Positive Attitude and It’s benefits

Alright.. So time to move on to a topic of our daily choice. It’s only a choice(a free choice) and it’s befenits are simply countless. Well, we’re going to discuss on positive attitude..

The idea about me writing on positive attitude came from a declamation contest that was held in my school. It was inter-class(XII standard) contest and 20 students(out of about 250) participated. I, too, participated.. and well! I’m no good speaker.. and I was settled at the 4th position. Maybe, because I crossed the alloted time for speaking which was just 5 minutes.

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Here it goes:

When our attitude is right, we realise that we are walking on acres and acres of diamonds. Opportunity is right under our feet. And! All we have to do is to recognise it.

Good Morning Everyone

Respected Sir Principal, Honorable Teachers, Worthy judges and Yes! Ofcourse.. All my dear friends! Today, I, Kamalpreet Singh, a scholar of class XII-D is standing in front of you all to speak on “Positive Attitude and it’s Benefits”.

So, What’s attitude? As my pocket oxford dictionary defines it, attitude! Is a way.. of talking, thinking and behaving! However! I believe it’s significance in our lives is much more than that. Our attitude itself is our way of life.

Friends, as you see, we have a choice.. a choice everyday! Regarding the attitude we hold for that day. And as they say the only difference between a good day and a bad day is our attitude.

Friends, we cannot change our past.. Seriously! We cannot change it. We cannot change the way certain people think.. I can’t change the way this guy might be thinking about me right now.. yeah? We cannot change what’s inevitable. So, what can we actually change? To feel better in certain situations? The answer is our Attitude! Yea! Our attitude!…

Let me give you an example of my friend who is a good badminton player(I was referring to myself though) often going for various matches. We all know that one cannot win everytime, and losing.. Is a harsh feeling, of course. So, what does he do when he loses a crucial match? Does he cry? No..! Does he become upset and reclusive? No..!

Instead.. He inspires himself that he’ll work harder and improve his skill, so that, he performs better next time and wins. And this is how, his positive attitude, helps him in overcoming problems and coping up with stress easily.

So, our attitude determines outcomes. And, this truth, is accepted by most successful people of the world; whether it be a doctor going for an extremely difficult surgery or a businessman launching a new project. It is the correct attitude which gives them the winning edge.

Let’s see… the industrialists, the big business houses.. they often set up huge plants and invest in new projects. The mobile companies, like samsung, introduce new smartphones every other week. The television channels, like Zee TV, air new serials like Jamai Raja, Neeli Chattri Waale, etc every other day.. And, all this happens with a positive attitude.

Just Imagine, what would have happened..If those incustrialists, fearing losses would have never set up new plants and invested in new projects? Then, centainly my friends, Mr.Ambani would have never become such a multi-billionaire.

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Or what if? Our favourite Kapil Sharma, fearing low response from the audience, never worked in Comedy Nights with Kapil? Then, he too would have missed the chance to become so much popular and have a huge fan following.

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So, when people hold such negative attitudes they restrict themselves.. They lose the opportunity to achieve something! So, a correct attitude, or a positive attitude, is a key to success.

Our attitude also reflects our behaviour. One’s attitude towards the other determines the other’s attitude towards him. For example, if we smile at someone the other person might also smile back and vice versa…

In a nutshell.. A positive attitude helps in overcoming our problems easily, coping up with stress, is a key to success and helps in maintaining healthy human relationships.

So, cultivating a positive attitude is like ploughing a field…It takes time.. It has to grow from within..Inspiration is what gets a man started..Motivation is what keeps him on track..And It’s positive attitude which makes it all automatic..

Thank You! And adopt a positive outlook towards life!

After that I was asked a question..

Question: Does positive attitude ensure success?

My answer was:

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Success is a matter of personal opinion and conception.. It depends on what we understand as being successful(most often it’s one’s goal). Positive attitude alone is not enough to bring success(as per the person’s definition of success) but it surely is a necessary ingredient in one’s success recipe along with hard work and determination.

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Life is not an “Instant coffee”

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This was the title of a comprehension passage in my English exam.

Reading Time: 2 Minutes*                                                     300* Words/Minute

A piano teacher described an interesting encounter she had with a young lady who came to inquire about music lessons. The young lady asked her, “How long will this course take? My father told me that it is in fashion now to be able to play musical instruments and that I should learn one quickly. I want something that will be quick, fast and easy” When the amused teacher explained that it would take a lifetime of meticulous practice to learn music, her face fell and, needless to say, she never came back.

