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July 3, 2020 No Comments

Realize Your Dreams

Dream realization is energy transfer between physical and virtual worlds. While action and effort represent physical energy, attention and intention represent consciousness energy of the virtual world.

 

Everyone wishes to realize their life and career dreams but only a few succeed. Failure results in stress and frustration that further erodes their capability. We are wired to crave fulfillment, success, and achievement. We all seek fulfillment individually and collectively. If I asked you whether you wanted to feel fulfilled in your life – your career, your family, your contribution – you would probably give a wholehearted YES, right? And yet many of us are not clear on exactly what we mean by it, or how we can take practical steps to find fulfillment.

Realizing dreams is a process of manifestation, an eventful journey of ups and downs that involves many human faculties and parts to work coherently. It is a process that involves interaction and exchange between the real and virtual worlds.

Fulfilling experiences have a unique set of characteristics, comprising a set of well-known components. We can learn from these characteristics to experience a more fulfilling life. This is what we will explore here in this short article. Please note that the fulfillment and realization are used interchangeably.

Craving to fulfil a desire results in an action. It is the effect of the action that connects the physical action with the mental object. Action when effective results in fulfillment and when ineffective results in non-fulfillment. In short, it is the effectiveness of an action that matters. Enhanced effectiveness means a significantly reduced effort or required or a disproportionately better outcome.

Constituents of the Fulfillment Journey

Before delving into how to enhance the effectiveness of your action, lets us understand the constituents and process of action-effect-outcome – a set of human faculties whose synchronized coherent functioning leads to fulfillment including some commonly used terms for measurement.

Human Wants: Real and Imaginary Points Connecting Present and Future

When we want something, a mental image gets formed in which the point of action and the point of interest are perceived differently. A void separates the two points. While the point of action is a real object that we can see and/ or sense. Whereas the point of interest at this stage is an imaginary object in our mind. The point of action represents the current while point of interest represents the desired future. The process of fulfillment involves a journey from point A to the destination point B ie from point of action to point to the outcome.

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  • Whole = W+ Hole: Desires are like a void or a hole negating the natural wholeness.
  • Fulfillment: “Full + fill” literally means get full by filling the void. Filling the “hole” leads to a “Whole”. The void is also called as space or nothingness.
  • Realization of a dream: Dreams is an image of the future, a mental image. Realization involves a transformation of that mental image into a reality – a physical reality. This process of transformation is known as manifestation.

Fulfillment: Transformation in Time-Attention Continuum

The fulfillment of a desire means manifestation from a mental image into a reality. This transformation process requires energy. Human consciousness is that source of energy and is channelized via using human attention. It is the extent of attention energy supplied that determines how much time is required to complete the journey from point A to B. Higher the attention, lesser the time or vice versa forming a time-attention continuum. This time-attention continuum is referred to as a time-space continuum in science.

  • Time and attention are the currencies of life. How time is spent determines the quality of life. How attention is spent determines the quality of time. Having more time means nothing if attention is squandered.

Effect: A link between Action and Outcome

The effect is the impact of the energy that does reach the intended destination that results in a gradual transformation from an imaginary point to a real point, a process of manifestation. It’s the effect that connects the action and outcome.

Intention: A Direction of Energy Flow

It is the intention, the “why” that connects the two points in our mind. The intention is like a direction guiding human attention from the current location towards the desired one. Thus, it is the intent behind the action that determines the right direction for fulfilling the desire for the person concerned. The strength of intention has a direct impact on the effectiveness of the action.

Terms like good, bad, right, wrong, and similar are all indicative of the extent of directional alignment between the shortest path and actual path toward the point of interest or effectiveness of the action.

Effective: The Righteous Intention

Effective is the required effect or the right effect. It is a human choice to pay attention to either of the two points or split between the two or on neither. The action is most effective when attention is on point of action, the present. The action is less effective when attention is split between the points of action and interest. The action is least effective when completely focussed on point of interest alone. The action is ineffective when the attention is on neither. The ineffective action scenario occurs in conditions where the doer is either lacking the awareness and knowledge of “What is in it for him?”, “why?” or there is a bigger interest that is attracting his attention. He just goes through the motions resulting in an ineffective outcome.

Thus, the effectiveness is the extent of alignment between the shortest path and the actual path toward the point of interest.

The most effective action is a balance between needs, desires, and competencies,. Vedas refer to this as Dharma. (please note that righteousness, effectiveness, and Dharma are connoting the same meaning in this context)

 

Attention: Consciousness Energy Flow

Humans are endowed with a finite amount of energy. Energy flows with attention and/ or action. Action is effective when accompanied by attention and ineffective otherwise. Undivided attention yields the most effective outcome whereas divided attention results in a below-par outcome.

Mind and Heart – Two Distinct Sources of Human Attention

Mind and heart are two distinct sources of human attention. Mind connected with senses is driven by physical needs that require objects from the real world for fulfillment. While heart, a gateway to stored memories and the universal consciousness, is driven by the perceived value and self-worth among the group and society.

Differential dictates coming from the human mind and heart create confusion and conflict. An aligned mind and heart enhance the effectiveness of action. While discord between the expectations of two results in reduced energy flow as well as energy getting dissipated to pull along the disgruntled fellow.

Fulfillment is a condition when both mind and heart are contended and aligned with each other, saving energy. An activity that is pleasing to mind as it meets the immediate needs and is pleasing to heart as it serves the long-term intentions.

