Monday, May 23, 2016

I HAVE STRONG FAITH IN POWERS THAT GUIDE US AND GUARD US











Pic.: Anima D'Cunha


GIVEN THE SPIRITUAL UPBRINGING,
I HAVE STRONG FAITH IN POWERS
THAT GUIDE US AND GUARD US

- Jayapraksh Rajangam
(Chartered Accountant/Consultant/Speaker)


Confidence is a chosen state of mind. Hence, it is an attribute which needs to be cultivated. For confidence to build, it requires continuous and conscious efforts.

When Gerry approached me and asked me to share my thoughts on the topic - “What makes me confident”, it set off a process of introspection.

“Am I confident?” There are so many doubts, apprehensions and inhibitions which cloud my mind about every aspect of life. In this background, I am still perceived as ‘confident’ by Gerry.

 Introspection over couple of days led me to the realization that the confidence I exude is attributable to the fact that I am ‘FIT’ - Faith, Intent and Trust. Couple of lines will elaborate the ‘FIT’ principle.

Given the spiritual upbringing, I have strong faith in powers that guide us and guard us. There is a faith, that almighty is, always, guiding and guarding His subjects. In the realm of such guidance and safety, nothing can adversely impact me.

Such faith, in isolation, is of no relevance if there is no positive intent. We live in a world driven by energy. Our actions / inactions create energy fields around us. An example is that when we cheer our favourite IPL team, the cheerful nature resonates all around. The atmosphere is charged with positivity. Hence, every action that I undertake, there is only one evaluation – Is this harmful to anyone? Does it spread cheer? If my actions are with positive intent, the faith in me is that almighty would guide and guard the energy around me to keep me positive.

This brings me to the last aspect – trust. As we are lesser mortals, sometimes it is difficult for us to understand ways of almighty. Sometimes the perceived difficulties of life look so insurmountable, that faith starts wavering. This is human fallibility. In such times, Trust offers the cushion… Trust on near and dear ones. Trust, that these near and dear ones would rally around you to gift you cheer and support you. I have been truly blessed with four pillars of confidence – parents, siblings, a life-partner and a few friends. The trust, that, even if things seemingly are stacked against me, these pillars would hold the burden and help me through the journey of reclaiming my faith.

To summarize – I, always, want to be ‘FIT’ –
-          Faithful - a result of upbringing;
-          Intentful - a matter of choice; and
-          Trustworthy - has to be developed in collaboration with external world.
I wish all readers an eventful journey towards becoming ‘FIT’.



WHEN I SINCERELY LISTEN TO 
MY CONSCIENCE –MY INNER VOICE – 
AND ALIGN MYSELF, REMAIN TRUE TO MYSELF… 
THAT VERY INTEGRITY INSTILLS IN MY HEART 
A ROCK-SOLID CONFIDENCE.

- Dr. Prakash Lulla (Homiopath/Educator/Mentor)


To me, confidence is poise… the grace under pressure.  It is my ability to deal with any stressful situation in life without getting ruffled inside… When I am composed and in total self-control of myself and the situation I am faced with… yes, to me, that is being confident.


So, here are a few things that make me confident in my life…

First of all, when I have detailed information of the subject in hand - any problem, any issue, any task I am expected to deal with – yes, when I am in possession of detailed information, the thorough subject knowledge – it instills tremendous amount of confidence in me. I do not believe in pretending to be confident.

I believe in good planning and getting things done in an organized manner. I spend a great deal of time paying attention to these. A planned and organized approach to any task in hand makes me feel confident.

To carry out my plans in an organized manner, I need to have trust in people around me… They can be my family members, staff, associates, whoever. Having good people around me - loads of them - makes me feel very, very confident. Trust, in my view, is mutual… If I trust others, they trust me in return… and it is vice-versa, too. It is the Law of Nature (Karma)… You reap what you sow… What goes around comes around!

Finally, when I sincerely listen to my conscience – my inner voice – and align myself, remain true to myself… that very integrity instills in my heart a rock-solid confidence.



THE FEAR OF BEING REJECTED OR UNSUCCESSFUL KEEPS ME CONSTANTLY ALERT AND AGILE
AND HELPS ME TO BE CONFIDENT IN LIFE

- Muskan Kanjani (Age 17)

Confidence is something which is really necessary to sustain life.
In my opinion, confidence comes from failure unless we don't understand what failure is we will never understand what being successful actually means!

In my opinion, the most important aspect for gaining confidence is self-motivation. When I fail to achieve my goal, I keep on trying for it till I succeed in achieving it.

The inspirational stories and quotes make me feel confident.

The fear of being rejected or unsuccessful keeps me constantly alert and agile and helps me to be confident in life.
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When I am asked to perform any task, which is out of my comfort zone, I keep motivating myself by saying that ‘I can do it… and I will’. These words make me feel confident.

When someone shows his trust on me to do the impossible and keeps on pushing me with motivation, I feel confident.

Seeing my parents and my close-ones by my side makes me confident.

After every attempt that I make, no matter I fail or succeed, that very ‘attempt’ makes me feel confident.


(P.S.: These are the write-ups by successful professionals and impromptu speeches made by our on-going PD-course students on the topic: ‘WHAT MAKES ME CONFIDENT’. I shall be sharing them here on my blog for some days, and they will be published in a book by the same title on 12th June, 2016, the day of the certification.)

GERALD D'CUNHA

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