The single most important factor that distinguishes those of us who succeed in any venture and those of us who don’t is this ‘instant coffee’ attitude. Most of us want results quickly. We want to reach the top immediately and get worked up when things go wrong. Perseverance and patience are forgotten words. We get upset, frustrated and angry when a skill or activity requires us to put in a lot of effort and time. We get dejected and want to give it up. Things should be easy. Why should things take long? It is unfair!

Life is too short and there is not enough time to do all the things we want to. We tend to compare with others and get upset when they seem to be doing well; dismissing their achievement as pure luck, or think that they have support, help, approach, and that God is being too kind to them and not to us. And so we give up. But such thinking serves no good. For, it doesn’t solve the problem. Life is tough for those with the ‘instant coffee’ attitude.

Success and happiness come to those who have a ‘bread-making’ attitude. Those who are willing to knead the dough, wait for hours for it to rise, only to punch it down and knead some more, wait for another couple of hours for it to rise again, then bake it before it is ready to be eaten. Nothing is instantaneous. For every Endeavor – whether in the area of career, academic, music sports, relationships, physical fitness, or even in spirituality – it is a long arduous journey.

Only if we are willing to put in the time, painstaking effort and have faith can we get results. If we don’t accept this difficult – but – true fact of life, our lives will be far from being happy and fulfilling. For we may not make that extra effort which can change the course of life dramatically, for the good.

I often come across clients who have changed therapists – and do that even after they have spoken with me – because they are on the lookout for a therapist who will instantly give them relief from their problems. One who will ensure that by the time they reach home from the therapist’s office, they will have wonderfully, fulfilling relationships with their families! No wonder, most of us get bitter and disillusioned with life and ourselves and look for escape routes which seem to promise quick result.

The major problems with these ‘instant coffee’ solutions are that they are invariably short-lived. If we stubbornly refuse to give up this search for quick solutions, all we do is end up on the working track. We never gain anything lasting form them. However, if we just pause to analyse what we are doing, we will realize how much time we are wasting searching for such magical solutions which simply do not exist. We actually save time when we stop this futile search and accept the proven methods of trading the straight and narrow, however difficult it may seem initially.

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Let the future live: Life is environment, Save it

Let the future live: Life is environment, Save it

Why Is Important to Protect the Environment?

We have to preserve the environment because it’s what we live in and changes to it can be bad for us. Our future generations will use this environment and we should not create scarcity for them.

We have not inherited this earth from our forefathers; we have borrowed it from our children

We do not want to see reduction in biodiversity, face global warming, scarcity of water, holes in ozone, polluted air and water. We should live and let live.

How can we protect the environment?

I won’t discuss about switching off the electrical devices, unplugging them, using electricity wisely, repairing leaking taps, using taps wisely, switching to LED’s and CFL’s, etc.

Here is a list of those viable methods which we can follow. It will not only help the environment’s riches but also save your wealth.

Walk – Instead of using vehicles for short distances, use your legs. It will not only conserve petroleum but also give you physical exercise and keep you fit.

Reduce, Re-use and Recycle – Reduce the consumption, Re-use wherever possible and recycle if not re-usable. Avoid using disposable items and never throw away. Anything you use only a few times and throw away consumes resources. Carry your own reusable cup or water bottle, eating utensils, and cloth shopping bags with you.

Don’t waste food – Don’t take more food than you need. Ask your belly how much it wants to eat. If you are left with extra-food, share it with friends or with your pets.

Charity – Donate your usable clothes and household items to charity. You have tons of clothes or things you want to get rid of. If they are still usable, give them to someone who needs them. You may also choose to give them to associations. These associations may sell them and collect a little money.

Plant a tree – They absorb carbon dioxide. If you can’t plant one, try potted plants. They might be fruitful or shady as you like.

Compost – Choose an area in your yard to put your waste, fruit peels, and uneaten food. Find some worms that can break the waste down and produce a very rich soil that works great with your landscaping. Keep your compost heap as far from water source as possible.

Rainwater Harvesting – Why let the rainwater peep off from the streets. Install rainwater harvesting in your house. If you cannot install that, at least use a few buckets and tubs to store water.

