On the 10th of April 2021, Mindelso conducted an interactive webinar with Mr Nilay Jayswal, the co-founder of the Zuv Foundation and a TEDx speaker on the topic POWER OF ONE, YOUR FOCUS MATTERS. The webinar began with Mr Nilay introducing himself as a successful entrepreneur, a TEDx speaker, and a student of IIM, Kozhikode. Then Mr Nilay goes on to explain the upcoming concepts and matter in the webinar. He says that in the entire course of this webinar, we would understand the required stages for a shift from a phase of constant low self-confidence or self-doubt and how one should improve focus and efficiently channelise it. Talking about the main propaganda or agenda of the webinar, Mr Nilay says that there would be 4 major concepts that would be brought forth. The first being “what is one’s understanding of power”. The second being “how does one perceive focus.” This would be followed by a glimpse of personalities from Indian History who had the focus to achieve milestones despite the existing disadvantages in their life. And the endpoint would be how can one channel their efforts to receive maximized benefits.
Mr Nilay talks descriptively about the concept of power and defines it as the ability by the virtue of which one can exercise their will, belief, opinion, decisions, etc. over others. He then talks about the understanding of the extent to which power can be exercised and how the use of power in a positive manner can help in building relationships, shaping the future and adding benefits to the community or society at large. He further goes on to address the negative connotation that people often associate with power. He mentions the notion of violence, dominance and force being linked to power which is not completely legitimate. He explains this by stating the example of social media giving its users the power to spread awareness across the globe yet not being forceful or violent. Now he moves on to the concept of “Acceptance of Power”. He takes the example of how people imply to the rules and regulations of the legislating body so this is how they accept power from a body. This acceptance is also called authority. In relevance to this, he addressed the issue as to how people feel powerless at times and suggested asking 3 questions in such scenarios. First “What’s going on”, Second “ Why or How did this happen”, Third “What can we do about it”. If you can assess the situation and find a solution to it then you have power, if not then in that situation you are powerless.
Now, Mr Nilay shifted to the topic of “FOCUS”. Now to comprehend one stance on focus, a very simple question can be asked to self. One can simply ask if they are focused to find a solution. There would be multiple solutions to the same questions but when a person clenches on to one of those and stays firm and determined, they are said to be focussed. When we talk of focus a very simple debate of FOCUS VS MULTITASKING arises. When we talk of focus, it has lesser constraints and crystal clear paths. However, merely deciding is not focussing rather staying affirmative and determined towards it is being focussed. He also mentions that staying over-focussed is of no benefit either and mentions the examples of students skipping their meals and developing unhealthy lifestyles during exams. Now multitasking is when consistently shifts attention from one to another and vice-versa. Swapping between tasks develops lesser attention and lesser focus.
Further, he proceeds to discuss the power of FOCUS by stating 3 examples from the historical instances- Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa and Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar. He mentions that the war of independence was a great struggle and people from all the sections participated unanimously to achieve the goal which once seemed to be impossible. They made the freedom of nations their sole focus and stayed determined to the cause. Speaking about Mahatma Gandhi, he mentions that he made his focus to end racial discrimination firstly in Africa and then in India and later he fought for the country’s independence. Mother Teresa dedicated her life to the service of the poor, blind and disadvantaged. She had set up multiple charity homes in India and abroad. Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar was consistently determined to improve the living situations of the Dalits and later on, he went on to draft one of the largest Constitutions in the world. So a combination of focussed goals and paths was what made them achieve what they aspired.
