Life Is A Theatrical Performance.
By - S Venkat Narayana Murthy
“All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.”
William Shakespeare Shakespeare draws attention of his readers towards a drama everyone lives and has to live throughout his life. He is really reducing the life of human beings to a performance, or an acting role that might look ridiculous. Simply he means that all human beings are players, and play their allotted roles in everyday lives. For instance, if somebody is a daughter now, she would become a wife, Mother, grandmother, Mother in-law, however currently she is playing the role of a young lady ready to make a mark. Even several roles are common such as Mother- father, Brother-Sister Husband- wife, role of a young lover, a haughty middle-aged man, or a great cricketer or an engineer aspiring to go abroad for better career prospects.
We all are part of this theater called life and we need to play different roles So what are the qualities of a great actor
Believability (convincing in their work) Versatility (able to embody a variety of characters) Longevity (sustaining a quality of excellence over a career, not just an isolated instance) Reliability (can be counted on to bring something wonderful and memorable to their work Life is a theatre – Mantras to be successful
1. Learn your lines so well that you never have to worry about them- a good actor looks natural when acting
Tongue is the problem creator for us
Watch the words that comes out of your mouth 90 percent of the problems in one’s life is because of the tongue- misunderstanding, bad blood, rivalry and latest the massive problem of piling on those extra calories think before you speak” and “if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all” Take a couple moments before you speak to evaluate whether what you are about to say is beneficial or necessary. When your thoughts wander to saying something unnecessary or possibly hurtful, turn your focus to doing dhikr or simply contemplating, rather than wasting time on unnecessary speech, which is not beneficial and potentially harmful. Evaluate how much time you’ve spent talking Here’s an experiment to try for one day: equipped with a timer, keep a tab on how many hours/minutes you speak each day, ideally per topic you cover as well. Then at the end of the day, evaluate your results looking at total time spent talking, how many hours/minutes spent on productive talk vs. unproductive talk, etc. The results can be revealing.
2. Keep a notebook about the play, the character, the period, it will help you remember what you have done so far –especially if you are playing multiple characters all day, every day. We need to be very careful that we know which role demands what , a sons or a daughter’s role is different than the husband or wife’s role, each character has all shades you cannot justify the character if you start playing a role of a professor when you are a student and vice- versa (bring some humor here) imagine if Basanti starts acting like Gabbar Singh in Sholey what would happen. We need to keep a track of each and every achievement at different stages of our life the moments of pride, the areas of improvement. Every role every performance comes with its own sets of challenges we will only be able to overcome these challenges if we keep a note. If you read the autobiographies of people famous and infamous you would realize.
3.. Never go dead for a second. Even if you are doing nothing do it actively. An artist who do not have a dialog remain active with his or her expressions and movements
Keep learning A higher level of education is associated with better mental functioning in old age. Experts think that advanced education may help keep memory strong by getting a person into the habit of being mentally active. Challenging your brain with mental exercise is believed to activate processes that help maintain individual brain cells and stimulate communication among them. Many people have jobs that keep them mentally active, but pursuing a hobby, learning a new skill, or volunteering for a project at work that involves a skill you don't usually use can function the same way and help improve memory.
Use all your senses The more senses you use in learning something, the more of your brain that will be involved in retaining the memory. In one study, adults were shown a series of emotionally neutral images, each presented along with a smell. They were not asked to remember what they saw. Later, they were shown a set of images, this time without odors, and asked to indicate which they'd seen before. They had excellent recall for all odor-paired pictures, and especially for those associated with pleasant smells. Brain imaging indicated that the piriform cortex, the main odor-processing region of the brain, became active when people saw objects originally paired with odors, even though the smells were no longer present and the subjects hadn't tried to remember them. So challenge all your senses as you venture into the unfamiliar.
Believe in yourself Myths about aging can contribute to a failing memory. Middle-aged and older learners do worse on memory tasks when they're exposed to negative stereotypes about aging and memory, and better when the messages are positive about memory preservation into old age. People who believe that they are not in control of their memory function — joking about "senior moments" too often, perhaps — are less likely to work at maintaining or improving their memory skills and therefore are more likely to experience cognitive decline. If you believe you can improve and you translate that belief into practice, you have a better chance of keeping your mind sharp.
Prioritize your brain use If you don't need to use mental energy remembering where you laid your keys or the time of your granddaughter's birthday party, you'll be better able to concentrate on learning and remembering new and important things. Take advantage of calendars and planners, maps, shopping lists, file folders, and address books to keep routine information accessible. Designate a place at home for your glasses, purse, keys, and other items you use often.
Repeat what you want to know When you want to remember something you've just heard, read, or thought about, repeat it out loud or write it down. That way, you reinforce the memory or connection. For example, if you've just been told someone's name, use it when you speak with him or her: "So, John, where did you meet Camille?"
Space it out Repetition is most potent as a learning tool when it's properly timed. It's best not to repeat something many times in a short period, as if you were cramming for an exam. Instead, re-study the essentials after increasingly longer periods of time — once an hour, then every few hours, then every day. Spacing out periods of study helps
Improve memory and is particularly valuable when you are trying to master complicated information, such as the details of a new work assignment
4. If something goes wrong do not run away deal with it- Do not run away or escape from the situation
A successful actor recovers fast and thinks on his or feet and comes out with innovative ways to cover if he/she forgets the dialog and they back up if some other forgets their lines or freeze with fear.