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Education System: A must read story

 

Once upon a time, a fox opened a school in the jungle. He was very happy to know that many animals had started taking admission in his school. He was determined to make it the best school in the jungle. So, he introduced everything in his curriculum: reading, writing, mathematics, flying, swimming, climbing trees, etc, and insisted the teachers to take classes and test the students regularly.

The teachers however were unhappy with the results. However much they tried they could not teach the lion to swim, the tiger to climb the trees and the crow refused to sing. The teachers tried all methods and regularly conducted classes.

The students had to attend extra-classes. The peacock helped the teachers in conducting dance classes but the pig could not learn a single step. Likewise, the owl did not want to read and the monkey could not swim. All the students failed the examinations and Fox was very worried.

Then, the wise bat told him to let the students take up the courses they wanted to and then conduct exams. The monkey did not have to learn swimming anymore but the crocodile could practice swimming and diving, the crow could fly and learn to do somersaults in the air and squirrel could continue to learn mathematics.

When the examinations were conducted, all the animals passes with flying colors and Fox was proud of his school.

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Our Children are Individuals

I am special and so are you,

be yourself and do what you do.

The point of this silly story about a school for the animals is that modern education sends every child through a program of study that is targeted toward a “general” child. It expects every student to be able to follow the same course of study in the same sequence, without considering inherent talent or individual differences that are crucial to children’s abilities to learn. Schooling does not take into account differing personality types or characteristics.

Parents who understand learning differences can be more sympathetic with the frustrations their children face in school and more helpful in finding alternative approaches. The two major learning differences among children have to do with learning styles and learning readiness.

So, the question arises can the Bat’s advice be extended to present day schools? If yes, how? If no, why?

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Score More in Exams: Here is how!

The most common obstruction to success encountered by students is a lack of effective techniques for study and exam preparation. I have plotted a list of few tips which will help you to do better in your studies and exams.

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Reading time: 5 minutes*                                                         *300 words/minute

Approach and Outlook towards Studies

Knowledge and Self Improvement Think that you are going to school to gain knowledge. You will learn new and newer things. Tell yourself that you have to study and do good efforts for self improvement.

Don’t look others Don’t worry about how others are studying. Some students, like myself, don’t study very much and still do well at school whereas some students study every second they can. Yes, I have seen people studying during GAMES period in schools.

Effort is important than results You will definitely want to get good grades In your examinations and thus you have to study. But, even if you do not get grades, just think that you have studied and gave in your efforts. You will realize the mistakes you did and correct them the next time. You will eventually be a better learner.

Be involved in your classes

In my economics book it was given, “Education involves teaching, training and learning to improve the knowledge and skill of a person”. You are there to learn, not to be taught. You have to be attentive to what the teacher is saying.

If you were distracted for a while or If you think that the instructor is moving fast and you did not understood some important points, interrupt by saying something like  “I did not understood the point on xyz, can you explain/repeat again”. You might be criticized by the lecturer or the fellow students but do not think about them. You have to study means you have to understand the concept.

Don’t allow yourself to be confused between different points. Ask again if you are confused. Confusion is definitely very dangerous. Do not think that your friends will help you later. If you are dependent on them, you will have to struggle later.

Be regular and don’t miss classes If your class includes group activities, participate as fully as you can. Such exercises are done for your benefit. You can also enjoy them while gaining knowledge and discussing different ideas.

Always carry the required study material with you If you do not follow this rule, you will fell a victim to it and you will start missing several notes.

Review your notes every day

This suggestion is one which we have all heard a thousand times. Unfortunately, most of us never really believe it until we actually try it. Spend JUST 5 minutes or so each evening going over the notes from each subject.

Reviewing new material you learnt in your classes increases your maintenance of that material in your brain. This will help you because you will not have to spend all your time to understand different concepts during the exam weeks.

It enables you to identify points of confusion which prepares you to ask the questions you need to before the next lecture.

Where and when you study is important

A lot of people study in places where they cannot concentrate well. Places with a lot of distractions makes for a bad study place. If you study in your living room, you may find the computer or TV which may distract you. Remember that the right study environment for someone else may not be the best environment for you. Some people like to study with some background noise, while others need to study in absolute silence.

