Today we will discuss about how Rahul embarked on a journey that would challenge his comfort zone and shatter preconceived notions about his capabilities. His decision to join Salsa classes stemmed from a simple desire: to dance with confidence at parties and social gatherings. However, what he encountered in those dance classes had a profound impact on his mindset, teaching us a valuable lesson about transcending our limitations.
Growing up in a culture that discouraged interaction between genders, Rahul had attended a boys’ school, where touching a girl was unheard of. So, when he found himself as the lone male student in a Salsa class filled with 20-25 enthusiastic girls and just a couple of other boys, he faced an unexpected and nerve-wracking challenge.
At first, the thought of holding a girl’s hand, even in a dance class, induced paralyzing anxiety. He was stepping far beyond the boundaries of his comfort zone. But the instructor’s method of rotating partners, including aunties, school-going girls, and college students of varying appearances and backgrounds, began to dissolve his apprehension.
Rahul’s experience illustrates an important lesson about mindset and interaction. In many boy’s schools and various life situations, people often fixate on a few individuals, offering them special attention and respect. This behavior is not solely based on their appearance but is deeply rooted in our mindset.
Now, Rahul’s journey connects with the idea of getting into rich circles. Just as he confronted his fear and hesitations in the Salsa class, individuals who aspire to be part of affluent social circles may find themselves wrestling with self-doubt. They might feel uncomfortable about entering expensive restaurants, sharing rich friends’ lifestyles, or simply navigating the intricacies of wealth.
The parallel between Rahul’s dance journey and entering the world of affluence is clear. Both scenarios challenge preconceived limitations, require breaking through mental barriers, and encourage individuals to confront their fears.
The crucial lesson we can draw from this narrative is the concept of abundance. Abundance, in essence, means immersing yourself in an environment or realm where the thing you lack is present in substantial quantity. To illustrate this idea, let’s consider a budding cricketer’s journey.
If you aspire to be a successful cricketer, you must look to the abundant source of inspiration and knowledge. Shubman Gill’s journey provides a compelling example. Initially inspired by Sachin Tendulkar as a young cricket enthusiast, Gill later shifted his focus to learning from Virat Kohli. This transformation was not merely coincidental. It was a conscious decision to immerse himself in an environment where he could learn from the best.
Shubman Gill, like Rahul, might not have had the chance to meet cricket legends like Sachin or Virat, but he understood a fundamental principle: he needed to surround himself with the right influences. This meant joining a reputable cricket academy and striving to enter a circle where professional cricketers frequented. In essence, it was about seeking abundance in terms of knowledge and experience.
The lesson here is that you must aim for abundance. It’s not about immediately rubbing shoulders with your idols. It’s about setting a goal and taking progressive steps to reach that goal. You start by learning the basics, honing your skills, and gradually moving towards environments where you can absorb knowledge from those you admire. Just as Shubman Gill couldn’t join an elite cricket circle on his first day, you can’t expect to enter an exclusive, knowledge-rich environment without a foundation.
Consider a comment from a previous blog, where someone lamented the lack of rich or successful individuals in their village or district. In such cases, it’s necessary to break out of one’s comfort zone and seek the abundance of knowledge and opportunities elsewhere. Some success stories involve individuals who left their hometowns and ventured to cities like Mumbai to chase their dreams, precisely because they realized the importance of surrounding themselves with the right people.
This leads us to the idea of spending time with influential figures, even in a virtual sense. Through blogs and other online platforms, individuals can tap into a wealth of knowledge and ideas. It’s about taking the initiative to learn, grow, and gain insights from those who have already achieved what you aspire to.
The journey towards abundance is deeply intertwined with our mindset and actions. An illustrative example comes from your friend who overcame his hesitation to talk to girls. By approaching and engaging with many girls, he shattered the barriers of his own mindset. He transitioned from a state of hesitancy to one of confidence, realizing that abundance is attainable. In this transformation, the power of one’s thoughts and actions is profoundly evident.
The essential concept of abundance extends to the broader context of self-improvement and success. Whether you embark on a journey by leaving your home to explore a new city like Bombay, Delhi, or Kolkata, or simply seek personal development from your current location, understanding the essence of abundance is key.
Abundance, in essence, means immersing yourself in an environment or realm where you can gain insights and understand the thought processes of those you aspire to be like. People often speak their thoughts, and these thoughts reveal much about them. Successful businessperson, like Mukesh Ambani or Warren Buffet, doesn’t act; they speak their genuine thoughts. It’s the authenticity that sets them apart from actors.
To attain abundance, you must rise above the distractions of OTT platforms and immerse yourself in self-help materials. This includes listening to podcasts, interviews, and TED talks. Embrace the opportunity to learn from those who have achieved more in life. Use the internet to your advantage and explore a wealth of knowledge available at your fingertips.
The transition from a wish to knowledge is pivotal in this journey. A wish might be about owning a car, becoming rich, or pursuing your heart’s desire. The journey begins with the desire, but it evolves with the acquisition of knowledge. Learning about your passions, the world, and how successful individuals think and act is the bridge between wanting and achieving.
It’s essential to study and examine self-made individuals who started with little and climbed to great heights. Understand that they too were molded from the same clay as you, and their success is a result of their mindset, actions, and the knowledge they acquired.
The power of belief and mindset plays a significant role in our journey towards achieving our goals. The example of the table and the challenge to jump from different heights illustrate how mental blocks can limit our potential. Many people might hesitate to jump from a higher table, not realizing that they have the physical capability to do so. Breaking these mental barriers is crucial in realizing our true potential.
The subsequent step in this process involves thinking in the present continuous tense. This shift in perspective is transformative. Saying, “I am becoming rich,” instead of, “I want to become rich,” changes the way we view our aspirations. It’s about recognizing that the journey toward our goals is already in progress. We are actively working towards our objectives, which brings a sense of immediacy and purpose to our actions.
This change in mindset has the power to create a positive and dynamic internal state. When you think in the present continuous tense, you are telling yourself that you are on a journey, and that change is happening right now. It’s not just a distant future goal; it’s a current reality. For example, “My health is improving, my bank balance is increasing, and my relationships are getting better.” This way of thinking fosters a positive outlook and promotes positive vibrations.
Positive vibrations, or energy, are crucial not only for your personal well-being but also for how you interact with others. People are naturally drawn to individuals who emit positive energy. Conversely, those with negative auras or energy can repel others. To illustrate this concept, think of aura-sensing machines that can detect and measure the energy field surrounding a person. When your internal state is filled with positivity, people are naturally drawn to you, and this can open doors to abundance.
The concept of aura, often associated with positive vibrations and energy, is a powerful force in our interactions with others. Even before entering a room, the Dalai Lama is said to have been aware of the aura-sensing machine, illustrating the idea that a person’s aura can be palpable. The size and quality of one’s aura are influenced by various factors, including mindset and the ability to radiate positivity.
Cleansing one’s aura is a practice found in various traditions. It involves purifying your thoughts and maintaining a positive mindset. The impact of your aura on others can be remarkable. People can sense the energy you emit, and this can affect how they feel around you. Some individuals naturally draw others in with their positive aura, while others may unknowingly repel people.
The goal is to create an aura that resonates with positivity and happiness. By thinking in the present continuous tense, you reinforce that your journey is already in motion. Listening to the stories of self-made individuals, those who have risen from humble beginnings, can inspire and guide you on your path.
The key message in this blog series is to seek abundance, surround yourself with positive influences, and overcome your hesitations. The transformative power of these principles may not be immediately apparent, but over time, as you apply them, you will see significant changes in your life. This 40-day series is designed to serve as your guide on this journey of personal growth and achievement.