It was a down pour with thunder and lightning as unexpected in an evening, early November. I watched the street lights and vehicular traffic from the window pane, enjoying the clouds above and lightning with deafening sound of thunder. Pouring it was from the heavens above and as I watched with passing light beams that fell on the road, steamed vapours were moving up as the rain drops hit the hot road surface. It made me think – it’s about a cycle, water vapor moves up, form clouds and comes down again – like the life cycle we undergo. Nothing is static or permanent – it is part of the cycle with ups and downs.
We have changed and some of us change fast. The question is about the change in the environment we live in with a drive that’s made possible by technology where the reach is immeasurable, advantages overweighing imaginative umbrellas that used to bind us earlier.
In this context Sikka, CEO of Infosys made a statement recently – “Seeing is believing” need to change to “believing is seeing”.
With so much change, people and organizations must adapt, learn and become comfortable with change. It is this competency to adapt and manage change that is needed. It may seem difficult due to barriers in culture, structure and routine ways of looking at things impacting the past that reflect resistance to change.
Technology motivates innovations that outpace our internal moves. We see often than not old brands becoming obsolete replaced with new ones in the market place. People who adapt fast create a competitive advantage, while people who refuse to change are left behind. Belief in self is a criterion to change.
The importance of readiness to adapt is a consent that precedes management of change. While culture issues can influence as barriers to change can also support change. The world over culture has transformed and changed. There is no such thing as a perfect culture.
According to Oettingen: – We need more than just the dream; we need “mental contrasting,” by which we visualize obstacles that stand in the way of achieving it. Naming the hurdles, she says, helps us to find a way over them.
The vast potential received as gift when we are born need to be utilized. Zig Ziglair says – when you catch a glimpse of your potential, passion is born. It is wisdom to know others; it is enlightenment to know one’s self – Lao-Tzu. Magic is to believe in us and make smart moves.
The topic of discussion is – “Nothing is static; nothing permanent” and it’s nice to have this story.
A management consultant, on holiday in a Kerala fishing village, watched a little fishing boat dock on the shore. Noting the quality of the fish, the consultant asked the fisherman how long it had taken to catch fish.
“Not very long.” answered the fisherman, close to Kovalam.
“Then, why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more?
The fisherman said that his catch was sufficient to meet needs and expenses of his family.
“But what do you do with the rest of your time?”
“I sleep till I wake up, fish a little, play with my children have an afternoon’s nap under a coconut tree. In the evenings, I go into the nearby gathering to see friends, have “kallu” (country liquor), and sing a few songs….. I have a full and happy life”.
The consultant thought to advice – “I can help you…… You should start by fishing longer and sell extra fish you catch. With that extra, you buy a bigger boat. With that extra buy a larger boat, a second one and a third one and so on until you have a large fleet. Instead of selling your fish to a middleman, you can negotiate directly with big buyers and maybe open your own process plant and start export. You can then leave this place move to a city or maybe even to some other country, and you become a millionaire”
“How long would that take?”
“Oh, ten, maybe twenty years.”
“And after that?”
“And after that? That’s when it gets really interesting,” answered the consultant, laughing, “When your business gets really huge, you start selling shares in your company and make millions!”
“And after that?”
“After that you’ll be able to retire, move out to a small island, sleep in late every day, spend time with your family, go fishing, take afternoon naps under a coconut tree, and spend relaxing evenings having drinks with friends…”
“That’s what I am doing right now” said the fisherman and went his way.
The moral of this story is in a rush, that supersede own interests, to match the speed of changes it’s passion that ignite us to live realizing values of our interests and ideals and have a “FEEL GOOD FACTOR” that we cannot buy.
Our mind goes through over 50,000 thoughts in a day – and a large part of these thoughts have a negative connotation. This is the area that we should discard and work on the area of influence. That filters and reduces the ups and downs of the thoughts.
Believe in yourself and trust the Universe by letting go of our incessant desire to control all our outcomes is possible by trusting the Universe and its evolution.
Trusting the universe and accepting what happens helps us to reduce the peaks and troughs of our concerns that bring in an experience of peace.
Clouds will turn into rain and rise again, anyway.