Choose a good place to study Pick a place that isn’t too hot. Heat results in induction of sleep. Pick a place that is cool so you can stay alert. Pick a place that is having good amount of light. Your eyes, too, need to feel comfortable. Make sure to choose the quiet places, not the loud, central places.

Choose a good time Different people have different times to be the most effective and efficient. But, I feel the morning time is usually the best time for every activity. You have just taken your rest. You have refilled your energy. Your mind has become active and has less distraction. I feel that a 5 minutes reading in the morning is worth twice than the evening.

If you are studying in your own room, close the door so that people know that they shouldn’t disturb you. The library, study hall, roof are good places to study. It’s better if you have a silent room in your house too.

Study with a variety of methods.

Studying by using a variety of methods will help you reach a deeper understanding of the material and will also help you mix up your studying habits and will keep things interesting.

Use devices and methods devices are a great way to remember a list of complicated terms, such as using DMAS to represent the order of operations in math. (Division, multiplication, Addition, and Subtraction).

Rewrite your lesson Write the important notes again from your book. Try to write them in your own words rather than the exact words from the book. This will let you to understand and work better. You will feel that you are writing well.

Know if you really have understood things When you are done with the syllabus or think so, take time and think if a certain question comes in examination, will you be able to write on it? Will you not forget the major terms and diagrams? If you are not confident, try to re-analyze the points and understand them.

Use library, Talk with teachers Your library is always a useful tool. Use your school’s library to check out books that help you understand the subject better, or talk to the librarian to see if she can help you find additional resources. Take advantage of school hours. Talk with your professor to get a better understanding of your lessons. Going to him will also help you because you will show him that you care for your studies and will promote the teacher-student relationship.

Read silently, Read loud, Imagine Yes, read the matter silently. Switch to loud reading after some time. This is what really seems to affect your mind coming back to your studies. Imagine the condition and scene about the topic which is being talked about.

Take breaks

I have seen people closing their rooms and studying hours and hours and hours without stopping. I still wonder how and why they do it. And then they complain “I studied so much that my head pains since ages.” You don’t need to drown into your books and die, instead swim in it gracefully.

The mind does better when you take a short break every half hour to an hour. This helps you absorb material and will get your mind feeling fresh for more studying.

Move out When you are studying in the same place you have a new atmosphere around you, loaded with information and information all around. Keep your body moving as it will make you more alert and will help your body feel better as you spent all your time on a spot. Get some fresh air and breathe slowly.

Usually my breaks are like this: For e.g. if there are 5 chapters in the syllabus, I’ll finish the 1st chapter and take a break of 30 minutes and then go back for the 2nd chapter.

Eat some small quantity of food during these breaks. Don’t eat more than half of your appetite( capacity to eat) as it will induce sleep in you.

Sleep

Yes, that is what I meant. Sleep is very essential for your body and mind. It has been long known that what you see, read, hear will be stored better in your brain if you sleep right. You must have at least 7 hour sleep before you are ready to attempt an exam. I usually like to stay awake till 11pm or a bit more and rise at 6 am in the morning for the quick revision before the exam.

Exam Day

So the most fearful day has arrived. Now, start enjoying this fear. Think how you will kill this fear today. Bring necessary writing materials to the examinations. Do not bring something undesirable by the instructions of the invigilator.

Go to the bathroom before exam It may seem weird. Usually, the instructor will not permit you to go out of the examination room during the exam. There is stress and tension while doing and exam which may affect the need for going to bathroom. So, don’t think that you have no feeling to go, just take a few minutes there.

Some warnings

Don’t study at the eleventh hour Do not wait until the night before an exam to study! Never!

Do not study the entire night before exam You will not get the benefit of sleep. What you may gain from extra study time won’t benefit against the loss of alertness and concentration due to lack of sleep.

Don’t cram at the last moment before an exam. This only increases the feeling of nervousness which leads to panic and makes you anxious.

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Two Options: Like and Do or Do and Like

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It shows the importance of a person’s interest. We always wish to do the work which we like. We must always do the things, work, job, etc, which we like doing. We can do great accomplishments in the field of our interest.

But, it is not always possible in different spheres of life that we have the option to do the things we like. Circumstances and conditions may be such that we are forced to take up the things that we do not like to do. So, when such a thing happens we have to like the work we have to do or assigned to us.

For example, we must take up our career in the field we like. But, if we are not able to take up that career, we must like the field we have to enter otherwise.