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Can your future n fortune be predicted or planned n prepared?


Prediction can go wrong but not planning for future!

While Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are busy taking out dirty linens from each other’s drawers in public, pollsters and respective supporters are agog and busy predicting fate of their candidates in US presidential campaign.

During annual examination, a student is always eager that someone could correctly predict whether he/she would get through or fail. Many people, who have not been successful in their previous job interviews, visit astrologer or tarot card reader to know whether they would get through in next interview.

But, we seldom think, what would happen, if we know our future in advance. If a student knows that he/she would get thru in examination, he/she would stop to prepare. If a sportsman knows ahead of time that his team would be defeated, he would have no heart to play. There would have been no need to spend billions of dollars and bloodbath of words, if the two contestants in current US election knew their actual fate.

So, correct knowledge of our future can instantly kill our thoughts, talent, thrill … and lot more; yet most of us incessantly keep searching or worrying about our future.

Is your future and fortune predictable?

There are modern methods and tools to predict things in advance – surveys, statistical algorithms, mathematical models and now Big Data.

Then, there are age old practices of astrology, horoscopy, palmistry, numerology and many more, practitioners of which insist that these are based on science though some surmise it is divine driven. That is not true. Science is always in black and white; whereas these practices thrive on what is gray. As regards divine hands, it is a clear case of what we fear but can’t fathom, we tend to defer it to domain of faith or god.

All of above tools or techniques are fundamentally governed by law of probabilities. If prediction of fortune teller is closer to higher probability, it has higher chance of coming true and turns out to be false, in case of low probability.

For a variety of reasons, we are saddled with one or more of following perceptions:

  • Our future gets defined by our birth time or zodiac sign.
  • Our future is predefined and stored somewhere, which keeps rolling in – how? Not known.
  • Our fortune has been written on our forehead – by who? God or genes?
  • When we think or dream of future, we are actually dipping into same.
  • When past time vanishes, future is already waiting with its wings (where?) to become visible.

None of above is true. Even science has failed to define correctly what future time is.

When you think or dream of future, you actually do it on basis of past memories or images. Past time is what gets stored as your memory and present time is what you witness now. Frame of present time keeps changing based on what happens now and we perceive it as future. Truly speaking, future is nothing but “Next Now” in relation to “Current Now”!

You can plan and prepare your future; actually you have been doing that!

Surprised? But, it is true that you have been always making your future rightly or wrongly albeit being unaware. Look at last 2 posts on this website –

One on Schrödinger’s cat brings out the fact that anything that has not happened has 50% chances of happening.

Second post illustrates that things around you closely track your thoughts.

To build your future and bring fortune, all that you need is to follow following 4 mantras or mandates:

  1. Become capable of earning without clamoring for it.
  2. Be committed to growth without being greedy.
  3. Be competent to hold and handle without hoarding it.
  4. Be dynamic without doubting or dithering.

World generally follows only left highlighted part of above 4 mantras but that can push probability only little above 50%. If you want to make it 100%, additionally follow right parts of these mantras all the more rigorously.

Then, you are set to enjoy fabulous future and fortune!

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How serious you are, when you say sorry?

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One of English words most extensively used by most people is “Sorry”. This word does a great job in deflecting problems faced by them, albeit temporarily!

People use “Sorry” for a variety of reasons:

  1. To express regret or remorse for a mistake committed.
  2. To convey repentance for what you don’t think is a mistake; but other person sees it as a mistake!
  3. To pacify an angry or agitated person, you are facing.
  4. To avoid an argument or further discussion.
  5. To justify what you have done e.g. sorry, I did that; but I did not mean it or wanted to do it!
  6. To intentionally hurt someone (usually verbally) first; but use sorry to soothe his/her wound!
  7. To show helplessness e.g. sorry, I got delayed or I could not do that.
  8. To solicit a favor, help or consideration e.g. sorry to give you trouble; but could you do that for me?

Are people really serious, when they say sorry or they do it for serving self? A study shows that 8 out of 10 persons are not serious while saying “sorry”, merrily though!

Amazing rule of “1-2-3 & Go” applies very well to “Sorry”

I have come across several instances, when a person has said sorry for same gaffe or slip consecutively 3 times and on 4th instance i.e. Go, invariably he/she has stopped saying sorry! Such incidences vary widely in degree of importance like responding to an important e mail to delivering what is promised; but result of the rule “1-2-3 & Go” has been consistently same! I am sure, if you observe closely, your experience would not be any different i.e. after saying sorry 3 consecutive times, person does not feel sorry at all! He/she stops even communicating to you!! At the 4th incidence, person goes in reverse gear. Rather than feeling sorry, one starts to feel sour!

