Success Within - 2017

From Mind-full to Mindful

By Payal Nanjiani

“One's mind should be able to obey ones instruction“

My seminar was full with small and mid-sized business leaders in March 2017. Each of them excited and overly concerned about the future of their business. I made a small black dot on a huge and clear whiteboard and asked my audience to write what they saw on this board. After a few minutes, I checked on them for their responses. Each one in the audience described the black dot to me – some said it's a small dot, some said its black, some said it's spoiling the show of the white board. I was quiet. After few seconds of reflecting I said to them, “all of you my friends saw and commented on the black dot, no one spoke about the huge clear space still left on the whiteboard."

This is exactly what we do with our lives, both personally and professionally. We put a lot of emphasis on what is negative in our lives, what is the black dot. We actually love to talk about what's wrong in us, our team members, or our businesses. We really see the “black dot" and not the whiteboard of our lives. We like to keep finding the wrong in people and the world in general.

The great poet Kabira says, “Bura Jo Dekhan Me Chala, Bura Naa Milya Koye
Jo Munn Khoja Apnaa, To Mujhse Bura Naa Koye


I went on the search for the bad guy, bad guy I couldn't find
When I searched my mind, then no one is as bad as me.

We do the same in our lives. We search the world for the bad guy, the real evil person responsible for all the pain and suffering in the world, for negative news, for the wrong things happening around us.

When we look at and critically examine our own minds, we find the real evil thing is hidden inside that grows unchecked. All evil and sorrow is caused by our thinking, which is the action of the unfocused mind.

When we accuse and condemn a situation or a person, it is our mind that is doing the search.

One of my clients said to me, “Payal, I hate to talk about my problems, like the things I hate about my boss, the challenges I have with my husband or the fact that both of my kids are getting in trouble at school these days. However, I cannot stop thinking and actually dreaming about the problems. They dominate my life each day."

I remember reading the tragic real life story of Arunima Sinha, a national level volleyball player who was pushed from a running train by thieves while she was resisting them. As a result, one of her legs had to be amputated below the knee. Her aim after this incidence was to climb all the continents' highest peaks and place the national flag of India there. She has already climbed five peaks.

She focused on the whiteboard of her life not the black dot. Losing her leg was a big black dot in her life where she could have put her complete focus. But she chose to see the white space on the whiteboard. She was alive for a reason.

In life or work, focus is of utmost importance. And when I say focus, I stress on Mindful Focus. Everyone has a focus but is it on the black dot or whiteboard?

Negativity is pervasive in our world today, from newspapers to television. So, how can we be successful in business or personal lives if our focus is not mindful and if we are surrounded by negativity?

As an entrepreneur, you have a lot on your plate. Staying focused can be tough with a constant stream of employees, clients, emails, and phone calls demanding your attention. Amid the noise, understanding your brain's limitations and working around them can improve your focus and increase your productivity.

The secret of successful business is to live fully in the now.

“Do not dwell in the past; do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment."

Numerous times we have heard the above thought and in fact it has been repeated so many times that everyone gives it a try at some point in their personal life.

What about business? How can business become super successful with just this one thought? This thought is of utmost importance in business success.

Here is how to be successful using the now strategy.

New energy: As soon as you put your thoughts in the present moment you will observe how much new energy flows into you. This energy which was drained into past and future thoughts gets together in the form of new energy which allows you to focus more. Focusing more will bring you more ideas, more positivity and eventually lead to your success.

Opportunities: While being in the present and keeping full focus on the task at hand, you become aware of things around us. This means you rarely miss opportunities that come our way. New opportunities mean more success.

Worry free: Because you are not crying over the past nor are we stressed about the future, our minds becomes free of worry. You will not think of worst outcomes and automatically negativity will be away from you. A worry-free mind will release happy hormones and keep the mind relaxed, which will eventually show up in the form of good physical health leading to more success.

The now is a great tool to practice for business success.

Business success comes with simple strategies; it is we who have started to look into more complex solutions.