On April 10, 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 went on to explain the
upcoming concepts and matters in the webinar. He said 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 to how one should improve
focus and efficiently channelise it.
Speaking about the main agenda of the webinar, Mr Nilay said that there would be four major concepts that would be brought forth. The first and second are, "What is one’s understanding of power?" and "How does one perceive focus?”, respectively. This would be followed by a glimpse of personalities from Indian history that had the focus to achieve milestones despite the existing disadvantages in their lives. And the endpoint would be how one channels their efforts to receive maximum benefits.
Mr Nilay talked descriptively about the concept of power and
defined it as the ability by which one can exercise their will, belief,
opinion, decisions, etc. over others. He then talked 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 went on to
address the negative connotation that people often associate with power. He
mentioned the notion of violence, dominance, and force being linked to power,
which is not completely legitimate. He explained 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.
Then he moved to the concept of "Acceptance of Power". He took the example of how people imply the rules and regulations of the legislating body, so this is how they accept power from a body. This acceptance is also called authority. Concerning this, he addressed the issue of how people feel powerless at times and suggested asking three questions in such scenarios. First, "What’s going on?", second, "Why or how did this happen?" and 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.
Mr Nilay then spoke on the topic of "focus". He explained it by saying that a very simple question can be asked to oneself to comprehend one's stance on focus. One can simply ask if they are focused on finding 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 focused. When we talk about focus, a very simple debate about focus vs. multitasking arises. When we talk about focus, it has fewer constraints and crystal clear paths. However, merely deciding is not focusing, but staying affirmative and determined towards it is focused. He also mentioned that staying over-focused is of no benefit either and gave the example of students skipping their meals and developing unhealthy lifestyles during exams. Multitasking is when one consistently shifts attention from one thing to another and vice-versa. Swapping between tasks develops less attention and less focus.
Further, he proceeded to discuss the power of focus by stating three examples from historical instances: Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, and Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar. He mentioned that the war of independence was a great struggle, and people from all the sections participated unanimously to achieve the goal, which once seemed impossible. They made national freedom their sole focus and remained committed to the cause. Speaking of Mahatma Gandhi, he mentioned that he made it his focus to end racial discrimination, first 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 conditions of the Dalits, and later on, he went on to draft one of the largest constitutions in the world. So a combination of focused goals and paths was what made them achieve what they aspired to.
Then, Mr Nilay discussed how one can realise their true
potential and start focusing on it to bring effective change. He answered this
question by suggesting seven major points to improve and develop focus and
prevent any distractions.
The first was "Get Rid of Distractions". He advised everyone to uninstall all unnecessary and junk apps from their phones and turn off all notifications. Adding to that, he spoke about sitting in a peaceful place and getting indulged in self-introspection. This will allow one to have productive time for themselves.
The second point he suggested was the "Pomodoro Technique." He explained the logistics of this method as follows: 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 on rejuvenation and will enhance productivity.
The third point was "Eating Healthy". Eating affects the body's behaviour, health, focus, and concentration. One should drink lots of water and stay hydrated at all times. People should avoid trans-fat, which is usually found in packaged food, unhealthy food, or junk food. People should try to consume 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 bed. Sleeping
premises should be tidy, hygienic, and the temperature should be suitable as
per the body’s requirements. 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 social media usage and involvement allows one to devote more productive time to themselves rather than mindless scrolling.
The sixth point was to “Make a To-Do List”. 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 its relevance or
validity in daily life and "T" stands for Timely, i.e., to keep
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 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 to meditate, as meditation helps align the
chakras and also develops peace and stability within the mind. Improving the
pattern of sleep is essential for leading a healthy, calm, and balanced
life. Listening to music and spending time in nature develops recreation within
the mind and body.
All these points put the 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 align one’s thoughts into a
pattern. This will help in the realisation of power within the self. To be able
to channel the power efficiently, one should again ask the three questions.
First, "What’s going on?", second, "Why or how did this
happen?" and third, "What can we do about it?" and note down the
When we speak of power, it influences a lot of people. One
has to be empathetic to the people around them, or else the purpose of power is
in vain. These six points should be kept in mind to make the most fruitful use
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. were 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 can all defeat evil in our way."