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You have to assimilate great ideas to make them work

We have all read quotes like “Your attitude determines your altitude”, “Experience is the best teacher”, “Simple living and high thinking”, “Everything happens for a purpose and it will serve you”, etc. These are all excellent ideas and can work wonders for you if you truly assimilate them in your lives, e.g. assimilating the idea that “Everything happens on purpose and it will serve you” will make you ask the questions: “What is the purpose of this event”, “What can I learn from this event”, “How can I use this as an opportunity to become better”, rather than asking “Why this has happened to me?”, “Why do bad things always happen to me”. Depending on what questions you ask, your focus of life will be different, and consequently the results that you will get.

But how many of us know how to bridge the gap between knowing an excellent idea, and digesting and assimilating to make it work and come to life for us. Most of us just read these ideas with awe, with no knowledge of how to assimilate it. For us, these just remain platitudes.

I consider assimilating an idea as developing relationship with a person. In the first meeting, you are just introduced to the person, and it takes some time to develop a relationship so that you know the other person deeply: likes/dislikes, ambitions, future plans, family, strengths, weaknesses, etc, etc. The more you interact with him, the deeper your relationship becomes, and you reap the rewards through emotional support, referrals, extra business, etc.

Similarly, when you read a good thought/idea you are just introduced to it. I repeat — just introduced to it. It will only come to life when you develop a relationship with that idea. So, as you will do with a person, you have to do it with the thought. Define it for yourself, and then ask “leading questions (Why, How, what, who, when) about the thought to gather information about it. The more questions you ask and try to answer the better you understand the idea.

Time for an example:

Let me illustrate the process with the idea “Your attitude determines your altitude”.

What is your definition…(This could be different for everyone but the essence will
probably be the same)

Your level of success & achievement in life will be determined by the attitude you adopt
towards life. If you adopt a positive attitude most of the times in my life, your life will be a
big success irrespective of the challenges/difficulties I might have to face. Similarly, if you
adopt a negative attitude, then my life will be dull, boring and full of stress for the most part, irrespective of any amount of outward success (money, car, girl friends, etc), you seem to have.

Where have you seen the idea in action, and how was it being played out

In this case, I have seen a lot of people who seem to achieve huge success because of their
positive attitude.

Mahatma Gandhi
Having a positive attitude helped him achieve freedom for India, despite facing so many
obstacles.

Stephen Hawking
In-spite of facing a life threatening disease and being crippled for life, he went on to
become a great physicist.

Dhirubhai Ambani
He went on to establish a huge business starting from having almost nothing, only because
of his positive attitude.

Now once you truly understand and feel comfortable with the idea, then and only then can you decide whether you want to bring it to life by acting in accordance with it. Sometimes, just understanding the idea is enough to make it usable and it doesn’t take too much effort to use it. In other cases, it can require a huge amount of mental shift to make it usable. I will be discussing this mental shift and how to cross those hurdles in the next edition.

I would be glad to hear your comments & feedback on this.

I’m impressed, I must say. Rarely do I come
across a blog that’s both equally educative and engaging, and let me tell you, you’ve hit the nail on the head.
The problem is an issue that too few men and women are speaking intelligently
about. I’m very happy that I stumbled across this in my search for something relating to this.

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19 May 2015, 5:59am
by manishbansal


Thanks for the appreciation. I am glad you liked it.
You may send me an email at mbansal@gmail.com
for further communication.

Regards, Manish

19 May 2015, 6:05am
by manishbansal


Thanks Cinda. I am glad you liked my blog.

 

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