Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Free Chapter ― Professor M.S.Rao’s Upcoming Book “See the Light in You: Acquire Spiritual Powers to Achieve Mindfulness, Wellness, Happiness and Success”




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Here is the free chapter of my upcoming book tentatively titled, “See the Light in You: Acquire Spiritual Powers to Achieve Mindfulness, Wellness, Happiness and Success.” You may share your thoughts about this book on social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.

Introduction

“One's everyday life is never capable of being separated from his spiritual being.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

People encounter several challenges globally due to various reasons such as volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. Currently they encounter challenges much bigger than their predecessors due to rapid growth in technology. They enjoy more comforts than their predecessors but suffer from ailments arising from stress and burnout. Hence, the importance of spiritualism is more felt than ever before. In this regard, we will discuss spiritualism that helps lead your personal, professional and social life happily.  


What is Spiritualism?

Spiritualism is more about intangible than tangible. It is more about mind and human spirit than the so-called materialistic things. It is not connected with any particular religion. Succinctly, spiritualism is a way of life anyone can practice to achieve harmony, peace and love in life.

Spiritualism is a means to achieve your end of salvation. Spiritualism synchronizes your mind and body with soul.  Spiritualism is to surrender yourself to serve others. It is to refine your thought process to build a positive attitude and develop an attitude of gratitude. It is to keep people around you happy and warm with your positive thoughts and vibrations. It is to build better communities and societies. It is to build a better world. Above all, it is to leave a better legacy to your next generations.

It is observed that the people who are divorced, bankrupt and encounter death in their family become more spiritualistic. They find solace in spiritualism since they forget their unpleasant events and failures.


Advantages of Spiritualism

There are innumerable advantages associated with spiritualism. You develop open-mindedness and appreciate others’ achievements. You become tolerant, optimist, confident and compassionate. You maintain sound mind in a healthy body. You enjoy every moment of your life.

Spiritualism helps forgive others and forget unpleasant past. It helps look at similarities, not differences. It breaks barriers and builds bridges. It connects people and brings them into one platform. It improves health and ensures longevity. It helps overcome challenges with calm and composure. It helps make smart and wise decisions by blending head, heart and gut. It converts into a better human being.

Spiritualism enlightens people. It helps them introspect themselves and empathize with others. It eliminates conflicts and enhances fraternity and brotherhood. It removes negative thoughts from their mind to replace with positive thoughts. It enhances their creativity and helps them think differently. It helps them realize and unlock their hidden potential. Above all, it helps them find meaning in their lives to make a difference to the world.

The human brain is basically rewired to ensure survival rather than success. We spend most of our time with repetitive thoughts. And most of our thoughts are negative in nature. Research shows that the average person spends 95% of their day going through repeat thoughts. Worse, an average 75% are repeat negative things, just 20% on positive repeat thoughts and only a tiny 5% on new ideas.  When you stress on spiritualism you think positively without wasting your time on your unpleasant past events. You emphasize new areas and explore them to achieve an amazing success and happiness.


Spiritualistic versus Materialistic People

The materialistic people crave for money while the spiritualistic people crave for love, peace and happiness. For materialistic people, money is the end while for spiritualistic people, peace is the end. Hence, their goals are totally different. William James rightly differentiated, “Materialism means simply the denial that the moral order is eternal, and the cutting off of ultimate hopes; spiritualism means the affirmation of an eternal moral order and the letting loose of hope.” Technology has added further woes to complexity. In fact, technology is a double-edged sword. It is both a boon and bane. It is boon because it brought comforts to humankind. It is bane because it increased health complications. It is replacing spiritualism with materialism.


A Blueprint to Lead Your Spiritual Life

Here are some tips to lead your spiritual life. Be simple and humble. Walk your talk. Be a giver, not a taker. Invest some time regularly to serve others. Associate with positive and likeminded people. Emphasize ideas rather than individuals and issues. Add value to others.


Body is Mortal and Soul is Immortal

The human body undergoes three phases ― creation, generation and destruction. The body is mortal while the soul is immortal. To make our lives immortal, it is advisable to wed spiritualism.

When a man marries a woman he craves for physical unification first, emotional unification second and spiritual unification third. When married couple understands each other well, they reach the third stage successfully. It is possible only when people understand and appreciate spiritualism.


Love Your Mother but don’t Hate another Person’s Mother

Love your mother but don’t hate another person’s mother. As your mother is precious to you, another person’s mother is equally precious to him/her.  As your race, religion, region, language, ethnicity, culture, and community are precious to you; they are equally precious to others.

People must learn to empathize with others to make a difference in the lives of others. We need empathetic leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev and Dalai Lama; and religious leaders like Jesus, Buddha, and Muhammad to name a few to achieve global peace, prosperity, stability and security. Remember, what Mother Teresa said when asked what you can do to promote world peace: “Go home and love your family.”  As charity begins at home, let us promote global peace by loving our families and empathizing with others first.


Life is an Echo

“Life is like a sandwich! Birth as one slice, and death as the other. What you put in-between the slices is up to you. Is your sandwich tasty or sour?” ― Allan Rufus

Currently there are several conflicts globally due to religious, racial and regional intolerance. Embracing spiritualism is the only way to bring the improvements in the society. We brought nothing to this world when we were born. We will not carry anything from this world when we die except either good or bad reputation. Hence, stress on spiritualism to spread peace and love in the world.