So, watch out this rule attentively; it can have colossal impact on your character and charisma!

Start to worry, if sorry is not accompanied with seriousness!

Absence of seriousness speaks poorly of your persona. If a person does not mean his/her words, then it implies that:

  • He/she is casual by character.
  • He/she lacks attention to details.
  • He/she is insincere.
  • He/she would not inspire confidence of others.
  • His/her credibility would be poor.

Those, who do not take their words seriously, are usually mediocre or conversely, mediocre people tend to speak casually.

Strong people have to use “Sorry” sparingly!

You would observe that effective, impressive or strong people would always weigh their words and convey same with a purpose. This habit is part of their DNA. If they have to say sorry for a reason, they would say it spontaneously; but they would follow it up to make amends or correction, so that they do not have to say sorry again for the same mistake or situation.

History has witnessed several wars, triggered by spoken words. On other hands, calibrated and well-crafted words have brought-in several negotiated settlements and peace.

Weighing your words has another great advantage. When you weigh your words, your mind starts to witness “Now”! It brings consciousness and makes you cool!! You may then speak the word/s or may skip same.

So, conscious silence and calibrated speaking can make you very congenial person! On other hand, casually spoken words or sorry can cause at times irreparable damage!! 

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Is your future or fortune predefined; can same be predicted accurately?

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Biggest worry of a man is his future – what would or can happen to me or those dear to me! This worry converts into curiosity. Deep desire in predicting future or fortune has led to development of several subjects or techniques like astrology, palmistry, numerology, zodiac signs, tarot reading and several more. Practitioners of such techniques claim accuracy of these. They believe future of every individual is already defined from the time of birth! Leave alone individuals; they include company, community, city or even country in their forecasts for future e.g. date and exact time of a country’s independence plays a key role in determining its progress or perils!

Would it not be a wonderful idea, if a scientist can know in advance outcome of his/her research; a student can know in beginning of a year the result of his/her examinations or a company can know how would its balance sheet look like 5 years from hence!

Fallacies around foretelling!

If anything can be predicted accurately, it does mean that it has been predefined. If that be the case, then a student foretold about his success should get it, even if he does not study. But, that would not work! If a businessman has been told that he would make lot of money in the running year, then he should earn it without even doing business. Again, that looks impossible.

It clearly implies that your future is not predefined. All of foretelling techniques demand that you make efforts as usual – sweat, toil or take risks. Whatever you would do, outcome would be either success or failure. These techniques seem to just pick one of the 2 probabilities.

Few years back, one of my relatives told me about a doctorate scientist, who also practiced astrology as his hobby and made very accurate predictions. I requested my relative if he could arrange my meeting with him. When I met him, I requested him to tell me what exactly is behind astrology and is it really scientifically sacrosanct?

He told me confidentially that when he meets his client, in first few sentences of conversation, he is able to, by his gut feel or instincts, figure out his/her strengths and weaknesses. From astrology, he has learnt how to relate some tendencies of events, which happens to a person, by positions of planets. He was not sure whether there is any scientific truth behind that. From these 2 aspects, he arrives at his best judgment (or guess) and conveys it to client as forecast of his future!

Technique of “future or fortune telling” seems more about the way of telling it!

Does it sound weird? But, it is true!

If you closely observe, you would find 2 characteristics invariably in what you are foretold – (a) one who tells does it very confidently and (b) language used is such that it can be interpreted more than one ways.

Eagerness or anxiety to know future is a mental weakness. So, above way of foretelling is most likely to go down in your head firmly and easily become your belief. If you are told that this year is not good for your health, you would start noticing how often you are falling sick, forgetting how often you are feeling well. Your conviction in what has been foretold makes you conscious and that becomes the onset of more issues. Even if you are not falling sick more often than prior years, you would tend to believe it so!

You fail to fathom what is “Now or Present”; so how can you figure out future?

Now, this is for real! This is scientific!! Be open to believe it.

No one can ever state what is “Now or Present”! “Now” can only be experienced; but cannot be told!! By the time you get ready, however fast, to tell what is now, it becomes past!!

Everything that you tell is actually a past. So, where comes future from? Science i.e. physics has not been able a get any grip of future so far. All mathematical calculations, astronomical observations or thoughts about future that we contemplate or comprehend are permutations and combinations of past images or information!

Here is a new revelation from my research – “There is nothing like Future that exists at this moment or now!” None of scientific experiments has been able to find future. Yes, it can talk of current trends or tendencies and compute what and where an object would position as the time passes by. Note that it is a computation by mind or math.; but not a future by itself. Feeling of future comes when we migrate from present event to next event; but it does not mean the said next event already pre-existed as future!

