers” achieve noteworthy success, and never succeeded until they break away from the ranks of the “follower” and become “leaders”.


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Personality Development

PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT  

Personality is the sum total of ways in which an individual reacts and interacts with others. Or Personality is generally defined as the deeply ingrained and relatively enduring patterns of thought, feeling and behavior. In fact, when one refers to personality, it generally implies to all what is unique about an individual, the characteristics that makes one stand out in a crowd.

Personalities is the sum total of individual’s Psychological traits, characteristics, motives, habits, attitudes, beliefs and outlooks.

Personality determinants :

Heredity : Heredity refers to those factors that were determined at conception. Physical structure, facial attractiveness, gender, temperament, muscle composition and reflexes, energy level, and biological rhythms are characteristics that are generally considered to be either completely or substantially influenced by who your parents were, that is by their biological, physiological and inherent psychological make up.

Environment : The environmental factors that exert pressures on our personality formation are the culture in which we are raised, our early conditioning, the norms among our family, friends and social groups, and other influences that we experience. The environment to which we are exposed plays a substantial role in shaping our personalities.

Situation : A third factor, the situation, influences the effects of heredity and environment on personality. An individual’s personality although generally stable and consistent, does change in different situations. The varying demand of different situation calls forth different aspects of one’s personality. We should not therefore look upon personality patterns in isolation.

DEVELOPING POSITIVE PERSONALITY


1. Subconscious Programming :

Most of us sometimes get programmed / conditioned by a wrong messages that “ donot do that”, “don’t take the risk”, “you can not do that” you are not good in …and so on…..
You can imagine the bad effect such message can have on any person.

Fig- I : Subconscious Mind Programming           Our Conscious Mind is like a watch man. And the Subconscious Mind is a store of all the previously programmed or conditioned information / knowledge/ believes. Now programming personality means putting positive believes/ information into the store with out the knowledge of the watchman (conscious mind).

Suppose you tell yourself that “you are good at Public Speaking”. And the store has stored based on peoples comments and experience that “you are poor in communication” “you can not speak well in public”, “you don’t have an impressive body language” …..
The watch man sees your sentence and compares it with the knowledge in its store and says “this information is wrong”. The watchman throws the new information away. He does not allow the new positive information into the store. This is the fundamental difficulty in changing personality & behavior of a person.


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MIND PROGRAMMING TECHNIQUES

MIND PROGRAMMING TECHNIQUES

Mind programming is necessary for success in life. Mind programming means programming our mind for positivity, success, health and happiness. It eliminates the negativity within our subconscious mind and impresses upon positivity which is the most important for achieving success and happiness. Five important mind programming techniques are : 

A. PERSONAL PRAYER
PRAYER is the formulation of an idea concerning something positive we wish to accomplish. Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire. Your desire is your prayer. It comes out of your deepest needs, and it reveals the things you want in life.
Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness ; for they shall be filled.
That is the real nature of prayer, the effective expression of life’s hunger and thirst for peace, harmony, health, joy, and all the other blessings of life.
Prayer is a force as real as terrestrial gravity. As a physician I have seen men, after all other therapy has failed, lifted out of disease and melancholy by the serene effort of prayer. It is the only power in the world that seems to overcome the so called “Laws of Nature”; the occasions on which prayer has dramatically done this have been termed as “miracle”. But a constant quieter miracle takes place hourly in the hearts of men and women who have discovered that prayer supplies them with a steady flow of sustaining power in their daily lives.
The Science and Art of True Prayer
The term “science” means a body of knowledge that is coordinated, arranged, and systematized. Prayer is the body of knowledge which deals with the fundamental principles of life. It describes techniques and processes that can be demonstrated in your life and in the life of any human being who applies them faithfully. The art is your technique or process and science behind it is the definite response of creative mind to your mental picture or thought.
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
It clearly means that you shall receive that for which you ask. It shall be opened to you when you knock, and you shall find that for which you are searching. This celebrated verse implies the definiteness of mental and spiritual laws. There is always a direct response from the infinite intelligence of your subconscious mind to your conscious thinking.
Your prayer must be backed by faith. You must believe if you are to receive. Your mind moves from thought to the thing. Unless there is first an image in the mind, it cannot move, for there would be nothing for it to move toward. Your prayer which is your mental act, must be accepted as an image in your mind before the power from your subconscious will play upon it and make it productive.
This contemplation should be accompanied by a feeling of joy and restfulness in foreseeing the certain accomplishment of your desire. The sound basis for the art and science of true prayer is your knowledge and complete confidence that the movement of your conscious mind will gain a definite response from your subconscious mind, which has boundless wisdom and infinite power. By following this procedure, your prayer will definitely be answered.

