His friend replied, "I don't have to outrun it, I just have to run faster than you."
It’s one of the most pervasive jokes about success. I googled “success joke” and found it everywhere over Internet. And this is precisely the idea of success for most people these days, albeit a very mediocre one. True success comes with excellence where you do not outperform someone else, but use your own full potential. When you want to outperform others, you don’t explore tremendous possibilities lying dormant inside. Success, at the end of the day, isn’t about others - what others achieve and what they don’t. It is about you. It’s about discovering the powers within and activating these powers. If you can do it, you can succeed in whatever you do.
The Secret Ingredient Of Success
Well, Yoga is the science to unlock these inner resources that you have and putting them in use. In Gita, Krishna says, “योग: कर्मसु कौशलम्”; i.e. Yoga is the excellence at work. Whatever you do, Yoga transforms quality of your actions and lead you toward excellence and success. But, how can it be achieved? How to bring highest excellence in your actions?
Patanjali, author of Yoga Sutra, provides answer for it. He, in his Yoga aphorisms, says, “योगश्चित्तवृत्तिनिरोधः”; i.e. Yoga is restraining the mind from wavering or taking various forms. So, if when used both of these Sutras together, we find the crystal-clear answer for our question:
∵ Yoga = Excellence at work
∵ Yoga = Restraining the mind from wavering
∴ Excellence at work = Restraining the mind from wavering
Therefore, while performing any action, if you are able to restrain your mind from wavering and can focus completely on action taking place in that moment, quality of your action transforms. In East, this complete awareness toward the actions taking place moment-to-moment is called “Ekagrata” or one-pointedness. At times, it is loosely translated as “concentration” in English.
Swami Vivekananda’s Formula For Success
Once, in America, Swami Vivekananda was watching some boys. They were standing on a bridge trying to shoot at egg-shells that were floating on the river. The egg-shells bobbed up and down. The boys could not hit any of them. They fired the gun many times, but always missed the target! They noticed that Swami Vivekananda was watching them. So, they called out to him: “Well, you are watching us. Do you think you can do better?”
Swami Vivekananda smiled and said: “I will try.”
Then the boys said: “It’s not so easy as you think!”
Swami Vivekananda took the gun and aimed at the egg-shells. He stood very still for a few minutes. Then, he fired the gun. He fired twelve times, and every time he hit an egg-shell! The boys were very surprised. How could any man shoot egg-shells like that? They thought. They said to Swami Vivekananda: “Well, Mister, how did you do it? You must be a practised hand.”
Swami Vivekananda laughed and assured them he had never handled a gun before.
“Whatever you are doing,” he explained, “the secret of success lies in the power of concentration. Put your whole mind on it. If you are shooting, your mind should be only on the target. Then, you will never miss. If you are learning your lessons, think only of the lesson. In my country, boys are taught to do this.”
India, the land of Yoga, has long tradition of such practices that sharpen the mind and make it focused. Though, modern education system completely neglects this aspect of education that, according to me, is essential for learning any new skill and performing to the best of our abilities. Swami Vivekananda says:
The main difference between men and the animals is the difference in their power of concentration. All success in any line of work is the result of this. Everybody knows something about concentration. We see its results every day. High achievements in art, music, etc., are the results of concentration.
4 Yoga Techniques To Kick-start Success Roller Coaster
Whatever you want to succeed at - business, sports, studies, scientific endeavours or any other pursuit of life - this is the secret of Yoga. Sachin Tendulkar and Tiger Woods know how to ‘get in the zone’ by paying 100% attention. Steve Jobs knew how to unleash his creative genius by concentrating all his energies. These 4 simple techniques will help you concentrate and stay in the moment to transform you in a success dynamo:
1. Nadi Shodhana
In case, you do not know how to perform Nadi Shodhana, please watch my video on the same topic: Nadi Shodhana Yoga - Boost Your Brain Power.
3. Rhythmic Breathing
Have you ever paid attention to your breathing? Observe it deeply. Breathing takes place because of the motion of our lungs. There is a rhythm in natural breathing. But, we have lost it and our breathing is irregular now. Interestingly, breathing is only phenomenon in our organism that is both conscious and unconscious, i.e. we can control the flow of our breath if we want to, or it takes place automatically. So, by making our breathing rhythmical, we can slowly bring in the harmony in our entire organism that makes us healthy and youthful. Also, it makes our mind one-pointed and invigorated. With a one-pointed attention, mind will not be able to waver incessantly and whatever you do will be transformed into excellence. Remember, breathing is a very delicate process. We must not use any force to regulate our breathing. Exertion of force can harm your inner organs irreparably. Though it will be perfect if you can do it throughout the day while doing your regular stuff, but giving 10 minutes twice a day for bringing your breath into rhythm can really do wonders for you.
To know more about rhythmic breathing and how it should be performed, please visit - Rhythmic Breathing: A Key to Unlock Your Potential.
To know more about meditation and how it is performed, you may like to visit the “Meditation” section of post – Improve Your Communication Skills with Yoga.
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – says Lao Tzu. Seeking success, at the end of the day, is a very small goal. There are many grand things that Yoga can lead you toward. However, even taking the first step will set your direction. Immerse in the ocean of Yoga to find peace, happiness, to ultimately find what can be found, to find yourself. It’s the first step, also the ultimate – Do it! Do it! Do it! – Arise, awake and stop not, till the goal is reached.
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