Classified Conclusions

  • There is no place in Universe, where “Future” is located or has been predefined.
    Therefore, to claim that future can be foretold is not correct.
  • 100% of what we talk or discuss is “Past”!
    Past is nothing but images or information stored in our brain.
  • Now or present tense can only be experienced.
  • Past brings pleasures and pains; highs and lows!
    But, it is present that makes you happy and hopeful!!
  • There is nothing like future.
    It is just a term, which we use to define our thoughts which did not exist in our past; but we use our past to create such thoughts!
    One can only assess or compute probabilities and trends for upcoming events, which we construe as future!!
  • What we think, do or experience now determines what would happen next, which we call as future!
    Nearly all of us have very coarse knowledge of what are we thinking and doing now!!

So, we need to live by and know “Now” to fathom the “Future”.

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Sharpen your personality by sharpening your brain/memory!

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“Your persona is how your mind is”, this is what a body language expert would say! This is very true!!

Let us first understand what we mean by “how mind is”. Mind is the most powerful and precious part of a human body (it is also true of every other living being). Principally, nature has gifted equally powerful mind to everyone. It means that there is nothing like sharpening a mind! This may be surprising but a reality!! The only differentiator from person to person is kind of thoughts, which a mind carries and activates body’s nervous system, which is seen as physical response. There are essentially 2 types of thoughts:

  1. Thoughts, which are developed by the observation being made now through 5 human senses
  2. Thoughts, which are triggered by human memory

If 2 persons are making same observation, then 1st type of thoughts would be exactly same in the minds of both persons. It is the 2nd type, which would always be different from person to person and that is what makes behavior/response of every individual different from other! Therefore, what assumes crucial role is memory system that resides in human brain, which has 3 types of memories – sensory, short term and long term.

So, “how mind is” means what types of thoughts your mind carries. Note that you have control only over 2nd type of thoughts, which are triggered by your brain or its memory system.

What is meant by sharpening brain/memory?

This is an area of utter confusion thus far! Does it mean remembering same thing again and again, so that you never forget? Does it mean thinking fast and store in your memory equally fast? Is it using your brain a lot or storming it with ideas?

It is none of the above!

Sharpening brain or memory means retrieval of stored thoughts quickly and correctly. For example – you have to answer a question and you know the answer, then “how quickly and correctly you could pull out the thought from your memory, as an answer” would determine sharpness of your memory or brain! Faster you do it accurately, sharper is your brain and hence mind.

How to sharpen your brain/memory

A sharp memory or brain makes a mind sharp! A sharp mind makes a man agile, versatile, observant, attentive, responsive and hence smart!

You find some people are great communicator; some are very spontaneous; few make great impact by their presence and interaction or from their smile and sight alone – such effects actually come from a sharp brain or mind behind!

Here below are few steps, which may come as surprise to you; but can surely sharpen your memory/brain:

  1. Avoid at every cost a mind cluttered with thoughts or closter phobic with images or activities.
  2. Don’t do multitasking, as it necessarily needs multiple thoughts, which would only make your mind chaotic!
    You can do single tasks or sub-tasks in sequence.
  3. Don’t brood over past and bother about future!
    Focus only on “Now”.
  4. Conflicting thoughts are most constraining and debilitating.
    More than 50% of time, we have conflicting thoughts. Your biggest opportunity lies in minimizing these. Challenge yourself when conflict occurs in your mind and hold on to only right thoughts.
  5. Drop as many emotions from past as possible.
    These always make your mind to function erratically. Initially, you may get a feeling of emptiness; but that is only a psychological illusion. Ignore it.
  6. Avoid being in rush! Learn to live with patience.
  7. Practice focusing on single thoughts!
    Spend at least 10 minutes twice a day (out of which once should be in morning before starting your routine) by simply observing single thoughts passing your mind. See that these single thoughts are passing as slow and clear as possible.
  8. Meditate and focus on your breathing.
  9. Never get overwhelmed by any development; remain on ground!
  10. If you are stressed, take a pause or break.
  11. Close your eyes and speak out very slowly but step by step “one – two – three”. While doing so, notice thoughts which come at each step.
    Now, quietly recall with eyes remaining closed these thoughts in reverse order i.e. thought/s that came in your mind when you spoke “three” 1st to be recalled, followed by what came when you spoke “two” and in last those for “one”. More accurately you can do this; more powerful would be your brain’s ability to recall.

Above 11 points can propel you to be “sharp and savvy, intellectual and imaginative, decisive and decent”!

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