Why We Do What We Do

In the late afternoon, I was watching the most popular TED talk on YouTube (given about 9 years ago) by Tony Robbins. The stage looked trivial and the duration of the video was about 25 minutes, which was more than the usual.

Every bit of the information given by Tony was really awesome. He talked about many things but one thing struck me the most.

It is very important to realise that in order to go somewhere we have to follow a map and we do follow a map in our life, either consciously or subconsciously.

But he asked, “what if we are looking at the wrong map?”

This question was bothering me for quite some time in the past because sometimes we wonder if we are asking the right question to ourselves since that is very crucial too.

Well, I did not get the answer to my question in this video, but it has helped me realize that I am asking the right question. I believe I would find a way to go to the destination yet unknown to me.

I would suggest this video to you.


Faisal

PS : I am about to complete the book “Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence” by “Daniel Goleman” and I would be sharing my review and learnings very soon.

Training The Mind

Doing something we really love to do makes our life worth it. Creating content every day gives me an immense joy and it makes my day great. It keeps the creative juice flowing in my brain. I notice things I would not have noticed otherwise.

I am training my brain for being creative and many time I have noticed that my brain comes up with an idea which truly excites me without myself thinking too much about the idea. The idea just pops up in my head. I guess that’s how trained mind respond.

Recently I read an article where Seth Godin explain how he write multiple articles in a day and publish only one among them depending upon whichever he likes the most. He has trained his mind and it continues to create original thoughts all day long. It’s an awesome way to be productive.

Faisal

Choosing Our Friends

We never got any chance to choose our friends in the childhood, they came by default  and became a part of us.

Some people are very fortunate as they get really great friends in their childhood maybe because of karma or destiny, but not all of us.

We have seen many examples where to succeed in life people have to get rid of the baggages along with some  friends who came in the way of success by not believing in them and thrashing their ideas.

I remember hanging out with some of my friends even though I didn’t like them and it was awful.

God is very merciful and has given us many chance to again choose our friends in many phases of our life and we always have a chance to be with people we like and the people who like us.

It’s amazing.

It’s very important to change our circle in order to change our thought process to eventually be happy and succeed in life.

I am very grateful to God that he has made me realize this amazing fact of life. Now I have many friends who believe in me and I really love hanging out with them and it’s awesome.


Faisal

Visiting Places During School Life

When I was in school, I use to worry a lot. Seldom I was told to study, on the contrary there were many occasions in my school life where my mother would take me away to the relatives so that I would get a break from studies.

During that time, I developed a great bonding with my cousins and in the later period of time they helped me a lot, however at that time it was not visible. I hated going places, but now when I think about it those were the best times I had and the memories became the most precious of all.

I remember nagging to go to home whenever I was at my relatives in the beginning. My mother knew that going places and meeting people was something I avoided. I thank my mother now for doing that.
When we are kids we use to hate many things that our parents did for us. But in a long run we realise the importance of those steps taken and we started loving our parents even more.

Thank you Ammi for believing in me and making me a better person.


Faisal

Life & Death

In the last 3 days, I heard death news of 3 people. The strange fact is that the cause of all of the death was heart attack.
Earlier I use to hear demise by heart attack very few times but now a days, as far as I remember most of the cases are from heart attacks. It’s very important to be health conscious nowadays.
With the advent of so many facilities and fast moving lifestyle, we tend to forget the things we use to do before, like exercise or doing other mundane activities involving manual work. I believe this is one of the reasons  for rise in heart attacks in recent times.
Today in late afternoon after having lunch I was casually walking down the road and was mesmerised by the beauty of fallen leaves and the rattling sound they produced due to the wind.
It got into thinking that these leaves just completed their cycle and now would be replaced by the new ones, just like the us.
The difference between us and those leaves are the life span. We have much longer lifespan than those leaves but the innate nature between the God’s two creations are the same.


Faisal

PS:

I have completed the book “Autobiography of a Yogi ” by Paramahansa Yogananda and I would be writing a review very soon.

Time Travel

It’s possible and it always was.

Let me share how.

I am about to complete the book “Autobiography of a Yogi”, and yesterday in his book Yogananda was mentioning about an event that occurred in 1893 at the time of Swami Vivekananda’s visit to America and the incident was described so vividly that I felt that I was there.

