Tuesday, 29 January 2013

“Success and Chess” - Professor M.S.Rao

“Success isn’t winning every time.  A lot of different factors go into every race, and you can’t control all of them.  Success means doing as excellent a job as you can on that particular day.  The people I admire most aren’t necessarily the most wonderful athletes.  I admire the ones who keep coming back and doing it, time after time.” - Aimee Mullins, Double-amputee track star

It is not easy to achieve success. And it is not easy to win the game of chess. If it were easy everyone would achieve success and win the game of chess, and their success would lose their relevance. It requires immense attention, intelligence, focus and strategy to win the game of chess. It requires lots of hard work, smart work and wise work to achieve success. But both need one common thing – that is strategy.  Both need certain tools and techniques. Hence, we will discuss them.

When you want to win the game of chess you look at various moves. You look at the various permutations and combinations and think several steps ahead of it. You also think ahead of the pros and cons before making any move and anticipate the counter moves by your opponent. In fact, chess is a brain game that enhances your intelligence, focus, and decision-making. Similarly, when you want to achieve success you need to look from multiple perspectives by setting both short-term and long-term goals.  First of all, you must be clear about your goals before you create a blueprint to reach your goals. While creating the blueprint you must keep both short-term and long-term goals in view and align them effectively to accomplish your goals. The reason for dividing goals into short-term and long-term is that if people fail to accomplish their short-term goals they are still motivated to move forward as they are focused on long-term goals.  

Follow SMART Strategy

You must follow SMART strategy to accomplish your goals where SMART is the acronym for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Trackable.  When you set your goals, be clear in what area of your life you want to excel.  You must be able to measure how long it would take to accomplish your goals. You must see that the goals are achievable and realistic, and not based on daydreaming. Finally, you must be able to track the status of your goals from time to time so that you can take remedial action to accomplish your goals if you find distractions in accomplishing them.  

Although we want to reach our destination we must not forget to enjoy the journey as every moment of our life is precious.  To conclude, achieving success in life is like playing the game of chess, and you must plan properly and execute effectively by making each move carefully to come out with flying colors.

“Winning doesn’t always mean being first.  Winning means you’re doing better than you’ve ever done before.” - Bonnie Blair, Olympic gold medalist in speed skating

Life is great!

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