Time is yours, baby!!

Hey all you wonderful people for showing up to TAB, The Awesomeness Blog. Here, on a daily basis, we explore all the reasons for you to be awesome and all the strategies you could bring into your life to enrich your experience of awesomeness.

Today we are talking about time. Ever seen a productive and happy person talking about lack of time? Not at all. Ever seen a person having nothing to do, having time to improvise their lives? Neither. You see, we all live in a reality that we think is perfect for us. Richard Branson, Oprah Winfrey, various film directors, even the busiest yoga instructors: when we meet them or read about them or watch a YouTube video of them, we always find them engaged in a pursuit of something above themselves, making the world better and more fortunate to have them. Even look at the happiest of the cleaners in your office. They are up and in, to making the areas they clean look tidier, smarter and express divinity through them.

Do these awesome people ever carve out time to think that I’m making a certain sum of money per hour, and won’t go to work beyond that? Nup, they don’t have the time and willpower to go into such petty issues.

Do these awesome people carve out time to think about the way they have been producing, and always optimize the way their work is produced out to the world? Well, they never miss out on doing this.

David Schwartz said in The Magic of Thinking Big, “If you want to get an important task done, give it to a busy person.” People who have filled their life with schedules that include peak performance time, recharging time, learning time, thinking time, family time and workout time. Recent article in a popular business magazine stated that Warren Buffet spends 80% of his time thinking and learning. He reads at least 500 pages a day, which include reports about stocks, and also self help-books at the end of his workday.

The fact of the matter is, that we have more time than we perceive it to be. Abraham Lincoln said that if he had 6 hours to cut a tree, he would spend 4 hours sharpening the axe. This is what we all need to implement in our lives. When we have a schedule for the future, utter importantly for the day and the week ahead, including goals for the quarter, half year and year, and preferably schedule for the entire year, our brain goes out to figure out ways to make that schedule into a reality.

The quality of your life is the quality of your questions. Ask the right questions, and you will inevitably land up at the right answer. If you ask yourself: “Why do I screw it up always?” you will get an answer that you are probably meant to screw everything up, dude! However, if your question comes like: “What is this situation trying to teach me?” so that I learn the lesson, and get over it; then you will get the answer of the lesson hidden behind the challenging situation and it will make you stronger. Similarly, if you ask yourself the correct question of maximizing the use of your time that has space for nurturing all the areas of your life, you will end up having more time than you ever thought you had, followed by greater productivity and effectiveness as a by-product.

Please think upon the following strategies to make more time as well as more productivity and happiness to land up in your bucket:

  1. Decision is the root cause of revolution. Decide to accomplish 5 tasks every single day, including at least one difficult task for everyday. If you are not getting stronger, you are diminishing the strength of your decision muscles. This means that as you accomplish these tasks, at the end of the day, you will feel more fulfilled, happy and ready to take on the world the next day again.
  2. Learn to say no to things that are not important. This means that if you are working on an important project and your friend asks you out for a match, you will resist the temptation and work on making the world better. This also means that there will be saying no to the office water-cooler gang that hang around to discuss the flaws about what’s happening inside.

You become your conversations. Have world class conversations that are focused on growth, fun and empowerment for all, and you will have a rich mindset, that produces great results in the time in which the water-cooler gang is discussing another gossip.

  1. Dedicate specific times for social media. Set reminders on your phone which shout out: “Focus!!” in case you use any social networking site for over 10 minutes. Recent researches say that an average human being checks their phone at least 100 times a day! Just imagine, at least 100 times a day learning and growing your skills: and reaching the stage of excellence like Warren Buffet is no far away.

Remember, action is what makes the difference between the human being who produces virtuous results and the rest of the world. What action are you going to take today to produce better results? Life is waiting for you to express your loftiest ambitions.

In the end, I would like to thank you all, for carving out time to read TAB, The Awesomeness Blog. All my hatsoff to you, for being dedicated to making your life based on self-development. “Professional education will make you a living, self-education will make you a fortune,” with this quote from the great Jim Rohn, will sign off for today.

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Good organisations versus not-so-good organisations

Hello and welcome back to TAB, The Awesomeness Blog.

Today, please allow me to throw some light on various career decisions we make, moving from pole to pole, in search of what we actually want from our lives.

