Excerpts from the book ‘Exam Warriors’ by PM Narendra Modiji.

The mind often wanders back to events of the past, or to dreams about the future, perhaps even fearing the unknown. Thus, one forgets to live in the present, which is the only opportunity to make things happen.


The most important time is NOW, so make the most of it. It is not that the past or the future is unimportant. Learn from the past and plan for the future, but work in the present.


Success or setbacks from the past should not weight us down in the present.


Focusing on the present is something I learnt to do when I held various organizational responsibilities. The magnitude of work combined with the wide range of people I had to meet taught me that such focus is the best way to do justice to both. 


When I am doing something or meeting someone, I am completely immersed in it. My mind does not drift towards anything else.


To remain in the present, always keep calm. Whenever you feel agitated, take a few deep breaths and bring your thoughts in order. It is a good practice to observe one’s own thoughts. This way, before our thoughts water from the present task, we can guide our concentration back.


I will never forget what Sachin Tendulkar said to young students during one of the ‘’ Mann Ki Baat’ episodes: ‘When you play cricket, do you think about the ball you faced in the past? Or the ball you will face in the future? Or do you concentrate on the ball you are about to face in that moment alone? If keep thinking about the previous ball or the next ball, will you hit the ball which is thrown at you now?


ACTIVITY: What are the things on your mind at

This moment?