Life is an echo. If you do good things, you get back good things. The Newton’s third law of physics “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction” is applicable here. Hence, do good to others to build a better world. To conclude, spiritualism is the only way to provide meaning to your life and to build a better world. 

References

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Life is great!

Professor M.S.Rao
Founder of MSR Leadership Consultants India




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Sunday, 2 April 2017

Build Leadership Skills for Indian Students


“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” ― John Quincy Adams


There are mushrooming leadership development programs for students in the developed countries to impart leadership skills and abilities in students. Some prestigious international universities have customized training programs including Harvard Business School offering degrees in the domain of leadership. However, there are no such initiatives and courses in India despite being the second largest populated in the world with the highest number of young population. In fact, there is a huge potential for leadership training programs for youth in India.  Unfortunately, India doesn’t have organized method to impart leadership training for students except in a few premier business schools. 

During my leadership training programs I often come across with students raising questions whether leaders are born or made. I try hard to persuade them that leaders are made rather than born. Most of the leadership skills depend on emotional intelligence that can be cultivated through teaching, training, observation, experience and practice. Hence, anybody can acquire leadership qualities unlike talents which are inborn and the same has been substantiated by a number of leadership gurus including Warren Bennis, Stephen R. Covey, Ken Blanchard and John Maxwell.

Developing leadership skills in students needs an integrated approach and coordinated efforts from various stakeholders including educators, students, parents, educational institutions, industry and Non Governmental Organizations (NGO) to enable students shift from campus to corporate successfully. Here is the blueprint to achieve it:

                                                                                       
Role of Students

Learning leadership is like learning how to swim. Only when you get into water you learn the art of swimming. Hence, take a plunge to lead from the front.  Here are some of the ways to acquire leadership skills and abilities:
  • Be passionate to lead from the front with a heart to make a difference in the lives of others.
  • Visualize yourself as a leader as visualization is one of the effective tools to achieve whatever you want in your life. Remember, a battle is won twice – first in mind and second in real life.
  • Apply SWOT tool to assess your strengths and weaknesses, and search for opportunities from threats.
  • Work in teams to understand team dynamics and improve your emotional intelligence.  Practice is the most effective way to learn any skill and leadership is not an exception. You cannot become a crackshot unless you lose some ammunition.
  • Take successful leaders as your role model and find out the qualities you admire and imbibe them.
  • Read inspirational books. Most of the leaders are great readers including Abraham Lincoln.
  • Find out the problems that affect the people; create a common cause; influence the people; build a strong team; align their energies and efforts; and motivate them constantly to accomplish your goals and objectives.
  • Delegate routine tasks to others so that you can find more time to undertake challenging roles and responsibilities. 
  • Spread the fame when things go well and take the blame when things go wrong.
  • Learn, unlearn and relearn as the world is changing rapidly. In addition, what works now might not work in future due to increased uncertainty, volatility, complexity and ambiguity everywhere.


Role of Educators

Educators must take initiative to build leadership skills in students to enable students find themselves comfortable to lead at the corporate world.  For instance, they must encourage students to participate in simulated ‘United Nations Assembly’ which is a mock exercise for students wherein students represent various countries in the world and discuss and debate on pressing global issues. They can also discuss the ways and means to ensure global peace and security and maintain ecological balance.  They must encourage students to participate in group discussions to develop leadership skills.


Role of Educational Institutions

  • Organize events, functions, conferences, tours and excursions. Also, conduct industry visits for students to expose them with the practical world to build skills. 
  • Nominate class representative for each classroom to build coordination and leadership skills.
  • Encourage students to participate in NCC, NSS, and NGO where they work with other team members and they are the right avenues to learn team dynamics to build leadership skills.
  • Inspire students to participate in jungle training, mountaineering, or river rafting where they have to work with other members.
  • Teach them how to handle pressure and work under stress to achieve all-round success in this century.
  • Balance both curricular and extracurricular activities as presently Indian educational institutions don’t emphasize on extracurricular activities. Building leadership skills fall in the bracket of extracurricular activities and these skills groom students as well-rounded personalities.

It is essential to build leaders on continuous basis as the Baby Boomers are retiring and there is a dearth of leadership talent in the leadership pipeline globally. Current complexity calls for leaders who can take on challenges head-on.  Hence, it is strongly recommended to include a few courses on leadership development along with soft skills to groom leaders for tomorrow.

Future of any country depends on developing healthy minds in healthy bodies and it requires developing a unique mindset, toolset and skills set among the students. India has less number of leaders when compared with the size of population. Small countries produced the best leaders. What is wrong with India? Why is India unable to produce the best leaders in the world? India had a great leader like Swami Vivekananda who left an indelible mark internationally by spreading tolerance and universal brotherhood. India needs more such Vivekanandas to inspire Indian youth to change their mindset with a proactive and positive attitude to grow along with other civilized and advanced nations in the world.  


Note: This article has been adapted from my award-winning book, ‘Student Leaders: Growing From Students To CEOs.’ Here is the link to purchase and post your review: http://www.amazon.com/Student-Leaders-Growing-Students-CEOs/dp/9351101630  




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Professor M.S.Rao
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