Well, this is the very first thing we need to think about: a job is not about getting, it is about becoming more of yourself. We have studied more than what we expected ourselves to do, and then we end up asking the employers: “Hey! Have you got a job for myself?”

The better idea is to ask yourself: “What can I give to my employer?” Increase your value to such an extent that your presence and your minimal presence also makes a wondrous difference in your organisation.

Which brings me to the core challenge all industries are facing today: high employee turnover. Most of the freshers get into a job just for the heck of it, and then quit it for better pay or for some unsuitable circumstances in their present job or the brand name of the prospective employer.

Quitting a job is not a problem, once you gain a high level niche and knowledge and expertise to move on. If you love your job and are still leaving it for a better brand name, remember that brands and cultures are created by people. On the other hand, if you do not love the work you do, find the things about the current work that you do love, and steadily migrate towards your passion to create you a life of greater fulfilment.

Coming over to job turnover for young workforce, I would really suggest you to work on yourself. A successful leader is not about your position, it is about navigating through your goals through continuously uplifting and developing people. This is the real challenge. This is what job-changers hide behind as a veil to hide their fears.

Here are the questions that I would appreciate for all the youngsters changing their jobs in pursuit of something that is within them:

  1. What is the kind of work that you love doing so much that you would do, even without being paid? Then convert it into FIP (Fun, Information, Profit) for you.
  2. What is it that I’m really running away from? Usually facing the very fear the is easier than running away from it. The good news is, you have all the answers within yourself, once you sit back and get ready to meet them.
  3. How can I become more of a giver and contributor? Once you stand for something that is bigger than yourself, failures come across as stepping stones for success and meaning for life gives you all the hunger and drive.

Think over this my friend, changing jobs too quickly will make you a fresher always. Changing your circumstances for the better will make you a greater human being; and this is what we all are looking for. 😀

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How to stay happy, always?

In order to have a lifelong happiness, we first need to be aware that happiness is not the goal, it is the means to the goal. Like any other habit, the habit of happiness can also be cultivated and nurtured. All of us, literally every single one of us, are the product of our habits and rituals: both positive and unpleasant.

Have you ever realized that 95% of the actions that most of the human beings perform from waking up till going to bed at night are unconscious? We become what we repeatedly do, think, eat and believe.

So here comes the best news about habits: they were created by us. Like any other habit that does or does not support us, we can break free from the habit of misery and self-pity and enter into the world of happiness. We all may choose to rise above the gravitational forces of the masses and stay happy, even when the whole world feels otherwise.

Remember, the world exists because you exist. Similarly, the world will be happier when you will be happier. This does not in any way mean that we have to be rude and unkind. We can always cultivate ways of being decent and kind to even those who trouble us. It is all a choice that humankind and kind humans choose to make.

Before we step over to the rituals that cultivate happiness sustainably, let us focus on the following truths about happiness: (These are no universal truths that become the Bible of happiness, however, these are the states of mind of all those successful and happy people who make staggeringly continuous progress in all areas of their lives)

Truth # 1: Happiness comes to those who respect it. People talking about their gloomy moments, day in and day out rarely face the sight of happiness and fulfillment.

Truth # 2: Happiness comes from loving and respecting yourself and everyone else, no matter what. Yes, you might be facing a challenge in your life. It is alright as long as you are taking consistent positive actions to make things better. Love yourself. “The journey is the reward”, noted one of my heroes, Steve Jobs. Happiness also comes from accepting people as they are. Even though you are irked with others because you want to improve them, remember that people can only rise above when their present (perceived) bottom is grounded and accepted.

Truth # 3: And the most important of all: Happiness is your most natural state of being. This is the reason we all feel uneasy when we are frustrated, because we all naturally gravitate towards what is real. Real is the natural, natural is the happiness J

These truths will let you focus on what happiness is all about, which is definitely over and above the material and financial riches of life; and having a complete sense of well-being.