Life can be full of hardships, so it’s nice to take a step back from reality and get lost in the fantasies of our own minds. That’s why we read books about faraway lands and explore virtual worlds with powerful avatars. Too much of it, however, can be detrimental to your productivity and personal growth.
Escapism, in its most basic form, is intentional detachment and distraction from the real world. It allows a momentary reprieve from your circumstances, giving you a chance to recharge your batteries before you jump back into the fray. If you like to watch television or movies, listen to music, read books, play games, and daydream, you’ve partaken in escapism. It’s completely normal. Playing sports, telling stories, and even eating food all can be used to escape.
All things considered, watching a movie or reading a book aren’t inherently bad for you, and daydreaming can actually be good for your brain. Without escapism, the stresses of everyday life could burn you out a lot faster. Escapism allows you to step away from your emotions when you’re feeling overwhelmed, and come back to a problem with a fresh mind. When you’re going through a rough patch, disappearing into a good book or lengthy video game can help you deal with the harshness of reality in small, easier-to-handle doses.
Enforce the “Real Life-Right Now” Rule The more fun you make real life seem, the less you may feel the need to escape it. Choosing fun real life experiences over your escapism can help that, and it starts with setting yourself some basic ground rules. Like the “real life-right now” rule: Meeting up with your friends instead of blowing them off to play a video game, for example, is essentially substituting one positive experience for another. You’re still doing something fun and enjoying a moment away from the downsides of life, but you’re not alienating yourself from your social circle or damaging your personal relationships. Whatever your poison is, it will be there when you get back. Just make sure the real life thing is something you at least think you will enjoy; otherwise it could send you crawling back to escapism even more. This rule won’t instantly solve your abuse of escapism, but it’s a good stepping stone in the right direction.
Redefine What It Means to Escape
For starters, it might help you to stop calling it “escapism.” According to Psychotherapist Dr. Michael J. Hurd, “escapism” can have negative implications because implies that you’re escaping important things like work, family, friends, pets, and the rest of the real world. You don’t usually escape from good things, so right off the bat you’re deciding that the real world and its subjects are bad and that you need to get away. Instead, it is suggested you call it “refueling,” or something similar: Whatever you decide to call it (refueling, recharging, “me time”, etc.), that adjustment in language might help you look at your situation in a different light. Instead of escaping from the “mean old’ world,” you’re getting your energy back after spending it being productive. This reinforces the idea of having a goal. You’re not aimlessly avoiding the real world, but seeking momentary relief with the intention to get back out there. Perspective can be a powerful thing, so don’t underestimate it.
• Identify What You’re Trying to Avoid (and Why) Weaning yourself off escapism can also be an opportunity to make your real life better in the process. If you use escapism as a way to hide from things, now is the time to ask yourself why. escapism can be a defense mechanism, a means of protecting yourself from something negative in your life. Unfortunately, there is no escape from your circumstances. Your movie marathon won’t protect you from the bills you have to pay, and your re-reading of the Harry Potter series won’t make things better for you at work. You need to pick things apart and recognize what’s causing your “escape mode.” Ask yourself this question and answer it honestly.
5. Warm up your voice and body to face the challenges every performance is challenging - The artists familiarizes themselves and get use to the size of auditorium if the auditorium is new they go to the worst seat and have conversation with people on the stage so they get to know what kind of energy is needed to be heard.
Challenges are a part of everyday life. They make us stronger and without them life becomes somewhat meaningless because we have nothing to compare the good times to. These challenges come in many forms. For some, the challenge is doing well at school, for others it is getting to grips with financial worries. But, regardless of the challenge, facing up to it is key. Doing so will make you feel like you can take care of yourself, it will also make you understand the value of what you have now. Facing up to challenges and living through them give us the experiences that make up our life.
Everybody goes through times when their lives seem hugely stressful, or their problems insurmountable.
But it's important to remember that, whatever the problem, there is almost always a solution.
Facing challenges is a way to push ourselves and see what we are capable of.
What's more, when we look back on tough times, we can be proud of how we dealt with the challenge and remind ourselves that life does get better.
And challenges aren't always unpleasant. Challenging yourself to score better on a test, run faster in a race or learn something new can be very enjoyable! Why not give yourself a fun challenge today?
6. Be ambitious the great actors and directors keep looking set a higher goal with each play the perform. “On average, ambitious people attain higher levels of education and income, build more prestigious careers, and report higher overall levels of life satisfaction,”. Nearly anyone can be ambitious given the right internal and external stimuli.
Set goals however in your mind. Ambitious people are goal-oriented and are always striving towards the next accomplishment, but healthy ambition involves keeping your goals private, Psychologists have found that telling someone your goal makes it less likely to happen, “Any time you have a goal, there are some steps that need to be done, some work that needs to be done in order to achieve it. Ideally you would not be satisfied until you’d actually done the work. But when you tell someone your goal and they acknowledge it, psychologists have found that it’s called a ‘social reality.’ The mind is kind of tricked into feeling that it’s already done. And then because you’ve felt that satisfaction, you’re less motivated to do the actual hard work necessary.
Take risks. Ambition takes a willingness to step into fear and anxiety. “Some people are better able to tolerate this fear, perhaps because are more courageous, committed, or driven, and can minimize the fear,” he says. “Ambitious people act with purpose, but allow themselves room to explore, experiment and discover
Compete with yourself Your biggest competitor should be yourself. “Avoid the trap of comparing yourself with others, and measure success only against what you are capable of achieving,” . “Nothing beats hard work with focus and passion. Stretch yourself.”