Notes from the book “Are You Ready to Succeed?” by Srikumar S Rao:
Happiness is not something you “get”-it is what you are.
Our perceptions shape our reality. Do you choose a negative reality?
Become aware of mental chatter, and shift from judgment to awareness to cultivate growth. Don’t feed your mind junk. The dog you feed will grow stronger.
Law of Increase: whatever you are truly grateful for and appreciate will increase in your life. When you change, the universe changes. Visualize what you want and combine doing with being. Recognize and surrender expectations about outcomes. We control actions but not outcomes. Accept outcomes that may be different than we expected without judgment. We think of freedom to…speak, practice the religion we choose. The greatest freedom is freedom from…the belief that something outside of us is the source of happiness.
Passion with detachment. Follow your path motivated to bring about a better outcome, accepting that we can take actions, but not the results are not in our control. Detach from emotional involvement in a particular result.
Set down the burdens of guilt and blame.
Law of Self-Interest: everybody always acts in their personal self-interest. Even our good intentions to help others are motivated by a need to feel good about ourselves. We do the best we can with where we are.
Change to a mental model of a benevolent universe that provides for us in ways we do not understand. You may be on a different path to get where you need to be.
Reconciling tragedy and suffering. Being human means we make mistakes. Being alive means tragedies happen, and we can learn and become stronger. We can gain strength to transcend the fire by connecting with the universe/higher power. We are responsible to do what we can to lessen suffering consciously.
The book contains many exercises to increase awareness.