I know you want to increase your levels of happiness, this is why you are here with me exploring the ways to do it. The rituals that you can adopt right now to be more happy and fulfilled are simple:

  1. Be the person who helps most people. The secret to living is giving, and it starts with yourself and the rest of the world. The richest of the people are the biggest of philanthropists. Money does not make you richer. It makes you more of who you are. If you are a hoarder, it will start choking you even more. If you are a giver, it will make you a better giver. What you give, is what you receive.
  2. Live your life on your values. A life lived happily is the life lived to please no one. Yes, have great fun with your loved ones. Create super-productivity in your team. On what feels right to you. (…..Unfolding of magic begins!!!)
  3. Do what you love. Yes, I told this in an earlier blog post, because your “work is God made real”, as Kahlil Gibran said in The Prophet. When you do what you love, your work loves you back. This loving and loving back creates a perennial flow of happiness that could not be understood by the intelligent world. Only the “crazy ones” can feel that happiness.
  4. Have a constant self-development program for yourself. Raise your standards. This gets you in flow state. This is where you get your most advanced ideas, and by products are greater fulfillment, drive to achieve more, and more contentment in your life. (This is What YJU Are Looking For, right?)

With these action points, I promise you will encounter higher levels of happiness and fulfillment. I dare you…right now, in the comments below, write your 3 action steps to be followed this week, to experience happiness as easily as you breathe. All the very best!!

Make mental priorities your execution priorities

We all have dreams, we all set huge goals, and few of us achieve them as well. Why do many people dream and only a few of them end up in their lap, and then set a different set of goals and also achieve them, only to be happier and more fulfilled. Are these people any different than you and me? Not at all. Then why do these people who began with almost nothing, succeed in all areas of life?

Because these people have high levels of execution intelligence. They do not focus on what others are doing because it is a wonderful source of distraction and personal imprisonment. These people focus on what is most important to them, and then take daily, consistent, however big or small actions, to bring them to reality. Having the ownership of their dream, these wise, consistent, and brave people cannot even think of murdering their dreamy kids by not taking positive, fruitful action towards them.

Yes, we all face challenging situations in life. However, how we face these challenging situations are the barometer that define us. This capacity to face a difficult situation as and when it arises, is not giftwrapped and delivered along with the situation. It is developed, step by step, by working on your inner game, by carefully analyzing the wise souls and the actions that they take, by letting go of the sand of the past still clenched in your fists, and by remembering that “faith can move mountains”, you just have to possess it, set the intention and let goo.

Which brings me to another question: How many of us set a faith-filled intention for a productive, creative day every morning? You absolutely cannot let your beautiful life in the hands of other people who are not aware of their own intentions. And here your author takes the wonderful opportunity of stepping in, and helping you out, in some suggestions in setting intentions and making them a reality.

This piece is a bit different from others. Just as a building is composed of bricks, cement, stones, etc., but at the base is iron, and it never strikes upon looking at the brick that its foundation has been laid out by iron. So here are today’s (behind the scenes, i.e., iron) takeaways for setting intentions and manifesting them (Yo all you cool dudes, it is possible ☺)

  1. Simplicity is the root cause of happiness. Wealth (financial, material, physical, emotional) is possessed and enjoyed by the souls who have simplicity at the peak of their souls.
  2. Be the giver of infinity. The secret to happy living is giving. The richest of the awesomest organisations and human beings give away a tenth of their income for philanthropy. What you give away, comes back to you in a river. Check this out! It superworks!!
  3. Have clarity of your self-image. You rise or fall to the level of the image of yourself that you hold in your mind. The best news is: you can change it anytime. The more special news is: you have to remind yourself of your self-image every single day, or else the “technicalities” of the world will catch you in their toes.
  4. Lastly, remember that you always have an access to the power that is more powerful than all of us could collectively imagine. You can talk to this power as and when you like. Simply be present, and start talking or asking questions. The responses will appear to you so beautifully and masterfully, that you can hardly ever let go of it.

At the end, I would like to conclude with this point: please live this moment by setting intention for it and letting it go. You are the most important creature of the Universe. When you operate from that frame of mind, love blooms in all aspects, goes away the gloom, and all doors wide and open for transcendence of mental priorities to execution priorities!! ☺

For fabulous people: Will you show up??

Hello and welcome to Day 3 of The Awesomeness Blog a.k.a. TAB.

We all are meant to be awesome. However, the sand and the mists of the world often force us to think otherwise. When people who are already carrying a burden in their heads come to you to make them feel great, it is their issue and they need to resolve it themselves. Yes, you have a responsibility. But that responsibility is to be happy first. What you have, is what you give. Rather, what you have, is what you take, and that is what you give.

