How To Balance Peace and Productivity – Thoughts From Afar


As I travel through life I am presented with the unique opportunity to meet people from all around the globe.

Recently, I met and had a conversation with a man from India who prefers to go by an Indian superhero named Nagraj (obviously he knows of my affinity for comics).

In that conversation, his view on life left me breathless and we have remained in communication ever since. Eventually, we got talking about him writing an article for my site. 

If you have something to say and want to write for, I would love to talk to you. Reach out to me at info@joelascott and let’s get you published.

With saying all that, below you will find his beautiful point of view.

Cheers to your success,


Peace and Productivity

“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, But a means by which we arrive at that goal.”

Martin Luther King Jr. 

Throughout my life, I have had the opportunity to be a part of something much greater than myself.

For the purpose of education and conferences, I have traveled to Maharashtra, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Pondicherry, and Goa.

I am very proud that I have visited all of these states and that I had the opportunity to do so.

Through my travels , I encountered people and systems of all backgrounds. It has been a blessing that many have taken me under their tutelage and showed me what it takes to create a proper balance between peace and productivity.

I don’t say this to brag, but more so to place context to what I am about to say.

‘’If we boost productivity, we can improve economic growth’’

Tony Abbott

Is it fair to say that there is a strong relationship in peace and productivity?

I believe that peace can not only improve the quality of life, but also the productivity inside of a system (organization, family or society). 

Understand that peace (as it relates to productivity) is a state of mind when your thoughts are in alignment with the goals of the system.

The tricky question is how does a person achieve peace? 


Where does your mind live?

You need to understand that to improve productivity through peace, you must acknowledge the importance of the present moment.

Living and being in the present moment.

  • Not yesterday
  • Not tomorrow

Right now.

It is impossible to think about now, while you’re thinking about what happened yesterday or what will happen tomorrow.

Remember this.

Ripple effect of your mindset

Have you ever noticed that whatever you are focussed on, those around you are focussed on the same thing? Almost as if your mind has created a ripple effect on everybody in your area.

I remember a time when my parents passed away. It was a heartbreaking event, that sent me on a downward spiral, which made it impossible for me to be happy. Without realizing it at the time, the mood of everybody around me also plunged. 

I thought that I was the only one on the planet going through this. 

Wasn’t I?

I remember the day it all changed.

I decided to stop living in the past and start living in the present. It suddenly hit me that it was impossible to bring them back, and even if I could, they certainly wouldn’t be happy with me moping around.

At that exact moment, I decided to be happy.

When I made that shift, so did everybody around me. They became just as happy as me.

I left the scarcity mindset that said, “I’m the only one going through this”, and stepped into the more powerful abundance mindset of “I’m not alone.”

Power of gratitude

In the last 3 years of my life, I have switched jobs 3 times and in truth, it could have been 4.

I felt underpaid and overwork and was ready for another change of scenery.

Sound familiar?

Fortunately, a dear friend of mine recommended that I read a book called “The Magic” by Rhonda Byrne. It was in the pages of this book that I learned the power of gratitude.

Upon completion, I began to apply the concepts that it taught and started to pay attention to the blessings that I had. These, of course, included my job.

I quickly realized that there are many others who do not have the luxuries that I have.

  • A place to sleep
  • Food on the table
  • A place to call work
  • Friends to be with

The book made me very aware that I am a part of the worldwide minority and that I must be grateful to be a part of it.

It was like a scene from a magic show, except instead of pulling a rabbit out of a hat, this book shifted my mental state. No longer was I thinking, “I wish I had…”(living in the future), but instead, I was thinking, “I’m glad I have…”(living in the present).

I am extremely proud to say that this way of thinking has since led me to a transfer and a promotion within the company.

All this because I stopped living in the future and started living in the present.


So, how do you express gratitude?

It is actually very easy.

Start thinking about the positive things that you have in life, why they are positive and how they affect you. From there, begin to say to yourself and others how much they mean to you.

You could be grateful for a number of things:

  • Your home
  • Spouse
  • Family
  • Job
  • Health

It really doesn’t matter what it is as long as you express it.

I will warn you that when you express it, it must not be superficial. It MUST be genuine. It won’t work otherwise. 

From there, do it. 

If you still are at a loss, go and pick up “The Magic” by Rhonda Byrne.

I will leave you as I met you, with a quote:

”Peace comes from within, do not seek it without”


Best wishes,



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I am a family man first and foremost. Everything that I do is for my family. They keep me focused and moving forward. My world was turned upside down when I visited Africa for the first time. That trip left me with a newfound purpose in life: To cause and create profound change in every corner of our world.
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Sandra Copeland

Woow !!~ very good read !!~ I enjoyed !!~ “Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, But a means by which we arrive at that goal.” Love Buddha !!~ always grateful !~ Living in the now is soo very important !!~ we tend to travel backward to the past or worry about the future !!~ thank you

Linda Bomba

Love the quotes. I do TM twice day to find a quiet center great for clearing your mind.


Gratitude is such an important key in general happiness and well-being. Thank you for sharing your decision to be happy – it is DEFINITELY A CHOICE!! I have a goal to list things I am grateful for when I wake in the morning and prior to sleeping at night. I wish for you peace and abundance. Love.

Zach Loescher

Excellent post! Those are great quotes! Having the right piece of mind and mindset is crucial to living a peaceful and productive life! Thanks for a great post!

Mark Nelson

Great post. Sometimes I have wonder where my mind is.

Demetri Benton

This was an awesome read. Love the quotes. Thanks for sharing!

Dr. Lisa Thompson

Great post Joel!

We need to know where our mind is living – that just made me pause in my tracks….

We get our results when we focus on the present moment…

Dr. Lisa


Wow, this is all great advice. I love living in today and I need to do that more. In the moment and not in tomorrow. What can I do today? Thank you!


Fatal Jay

So many distractions, peace is something we should always strive for, it doesn’t take the world just one person,

What comics are you into?

Dr Rajshekher Garikapati

Thanks for the post! I have started using the exercises given in Rhonda Byrne’s “Magic” since about 2 months and it has made a profound difference to me and my life. My relationships are undergoing a steady transformation, and now I am focusing on health and business. Thanks again for sharing!!


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