“Charanbai madhu vindati charantsvadu mudambaram.
Suryasya pasya sreemanam yo na tandrayate charan.
Charaiveti, charaiveti.” (Aitareya Upanishad, 7.15)
This verse originally is in ‘Sanskrit’, quoted from an ancient Hindu sacred book called ‘Upanishad’.The meaning is powerful:
“The honey bee, by its motion, collects honey, and birds enjoy tasty fruits by constant movement. The sun is revered, by virtue of its constant shining movement; therefore, one should be constantly in motion. Keep moving, keep moving on!”1
Lord Buddha used to conclude his discourses and sermons everyday with these words : Charaiveti, Charaiveti ( move on, move on).1
There is an old proverb in English too: ‘A rolling stone gathers no moss.’ It means that one must always be active to avoid stagnation.
Delimitating the Boundaries
So, I want to adopt ‘Charaiveti’ in my life. I don’t want to be complacent with where I am today and willing to enrich my life with new knowledges, experiences, skills and growth. I understand, a dynamic life will influence me in all dimensions, therefore I will keep my mind and soul wide open to acquire more knowledge, mastering new skills, new responsibilities and new challenges. I will take the control, drive my life towards a pre-set goal.
What is happening with me?
- I am living out of my habit and doing the same thing every day without any need to apply my brain.
- Nothing new is exiting me of late and my motivation level is going down.
- I am not open to any change and refusing to accept new things in my life.
- I don’t want to take risk. Risk disturbs my stability.
- Life has become boring and no good change has happened to me for quite some time.
Am I in The Trap of Comfort Zone?
I can understand, when I am stagnant and complacent, I am trapped in a ‘Comfort Zone’2 and all my intellectual and materialistic growth is limited within the boundary of the zone. But do I really want that? Do I not want to grow to the fullest of my potential? Therefore, no way out, I have to try to step out of this boundary.
I am Ordinary How can I Do It?
I feel ‘Fear’ to step out. I tried couple of times, but came back again to my old and comfortable boundary. I am afraid of facing the unknown. Moreover, I am afraid of failure. I am susceptible to other’s opinion, that pulls down my confidence low. I try to find excuses even for my tiny failures. It isn’t working out for me at least.
Am I Clear About My Goals?
But again, I have a dream, I am not like all those millions of people in my surroundings. They go to the work every morning – come back home every evening like a robot. They spend their life in the same ‘merry- go- round’ circle.
Long back, when I joined in a leadership training course ,our trainer Mr. Acharya3 asked us a question: ‘do you want a routine 10 AM to 5 PM life or want to go places?’ As a result, one of our team member who was having a diploma in homeopathy medicine, but didn’t had courage to leave his secured job, had submitted his resignation letter and started full time practice. So he was the first amongst us to break his ‘comfort zone’. If he can, then why not me?
Will Taking Small Steps help?
I don’t have enough money, I also have mouths to feed behind me.How can I take a big leap? Okey,let me take small steps, but continuous steps, towards the betterment of my life. It will take time to reach my goal, but if I am on ‘Charaiveti’, I will achieve it sooner or later.
I have Landed in Learning Zone.
I can recall the old quote: “ A ship in harbour is safe, but that is not what ships are built for”. So does our life, we don’t achieve something until we challenge ourselves by the way of venturing into unknown. Until we venture into a unpredictable, we are stress free, we know the outcome of our every movement. But the moment we step out of this predictable world, we lose some control over the outcome of our actions and this creates some amount of anxiety within us. Naturally, we won’t like to get into this situation. But I have a different mindset, I want to learn new skills and grow.
I Am in Transition.
So, I have stepped out. I am facing new situations and new challenges. Problems are coming in my way, though it is shaking me at times, but I am trying to solve them with full might. Still, some of them are solved and some are not, but I can feel that my area of expertise is expanding. I am in the process of creating a new enlarged ‘comfort Zone’ for me. I will never go back to my old small boundary.
I Am Taking Lesson From My Loss.
Till the time I was living in a stagnant situation, I was applying the same knowledges and skills repeatedly, so the outcome and performance was remaining constant ,without any knowledge gain. The moment I have started facing new situations, I find, it is imposing a degree of stress, an anxiety for unknown within me, but I am confidently facing the new situation. I am sure, success will improve my performance level and will enhance my knowledge & skill. On the other hand, failures won’t let me go empty handed, they will also teach me the way to success. Therefore, I have overcome the ‘Fear of Failure’ for a bigger interest of my life.
Discomforts Are Welcome.
Though it imposes some amount of pressure and anxiety on me, but it is okey. It helps me to enhance my attention and performance. ‘Yerkes and Dodson’ proved it scientifically in their experiment that, people can perform their best under some anxiety/stress. I am consciously working to manage of my own performance by limiting my stress level up to my optimum. I want maximum success and minimum failure in all my endeavours.
The Growth Zone
I have conquered the fear of failure, taking challenges and successfully addressing them. I am growing. I am setting new goals and chasing them to achieve my bigger dream. I now understand, life is a pool of unlimited possibilities till the end of my time span.I am rediscovering this life every day and finding it purposeful. I am on ‘Charaiveti’.
2.‘Comfort Zone’ term was first coined by Judith Bardwick in her 1991 work ‘Danger in the Comfort Zone: From Boardroom to Mailroom – How to Break the Entitlement Habit that’s Killing American Business’. A theoretical definition of it is stated as under:
“The comfort zone is a behavioural state within which a person operates in an anxiety-neutral condition, using a limited set of behaviours to deliver a steady level of performance, usually without a sense of risk.”
3. Mr. Aparesh Acharya: Ex trainer, Del Carnegie Training, Dalas,USA. Established McGrath Institute of Leadership Training in India.