As Charles Schwab wrote a man can succeed at almost anything for which he
has unlimited enthusiasm. And Og Mandino says, “ Every memorable act in the
history of the world is a triumph of enthusiasm. Nothing great was ever achieved
without it because it gives any challenge or any occupation, no mater how
frightening or difficult, a new meaning. Without enthusiasm you are doomed to a
life of mediocrity but with it you can accomplish miracles.
Enthusiasm is not merely great excitement or interest in something you
do or want to do but it is 'enjoying wholeheartedly what you do without
any apprehension for the outcome.
Skill is that proficiency, facility, or dexterity that is acquired or
developed through training or experience and practice. There is an old saying
that practice makes the man perfect. But there is a difference between Skill,
Excellence and Perfection. While we should continually strive to be better than
the competitors and to satisfy our clients, we should not become obsessed with
the ideals. Logan Smith says something like this: "The indefatigable
pursuit of an unattainable perfection—even though nothing more than the
pounding of an old piano—is what alone gives a meaning to our life on this
unavailing star." __Logan Pearsall Smith (1865–1946)
And Shakespear was quite right in saying:
"Striving to better, oft we mar what’s well".
We must always remember what the bible say, “The race is not to the swift,
nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to
men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and chance
happeneth to them all.”_Hebrew Bible. Ecclesiastes 9:11.
As William Hazlitt describes, “We are the creatures of imagination,
passion, and self-will, more than of reason or even of self-interest. … Even
in the common transactions and daily intercourse of life, we are governed by
whim, caprice, prejudice, or accident. The falling of a teacup puts us out of
temper for the day; and a quarrel that commenced about the pattern of a gown may
end only with our lives.”
That was written several decades ago. But modern science show that
Self-control comes in limited quantities, must be replenished. Self-control,
whether used to pass up the office cookie plate or to struggle against
temptations like alcohol and tobacco, operates like a renewable energy source
rather than a learned skill or an analytical thought process, according to new
research. According to Roy F. Baumeister, Ph.D., of Florida State University.”
Individuals had less physical stamina and impulse control and increased
difficulty with problem-solving activities after completing a variety of tasks
that required some measure of self-control “
Scientists have developed Self-control exercises, like food diaries
or efforts to regulate emotions, may help build the "strength" of self-control
over the long run, although these findings are still preliminary. But the
easiest way is to offer prayers and try to conform to the guidance provided
by the Holy Scriptures.
As Napoleon Hill points out "Your mental attitude gives your entire
personality a drawing power that attracts the circumstances,
things and people you think about most! And William James says, "
The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can
alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind! Having the
right attitude is one of the basics that success requires. The combination
of a sound personal philosophy, positive and healthy outlook and a positive
attitude about ourselves and the world
around us gives us an inner strength and a firm resolve that influences
all the other areas of our life.
In their book "Change Your Attitude" Tom Bay, Ph.D. and David
Macpherson say, " People with the "right" attitude have a consistently
positive outlook about life, about their jobs, about what they're doing.
They are constantly looking for results and taking responsibility. People
who have the RIGHT attitude take responsibility for their lives.
Shah Nawaz Khan, A.C.I.I. (Associate of Chartered Insurance Institute,
London) retired as General Manager and Executive Director of State Life
Insurance Corporation of Pakistan after 30 years service and now works
as Marketing Consultant and publishes electronic newsletters. For details http://www.paklink.biz