Action and Efforts: The Physical Energy Flow

While attention is a carrier of consciousness energy, the action is the carrier of physical energy. The effort is the measure of physical energy supply. Stamina is a measure of its capacity.

Action may or may not be accompanied by attention. Action is effective when the direction of energy flow is guided by attention. The righteous or effective action is that action choice which requires the least effort, travels the shortest path, takes the least time, etc.

Efficiency and Effectiveness

Efficiency and effectiveness are not the same things. Two are complementary and not synonyms. Although the two words refer to progress toward a goal, there is a clear distinction. Efficiency relates to the process while effectiveness relates to purpose. While efficiency is a measure of resources deployed and time taken, effectiveness is a measure of fulfilling the intended objective and the efforts deployed.

Efforts and efficiency relate to physical aspects while attention and effectiveness deal with the outcome.

While efficiency can be a good thing, it can also be a distraction from your real goals. It’s all very well to do something efficiently, but if it’s not furthering you or your organization’s purpose, then it doesn’t really matter. Efficiency is meaningful when combined with effectiveness and a waste of resources otherwise.

The difference between effectiveness and efficiency can be summed up shortly, sweetly and succinctly – Being effective is about doing the right things while being efficient is about doing things right.

Righteousness of Action

An action is right when it serves the intended purpose. When it is directed in the direction of the point of interest. Righteousness is a measure of directional alignment between action and intension.

It is a highly dynamic concept that changes with context and purpose. It applies to individuals and not to the whole group. Dharma, a Vedic term means righteousness and/or effectiveness.

Size of Personal Universe

The size of a personal universe is defined by the intention behind the action. It is the net difference between the positively and negatively inclined living entities. It may be positive or negative. The personal universe is of least size when the beneficiary is the self and self only. The size starts growing with the inclusion of more beneficiaries and is at a high when one is least bothered for self and concerned for others only.

Bigger the size of a personal universe, lesser the obstacles en route to that idea fulfillment, and the benefits last much longer.

This measure, when applied at the stage of intention, is a reflection of difficulties on road to success. Similarly, this measure in the long run is a reflection of sustainability. Larger the number of people feeling benefitted longer-lasting name and fame.

righteousness and effectiveness in the context of action – our theme for this article.

Enhancing the Effectiveness of Your Action

Effectiveness may be enhanced with a coherent functioning of the parts – the human faculties involved.

  1. Dreams
    • Goal(s): Dream fulfillment can be done only and only when a dream exists. Fulfillment has no meaning in the absence of a dream. Goal setting is the first step toward fulfillment. (read more on goal setting)
    • A vision of Success: How the success looks like and feels like. A clear image of fulfillment enhances the effectiveness of action.
  2. Clarity of Intention – The Why: Clarity of intention, a reason behind the desire enhances the effectiveness of action. The size of the intended universe determines the smooth ride or a road full of potholes.
  3. Undivided Attention: Undivided attention on action alone is most effective. Less than full attention means below par effect. That too, not a simple divide but exponential degradation. (read more on exponential degradation of attention)
    • Congruency among Goals: Attention energy at an instant gets divided between multiple things of interest. Undivided attention on a thing is far more effective than attention divided on two or more things. It is not a simple divide by a rather exponential degradation.

Congruency makes it possible to fulfill all the dreams. Congruent are the goals that are in directional alignment concerning the current point. Confused!!

The principle of Congruency should be used to consciously filter out the desires that are detrimental to life/ career goals.

Prioritizing/ Ranking among Goals: Ranking helps in conflict resolution. Conflict arises when a considered action may affect a goal positively and another goal negatively. A pre-set priority ranking among goals enables one to resolve the conflicting scenario.

For example, keeping awake late-night enables us to complete pending tasks but at the same time, it is detrimental to health. A preset priority helps to avoid the situation itself. No preset ranking leads to confusion with both objective sufferings in the process.

  1. Mind-Heart Alignment

Differential dictates coming from the human mind and heart create confusion and conflict. An aligned mind and heart enhance the effectiveness of action. While discord between the expectations of two results in reduced energy flow as well as energy getting dissipated to pull along the disgruntled fellow.

Fulfillment is a condition when both mind and heart are contended and aligned with each other, conserving energy. An activity that is pleasing to mind as it meets the immediate needs and is pleasing to heart as it serves the long term intentions. In short, activities that meet the short term needs and long term goals are the best ways to keep one engaged happily.

 

 

  1. Practical Wisdom – While theoretical knowledge helps, it is the practical wisdom that sharpens the action. Wisdom is gained either with the experience or advice/guidance from a person you trust. Ultimately it is the experience that results in setting new beliefs and behaviors. 

    While knowledge helps in grasping the past,  wisdom enables us to shape our future. (Read more on this)

  2. Ownership of Action – Action is effective when the person has the freedom to choose his action. An imposed action exponentially dampens the effectiveness. Freedom of choice means a person has considered the pros and cons of the action on his objectives and thus, the righteous intentions are aligned with the goal.

In summary, understanding the science of fulfillment helps in realizing dreams and desires. The knowledge, when practiced regularly, turns into belief, a habit, even reflex changing the way of thinking itself.

If you continue to do what you have been doing, You will continue to get what you have been getting. If you want a different outcome, do things differently. This knowledge is a good start.

To be effective a person should carefully evaluate all the suggestions, advice, guidance, and instructions and then should choose the action that suits his objectives the best and are righteous in his subjective assessment.

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