What is victory? Victory means success. It is all about losing, failing, and winning. Victory is the outcome of continuous defeat and hard work. To emerge victorious we also need to step out of our comfort zone. With that, another significant factor for victory is practice. Victory does have its own sector. What people understand is winning comes from the context with which they are much familiar, such as games and sports, war, and many other activities.
However, as one can just succeed to varying degrees, one can fail to vary success. Lawyers win the case. That’s a victory for them. Students get a good result in an exam after continuous labor in the study. That’s a victory for them. A farmer gets plenty of crops from the field after a lot of hard work. That’s also a victory for him. A winner knows the value of winning. They know how it feels to win after continuous effort and dedication. Whatever you do in your life is for achieving some goal, and that achievement is reckoned as success. When success is achieved, that’s victory.
Staying always in comfort zones is an obstacle to achieving a goal and exploring new ideas.
For instance, due to lockdown students were not able to study for some time, but then teachers started taking online classes for them. Launching an online class is getting away from the comfort zone.
But if the teachers had waited for the lockdown to be over then the new education practice would not have been explored and things would have been worse. The practice of online education can also be considered as a victory in countries like ours where still a large number of people are digitally illiterate.
Many people in our country don’t want change, they want to stick to their comfort zone. They think that it is difficult to adapt to a new environment as they have to work from the beginning. This mentality of sticking to the comfort zone does not bring change and innovation.
Let’s take another example. Suppose you are working somewhere. You are very much satisfied with your job and you do not want to shift to another company for a new job. That means you are in your comfort zone. Once, in every life, a moment comes when you have to change your work or working style. That change is to step out of the comfort zone.
Victory can be achieved in two ways: with violence and without violence. In 1919 in India, 10,000 people gathered in Amritsar to protest the tyranny of British rule. General Reginald Dyer trapped them in a courtyard and ordered his troops to fire into the crowd for ten minutes. Altogether 379 people died in that incident and Dyer considered it his victory. He won over them with the use of violence.
On the contrary, Mahatma Gandhi and his followers responded to the British tyranny without violence. Government buildings were occupied, streets were blocked and people refused to leave even when beaten by the police. Gandhi was arrested but the British were soon forced to release him. He called it a moral victory. This is the victory that was achieved with non-violence.
So to achieve victory, one should not be scared of challenges but accept them. Before you want to climb Mt Everest, you have to conquer that mountain inside your head. You have to forget what failure means.
Abinash Sah is pursuing Bachelor’s degree in law at Kathmandu School of Law.