Usually, punishment comes as a feedback for an undesirable behavior or result. Given the fear, pain, and negativity attached to it, just the idea of a stick is enough to effect the desired result. However, a carrot or the anticipation of a reward often works miracles while nurturing a conducive environment for peace and harmony.
Overcome the fear of punishment
Obama’s victory got me to reflect about many things people think are impossible. His audacity of hope and “Yes we can” mantra blazed a trail to the White House. From Shern’s skepticism to Roody’s celebration lay a bridge made of unwavering confidence and hope, dedication to learning and contributing, and resilience even in the face of apparently insurmountable obstacles. That improbable victory stood as a sky high banner with the writing, “Everything is possible to those who believe”.
Vision or burning desire propels you to acquire relevant skills and motivates persistent actions. In fact, it is a starting point for great achievements. Even when challenges arise or fear steps in, vision summons confidence, creativity and resilience to overcome them. Success is to remain active and resourceful in the process we are engaged in. The steps we take to climb the mountain, the journey, matter as much as reaching the summit, the destination.
Expressing appreciation works wonders as a powerful strategy. Any apparently minor contribution may be an occasion to commend, encourage and inspire. Even people’s potential makes a great reason for voicing expectation that they will go places. Appreciation for self and others creates trust, strengthens harmony, and is conducive to an environment for progress. Governments and International organizations show they get this strategy when they set aside appreciation days, weeks, months or even years for minorities, vulnerable groups, or professional categories.
The ability to understand and follow proper instructions opens the treasure trove in life. Instruction appears to offer the bridge to growth, personal development, and professional upliftment. Often, acquiring and following instruction is easier said than done. It’s the reason why one of the best gifts we can offer ourselves is to develop the habit of desiring and pursuing instruction relevant to our vision in life. Sage Solomon said: “Invest in the truth and never sell it – in wisdom, and instruction and understanding.”
Without reflecting on what we did, we end up repeating words and attitudes that produced poor results. By engaging in regular introspection, we go over our experiences and take steps to reinforcing what we did right and changing what caused us to fail. This habit serves as a helm to keep us on track and help us grow wiser.
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“To concede defeat when you are entrusted with a mission amounts to jeopardizing the utility and quality of the rest of your life. Is it worth it?”
Jean Ricot Dormeus, Land of Dormant Dreams – A Walk into the Future, p. 61