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Believers alone can be achievers

india Updated: Jan 10, 2010 22:40 IST
Rajendra Bist
Rajendra Bist
Hindustan Times
Bahadur Shah Zafar’s couplets

The problem with most of us is that we spend more time in thinking over a given problem than in trying to solve it. Going by experience, I can say that first of all you have to have belief in yourself, not to be cowed down by what others feel about you.

Once, you are able to imbibe within you the spirit of self-confidence, then it is time for you to strike. We must remember that life is short and we should not try to make it shorter by our mistakes. Don’t they say think big?

Once you set goals for yourself, you are bound to succeed. But if doubts persist, then the question of achieving success does not arise. You can then sure pass for a doubting Tom.

Failures should not deter us. All great men and women at one point or another were confronted with difficult situations. But those who decided to act with determination ultimately succeeded.

I can’t help recalling Bahadur Shah Zafar’s couplets, ‘umrey daraaz mang kar layae they char din; do arzoo meinbeet gaye , do intzar mein’( Our life consisted of four days, two (half of it) were wasted in expecting and the rest two in wishing to see their fulfilment.)

We expect wonders to happen; but they never happen. We are temporarily here on earth. It would be, therefore, a folly to waste even an iota of it in just thinking without action.

I don’t say that one should not think. It is an essential process of our decision-making system. But mere thinking lands us nowhere. Life expects you to believe and act. You are sure to achieve your goal.

But let’s have a note of caution: Don’t think everything can be achieved by mere belief. It is the will to succeed which inspires you to believe and achieve. So, why don't you resolve to be an achiever by being a firm believer in your own potential?

Of course, you have to match with action.