B. THE VISUALISATION TECHNIQUE
The easiest and most obvious way to formulate an idea is to visualize it, to see it in your mind’s eye as vividly as if it were alive. You can see with the naked eye only what already exist in the external world. Similarly that which you can visualize in your mind’s eye, already exists in the invisible realm of your mind. Any picture you have in your mind is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.
What you form in your imagination is as real as any part of your body. The idea and thoughts are real and will one day appear in your objective world if you are faithful to your mental image.  
This process of thinking forms impressions in your mind. These impressions in turn become manifested as facts and experiences in your life. I always use visualization technique before I speak to an audience. I quiet the wheels of my mind so that I present to the subconscious mind my images of thought. Then I picture the entire auditorium. Its seats are filled with men and women who are all illumined and inspired by the infinite potential present within each one. I see them as successful, radiant and happy.

C.  THE AFFIRMATION METHOD
 ‘To affirm’ is to state that it is so (your positive desire). As you maintain this attitude of mind as true, regardless of all evidence to the contrary, you will receive an answer to your affirmation. Repeating an affirmation, knowing what you are saying and why you are saying it, leads the mind to that state of consciousness where it accepts that which you state as true (positive desire). Keep on affirming the positive desire of life until you get the subconscious reaction that satisfies.
    The effectiveness of an affirmation is determined largely by your understanding the truth and meaning that underlie the affirmative statement. The power of your affirmation lies in the intelligent application of definite and specific positives.

D. SUBCONSCIOUS PROGRAMMING 
       (SLEEPING TECHNIQUE)
When you enter into a sleepy, drowsy state, effort is reduced to a minimum. The conscious mind is submerged to a great extent when in a sleepy state. The reason for this is that the highest degree of our cropping of the subconscious mind occurs just prior to sleep and just after we awaken. The subconscious mind is most receptive at this sate. So programming mind at this state is called Subconscious Programming.  In this state the negative thoughts, which tend to neutralize your desire and so prevent the acceptance by subconscious mind, are no longer present.
Suppose you want to get rid of destructive habit. Assume a comfortable posture, relax your body, and be still. Get into a sleepy state, and in that sleepy state, say quietly, over as a lullaby, “I am completely free from this habit; harmony and peace of mind reign supreme.” Repeat these words slowly, quietly, and lovingly for five to ten minutes night and morning. Each time you repeat the words, the emotional value become greater. When the urge comes to repeat the negative habit, repeat this formula out loud to yourself. By this means you induce the subconscious to accept the idea and you get rid of bad habit.

E. MENTAL-MOVIE METHOD
As the old saying proclaims, “A picture is worth a thousand words”. The fact must be stressed that the subconscious mind will bring to pass any picture held in the mind and backed by faith.
Act as though I am and I will be.
This technique includes making a success movie in your mind and visualize the movie when you are alone and relaxed. Imagine yourself you have achieved whatever you wish to achieve in your life. You are now happy, proud and all your friends and relatives are happy. You feel yourself as strong, confident, energetic and successful. Make a small movie like this and play it repeatedly in your mind.
A time will come when our inner mind accept it as real and arrange all these necessary to make you achieve your goal.


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POWER OF SUBCONSCIOUS MIND

POWER OF SUBCONSCIOUS MIND

The Treasure House within You
You have infinite riches within your reach. To gain them, all you have to do is open your mental eyes and behold the treasure house of infinity within you. There is a storehouse within you from which you can extract everything you need to live life gloriously, joyously and abundantly.

Master secret of the Ages :
Suppose a question arises that what is the master secret of Ages –
The answer is extraordinarily simple. The secret is the marvelous miracle working power found in your subconscious mind.

The marvelous Power of your subconscious mind, you can bring into  your life more power, more wealth, more health, more happiness and joy.


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