Yes, welcome to this new world of Take and Give. Our existence in this world has given us enough impetus on the formula of Give and Take. Admittedly, Adam Grant’s “Give and Take” is one of the greatest books that have changed my life for the better. However, there is another spectrum of life wherein Take and Give works more than we could have ever dared to imagine. That spectrum is your emotions.

You are not your emotions, you are the awareness that is feeling those emotions. (Read it again, please. It is here only that the dreaded souls of the world call other patient people as psychos.) This awareness is the one that has the power to bring into physical manifestation whatever it desires. For that physical manifestation of all desires, it is very important to keep that awareness away from self-doubt and worries of the world that ultimately end up with nothing. It is as simple as your body. In order to have a strong, sexy and toned body, you need to feed your body with healthy foods containing all the essential nutrients, and also you need to keep it away from harmful and toxic elements that have a detrimental effect on your body.

This is where the principle of Take and Give comes in action. What you take in for your body, is what your body gives you in return. Similarly, what you take in for your emotions, for feeding that awareness that is the field of all possibilities, is what that awareness will perform actions for you.  You take in good emotions of writing your blog, jotting down your quarterly, half yearly and annual goals and taking small, yet daily action on them; you decide to rise above the daily tantrums of everyday life that the complaining herd is carrying on their shoulders.

Yes, you have to take in fabulousness in order for your life to return spectacularity. As all thoughts are generous and kind when acted upon, so please take the aid of the following tools that I suggest with deep love for the wonderful readers (readers are leaders!!!):

  1. Draw excessively tight deadlines for your tasks to be accomplished. Use the balance time to grow your craft while the world is complaining about their neighbor’s dog.
  2. Learn the power to delegate. Even when you think that you are the best for a mundane task, teach it to someone. Focus on your focus. All the great organisations do that. The CEO does not come for hiring the middle level managers. She trusts her staff to do it and, thus, peacefully makes the key strategic decisions.
  3. Do at least one thing every day that you are frightened to do. Fear is just a mental monster. What others think is supposed to be monitored by them. What you are supposed to do is the thing that you’d love to do but have fallen prey to fear and excusitis. Go get your butt off the couch and make all of us witness the real diamond within you.
  4. Lastly, do what you love. This is the foundation to all the happiness in the Universe. Even if you are stuck somewhere in a job that you hate, please, please, and by all means, please carve out time in the mornings, evenings and weekends to grow your art. Life is waiting for you to show up.

Will you show up? The world needs your beautiful work and the resultant enthusiasm in your life on pursuing it. You are specially crafted to do a particular craft that no one, no one else could ever do. I ask again, will you show up??

The Reality of Reality

Hello and welcome back to The Awesomeness Blog a.k.a TAB. Today we are going to talk about what is reality in all perspectives of life and how being real is the only way that can change your life for the better. As we are here on the Awesomeness Blog, we always seek out ways to be more awesome with our inner lives and outside as we occur in the world. People too often believe that in order to be more awesome, they have to go out and do something great. Though that is true, it is simply half part of the truth. The other half part of the truth is: in order to be awesome on the outside, you need to be real with yourself. “Be yourself, everyone else is taken,” said the wise Oscar Wilde.

You all remember the times when you were at our productive best. Time just flew and there was nothing that could take you away from the body of craft that you were creating. You were in a state of flow. Work seemed almost effortless and poured out through you artistically and effortlessly.

Then there were some states wherein you didn’t know what was going around despite your repeated efforts and steps to make everything better. Every passing hour simply brought with itself more agony and you just wished this could end soon.

What was the difference between these two states? Was it that you lost all your senses in the second case and became totally Heaven-driven in the first case?

The answer is no. The reality is you were free and easy in the first case and had clarity of objectives at the back of your mind. Pouring love into the body of work that you were creating was the only motive that was propelling at the back of your head.

The other case was fundamentally different. You were doing the work because somehow you pushed yourself into doing it. The work that was being produced was not real, and seemed a never-ending struggle.

