Patience Leads to Positive Attitude
(Vinod Anand)

Rome was not built in a day. Every masterpiece requires efforts to make things perfect. However, in some cases, despite all sincere efforts, the art simply remains art; it does not become a masterpiece.

This can lead to frustration, low self esteem and reduced se1fconfidence. The path to success or achieving a goal is never easy. Every task or goal has its unique challenges and roadblocks.

Merle Miller says: “Everyone has his burden. What matters is how you carry it.” In situations like these, quotes of people who have achieved monumental success in different walks of life serve as a source of inspiration and help in keeping us in good stead.

Despite repeated failures and all sorts of adversities, they never gave up hope and continued to work hard with the ‘never say die’ spirit. Showing a positive attitude during stressful times at any point of time in our life will make a big difference.

Why do negative thoughts hold sway at times? Swami Sivananda says that uncontrolled thoughts TR render the mind weak as a result of which negative thoughts dominate. If you carefully observe your thought patterns, you will find that many thoughts are inconsistent. The mind wanders at random aimlessly.

There will be some thoughts of household issues, some thoughts of bank balance, some of eating and drinking, some of going to a movie, and so many others. It has often been observed that when you are absorbed in studying a book at7 pm, the expectation of pleasure at watching a cricket match on TV at 8 pm distracts your attention every now and then. When it is time to meditate, one thinks instead of’ sleep, and when the head nods one dives into bed and starts snoring and that is the end of meditation!

The will is thus buried. Paramhansa Yogananda says that mans brain is full of ‘cant’s’ which have to be cauterized in order to be successful in life. You have within you the power to accomplish everything you want; that power lies in the will. It is therefore of paramount importance that one should analyze dispassionately one’s thought patterns for at least 15 minutes every day, preferably early in the morning. Introspection will tell us that each of our habits creates a specific ‘groove’ in the brain and that these patterns make us behave in a certain way; often against our wish.

However, through the practice of concentration and meditation, one can neutralize the dictates of these bad habits by creating thought patterns of good habits. For example, thoughts of hatred and anger should be controlled by generating thoughts of forgiveness, mercy and non-violence; thoughts of pride and arrogance should be eradicated through inculcating thoughts of humility and a down-to-earth attitude; greed and possessiveness should be dispelled by pursuit of magnanimity, contentment and non-covetousness; jealousy and meanness should be replaced with thoughts of love and generosity; and, above all, delusion and infatuation are best overcome by constant Self-inquiry and developing the power of discrimination.

Aristotle says: “The energy of the mind is the essence of life. It is our attitude which brings in thoughts and shows us the true outlook of life. Lots of patience is required to maintain a positive attitude. One must remember that we become whatever we think. So, we must give everything to prevent negative thoughts replacing positive thoughts.” Indeed, it has been rightly said: “As a man thinketh, so he becometh!”

Author's Bio: 


Born in 1939, and holding Master’s Degree both in Mathematics (1959) and Economics (1961), and Doctorate Degree in Economics (1970), Dr. Vinod K.Anand has about forty five years of teaching, research, and project work experience in Economic Theory (both micro and macro), Quantitative Economics, Public Economics, New Political Economy, and Development Economics with a special focus on economic and social provisions revolving around poverty, inequality, and unemployment issues, and also on informal sector studies. His last assignment was at the National University of Lesotho (Southern Africa) from 2006 to 2008. Prior to that he was placed as Professor and Head of the Department of Economics at the University of North-West in the Republic of South Africa, and University of Allahabad in India, Professor at the National University of Lesotho, Associate Professor at the University of Botswana, Gaborone in Botswana, and at Gezira University in Wad Medani, Sudan, Head, Department of Arts and Social Sciences, Yola in Nigeria, Principal Lecturer in Economics at Maiduguri University in Nigeria, and as Lecturer at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in Nigeria. Professor Anand has by now published more than 80 research papers in standard academic journals, authored 11 books, supervised a number of doctoral theses, was examiner for more than twenty Ph.D. theses, and has wide consultancy experience both in India and abroad, essentially in the African continent. This includes holding the position of Primary Researcher, Principal Consultant etc. in a number of Research Projects sponsored and funded by Universities, Governments, and International Bodies like, USAID, IDRC, and AERC. His publications include a variety of themes revolving around Economic Theory, New Political Economy, Quantitative Economics, Development Economics, and Informal Sector Studies. His consultancy assignments in India, Nigeria, Sudan, Botswana, and the Republic of South Africa include Non-Directory Enterprises in Allahabad, India, Small Scale Enterprises in the Northern States of Nigeria, The Absolute Poverty Line in Sudan, The Small Scale Enterprises in Wad Medani, Sudan, Micro and Small Scale Enterprises in Botswana, The Place of Non-Formal Micro-Enterprises in Botswana, Resettlement of a Squatter Community in the Vryburg District of North West Province in the Republic of South Africa, Trade and Investment Development Programme for Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises: Support for NTSIKA in the Republic of South Africa, and Development of the Manufacturing Sector in the Republic of South Africa’s North West Province: An Approach Based on Firm Level Surveys. Professor Anand has also extensively participated in a number of conferences, offered many seminars, participated in a number of workshops, and delivered a variety of Refresher Lectures at different venues both in India and abroad. Dr. Anand was placed at the prestigious Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS), Shimla in the State Himachal Pradesh, India as a Fellow from 2001 to 2003, and had completed a theoretical and qualitative research project/monograph on the Employment Profile of Micro Enterprises in the State of Himachal Pradseh, India.