Near my residence , there stands a small hillock . There are two paths which
lead to the top of the hillock. One path has big visible gradient while the
other one stretches along , has trees on both sides , and has an almost
invisible gradient . A winding path so to say . The first path is smaller in
length , naturally . It is stark naked devoid of any foliage along the way .
Businesslike entity . The other path , as I said , has trees on both sides ,
has lots of shade , even has some drinking water available .Which path do
you think will be easier climb ?


Not the small gradient , one . Most people come up with the logical ,
intellectual , physics based answer , that the long winding path will be
easier climb . But when I take them on actual trip , they realize that the
reality is otherwise .


The answer is very interesting and brings out the difference between
holistic thinking , or holistic being and intellectual or linearly logical
thinking .

When we see a big gradient , we prepare ourselves to face it or leave it .
This happens on the conscious as well as the subconscious level In the first
place we SEE it . We see it in all its glory . There are no surprises , no
hidden costs . All that is there is there on display - take it or leave it .
Then we so to say gear up to face the situation . Our adrenaline flows ,
small aches vanish , our blood goes where it is necessary . Our focus
sharpens . We are ready to take up the challenge. And we go for it . Hence
though the visible slope looks daunting , we are through with it with
comparatively less effort on our side .

When the gradient is invisible , or imperceptible , we do not gear up . We
are caught unawares . The increased resistance slowly drains our energy ,
our speed , our motivation ,and the path seems to be never ending . Our
drive reduces , and as we are not aware of the slope , we look elsewhere for
the reasons . In the final analysis , this is quite a difficult situation to
cope with .

Can we take up the basic principle of this exercise , and apply it to our
day to day life ?

Regards ,


Anand K. Ghurye
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Consultant - Training , HR and Development Integration is essence
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Author's Bio: 

Anand K. Ghurye is a Holistic Management consultant and Growth and Development trainer. Simplifying work , enriching life and energising relationships are his major focus areas . He hosts group programs and also takes part in individual counselling . He is associated with Network of Well Being , an organization dedicated to enriching life through self observation and self awareness and Vishnugupta Pratishthan , an association for Responsibility Economics . He hosts a mailing list dealing with Work Simplification and Growth and Development issues. The mailing list homepage is

He has graduate degree in engineering and post graduate qualifications in Economics and Political Sciences . He has over 18 years of industry experience in various capacities.He carries out individual and group counselling in areas of sports , career , and relationship management . He also carries out executive coaching for corporate executives , with the objective of achieving greater success and satisfaction .