Most of the people residing under the 95% area of the bell curve of average are composed of these two paradoxical sides of the way they leverage their creativity into the public space. The object of this blog post is to make the most of your creative side resulting in reduction and ultimately demise of the unproductive version of you occurring into the world.

The reason you are reading this blog post is that you want to come under the cult of top 5% of super-performers who use their life as a message to amplify what creativity and reality and awesomeness and growth are all about. They are not about making others happy (though it ensues as a by-product), rather they are all about being real.

Thomas Alva Edison was dedicated and committed to invent an electric bulb, the failures of the past and the critiques of the naysayers did not make his passion go awry even by a bit.

Steve Jobs was dedicated to make a touch phone without a stylus, that could be operated with fingers. What was going in the industry and amongst the competitors was not at all relevant for him to create a roadblock in the way of changing the world.

Taylor Swift is a real super star because she speaks out what made her feel blissful and also what she did not find real around her.

Gandhi was a stunning example of using the tools of truth and non-violence – not only physically but also mentally and emotionally. He understood that what is within is real and that only manifests itself into its physical equivalent.

History is studded with classic examples of people who went against the tide and glorified what their intuition told them to be real. So let’s be real and get into some of the steps that we can implement in our daily lives to make reality a reality 😉

  1. Respect the divinity in every human being. As you confront any human being who is not aware of themselves, remember that each one has their own turn-ons and turn-offs. Your job in this world is to focus on the best in everyone, forget what irks you; and resultantly make your own perspective clearer and more vivid.
  2. Maya Angelou said it beautifully that people do not remember what you said or what you did, they only remember how you made them feel. A real human being does not forget the sight of the goal even when she is lost in the thickest forest. We are in people business, man! The greatest service to the world is to put people above things and of course, money.
  3. Have the courage to shout out your dreams. They are blessed with 100X potential to fruition when they become public. Because now you own them. There is no looking back. Forward is the only momentum.
  4. Reality sometimes involves being silent. Quite often, a person talking too much is found to be getting no or little work done. Sit quietly and create and produce your art. Results speak louder to the deaf ears.
  5. You are a product of the people who surround you. Many real people have faced the difficulty in declining the company of naysayers and takers, in order to focus on their mission. However, once they took those steps, they realized these steps of focusing on their associations saved their lives.
  6. Ironical to the previous point, a real human being is focused on impacting as many people as possible. He believes in real connections, making time to meet people in person and has motive of helping her prospects out. In this world of increasing digital friends and reducing human connections, those who use smartphones smartly are only going to thrive.
  7. Give love and acceptance to your loved ones. Focus on the things that are great about them. Sit and ponder over the things that make you feel happy. What you focus on, expands and becomes a part of reality. I recently saw a girl criticizing her fiancé for not receiving the call, for he calling her up while she was travelling which in turn resulted in a heftier bill for her (Can you believe it???) and also making fun of the put offs of her would-be husband with her would-be mother in law. Why am I saying that she has this habit of criticizing her fiancé? Because she does that with all the coworkers and the supervisors, except for her best friend, who is also a critic like her. Let us remember that what we give to people is a direct reflection of what we give to ourselves. Go on the path of treading towards more reality and less criticism, will give you a compounded interest of lifelong happiness and peace. (Try this out if you still do not believe it!)

 

As stated in the beginning of this blog post, we all have a version of the most beautiful selves within ourselves. In order to witness it on a daily basis, we need to have the correct lens. Going towards the west in order to witness the sunrise will land you in despair, no matter how determined you are.

Similarly, being real and authentic are the only ways you can be the real you. There is hope, yes, there is success and there only lies real happiness. The world will fall at your feet when you come down to your feet.

Some spiritual traditions also remark that the sculptors that are worshipped today were the souls, which still exist amongst you and me bearing a different body, as they transcended through different life forms. That may be you and me. Requirement is, to chip away the unnecessary stone and have a grand vision that is bigger and bolder than you: so that we all are amazed by the real divinity and magnificence that is finally sculpted out of you.

Hope this blog post connected you to your reality. Leave your comments about what changes you are going to make today in order to inject more reality into your lives.Tomorrow never comes sweethearts. What is now is today and right now to take that one action, that could change your life for the better. And as speaking out publically is the stepping stone to reality, make your awesomeness a part of your reality. 🙂

The Awesomeness Blog

Hello and welcome to the Awesomeness Blog. Here you will see all the wonderful reasons to acknowledge your awesomeness and all the reasons that awesomeness is a part of ourselves, just waiting to be utilized once we become aware of it.

