Are you a belligerent or a pacifist?

Some people are aggressive by nature while others are passive. Some may keep complaining for every small problem, others are accomodating. They react differently to the similar situations. For one, reaction time is short while others take ages to even respond. Some people might react very aggressively to each event, being belligerent by nature. Others might simply remain undisturbed even in the most aggitating environment, because their attitude is pacifist.

The belligerent types are inherently rebellious who do not accept any solution unless it has been suggested by them. Sometimes even if their conditions are accepted, they fear a conspiracy. In short, they do not trust anyone, cannot imagine that things can be normal ever. In their mind, there has to be some kind of conflict to protect their rights. You might be able to relate to some known people around yourself who are always at struggle with something. They keep finding faults and keep complaining for every small detail.

The pacifist category of people are accomodative in any circumstance, even when nothing is going right. They try to find a zone of peace even in conflicts and live there at ease. Nothing disturbs and they do not get angry. If everyone is contended, they are even happy to give away some of their rights. They do not aim for an ideal world, nor do they try to establish one. Adapting to the situation is their prime quality. They believe in what Dalai Lama says: Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.

It is true that everything flows from one’s attitude. Therefore, how we react in any situation is also conditional on our nature. Whether one is quarrelsome or arbitrator depends on frame of mind. As Ralph Waldo Emerson writes, ‘Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.’ It is your own nature, attitude and outlook towards life that puts you in the state of inner peace or conflict. Whether you want live in perpetual state of anxiety or adapt to the world you are living in, depends on you. So the choice is yours- to be a belligerent or a pacifist.

Welcome new opportunities in 2022

The Year 2022 comes with new opportunities to deal with existing challenges. While we have seen unprecedented times in the last two years, the year 2022 is not going to be without challenges. But we have not only learnt to deal with this trying time but have also seen opportunities hidden behind them. The new year gives an opportunity to make the best out of this learning. Vaccination programmes and the strengthening of medical facilities have resulted in the bouncing back of major economies all over the world. International travel is relaxed except when a new variant emerges.

During the year when long-distance transportation was adversely affected and international shipping was in bad shape, the best course of action for anyone was to opt for local products. This situation has given a chance to small businesses to go digital and create their online footprint. The policy of Vocal for Local was a reverberation of what should be ideal for any economy in that situation. In addition, the Prime Minister’s call for a Target of $400 billion of export during the current financial year has further fueled action. It is clear from the fact that in comparison to total export of $291 billion during FY20-21, India’s total export during the period April-December 2021 was $300 billion, well on the line to achieve the target of $400 billion. A combination of these two policies will result in long term benefits to businesses in the domestic as well as international markets.

Currently, we are dealing with a new variant and this kind of behaviour of virus is expected to last for some more time. Therefore, it is for businesses and professionals to learn how to deal with reduced mobility and manpower. Governments will have to restrict movement to a certain extent in the interest of larger public good, but maintaining growth in such situations is a necessary skill. Now it is not a time to blame the pandemic because we have had enough chances to adapt to these circumstances personally as well as professionally. Being open to new ideas and technology is the key to survival and success in this challenging time.

Year 2022 rests on the springboard of a year which has witnessed a juxtaposition of severe covid and fastest vaccination drive in many countries including India. It is expected that covid during the year 2022 will remain milder in comparison to previous year and therefore it will pose lesser challenges and offer more opportunities. It will depend on the planning and management as to how much advantage one takes of the learnings and circumstances during the year. Some sectors of businesses are expected to witness a major growth trajectory while others may continue to face adversities but none of them will be severely impaired to make it difficult for them to survive. Having this in mind, it is possible for any professional or business person to find newer opportunities in 2022 to grow successfully.