Thursday, March 29, 2012

“Viktor Frankl and his Perception of Life” - Professor M.S.Rao

“Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life; everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated, thus, everyone's task is unique as his specific opportunity to implement it.” - Viktor E. Frankl

Viktor Emil Frankl was a Nazi holocaust survivor who authored a famous book, Man's Search for Meaning: An Introduction to Logotherapy. The book was published with a different title initially (From Death-Camp to Existentialism) which chronicles his worst experiences in the concentration camp during the Second World War. He published more than thirty books on theoretical and clinical psychology. He is the founder of logotherapy theory, which declares that man’s primary drive in life is not pleasure, but to discover and pursue what he personally finds meaningful. He asserts that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose.

Frankl writes that suffering is inevitable, and that avoiding suffering is futile. He says, one should be worthy of one's suffering and make meaning of it, instead of surrendering to nihilism, bitterness and despair. He discovered three possible sources for meaning: work, love, and courage.

According to Frankl, if you find purpose in life, you will be able to live longer in your life with a sense of direction. Hence, create purpose in your life, set goals, and try to accomplish them so that you will be able to enjoy your journey towards success, and achieve happiness in life.

Life is beautiful! It all depends on the way you look at it, and take it. You must set goals to create direction and to find purpose in your life. In fact, goals help you stayed focused. They provide meaning to your life, and minimize negative thoughts thus replacing them with positive ones. Goals provide hope. Goals fuel enthusiasm. Goals enhance optimism. Goals present you right perception about your life, and the people around you. Hence, create purpose, set goals, achieve success, and provide meaning to your life.

“Everything can be taken from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.” - Viktor E. Frankl

Professor M.S.Rao

Founder, MSR Leadership Consultants, India



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