My sole purpose via this blog is to reach out to maximum people, and to help them discover their inner awesomeness. So without making further promises, let us get into action mode.

What is your definition of awesomeness?

Think about it. Most of the people on the planet have regarded it as a distant trait possessed by some alien from Mars that only a gifted few can afford and which is not accessible by all of us. The truth, in fact, is that we all are born with this exquisite awesomeness that we all can see the light of the day with grace and splendor. You have all the reasons to stop living the way you currently are, and become someone new. Every week or month. Probably every day. Who is stopping you? Then why are so many people living a life of disregard and monotony? Because they are so stressed out with the outer world that they have no time to look within and harness the power within them.

So my definition of awesomeness is: Becoming aware of your inherent power and using it to change the world for the better.

Example is the patient mother who skillfully makes her kids eat healthy meals so that they do not get attracted towards junk food. It is the entrepreneur who grows a strong business working on late evenings, early mornings and weekends and then quits her job with ease and happiness of accomplishment. Awesome is the witty neighbor on the block who makes sure that people get to know each other and form strong bonds of their cultures by organizing bimonthly social functions. Awesome is the kid who serves his parents chilled water when they come back home in the evening.

You do not have to be Lady Gaga or Taylor Swift or Nelson Mandela or Martin Luther King Junior to make your impact. If your goal is to be a celebrity in any endeavor and change the world, by all means, please do it. However, if you think that only celebrities are meant to change the world, this notion is utterly false. The truth of the matter is: what you believe to be truth or false is actually truth of false. Think over it.

As we unleash and unlock our awesomeness in the blogs to come, let’s start with the following truths about awesomeness, the first day when you and I begin to create a massive movement of our inner greatness, our awesomeness:

  1. Life is granting opportunities at every moment. Have clarity of what you want and then grab only the ones which are really meant for you. You are amazing enough to say no to things that are not meant for you.
  2. What you give to others is what you give yourself first. Give love, it is radiated through you. Give kindness, it first passes through you. Give complain, and you find your head getting heavier before downloading it. Awareness is a ubiquitous gift. Exercise it.
  3. Athletic body and feel good factor are not impossible. It is a choice. Sugar rich mocha or pulp rich fruit. Pasta or cereal. You choose your body.
  4. Do not judge people by what they do or say if that is negative. We almost do not know what they are going through. Have the wisdom of letting go and extracting the best in others even when you least feel like it.
  5. Coconut water gets you higher than alcohol and is super cheap and wondrously healthy. Be an addict to it.
  6. Mind is a fabulous servant. Arrange the communion of the king (i.e. you) and your mind in order to have a mind blasting territory (your inner and outer circumstances)
  7. Reaching a stage when negativity becomes impossible is actually possible. Start small. Start with one weekend. It does not mean you will not have any negative thought. It simply means that you will substitute the negative thought immediately as it arrives and soon it will stop knocking your door on not being cherished.
  8. Whenever you feel like you are drowning in a valley of despondency, check your habits. There is nothing that you encounter as a challenge and that does not have a solution. Awareness needs to be shifted to the level of solution.
  9. Those who themselves do not know what to do are the ones offering advices that ever matter. Do not pay heed to them. Always have your intentions correct and march boldly. Even when no one says you are right. Your life is talking to you. Open your ears wide and act from that centered space. It knows more than we can ever perceive.
  10. Acting like a victim does not serve anyone. Even your enemies will be nurtured when you act wisely as they will learn from you. Never ever don the mask of powerlessness. World exists because you exist. There is nothing more graceful than being yourself when the world expects you to lead the herd.
  11. Finally, life is too short. We hear it in the morning and by the noon we have adapted to the status quo. You have to have the dignity to think new thoughts and act in new manners. World will finally rise for your applause, irrespective of how they are reacting now. Inspiration, if not daily and dutifully, leads to living demise. That is true awesomeness and source of happiness.

Hope this post made you raise your spirits and bring out the hidden powers within you. Go act insanely like a crazy. You are powerful. Now go just start. I dare you!