Once upon a time, there was a King. He was suffering from some rare health issue, though it was nothing serious, he wanted to get rid of it. But there was no medicine for that health problem. Fed up with his doctor and other specialists, he announced that if no body can cure him then all the doctors of the state will get death punishment. Everyone was horrified. There was a very old doctor, who come forward and claimed that he can cure the King. He gave some oil to the King to massage. And he said; you need to follow a set of instructions while using this oil, only then it will cure you. One instruction in the list mentioned that, “You are not supposed to think about Tiger, Lion or any wild animal while using this oil.” The King was more than happy to follow the instructions. But when ever he was about to use the oil, he goes through the instructions and always remember Tiger and Lion. He never succeeded in not remembering the forbidden words! So, he decided to discontinue the treatment without giving punishment to any of the doctors.
Moral of the story is, when we are being told not to do something, we forcefully end up doing that! And that is what exactly happened with me during this challenge period.
When Infoledgesolution nominated me for this wonderful challenge Prayaas, I was very much excited. For me, it was not a big deal. I mean, I only need to avoid negativity for 24 hours. Pretty easy! But, I was wrong. After repeated attempts, I realized that in the 24 hour span, at least a single negative thought comes to my mind. As the days passed by, I become more and more anxious. Suddenly, I feel that it is not 24 hour challenge but it is 86,400 seconds challenge!
My Success Mantra
I fear the time was not correct. In this time period, I was very much under pressure; client issue, finance problem, business hurdles, etc. But then, I realized its futile blaming anyone. It is only me, who is allowing the negative thoughts to my mind. Just like we choose our food, we choose our thoughts. So, why can’t we have a healthy diet?
After the initial hiccup, I decided to draw a new plan of action. To begin with, I rephrase the challenge. It is no more about avoiding negativity for 24 hours but it becomes being positive for 24 hours. Though, there is no big difference in these two lines but it worked brilliantly. I taste the success soon after that! If you too want to make this challenge successful, use this tip. It will work for sure.
Friends who have been nominated by InfoledgeSolution along with me and the ones to whom I will nominate, if you are finding this challenge difficult, read the above quote again. If it does not CHALLENGE you, it won’t change you.
All the Best.