Three types of DO-ERs

While doing work there are three types of doers.

1. A Sattvik doer
2. A Rajasik doer
3. A Tamasik doer

You have to see, which category you come into at this moment. It is not going to be the same all the time, it changes.

Who is a Sattvik doer? A Sattvik doer is one who, whether work has happened or not happened, whether success or failure, they have not lost their enthusiasm. Utsaha means Enthusiasm, and dhriti is that something which uplifts you and upholds you. That which sustains life and prana, the presence of that energy is a Sattvik Karta (doer).

The second type of doer is a Rajasik doer, one who is always interested in the outcome. He is so attached to the outcome that if something goes up he jumps up to the ceiling, and if something goes down he goes down along with that. He feels totally destroyed when things don’t happen, and when things happen, his ego gets a boost, ‘See, I did it’. This is a Rajasik doer. Though he does everything with a lot of passion, but along with the passion there is a lot of Rajas. Rajas means, there is a lot of anger, ego, a sense of challenge, etc. Have you had this experience, if someone doesn’t do something and you just challenge them, they immediately get up and say, ‘I take it as a challenge’. That sense of challenge is a Rajasik Karta.

The Tamasik doer is one who is doing it because of some pressure, or simple because he has to do it, not because he wants to do it. He thinks that everything is always bad. One who is always regretting, ‘Oh, I should have done electrical engineering ten years ago, I made a mistake’. My dear, you have already crossed those ten years, what is the point of regretting.

Often you will hear mothers tell their children, ‘Since 10 years I am telling you.’ Or a wife tells her husband, ‘It’s been 30 years of our marriage and you’re still like this.’ So, Vishaadi means regretful or remorseful, and Dhirga Sutri means anything you tell them they would say, ‘Oh, that is not possible. It is very difficult you know’. They beat around the bush so much and then come up and say how things cannot work. They finds everything difficult, everything hopeless. This is Tamasik Karta.

These are the three types of doers. See at this moment, in your mind, what type of a doer is coming up? How do you move from being a Tamasik Karta to a Rajasik Karta, and then to being a Sattvik Karta? This is the challenge and this is the path.

AOL : Act without Expectation – It relaxes and rewards

Act without Expectation: It relaxes and rewards by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
It’s often believed that if people become spiritual and dispassionate about the outcome of their actions, they will stagnate; there will be no progress. In fact, the opposite is true. Creativity and enthusiasm can spring only when you are well rested; and you cannot rest if you are anxious about the outcome of your actions.

When we perform every action with an eye on the end result, we get lost in the end and don’t enjoy the means of getting to the end. But when we perform some actions as an expression of joy and do not bother about the result, the action itself brings fulfillment. When we act expecting joy, the action becomes inferior. For example, you want to spread happiness, but if you try to find out whether the other person has become happy, you get entangled in a vicious circle. In the process, you lose your happiness!

Anxiety about the outcome of your action is what pulls you down. At the beginning of a project if you start worrying, then your whole enthusiasm for the project gets dampened. When you are aware of your potential, just jump into action without bothering about the result. When you are in doubt, any activity you do will bring more doubts. When you have a choice, the grass on the other side will look greener and this prevents you from enjoying what you have in your hand. When you are bothered by a choice, relax.

The choice is never between good and bad; it’s always between bad and worse or good and better. Choices bring conflict and there is freedom in ‘choicelessness’. How can you be centred when there is conflict? There is a Chinese saying: that when you are in doubt, take a pillow and go to bed!

In Narada Bhakti Sutras, Narada says, “Karmanyapi Sanyasyati”. Take a break, not just from activity, but also from the fruit of the activity. It will bring deep rest from doubts and conflicts. One who is not concerned about the outcome and is centered on the action, goes beyond dualities, beyond conflicts. The wise one is beyond all actions. Yet he continues to engage himself in action. You can only let go of what you have. So to let go of the fruit of action, you need to have the fruit and to have the fruit, you need to act!

This is so beautiful. If you have never acted, then how can you drop either the action or the fruit of action. So be active. Keep doing your work, and drop the fruit of action. The fruit of action is there as the motivation for you to start acting. Krishna used the fruit of action to motivate Arjuna to fight. He told Arjuna that if you die in battle, you will attain heaven and if you win, you will rule the world. Jesus did the same. When you are bogged down by laziness, you need motivation to do something and the expected fruit of action acts as the motivating factor.

But once you start acting, let go of the expected result. Just focus on the work on hand. This is the way of the wise!

– By Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Never take Emotional Decision

I learned a lesson today. Do what ever is fit for team, company and society and the decision factor should be based on facts, figures and performances. Narrating the details now,
I am captain of a cricket team named as Sikandar. In the league cricket match, we played well to set a target of 90 runs in 8 overs, that means a run rate of about 12 runs per over. Than we bowled well and opponent needed 40 runs in last over. At point in time, a player requested me to give him an over. We were at such strong position that we could not loose at point, so I trusted him and instead of continuing with my strike bowlers, given him the boll. He bowled pathetic. No line, no length and has given 23 runs in his over. Even though we won the match comfortably but it has affected our teams run rate and pushed us from number 1 position. Which might cause us to get out of the tournament. I apologized to team for my emotional decision, since I wanted to give every body an opportunity in the match and to please every body, I have caused a bigger damage and displeased a lot more people.

Had I used my strike bowler, who was bowling well, or I could have bowled that over (decision on basis of facts, figures and performances), we would have qualified comfortably for the quarter finals.
Gist of this blog post is :
Never take Emotional Decision, take decisions based on facts, figures and performances.

My friend Jatin, described this entire lesson in these simple words :
I do not know the formula of success, But I definitely know the formula of failure and it is “Try to please every body”

Leadership : break positive feedback bubble and encourage honest feedback

Leaders should never surround themselves with people who only tell them what they want to hear.  Even though it’s tempting to exist in a positive feedback bubble, you need to fight this inclination and encourage independent thinking by others.  If you are always the smartest person in the room and your opinions are largely left unchallenged then something is wrong.  Sometimes the truth hurts, but it’s better to deal with reality than ignore it.  In addition, it’s been proven that a group regularly makes better decisions than any one individual.

It takes a very confident and self-assured person to admit when they are wrong or don’t know the answer.  It can especially difficult when someone else points this out to us.  Our defensive mechanisms tend to kick-in and we either ignore what’s being said or lash out in response.  It’s amazing what happens to a person’s body language when they feel threatened or challenged.  I’d encourage you to pay close attention when this happens and force yourself to fight these natural reactions and intentionally listen to what’s being said without judgment. Control your emotions and actually thank the person for their feedback.  Focus on the issue at hand and the desired end result not just how you feel about what’s being said.

Of course, everyone needs to feel safe to be vulnerable.  You need to make sure your feedback circles have your best interest at heart.  Some people just challenge things to challenge them and have their own personal insecurities for why the do this.  Sadly it’s much easier to criticize than create.  Avoid these individuals at all costs. Misanthropes only ever end up sucking all the positive energy out of a room and fostering cynicism in others.   However, there is nothing more powerful then a group of good people with positive intentions focused on common goals who are willing to be honest with one another.  As with most things, it all start with the cultural tone set by the leader and his/her willingness to model the behavior they want to become part of their organizational environment.