Get away from thought traps

Preeti Mehra
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Santosh Sharma with his book in New Delhi. — V. V. Krishnan
Business Line Santosh Sharma with his book in New Delhi. — V. V. Krishnan

This new book even makes thinking out of the box passé`. It advocates dissolving all boxes, reclaiming and repositioning thought patterns, while tuning into the Universal law of Intelligence to achieve objectives.

In the genre of ‘General Management/Self-help' books, Santosh Sharma, the author, argues that as we grow up we pick up ‘deeper boxes' and if we turn to them to address issues facing us or our organisations, we would be in a better position to find satisfying solutions.

“Please don't just read this book but relate, integrate, internalise and intertwine it with your life and you will find yourself as the protagonist or the real hero, overcoming all obstacles with intelligence, ease and grace,” he writes.

Dividing the book into four parts, Foundation, Concepts, Practical Implications and Designing the Future, he urges readers to go slow on the first two. “It's here that our existing love affair with our traps are challenged,” he says and encourages you to use the concepts in your daily life and design solutions for yourself for the future.

“We respond to situations in life through stereotyped thoughts which come automatically and compulsively to us. We simply follow them. At times we do fight, suppress or even ignore them to think out of the box. But the boxes still remain,” he says.

Among the many concepts that he outlines in order to get readers dissolve the box and get connected to a Universally Intelligent change agent, the most engaging is the ‘Law of the Fine'. Here he explains that power lies in the fine and not in the gross.

“It's because behind every superficial gross there is a deep, finer cause. The gross depends on the fine and not vice versa, so if we want to bring any change it has to be at the finer, causal level or consciousness, he says, arguing that change can only take place through a finer level of consciousness or in other words, our own intention.

He applies this concept to organisations as well, pointing out that they cannot create opportunities if they do not tune into this law and identify the real challenges.

The author likens thoughts to a house, which becomes a home only when people start living in it. In the same way thoughts become vibrant, intelligent and get the designing elements by being their silent witnessing presence. This, he calls, ‘managing inside-out', which makes us in charge of the situation.

Interesting and engaging, the book can be read at different levels — for yourself, your organisation or even for helping others who fall into thought traps.

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By Santosh Sharma

Published by CAS Research Wing; Distributed by UBS; Price: Rs 299

(This article was published on June 5, 2011)
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