Gandhi’s Philosophies on Life are Relevant Even Today

His birth anniversary celebrations, a week ago on October 2, made me revisit an old blog on why the Mahatma continues to inspire many!

Believe and the means will follow

‘If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.’

All great actions start with thoughts, and thoughts get their strength from beliefs. When your thoughts find their true manifestation in your actions, and you start living by them, they become your beliefs — ideas that rule your life and conduct it in a way right for you.

Make a difference by adding value

‘Be the change that you want to see in the world.’

Change is a by-product of our need to go beyond what already exists. To challenge our comfort zones, have better experiences, and add beauty to our world.

Determine your pace for growth

‘There is more to life than simply increasing its speed.’

Success in today’s times is determined by speed, and how fast you get to a place or a position. But why the need for speed? Why not take some time out from all the rushing around, and stay still for a while?

Keep moving toward your goal

‘Glory lies in the attempt to reach one’s goal and not in reaching it.’

Set your goals, and then work toward them diligently and with devotion. As you simply work on the processes of the goal, getting immersed in its flow, you will realise that the journey is reward in itself.

Follow a code of conduct

‘It is difficult, but not impossible, to conduct strictly honest business.’

In life, as in business, honesty and integrity command the highest respect. By being honest you show commitment to yourself, your beliefs, and, eventually, to the world around you.

Make leadership about people

‘I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.’

A good leader needs many qualities — the ability to bring people together, translate his vision to them, and help those around him unleash the best versions of themselves.

Create space for experimentation

‘Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.’

This is the ultimate freedom, isn’t it — to be human, to learn through trial and error. Nothing can be gained without risking it all on a thought or idea, and allowing it to chart its path, however bizarre it may seem at the start...

‘In a gentle way, you can shake the world.’

The article was first published on Common Sense Living, a digital publication with new-age lifestyle and wealth-building ideas.

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