There are two things that are indispensable if you have to succeed and attain to your goals. One is the right understanding of your self and the other is the understanding of the direction in which you are headed.
Firstly, if you don’t possess the right understanding of the functioning of your mind and body, you will not be able to identify and make the necessary changes that are required for attaining your goals.
Since almost all your goals are self-created or imposed by the society around you; you have to continuously adapt to the changing environment both within and around you, in order to make sense of your journey towards success.
Most of you simply have no clue about the fundamental functioning mechanism of your mind and body. Try and answer these questions to know how much you understand yourself. Answer them using your experience rather than your knowledge.
What is memory and what is its relationship with time?
How does the mind grasp and remember information?
Is there a pattern to how we learn?
What is stress and what is its relationship with learning?
What differentiates you from others?
What are your top 5 distractions?
What is that one thing you can do better than most others?
Well, these are just a few examples. Unless you ask yourself these fundamental questions and try to find answers to them, you have not made an attempt at understanding yourself.
There are two kinds of people out there in the world. One set of people continue to do what they are doing and hope that they reach their goals. The other set of people continuously question the fundamentals of their way of living, to make the necessary alignment to reach their goals. While the first set of people leave their success to chance, the second set of people take control of their destiny.
Then, here is the first fundamental rule of success – Know yourself!
The second most important feature of success is knowing the direction of your journey. This is a lot trickier. Imagine trying to figure out in which direction your flight is moving, while you are travelling.
Knowing your direction is all the more important because in the journey of life, you are not only the traveller but also the pilot. If you don’t know where you are headed, nobody can help you.
The other reason why knowing the direction is so important, is because the path to success is never a straight line. You have to keep changing the direction to align yourself to your goals. And how can you change the direction, if in the first place, you don’t even know the direction.
Then, here is the second fundamental rule of success – Know your Direction!
So, how can you know yourself and know the direction of your journey that can help you to attain all your goals.
Here is the answer. You only need to possess these two things; Awareness and Honesty. When you become aware of your actions moment to moment, it gives clarity to understand and make decisions. Ruthless honesty helps you to separate emotions from actions so that you can take objective decisions to move towards your goals.
Here is the magic formula to success. ‘An honest man who is aware of himself always succeeds.’