The Winning Streak

girlSome people have the fear of winning rather than the fear of failure. It is astonishing to see that how our mind construes and misconstrues our desires and our emotions. Examining them closely, you can take the example of a recent match you have won – Whether it is a tennis, squash, football or cricket match is irrelevant. You are reeling in joy about your latest victory,when suddenly at the back of your mind, you have a nervous anxiety about how you will uphold this victory. It is not about how others will look at your future success or failure, it is more about how you will look at it. Sometimes, this fear is so pronounced that you may deliberately avoid entering a competition or picking up a great challenge, just because, let alone what will happen if you lose, but God forbid, if you win it, what are you going to do next. There are two thoughts about this. For some people, there is nothing beyond the prevailing challenge. One it is achieved, they do not wish to go further. They prefer ‘resting in their laurels’ or ‘leaving when on a high.’ Sometimes, this could save one from eventual terrible bruises to the ego, in case of failure.

The fear of failure, on the other hand, could work to your advantage, if the fear is in moderation. It propels you to work harder, take calculated risks and prepare for obstacles. On the other hand, it could mitigate your risk taking ability completely, if even it is in pursuit of a much higher goal.

Victory and defeat, therefore, one can safely conclude are states of mind. If you are constantly in the state of victory, you mind responds accordingly. Perception changes, attitudes changes, there is a paradigm shift in observation, action and conclusion. The final result will always be a success!

“Between Austria and Italy, there is a section of the Alps called the Semmering. It is an impossibly steep, very high part of the mountains.They built a train track over these Alps to connect Vienna and Venice. They built these tracks before there was a train in existence that could make the trip. They built it because they knew someday the train would come.”

– Under the Tuscan sun

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Scientific Reason behind Indian Punishment

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Remember the ‘good’ old Indian school punishments? Holding the earlobes with arms crossed over your chests, bending the knees and then sit and then stand and so on till the time Masterji is saying?

Ever thought why the traditional Indian school teachers would give this particular punishment? I believe even majority of the teachers who grant this punishment to their students do not know the reason behind it. This form of punishment has been in practice in our country since the Gurukul time and was given to the students who were weak in studies. That is a different question if now a days teachers grant this punishment for any mistake and not only for studies but originally it was meant for weak students only.
Talking about the logic behind this punishment, it is very interesting to know that this particular posture increases the blood flow in the memory cells in brain and synchronizes the right and left side of the brain to improve function and promote calmness, stimulates neural pathways via acupressure points in the earlobe, sharpens intelligence and also helps those with autism, asperger’s syndrome, learning difficulties and behavioral problems.

Probably we have forgotten this ancient method of increasing memory power but the West is now using is very diligently and they are recommending this posture or exercise to treat many a diseases.