KATHMANDU: Over the past several decades, psycho-logists, trainers and practitioners in human excellence have been focusing
on one word — greatness. This is really paradoxical that when over half of the world is still struggling for survival and day-to-day exist-ence, few brilliant brains have been exploring the depth of human consciousness to show that we are born to be great. They now say that this state of greatness can be achieved by anyone willing to discover oneself and patiently chart the unchartered waters of one’s inner potentials.
The first thing to know is that your source of greatness resides deep within yourself. You must continuously look for tools that help you invoke the recesses of your own inner being wherein lays the secret to your creativity, product-ivity, focus and unstoppable energy. The current of uncountable passions, desires, feelings, wishes, hopes, aspirations and dreams running inside our mind and heart are not to be ignored but patiently heard and addressed. The legendary Author and former British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli says, “Man is only truly great when he acts from his passions.” The best way is to start noting down all our thoughts and feelings in a diary or a journal on a daily basis, and allowing our inner voice to surface and come to light.
The second key is to clearly identify our goals and aims and put in place a chart of action towards realising them. We have to now start reclaiming our self-esteem and start focusing and working towards what we want to achieve in life. An unwavering belief in oneself and one’s own dreams is the buzzword here. Mark Twain said, “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small
people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” Goal is not something that you set today and blindly rush towards. It has to be your work, just as a painter works on a painting day in and day out.
The third key is to identify how one can contribute significantly. Service is the theme here. One common element found in all great people is an unstoppable passion for service. They identify small areas where they can contribute and expand their horizon as they go ahead. The great American black Leader Martin Luther King Jr has said, “Everybody can be great because anybody can serve... you only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.”
The fourth key is teamwork. Modern ideas are generated not by exploit-ation of one by another, but by exploration of one into oneself. Cooperation and relationship are the bedrock of greatness. Man is not an island unto oneself; he is at his best when he combines his energy with others.
We multiply our strengths, energy and achievements and set on a process of enhanced consciousness and elated living through our
integrated efforts. When we trust others, we draw their inner resources and add to the pool of human understanding and achievements.
The end result is to enable your own centre of greatness and to live with that spirit.
(The author is the president of Jeevan Vigyan Kendra, a modern spiritual organisation, and principal of Apex College. He can be reached through email@example.com)