EBSCO Publishing has just released a new book summary. Too many people today spend their lives in a never-ending attempt to control the uncontrollable. Besides being highly stressful and exhausting, this severely undercuts one’s ability to remain flexible, to respond creatively to changing circumstances, and to enjoy life. In Embrace the Chaos, Bob Miglani reveals his own struggles in trying to control his life and the way out of the trap. Accepting the impossibility of controlling what happens in life frees people from self-induced paralysis, so they can begin taking useful action, even if things do not turn out exactly as expected. Miglani, who was born in India but has lived and worked in the U.S. for decades, draws on lessons learned during his many visits and business trips to India. These stories vividly illustrate basic principles that can help anyone survive and prosper in today’s bewildering, fast-paced business environment.
Bob Miglani offers readers the following advice:
· It is not realistic, or even possible, to control one’s life. Life is too complex, fast-moving, and unpredictable to control, and attempts to do so merely cause unnecessary stress and frustration.
· In response to life’s stresses and uncertainties, people tend to operate in a perpetual state of rushing. This consumes a great deal of energy, yet it actually accomplishes very little. People need to pause, step back, and get some perspective.
· The one thing over which people can exert some control is their own behavior. In order to be effective, that is what people need to focus on, rather than worrying about what other people do.
· By embracing the chaos instead of fighting it, people will actually come out ahead. This approach enables people to stay flexible when things do not go the way they expected. It also opens the door to unforeseen assistance and good fortune.
· When a plan does not work out, just let go of it. Stubbornly clinging to a preconceived idea when events do not support it will only create more tension. Flexibility always trumps rigidity.
· In the long run, things generally work out well enough. The fallacy of control is that it supposes that people are responsible for running the universe, but the universe operates according to its own inscrutable logic.
· People are more adaptable than they tend to think. As soon as people let go of their urge to control the uncontrollable, they begin to feel better and be more in sync with what is actually going on around them.
· The most important things in life are the things people already have. Family, friends, and a worthy purpose are invaluable. Individuals cannot put a price tag on them, and it does not require any particular amount of money to find fulfillment in them.
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