On the 16th of February 2018, our honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi made yet another historic deed of interacting (directly and through technology) with lakhs of Middle and High school students of India.
The theme of the interaction was to share his views on how students can effectively conquer variety of exam blues they face, which they are at the cusp of dealing with, in the form of upcoming board examination in March 2018.
The reason for calling it as historic, is not only for a pioneering gesture of a country’s PM to connect with student population. It is also because, he reinforced a powerful term – “I am your friend, more than your PM” repeatedly at various stages of the 90 odd minute interaction.
CtrlBFont is an Inspirational blog series, hence thought of writing this post that covers some amazing inspirational answers he delivered in this Pariksha Par Charcha 2018 event.
After listening to the full video (link provided at the bottom), I come to realize that all the questions and the respective answers of the PM’s, not just apply to the student segment, but also to people of all ages.
7 Top Inspirations of Pariksha Par Charcha 2018:
Our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi took several questions of varied topics from students of various regions of the country. He also answered each of the questions in a thought provoking way by giving good 10 – 15 mins of answering time.
However, I planned to pick the top 7 inspiring answers (or questions that inspired in some cases to start with) that I thought would round-up this great event. Here are those for your reading:
Preparation and Nervousness go hand-in-hand:
This doesn’t just pertain to students but people of all ages and walks of life. Irrespective of the Quantum & Credibility of preparing for any given major occasion, we still feel quite nervous when we come close to delivering the prepared act.
How do we keep these two notions separate and get the nervousness under our Perfect Control?
The PM beautifully characterized this scenario with an example, when we are inside an exam hall staring at the Q paper, for a particular question we manage to remember the book, the section, the page no and the exact line that comprises the correct answer. Yet, we don’t remember the exact words that make up for the answer!
According to the Great Swami Vivekananda, “you perform prayers and elaborate rituals to millions of gods, yet if you don’t believe in yourself, none of them are going to come for your rescue”.
The PM left the students with a great thought – “NO OUTSIDER IS AN EXAMINER, THERE’S ONLY A SELF EXAMINER – AND THAT IS YOU”.
This thought would immediately dispel all compelling negative emotions of some outsider who is judging us and puts us on a pedestal where we are gauging ourselves for our preparedness.
Difficulty to concentrate and Easily overwhelmed by external noise:
One more not-just-students-but-applies-to-all problem! How many times you’ve tried to indulge in something and soon before you realize, you get distracted by the phone (message or call), TV program, neighbor, etc.?
The PM uses a great anecdote to answer this problem, “WE GO OFFLINE DURING BOTH ONLINE AND OFFLINE ACTIVITIES”.
What he intends to say is, we do concentrate daily on select few activities at perfection levels. Yet we don’t effectively translate this trait into the ones requiring our unfailing concentration.
He even suggested a simple experiment to realize this truth – Try drinking water the next time, and while doing so, try to fully enjoy the TASTE of the water!
Peer and Authority (Parents, Relatives, Teachers, Society) pressure to perform:
The best way, as per our PM, to tackle this external pressure is to constantly align oneself to play in one’s home ground – which refers to Strengths, Unique Situations, Desires and Opportunities.
Doing this, you dis-entangle yourself from all the external noise and simply focus on what you truly intend to play out as your Karma at the highest potential.
This he equated to the great game of cricket, where how a team’s fortune changes drastically based on whether the matches are played on a foreign soil or on the home ground.
Staying Focused on the Plan:
The PM says – DE FOCUS TO STAY FOCUSED. Another exemplary anecdote he infuses in his answer – Engage with Pancha Maha Bootha (the five basic and physical elements – Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether), to realize that you get instant rejuvenation, which helps in doing any pursuit in a highly focused manner.
For example, despite all the high decibel backed face creams with variety of properties, washing your face with fresh water will often do the required magic indisputably.
Hence, whenever we are burnt out due of long hours, it is absolutely essential to venture out and do something different. This exposes ourselves to one or more of the 5 elements, a de-focus that’ll bring back the required focus on the leftover task.
Striking a balance between EQ & IQ:
The IQ is a sheer measure of knowledge attained, but carries minor weight-age in enabling success. EQ or emotional quotient is what decides the major success factor in individuals.
Emotional Quotient in simple terms is, being aware of emotions and taking control by converting the negative ones into positive.
When was the last time you were “Absolutely aware that you are angry when you got angry?” Think about it, it’s a great food for thought!
Time management at the eve of the D Day:
The PM yet again prescribes a powerful technique, to not just manage time better just on a single day, marking the day before any important occasion, but on all days of life.
Keeping two separate diaries, one to register next day’s to-do-list the previous night and another to record the actual task-completion-list on the actual day. After a month of maintaining the two, a simple comparison between would reveal a startling revelation that 80% of the things we did, merely contributed to 20% of the overall outcome.
By simply turning the table, if we are able to identify those 20% items that contribute to 80% outcome, we all can have all the time in a day, at our disposal.
Vast opportunities: Is it a boon or a bane:
There was this specific question from a student; there are plenty of opportunities available, making matters worse when one has to decide on a career path of choosing from many.
The PM had a terrific philosophy to answer this question: In a nutshell, the actual difference lies in what you want to become vs what you want to do.
When you move away from choosing a profession based on titles (e.g., doctor or engineer) to basing it on deeds (treating people or building things), it will widen the scope of available choices by inducing an element of freedom.
With freedom of choice comes great clarity in making career decisions.
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