I truly was there.

This is the time travel I am talking about.

It’s possible in our minds, we have an extraordinary mind which has been boggling the top scientists since ages and yet nobody has understood it fully.  The imagination is sometimes clearer than the reality.

I suggest you to at least travel once I your life, in time.

In simple words read books.


Faisal

 

An Experience On Helping Others

We grew up with certain beliefs, these are the ones which we have adopted from the people who were around us when we were small, from our parents, school teacher and cousins.

Our conscious mind takes shape during the childhood, and this is the reason why we have different mindsets among different class of people, for example a businessman’s family would have a different set of principle than a farmer’s family.

The beliefs that we have right now are, the ones which we have hold on to since childhood and the ones which he have adopted along the way. We also have discarded some of the beliefs from the past.

 

Let me share one of the belief that I had in the past and thankfully I have discarded it.

In my school days I use to live with my cousin, he was of very helpful nature. He helped everyone, but I then something really bad happened with him he was very hurt and was shattered by the experience. He helped somebody who then took advantage of the help and did something evil(I remember like this only).

After that incident he stopped helping anybody. Since we were living together and he was my hero I took this lesson by heart and I started believing in it too.

I seldom remember helping my friends with sharing my notes in my school days.  In my college life also I have helped a very few people.

After completing my college education and entering the corporate world, a series of events happened to me which changed my belief system on helping others completely.

The first book that I read on helping others was “The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea”  an amazing book by Bob Burg & John David Mann. Now sometimes I think if I would be given a chance of going back in time and help my friends whom I didn’t help in the past, I would do that. It’s like now I know the secret behind helping other people.

After crossing some age and exploring the world with our own eyes, we start to develop our own belief system and then things start to change and it’s beautiful.

Faisal

Namaz & The Middle Aged Man

Lately I have been working as a freelance in Jamia Millia Islamia University. This university has an amazing culture where at the time of namaz (daily prayers in Islam) everyone gather in a hall of their respective buildings to perform namaz together.

Before performing namaz everyone has to perform wuzu(a practice which involves washing face, hands and feet).

So basically namaz and wuzu go together.

There is a middle aged man in our building who spills water everywhere whenever he is washing his feet while performing wuzu and create a real big mess every where in the toilet because instead of washing his feet on the wash basin he washes it on the floor.

I mean seriously, on the floor.! 

If we think that, only washing our body and performing namaz is Islam, then we are mistaken just like this guy. Nowhere it is written in Islam to create a mess for other people in order to cleanse ourselves.

Again it’s about gaining knowledge and being conscious of our activities. I am very sure that, this guy had no idea that he is creating so much pain for other people, (maybe he doesn’t care, that’s even worse).

Islam is about caring other people, the daily prayers in Islam is for gratitude toward God and to gain consciousness.

I don’t know how many people are giving gratitude towards Allah while performing namaz, but consciousness is surely missing in most of us.


Faisal

Working Hard.!

When we work really hard on something, we tend to get exhausted. Today, was one of those days for me.

With this exhaustion there is a sense of accomplishment along with it.

If we get exhausted by daily mundane tasks, we don’t feel anything and it’s plain boring exhaustion.

But when we are in a process of creating something, we love the tiredness that has come with our work.

These are called flow experiences meaning we have to stretch a bit to get things done and after that we  love it.
Flow experiences are very important for our happiness.


Faisal

My Grammar Sucks.!

Since the day I started writing, I have been suggesting many people to write. The most general reply that I get which stop people from writing is that they think they don’t have enough expertise to write publicly.

Which is completely true and I know their writing truly sucks.

I remember myself writing for the first day, I edited my content for like 2 hours. I wrote about 200 words and edited that for 2 hours, it’s funny to even think about it, and it was really difficult. I remember writing the content and then changing all of them. I remember deleting all the content several times.
The funny thing is that I still have many friends who say “tumne Grammar ki leli” meaning you have ruined the grammar.
Guess what, English is not my first language and I suck in English but it would not stop me from sharing.
Who said, I have to be the expert?

Donald Trump has grammar of a toddler and he is gunning for the most powerful position in the world (I know he is an ass, but I am making a different point here).

Why in a world I let my grammar to stop sharing my story.

I am pretty confident that if I continue, my english would be far better than now.


Faisal