What are you afraid of?


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One of the most popular and principal characters of the renowned Indian epic of “Ramayana” is the monkey god, Hanuman. The story goes that Hanuman was bestowed with remarkable powers by the gods, but he was also cursed to be unaware of them. He had to be reminded in the time of need to use them and conquer the seemingly impossible.

The reason I am reminded of that is when I look around, there is so much potential, yet blissfully unaware of what they could do or be.

We turn out to be what our circumstances make of us. Yet, there are those that have battled the odds and their lives have turned into inspiration for others. How so?

Some are driven by purpose, others by fear and yet others, something else. We all have a motivating factor in life, to do better, to excel. Some of us pursue and conquer, others embrace what they confront.

But, each of us has the potential to be much more than we credit ourselves with.

You do not have to pursue just one thing in order to lead a happy life. Focus on not one, two but more things. There are so many flavors life has to offer. Try them out. What you do for 8 hours a day to make a living is fine, if that’s your passion too, better. Pursue other things; you like to sing, sing, you like to write, write. Spend time with your family and friends.

Its human nature to avoid things that you are not sure of, that you are afraid of. Conquer the anxiety and just venture out to do it. Rest assured, you will come out just fine.

How are you ever going to know what you are capable of? If your heart is prodding you to go ahead and do something, do not analyze using your head all the time. Listen to your heart and just do it so you do not regret a missed opportunity at a later time.

I agree that we live in a complex world where sometimes, you have to make situational compromises. But if that dictates what you seek and aspire to do, you will never be done. Take a leap of faith and just go for it. I assure you, life has a way of making sure that things work out. When you look back, you will be glad you did what you had to.

Never question what you are capable of. Why don’t you discover for yourself. You will be amazed at what you find.

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Be the super human you are meant to be!!


Much before Superman and Spiderman, there was a superhero in the East; Hanuman. Indian mythology has several superheroes and supervillians; one of the most popular of them is Hanuman. Hanuman is revered as a monkey-god. Legend goes that when he was a kid, he was very mischievous and troubled sages at several ashrams. One such powerful sage was not much amused at this nuisance and cursed Hanuman that he would forget his super powers and wouldn’t be able to use them. When Hanuman’s mother pleads for mercy, he reconsidered the curse and said that Hanuman would realize his strength and be able to use it when he was reminded of his powers by a trusted source. This finally happened and there was no looking back for Hanuman!

The reason I relate this story is to exemplify a simple truth. Every person has latent super powers within, i.e. skills and talents that have not had an opportunity to flourish or a chance to even rise to the fore as a result of one’s pursuit of life in the tracks one has fit in. In some instances, this is a case of square pegs trying to fit in round holes or vice versa. Some have been lucky enough to fit snugly as round or square pegs in the same shaped holes. In those cases, there is a greater opportunity to leverage one’s potential and realize the deserved benefits.

Another point to note; many people live under a glass ceiling which they have learned to accept and as a result, have never aspired to great things; and if the aspirations exist, have hardly tried to realize and exercise their true potential. It’s imperative that you consciously look for and find a motivator, a mentor who will support you to develop and maintain a positive attitude & outlook and moreover, make you realize constantly that there is no end to what you can achieve or impact. This mentor may be your friend, partner, parent, spouse or even your child. Find your mentor, the one who will help you realize your potential and motivate you to strive and excel in your chosen vocation.

Adverse situations or circumstances can trigger positive aspirations and outcome as well. Such an intervention demands a strong personality and resilience. There are several examples we come across and admire but the depth of their struggle to succeed is only truly known to them. Cherish such experiences and outcomes and draw inspiration from them.

There is no limit to what you can achieve! Be the super human you are meant to be!!