Some days you may feel like you are stuck on a treadmill, running faster and faster while remaining in the same place. On other days, as you run faster and faster you feel like you are getting even faster on your way to where you want to go.
Irrespective of whether you feel you are stuck in the same place on the treadmill or moving faster to your destination, sooner or later you will realize that unless you are savouring the journey, destiny alone will not be sufficient to fulfill you.
When you reach your destiny, you will not merely stop and rot. You will likely create another wish, goal, or destiny. So begin to enjoy the ride to wherever you are heading because at the end of the day you will sooner or later realize that destiny is in the journey!
Some have a goal to be the best and most successful in their business and career. Others have a goal to create the highest impact for good causes. Some choose to focus on ensuring that they play a vital role in making the best contribution to their family. Others choose financial abundance. While some seek wisdom or robust health.
We are holistic beings, therefore having balanced goals which encompass our work, finance, family, lifelong learning, health and spirituality allow us to meet our multifaceted needs.
The more our soul is nourished, the more it impacts the body and mind. The more our body is active, the more it impacts the mind and soul. The more our mind is active, the more it impacts the body and soul. The synergy of the body, mind and soul leads to balance in our life!
A Sufi is someone who is focused on the spiritual aspects of life. A corporate person on the other hand often prefers a materially driven, structured, task-oriented approach. A Corporate Sufi combines the best aspects of both personalities.
Planning well will attract efficiency, whilst allowing flexibility in your plan will allow you to capitalize on unplanned opportunities. Also, while you are executing your planned activities, it is important to be totally present and trusting in order to optimize your performance.
When you trust the flow, despite having thorough planning, a meeting point emerges where planning and going-with-the-flow coincide. This is the beautiful sweet spot!
You have a deep desire to do something but you put it off to attend to it someday. Your rationale for putting it off includes:
– It is not the right time to do it – There are other more pressing things to complete – My desire is a pipe dream and totally unrealistic – When I finish A, B, C then I will attend to it.
A lot of people have the above scenario and thus few ever get to their desire. Usually, by the time they finish the tasks on their list, there is usually other tasks waiting to be completed. Work never disappears but desires can evaporate.
If you have a deep desire never let a day pass without doing something that advances your desire!
Finding your life’s purpose will be one of the most important decisions you make. Once you have found your sweet spot, your holy grail, the next step is to build your life around it.
Knowing your purpose and living your purpose is not the same. What we do to bridge this gap ultimately decides the quality of our reality.
Here are a few tips to make the journey easier:
➢ Articulate your life’s purpose in detail
– We can create all that we can conceive. Writing down your dream helps to crystallize your goals and concentrate your attention.
➢ Inculcate self-discipline –
There will be times when the road ahead will seem impossible and you will be plagued by self-doubt. In times like these, it is easy to give up on your dream. Moreover, when you are working on your dream, the locus of control shifts from the outside world to your inner being, often leading you to slow down on tasks. Disciplining yourself to keep up a daily schedule and consistently following through on all activities will help you remain on track.
➢ Don’t expect immediate results –
The starting phase requires your undivided attention. This is the time when you get to work at your craft and hone it to precision. Learn to treat every challenge as a learning opportunity.
➢ Be resilient if things do not go as expected
– Planning for every eventuality is a good beginning, but not a guarantee against perceived failure. Rise up after every fall.
➢ Work hard
– The axiom ‘Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life’ does not mean that you will not have to work hard. It means that work might not seem like work.
➢ Plan for the long haul
– Most ideas require a certain running time before they take off. So it’s essential to plan for the long haul, especially if you are supporting a family and need to pay bills.
➢ Break it down
– At times the scale of our dream might seem daunting.
The clarity of purpose and having the tenacity, discipline and focus to go the distance will optimize your chances of success.
The idea of oneness is universal and timeless. As we delve deeper into life, the interconnectedness of everything becomes obvious.
We realize that everything we do to others we do to ourselves. Yet with differences in beliefs and way of life, it’s difficult to see others as being one with us.
So how do you reconcile these apparent differences to explore a cohesive union?
The shift in understanding happens when you realize that all that you dislike, resent, or judge in others actually might represent something that you deny or have not fully expressed in yourself. For example, you might resent someone who is very outspoken but if you dig deeper you might realize that it is you who feels unable to express how you really feel.
At times we are blind to the presence of the very qualities in us that we resent in others. For instance, how many times have you seen someone comment on a quality of someone else that they themselves exhibit, and yet appear oblivious to it? The other is part of you and you are part of the other. What you see in others is part of what is in you.
The real question is not of judgment but of dispassionate observation and reflection. If we can view and explore a certain quality about someone to learn more about life or ourselves, then the other person becomes our teacher. The natural outcome then is understanding, compassion, and even gratitude to them, even if you do not subscribe to their opinions and choices.
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