Tuesday, March 18, 2008


Going back to Basics. Gaurav eloquently describes the fierce urgency of now. This urgency is the reason for our Successes and Failures. Basics are the virtues instilled from our parents, which we have forgotten in the Urgency of Now. We need to go back and re-educate ourselves and this time it is not going to be easy. Discipline is one of these virtues and self discipline is required to re-educate oneself in this art.

Self discipline is the training one gives themselves to accomplish a task or adopt a pattern or behavior even though one would rather be doing something else. Similarly, denying oneself the urge to buy the 55” Flat panel available on financing by Circuit City and using the funds to pay off the debt is definitely a good example. This is required in every aspect of our lives, and requires the WILLPOWER to do something. I was hearing an interesting piece by Dr. Sanjay Gupta on CNN when he talked about developing self control. Dr. Sanjay Gupta writes, “The good news is, there are solutions to all of these problems. Baumeister thinks the self-control muscle may be strengthened and trained — sometimes beginning with exercises as simple as remembering to sit straighter or drink enough water. Specific workout plans, like scheduling a gym visit with friends, can turn a general desire to exercise into a firm commitment” invariably advising us to be pro-active and not being stuck to the couch.

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