Now Mr Nilay discusses how one can realise their true potential and start focussing on it to bring effective change. He answers this question by suggesting 7 major points to improve and develop focus and prevent any distractions. First being GET RID OF DISTRACTIONS, he suggested everyone uninstall the unnecessary and junk applications on their phone and silence all the notifications. Adding to it, he said about sitting in a peaceful place and getting indulged in self-introspection. This will allow one to have productive time on self. The second point he suggested was THE POMODORO TECHNIQUE. He explained the logistics of this method as if one has to work for 2 hours, they can divide it into 4 quarters of 25 minutes each and the five minutes saved from each of these quarters could be utilised as a small break. This will keep one’s energy and focus towards rejuvenation and will enhance productivity. The third point was EATING HEALTHY as eating affects body behaviour, health, focus and concentration. One should drink lots of water and stay hydrated at all times. People should avoid taking trans fat which is usually found in packaged food, unhealthy food or junk food. People should try consuming ample proteins and carbohydrates. The fourth point was GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP. One should get enough sleep and this can be done by avoiding the consumption of caffeine, usage of social media or any screen involvement before sleep.
Sleeping premises should be tidy, hygienic and temperature should be suitable as per body’s requirement. One should sleep comfortably to wake up in a fresh and happy state of mind. The fifth point was to PUT A LOCK ON SOCIAL MEDIA. Minimal usage and involvement in social media help one to give more productive time to self rather than mindless scrolling. The sixth point was to MAKE A TO-DO LIST. By adhering to a particular to-do list or schedule keeps plans and development in check. The seventh point was to develop SMART GOALS, where S stands for SPECIFIC i.e. the idea should be very specific. M stands for MEASURABLE i.e. the progress and development should be measurable. A stands for ACHIEVABLE i.e. assessing the possibilities of the planned goals. R stands for RELEVANCE i.e. questioning the relevance or validity of it in daily life. T stands for TIMELY i.e. to keep a track of time in the due process.
Apart from these suggestions, Mr Nilay also provided everyone with certain additional basic lifestyle improvement points that would enhance the development of focus like SOLVING PUZZLES. Getting involved in games like puzzles or carrom helps the brain to stay active by developing various tactics and strategies for the game. He mentioned that getting involved in INDOOR AND OUTDOOR GAMES keeps the mind and body active. Next, he suggested everyone MEDITATE as meditation helps align the chakras and also develops peace and stability within the mind. IMPROVE PATTERN OF SLEEP is very essential to lead a healthy, calm and balanced life. LISTENING TO MUSIC and SPENDING TIME IN NATURE develops recreation within mind and body. All these points put body and mind in a state of relaxation, balance, calm, productivity and peace. Adhering to all the points stated above will develop focus and would also help to align one’s thoughts in a pattern. This will help in the realisation of power within self. To be able to channelise the power efficiently, one should again ask three questions. First “What’s going on”, Second “ Why or How did this happen”, Third “What can we do about it” and note down the respective answers.
Now when we speak of Power, it influences a lot of people One has to be empathetic to the people around else the purpose of power is in vain. 6 points should be kept in mind to make the most fruitful use of power. First is FULFILL OTHERS’ WISHES. A lot of people around us are not in comfortable conditions as us and if a small effort of yours can make them make sure to go for it. Lots of people lack basic amenities hence one should try to donate, give and share. The second is MAKE OTHERS FEEL IMPORTANT. Everyone should try spending time with loved ones. Spending time with people who are important to you and to whom you are important is very essential to develop bonds. The third is LISTEN TO OPINIONS FIRST. People should never pass out any judgement without listening to others opinions. This creates disparity and discourse. Fourth is CONNECT WITH OTHERS’ EMOTIONS. People should try to understand others point of view as well. This helps in improving communication and lesser gaps. Fifth is EMPOWER AND MOTIVATE OTHERS. If one has enough resources to help others, they should make use of it to help others to get out of a situation. Sixth is SHOW EMPATHY. Showing empathy is the best way of helping people and putting a good influence on them. After this, a set of questions associated with improving the focus of children, how to set smart goals after retirement, how to get more involved in reading, etc. was brought forth to which Mr Nilay gave beautiful yet practical answers.
Mr Nilay put an end to his word by stating a quotation from Basch, a Holocaust survivor, “Each one of us must do our share of improving our society one day at a time. We all can defeat evil in our way.