by Deepak Chopra
Work. Work. Work. Each one of us is doing it. To keep ourselves busy. To keep our mind occupied. To make both ends meet. Several work to afford goodies of life. Others work to outdo the competition and become the mar-ket leaders. Some work for self-actualization, the ultimate need of a human being in Maslow’s need hierarchy pyramid.
But how many of us work beyond work? I mean work purely for the self, on yourself, all by oneself. That is what a workout is all about. When you solely are the focus of your attention. You play the multiple roles of the thinker, the doer and the seer. All in one, at the same time. You are the observer and the observed. You are the benefactor and the beneficiary. You are the instructor and you are the student.
“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live in.”- Proverb.
One should cultivate the habit of a workout in their daily regimen. It contributes to your self development. Chasing this milestone everyday will make you reorganize your daily activities meticulously. Consequently your planning as well as time management skills will be enhanced. These benefits are over and above the health gains you reap as a result of workouts.
“You can feel sore tomorrow or you can feel sorry tomorrow, you choose.”-Proverb. One should listen to their body and plan a workout accordingly so that it is not counter-productive. During any workout, you have to stretch yourself beyond the comfortable lim-its. Only then can your body and mind benefit from a workout. If you can comfortably walk 4 km. at a certain pace, you need to gradually increase the pace and total dis-tance covered too in a systematic manner. Same goes for jogging. In yoga, if you can hold a pose for 2 seconds comfortably, you should target 6 seconds and then more and more. In weight lifting, bodybuilders gradu-ally increase the weight lifted with repeti-tions to increase muscle mass. Meditation is a workout for the body, mind and soul. It relaxes the body, improves the concentration of the mind and cleanses your soul.
“Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.”
Translating these actions in workouts to your office working life enhances your endurance limit. “The difference between Try and Triumph is a little UMPH!” You are able to put in greater number of working hours in a day. It also helps you to pursue ambitions with vigour and greater zeal. You gradually increase your targets beyond your comfort levels every year that actually improves your productivity and efficiency, and ultimately leads you to a successful career. Workouts develop a killer instinct in you to never give up, to achieve your goals you set our eyes on and be persistent in your efforts.
“Strength does not come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.”
Chandigarh based Deepak Chopra is Author of the books: The Secrets of Success and Mantras for Inner Peace A must-read book : Guruji – 21 Shades of Divinity: A narrative of the author’s experiences in his solitude during the lockdown – of his encoun-ters with different shades of Divinity emerging from his experiences, obser-vations and emotions in his solitude.
It encapsulates the purity of his devotion. It will inspire all to come back to it – to rekindle the flame of love and passion for life, to go a notch deeper into spirituality – with Guruji.