By Jayaram V
Your thinking and outlook are always influenced by where you
live. Your past has no real existence, but it lives in you as part
of your memories and thinking. You are always shaped by your surroundings
and the world that you build inside with those numerous experiences,
perceptions and impressions which you gather as you grow up.
If you live in a small world such as a village, an island, or
a community, your world inside will be smaller and your thinking,
interests, outlook, and relationships will remain limited to the
place. You will not think much about anything, except what happens
there or what happens to you and to others.
If you have ever watched the Survivor reality show, you will
see how, for the duration of their stay, the participants become
increasingly critical and paranoid about others and remain focused
on the activities of the group. They temporarily forget their homes
and the world outside and become lost in the little world which
they create in their minds, thinking mostly about their survival
and how to manage others. At the most, they may think of their families
or what they may do when they return. Other than that, they remain
preoccupied with the game and the little group of people on the
island. Minor incidents, little setbacks, failures, quarrels, alliances
and betrayals consume their minds and limit their thinking.
The same happens to people when they work in organizations and
business establishments. Their homes and work places become their
little worlds. They become preoccupied with personal and family
matters or their work related problems, politics and deadlines.
Whatever happens in those little worlds influence their thinking,
actions, behavior and relationships.
If you want to change the way you think or live, you have to
break free from the world that you construct in your mind and become
its prisoner. You must change your habitual thought patterns and
the barriers which you build around you as your sanctuary or little
escape. You cannot progress in life or change your destiny, unless
you widen your thinking, vision, outlook and perspectives and unless
you cultivate interests outside your world to grow and experience
newer things in life.
Your inner world and your perspectives, or your ways of thinking
and choosing, determine how your life is going to be, and what experiences
you may attract into your life. If your world is small, your thoughts
and interests will remain limited, and you may be consumed by small
matters and petty problems which will prevent you from seeing the
bigger picture or living a better life.
If your life has fallen into a certain routine, it may be because
you have become accustomed to live in certain, safer and secure
ways and you are unwilling to move out of your comfort zone, or
face new challenges. When you see the world from the ground up,
you may not see much. Your vision will be blocked by many barriers.
The same is true for any perspective in which you may become stuck.
Your view will be obstructed by many defenses, which you build for
security or which the world builds for you as part of your identity.
If you want to grow in your life both professionally and mentally,
you must keep expanding the world in you and keep stretching your
mind, thinking, vision, knowledge and intelligence. If you are not
happy with your life or not satisfied with your success, it is time
you take a look at the world which you have built in you.
See what needs to be changed, removed, improved and how you can
expand the boundaries of that world so that you can be a better
thinker and visionary, and more confident, courageous, energetic,
and optimistic in your thinking and attitude.
It does not matter whether you work for a small company or a
big company, and whether you occupy an important position or not.
The best way to change the quality of your life, perceptions, experience,
and relationships is by changing your thinking and perspective.
It will change your inner world and your outlook so that you will
have more opportunities and possibilities of achieving success,
peace and happiness. It is the same as what happens to a company
when it breaks out of a small market into a bigger market. Its challenges
will increase but also the rewards.
You can widen your world of activities and your limits of influence
by stepping out of your comfort zone, viewing your life, actions,
relationships and problems from different perspectives, and overcoming
habitual thoughts and self-limiting beliefs that confine you to
a set of beliefs and a routine life. Your world and your life are
very much shaped by your thinking, interests and choices and by
changing them you can change the course and the quality of your
You can change your thinking, and thereby you life, by cultivating
new interests, establishing new goals, forming new relationships,
breaking old habits that limit you, visiting new places, acquiring
new knowledge, and transcending your selfishness, self-limiting
beliefs and self-centeredness. You can increase your knowledge by
reading books, taking interest in new subjects or joining a college
course which can help you professionally or personally to be good
at what you do.
You are what your think and do in your life. You are the sum
of your thoughts, actions, knowledge, desires, interests, relationships,
experiences, interactions, perceptions, perspectives, fears, hopes,
and expectations. They are the architects of your inner world and
the quality of the life which you lead.
By improving any of them, you can expand the boundaries of your
knowledge, wisdom, perception and awareness and thereby your inner
world. If you want to improve your life and chances of success and
happiness, you must see it happen.
Jayaram V is the Founder President of Hinduwebsite.com and
writer of several books and hundreds of articles on various
religious, spiritual and self-help subjects. You may visit
his website for more information.