Episode # 410 – Focus on long-term “Dharma-oriented” goals is key to success – Yudishtra demonstrates!!!

In the previous episode, we had witnessed Yudishtra giving a befitting reply to Draupati and Bheemasena for their obnoxious questioning! Of course, both of them have real concerns on how to tackle the current situation that they are in, but Yudishtra is someone who is not going to buckle down under any sort of pressure from anybody! Yudishtra stands steadfast on his principle of “Dharma” and reassures Bheemasena and Draupati that he would somehow get back the kingdom, but not through any sort of “Adharmic” paths. The simple point that Yudishtra is making here is that, just because Duryodhana walked the path of “Adharma”, should we also do that? If we do so, what is the difference between Duryodhana and ourselves? What right would we have to point out fingers at others, if we’re also following the same path of wrongdoing? This is exactly the point that Yudishtra is trying to drive home here – He consoles Bheemasena by saying that by walking the path of “Dharma”, it is possible for them to get a long-term solution to this problem. It is not always good to look for short-term achievements and successes, barring a few exceptions of course. 

This would be one question that would always be lingering in our minds as leaders and as professionals in whatever domain we are in – Should we always look out only for long-term success, as against short-term? Should we always focus on the long-term goals, rather than some short-term brownie points? Is the strategy of earning some brownie points in the short-term a wrong one? This is a very valid question that needs a bit of introspection here. I shall give my perspective here, with a comparison to what Yudishra does in this context. Readers can feel free to correct me if I’m wrong. Yes, of course, long-term orientation is mandatory for all of us – both professionally and personally. For this, we should plan our goals in accordance to our respective paths of “Dharma”. Every domain / industry / profession / personal paths have a “Dharma” attached to them. We should design and re-design our long-term orientation in such a way that we meticulously follow “Dharma”. However, in the process, there would definitely be certain stages and times wherein we would tend to achieve some intermittent milestones. These should ideally be our “short-term” goals that we would achieve. As we achieve more and more such milestones in the short-term, we would gradually move up the ladder in achieving our long-term vision, which is something that pertains to the path of “Dharma”. 

Thus, the point is very clear – Our orientation should always be long-term and pertaining to “Dharma”. There should be no compromise on this aspect, as ardent followers of our Bhagawan Krishna and our Sanaatana Dharma. As we progress through with our long-term orientation, if we come across certain awards, recognitions on our way, these can be termed as short-term achievements. These short-term achievements should ideally be “motivators” for us to go ahead with our long-term goal achievement! Now here is where the problem lies with most of us – The moment we receive one reward / recognition during the short-term, we tend to get carried away with it! Thus, because of the elated feeling that we obtain by getting the award / recognition, our long-term focus goes for a toss, and we tend to deviate from the path. The moment we deviate from our path, our minds would automatically tend to give more focus only on the short-term rewards, and at some point in time, we would prepare ourselves to go to any extent to obtain that short-term reward! This is where we start compromising on our “Dharma” and instead of maintaining focus, we would start walking into dangerous paths, just to score those short-term brownie points! This is where we’ve to be very careful as professionals! We should never get caught into the web of short-term achievements and get stuck there! We should learn to move on from that towards our “Dharma-focused” long-term orientation! 

Thus, the point is very clear – Both short-term and long-term orientations are important in our personal / professional endeavors. However, we should be able to balance both and should know how much of importance we should attach to both. Yudishtra does exactly that here – Even though he knows that he has all the power and arsenal with him in the form of his powerful brothers, Bhagawan Krishna, etc., he wants to walk the longer path of “Dharma” and obtain a permanent solution for the problem in hand. Of course, with Bheemasena around, this fellow can easily and singlehandedly finish off Duryodhana in his own backyard!  However, is doing so an aspect of “Dharma”? This is Yudishtra’s biggest question! Hence for today, let us understand this point very clearly and we shall continue this discussion further in the next episode as well! Stay tund! 🙂 

Published by Dr. Jeayaram

Holds a PhD in Management Psychology from Universite Paris Saclay, Paris, France. Also an Asst. Professor of Human Resources management at Bharatidhasan Institute of Management (BIM) Trichy, India A professional South Indian classical musician (singer) performing concerts. Through this blog, I'm trying to bring out the richness of Indian culture & values and I request your support and feedbacks in making this humble effort a success!!

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