Ignite your inner SPARK

Manoj Khatri, Editor & Publisher, Complete Wellbeing interviews best-selling author and speaker Azim Jamal about his new book “SPARK: Journey from Success to Significance”

Excerpts from the interview:

Manoj Khatri: Your new book SPARK is in the bookstores now. What is it about and who would benefit from it?
Azim Jamal: The book is for those who are looking for success blended with meaning and significance. And that is possible only when your inner spark is ignited. Someone who embodies the “SPARK” has a spring in their step, a twinkle in their eye, an echo in their voice. Their heart is open and they are glowing with positive energy.

The SPARK has five key ingredients, which are encompassed in the acronym SPARK. S stands for Service, P for Purpose, A for Attraction, R for Resilience, and K for Knowing.

In the book, these principles are illustrated through a fable of a protagonist named Steve Harmon. This story is something that many successful people would relate to, especially those who have realized that their chase for outward and material success has not led to deeper fulfillment. The book will also resonate with those who are still striving for success, by helping them redefine what success really means to them.

Each chapter of the fable is followed by a lesson about the five key principles of SPARK. These principles are modeled by the story and can also be put into the context of the reader’s own life.

There are also reflection questions included after each chapter, which allow you to reflect on your own life. When you ask yourself these questions, you open yourself up to unleash your inner SPARK.

To read the whole interview, click on https://completewellbeing.com/interview/ignite-your-inner-spark-interview-azim-jamal/

(To buy my latest book, SPARK: Journey From Success to Significance, now available worldwide on Amazon, click https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0B8JBBH1Z )

You don’t have to be rich to give

Wealth is not defined by how much you amass, but by how much you contribute.

People confuse generosity with the act of giving money or physical items.

Since most people believe that they never have enough of these scarce resources, generosity is often an impulsive and sporadic event, ignited more by circumstance or a sudden emotional occurrence. However, if we shed our scarcity mindset and engage in small acts of service, being generous can, in fact, be quite simple and satisfying.

You can choose what you give, based on what you have. Giving your time and energy can often be as meaningful as giving money or resources. You can give a smile, you can give forgiveness and you can extend a prayer to someone.

As Khalil Gibran said, “You give little when you give of your possessions; it is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”

Excerpt from my latest book, ‘SPARK: Journey From Success To Significance’, – now available worldwide on Amazon.

Azim Answers: Isn’t giving more important than receiving?

I often get asked this question in my sessions as many perceive receiving as a reflection of inadequacy on the part of the receiver.

However, receiving is as important as giving— listening, witnessing, observing, and paying attention are all part of receiving, and we cannot be truly spiritually open until we are as open to receiving as we are to giving. 

Try this: close your hand and make a fist. Can you receive it now? Or will anything given to you slip away? Now, open that closed fist and bare your palm. With an open hand, you can give and receive. Giving allows you to receive and receiving allows you to give.

Whether or not we acknowledge it, we receive it daily without registering it. We receive the air we breathe, the sunlight we feel on our skin, the fruits and vegetables we harvest from nature, and the love of the people who care for us. We receive peace in our countries, given to us by many people who sacrificed their lives. We all stand on the shoulders of others who have brought our civilization to where it is today.

Receiving and giving are two sides of the same coin. One cannot exist without the other.

To know more on the topic, read my latest book SPARK: Journey From Success To Significance, now available worldwide on Amazon.

Where to begin?

Everywhere you look you are confronted with many issues human beings face. You want to help but find it overwhelming; your help may only be just a drop in the ocean!

What to do and where to begin? There is no one answer, but one thing you don’t do is nothing!

You start by making a difference in your family, neighborhood, and community. Perhaps you are already involved in some charity work where you can put more energy.

To impact the world we need to start first in our own backyards, beginning with our family and then extending our reach to causes we are involved in within our neighborhood and our communities.

Tear up your Plan B

Jihae Shin, a researcher at the Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania’s Katherine L. Milkman performed a series of studies that examined how having a backup plan impacts success.

One study group was offered rewards if they did well on a test at the first go-round. Researchers then told all other study groups that they’d have to create backup plans before taking the test, just in case they did not do well. The groups forced to develop backup plans ended up consistently performing worse on the tests than the group who were rewarded for doing well the first time.

The researchers concluded the simple act of thinking through your backup plan could subconsciously reduce your ability to succeed with your initial goal.

When you take the approach of jumping off the cliff backward, there is no going back to the cliff. This means your first and only aim is to land in the water alive so that you can successfully swim your way to your destiny.

People who take this approach are fully committed, and their subconscious mind allows them to dedicate all their energy to plan A rather than dividing their attention between plan A and plan B.

This does not mean becoming irresponsible and disregarding your familial or financial responsibilities. It means nurturing a mental state while you are working towards your goal where success is the only option. If things do not turn out the way you expect, you can reassess your options.

But during the relentless pursuit of your goal, there are no plan Bs.

(Excerpt from my latest book, SPARK: Journey From Success To Significance)