Single mindedness can cut through your fears
Oct 03 2013
Similarly, the trait of single mindedness can cut through the fog of fear. I have often heard a child say “I want to be a musician!” or “I want to be a tennis star!” or “I want to be a polo player!” It’s great to dream and if you are passionate about what you dream, it’s vital not to lose it. For the dream to grow into reality takes single mindedness of purpose. So it’s quite simple, stay focused.
Single mindedness of purpose is like a torch. It shows you the way through the jungle of life. Let’s look at the simple story of Red Riding Hood. She left her house to visit her grandmother. On the way, she saw a wolf and got scared so she hid behind some trees. When she turned around, she saw a clear pond and got distracted looking at her image. Then seeing the butterflies playing overhead, she gaily laughed and joined them. Suddenly, she heard a thunderclap and fearing a downpour, she hid in the hollow of a tree. Waiting for the rain to stop, she fell asleep, only to wake up and find it was night! She had lost her basket of food and even lost her way. She lost all hope and kept crying.
This story is not unlike our lives. You are focused on moving in a certain direction, (like going to school, having a particular set of friends and hobbies) then suddenly something untoward frightens you. Maybe you have to change schools mid-term! (the wolf). Say, repeatedly failing in class, you get so scared that you hide from our parents and teachers. Then, you easily get distracted by things that eat up your time and fill up that hollow feeling within. Like endlessly watching television and chatting on the phone (the butterflies). It gives a false sense of well-being. (the pretty reflection). Then again, reality catches up with you, maybe in the form of board examinations and you run cowering into a corner (the thunderclap). A dark corner where the partying is too hard, the friends are too forceful and you lose all your time and energy here (like the hollow of the tree that sucks all the energy). No motivation or enthusiasm left to study, play tennis or the piano, or take control of your life. You want to go back to being the star pupil you were in middle school, but you lost your way. You lost hope. Fear seeped in and entered your mind uninvited. That’s when it’s time to get up and fight it. Be determined to win over the fear. Single mindedness is when the torch shines so bright that it can light up the darkness, dispel the shadows and carry you into a bright future. Single-mindedly focus on finding your way back and getting over all the negatives in your life. The ‘s’quared of success: single mindedness and steadfastness.
(The writer is a theatre director and novelist)