As part of our internal growth plan, we came up with the Operation Kaizen-which just means Continuous Improvement. This means that every month, we would take up a book, read it and share our thoughts with you from the book. We do hope you will join in on this and let’s grow together.
So, in January we read the book titled ‘As a man thinketh’ by James Allen. There are several takeouts of that amazing piece, some to brood on are:-
- “A man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed-seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind. Just as a gardener cultivates his plot, keeping it free from weeds, and growing the flowers and fruits which he requires so may a man tend the garden of his mind…. “
- Circumstance does not make the man; it reveals him to himself. Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are. Change of diet will not help a man who will not change his thoughts. When a man makes his thoughts pure, he no longer desires impure food.
- “Men imagine that thought can be kept secret, but it cannot; it rapidly crystallizes into habit and habit solidifies into circumstance”
- Tempest-tossed souls, wherever you may be, under whatever conditions you may live, know this: In the ocean of life the isles of blessedness are smiling and the sunny shore of your ideal awaits your coming. Keep your hands firmly upon the helm of thought. In the core of your soul reclines the commanding Master; He does but sleep; wake Him. Self-control is strength. Right thought is mastery. Calmness is power. Say unto your heart, “Peace. Be still!
We also learnt some new words-
- Aphorism: a concise statement of a principle
- Garner: to gather into storage; to acquire by effort
- Fruitage: the product or result of an action; the condition or process of bearing fruit
- Ignoble: of low birth or common origin; characterized by baseness, lowness or meanness.
- Groveling: to kneel, lie or crawl on the ground (as in fear); to act toward someone in a weak or humble way.
In February, we would be reading Start With Why by Simon Sinek. Get a sneak peek at what the book entails by watching this video.