Be who you are to succeed in life

Sunday September 16 2018


By Azim Jamal

Each one of us is born with an inner light that reflects the true radiance of your being. This is the light of the ‘authentic you’. It shines brighter whenever you are authentic to yourself, to your life purpose, to your innate gift.

Authenticity is something so natural yet so difficult. As children, this light of authenticity is fairly evident. It shines through the twinkle of a child ‘s eye, in his laughter, his natural exuberance for life.

But with time, you begin to cloud this light with prejudices, beliefs, conditionings, and pursuit of false trappings, brought upon by parents, teachers, and society.

You forget the real purpose of why you are here and what you need to accomplish.

Lets look at some of the ways to reclaim your self and shine the light you are born with:

1. Practice meditation daily - Meditation is one powerful vehicle to connect to your inner self. Through this practice you gradually gain insight into your innate gifts. Ensure you meditate at least 15 minutes daily. Take a spot in a quiet room and sit down comfortably. Now close your eyes and simply watch your breathing. In the beginning you might feel conscious of your breath or lose focus. But with regular practice, your breath will gradually begin to slow down and with your breath, your thoughts too will start slowing down. Because our breath follows our thoughts and vice versa. You calm one, the other slows down as well. This silencing of your incessant inner chatter alone will begin to calm you down enough to centre yourself and encourage your innate being to surface.

2. Knowing what excites you - Looking back from your deathbed also puts things in perspective and attracts attention to your purpose in life and the accompanying gift you were born with. Finally the cause that excites you the most will give you an indication of what you are passionate and care about. When you passionate about what you do, you feel enthused enough to put in your very best and make a benchmark in whatever field you choose to be in.

3. Be who you are – Generally most of us know our life purpose and have a certain vision or belief of how they would like to see themselves. But this vision is relegated somewhere in the distant future because they either feel they don’t have the necessary skills or are not ready yet. But the difference between who you are right now and who you want to be is simply the lack of intent. If you want to be a painter, start painting. Paint every day. Paint whenever you can. Take classes, start studying other painters. In short, be a painter. Act like one. Whether or not the world around you recognises you or not should not be your concern right now. Right now it is to experience who you think you are. So go ahead and live your vision of yourself. And gradually you will see your vision become more vivid and real in your daily life.

Also by beginning your journey to what you aspire to be, it becomes easier to invite and attract the right circumstances to lead you an inspired and authentic life.