|By Ashutosh Karnatak|
|"Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work."|
– Peter Ducker, Management Consultant
Life is mixture of many ingredients. It is like a vehicle running on the road, sometime we get a smooth surfaced road, and sometimes we have to face bumps or some time accidents. However, the key is with the driver, how he drives it and reached to destinations without much wear and tear to the vehicle and self. The journey of life is similar to vehicle. It also needs careful driving having proper comprehension of obstacles, which may be encountered while traversing through life. A successful man is who can regulate his actions as per anticipated obstructions and does not meet with any accident. Anticipating obstacles can be termed as one of the attribute by virtue of which one is able to send other side of the tunnel.The case of space shuttle in which India’s Kalpana Chawla died is a glaring example of failure in anticipating the obstructers. Despite of knowing the problem of failure of metal at less temperature, the crew could not anticipate the failure because of the same and the space shuttle had major blast.
One day when one of my colleague and me was returning from office, we were discussing on this subject when he was explaining that he can anticipate the problems for any case and accordingly he takes action. After sometime rains started and he saw a obstruction coming in front of the vehicle and advised driver to take care of the same but after some time our vehicle was obstructed by some thing which was anticipate by him and he advised the driver also but driver could not take action .Such capability is required in day to day life.
Preventive Maintenance: Anticipating obstruction is like health monitoring of the machine based on which necessary actions are taken for maintenance of the machine. In the same way machine of the life needs anticipation of breakdowns on daily, monthly, or annual basis.
It is an art or habit to anticipate the activities related to any event.For example, you have some job in your hand to be undertaken during the month. In addition, it has different component to complete among with the attached risks.
Advantage : After identifying activities and risks, we are mentally prepared to face both of them. We can prepare one for different activities, take precautions, and plan actions to avert risks. It is a Mantra for success because generally one is unaware of the danger of risk that he may encounter on the way and after he takes confronting the same he has no time to plan his actions and what ever comes in the mind according actions and there is always a risk of failure.
How to develop trait of anticipating obstacles:
1.Keep watch on every activity : Every day we do many activities and our actions are automatic and many times we are really unaware of the actions being done by us because they are so instant that our mind is not able to register it, particularly the subconscious mind is not able to get a feel of it rather the conscious mind directs all the actions. Thus, involvement of sub conscious mind is required to have a watch on every activity.
Therefore getting involved in category –C type woks shall be foolishness and of wasting time.
Only concentrate on Category-A type of works and monitor category B type of works. It will help you to anticipate obstructions in the works, which are being done by you, and you can advise others on Category- B type of works.
Visualize your activities for next month: Better sit quietly on the last day of the months and conclude activities undertaken by you during last month and find out:
Daily planning: Best way to start the day and getting prepared to face the challenge is to visualize activities to be undertaken throughout the day. You need to take out some time for the same and anticipate the actions, which shall be required to be taken by you, while execution of the said work. It would be helpful in anticipating obstacles on the way.
Game of Chess: In fact, life is analogous to game of chess, where one of the players is you and other player is world /environment. Environment is busy every time to play their coin and puts us in checkmate situation.Therefore, we have to keep our ear and eyes open to thwart any action of our environment and visualize move being planned by Environment. Environment may be a global term and one can define its own environment .