Many extraordinary things happening around us every day and, of course, there are some extraordinary minds behind those. But, what makes someone extraordinary? Contrary to what you might think, not really born with innate greatness. All the great leaders or figures are just human beings like you and me. What makes them achieve extraordinary things is their attitude and values. They put in years of hard work and dedication while adhering to the core principles.
If you are wondering what their principles and habits look like and what they do to emerge as extraordinary, then Ashwin Alok, a prolific filmmaker and author of the book, ‘The Music of Silence’ discusses 10 principles followed by extraordinary minds.
1. Going to bed and waking up early in the morning
In today’s stressful and extra workload life, it is important to have a timely day-to-day routine. For the well-being of oneself, it is important to at least have 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep and this can be ensured only if one is willing to hit the bed at the appropriate time. Waking up early in the morning makes you feel refreshed and provides you with positive energy all day long. The Sleep Cycle does play an important role in the overall health of a person and there is a reason why the phrase ‘Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise’ holds true.
2. Reading spiritual books and feeding our brain with spiritual knowledge
Sometimes what people need is just something that touches their heart and nourishes their souls and this is what Spiritual Books do to you. Spiritual reading can be life-transforming in many ways and reading books can be a way to generate spiritual awakening that has the power to heal and repair your soul. Apart from improving your knowledge and making you a better person, spiritual books also reduce your stress level and improve your mental and physical health.
3. The state of ‘Flow’
People have always been taught about doing something with their heart in it and this is very crucial as half-hearted things bring you almost zero results. The state of ‘Flow,’ in its simplest form means that you are completely immersed in something and don’t get distracted by anything. When you are completely into something, it is bound that you will achieve success. It is something that enhances your productivity and makes you feel great about yourself.
4. A burning Desire backed up by Faith and Patience
Patience and Faith are among the important virtues that help you in achieving your goals. You have to perform your duties sincerely and have faith in yourself. One must remain calm and composed for things to fall in line. Faith has the power to move mountains and there is a reason why you must work hard and keep moving forward.
5. The power of Visualization
The daily practice of visualizing your dreams as already complete can rapidly accelerate your achievement of those dreams, goals, and ambitions. Visualization refers to a process of creating mental pictures in your mind of an outcome that you want to achieve. These images are created by using by mentally rehearsing the event in your mind. It activates your creative subconscious and can drastically boost your morale.
6. Get rid of the Fear
Great minds always see failure as the stepping stones and building blocks to success and necessarily don’t fear about things going wrong. Failure is a part of life and everyone fails but instead of worrying about failures one should derive lessons from them and keep on moving forward. Fear is something that holds you back, destroys your confidence and so it is important to get rid of your fear and hit the ground in order to achieve your success.
7. Controlling emotions and calming our mind
It is often advised to start controlling your emotions before they start controlling you. Emotions are powerful and being able to control your emotions makes you a powerful person. If you are someone who can stay calm in a chaotic situation, then it is bound that you will make smart decisions. It is important to acknowledge your feelings but it is even more important to have a hold upon them to be a better version of yourself.
8. The magic of Affirmations and Auto-Suggestions
Affirmations and Auto-Suggestions are powerful, self-created deliberations. They are the conscious power that instantly pulls the subconscious mind into a particular direction or action. The idea behind these two powerful tools is to deliberately and intentionally feed your subconscious mind for a particular thought or action and enhance your confidence. Whatever people plant in their subconscious mind and nourish them with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality and this is why it is important to tell oneself that I can do it.
9. Channeling sexual energy to creativity
Physical intimacy is an important aspect of life and sexual energy, without a doubt, is strong creative energy. If channelized properly it can enhance your creativity and transform your life in various areas of life. Sexual transmutation is the process of transforming sexual energy into a higher purpose and if you achieve this, you are likely to create something unique and see good results in your life. Desire is something that is driving the world, one who controls their desires and smartly channelizes them towards something creative will always end up on the winning side of life.
10. The Sixth-Sense and the Science of Dreams
The SIXTH SENSE is that portion of the subconscious mind that has been referred to as the “receiving set” like a radio receiver through which ideas, plans, and thoughts flash into the mind, which, sometimes, is called “inspirations.” Through the aid of the sixth sense, you will be warned of impending dangers in time to avoid them, and notified of opportunities in time to embrace them. The more conscious a human becomes, the more are the chances of experiencing such signals from the powerful nature.
Dreams with intuitive messages are rare and are experienced by people whose mind is pure, serene, and stable. Dreams of spiritually enlightened minds carry messages of great importance. Because of our ignorance of the science of dreams, we remain deprived of a rich resource, which is available to us for almost the entire third of our life that we spend sleeping. If not for this ignorance, this resource could give us the key to illumination, progress, and prosperity.
Being extraordinary does not require practicing extraordinary rituals and regimes. Even a small and simple change in your habit can bring a big difference. Ashwin Alok has perfectly decoded how this goes for every one of us. You can also learn from the above practices to understand the workings of extraordinary minds.