Daily Inspiration from the Monk who sold his Ferrari by Robin Sharma (Review)

Daily Inspiration from the Monk who sold his Ferrari by Robin Sharma (Review)

Book In Focus : Daily Inspiration from the Monk who sold his Ferrari

Author : Robin Sharma

Irrespective of having read ‘The Monk who sold his Ferrari’ or not, this book is a deep dive into the important lessons shared in that one – divided into tiny bits of inspirational material, one per day, in its entirety covering 365 days of the year.

This is one of those picks which aren’t supposed to be read altogether, but, one per day, depending on what date it is.

Why should you read the current day’s bit and not the ones before or after? Well, you should focus on the day you’re living, be in the present and not focus on the past or the future.

Coming back to the book, reading it everyday and also, at the same time, sharing it with others was a blessing in disguise, because the daily bits focused on such important elements of life – that it made it that much more valuable having focused on one bit – learning it, understanding it, implementing it – and then, focusing on the next bit on the next day.

That is how I’d summarize this book, it’s a good read, one that goes on for an entire year, and can also be repeated every other year too – because why not, those lessons have importance in our lives on a day-to-day.

This is also a perfect time to pick up this book, with 1st Jan coming along and you could then read it exactly for a year, start to end.

#RTHRecommends

Understanding the importance of Mindset

Understanding the importance of Mindset

“The mind is everything. What you think you become.” – Buddha

Mindset is Everything.
Whether it’s your routine, or your work, or your personal life, or your goals, your dreams, everything revolves around your mindset.

You need to have the right kind of mindset to move forward in life, to set the right rhythm amongst all the phases of your life, to be happy/ satisfied.

That process starts from your thoughts. Your thoughts define everything in your life.

What you think, how you think, why you think – its all important – it sets the baseline – it defines your actions and your executions.

Ultimately, you become what you think.

Which is why it’s said that you need to have control of your mind, control of your thoughts, control of that thought structure – Mindset is the most important thing in your life.

Our imperfections make us who we are!

Our imperfections make us who we are!

“What makes you different or weird—that’s your strength.” – Meryl Streep

Everyone’s chasing to be perfect, without realizing that perfect doesn’t exist.

What makes us, humans, different from each other, and at the same time, makes us unique, are our imperfections!

Those imperfections that make us” different” or “weird” is actually our strength – then why should we change it.

It makes us unique in our own way.

Love them! Cherish them! Flaunt them!

Know thy imperfections – because those make you perfect in your own way! ❤️
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#LiveTheZazzLife

Focus on the Positive

Focus on the Positive

In every situation, you have two options – focus on the positive or focus on the negative.

Most of the times, we look at the downside – this shouldn’t have happened with me/ why did this happen / am I the only one / what more can I do/ why am I not getting anything

This leads to unhappiness, self-doubt, fixed mindset, negative thoughts, negative actions.

How can you be happy then? How can you have more? How can you grow?
There’s only one answer.

• Focus on the Positive •

You can learn to always see the good in situations, in people. You can cherish that you get the opportunity to do anything in the first place. You can be grateful for the things you have. You can be happy with everything that life has given you.

You have the power to do all this.

Focusing on the positive allows you to do this.

It breathes a new life into you, a new mindset, fresher thoughts, positive actions, a new you.

Why wouldn’t anyone want that?
The choice is yours.

#FocusOnThePositive

5 Things to Give Up for a Positive Mindset

5 Things to Give Up for a Positive Mindset

While there are positive enforcements to add to your day-to-day, there are also negative enforcements which empower our daily lives and push our mind towards more negative thoughts and thus, a negative mindset.

Working on them and ultimately getting rid of them is the ultimate solution for the healthy mindset you need.

Here are top 5 Things to Give Up, which will definitely make a change in your life –

  • Complaining

– We often complain about the tiniest of things, thus having a problem if it’s not how you wanted instead of being grateful that you have that or you get to do that, even if its not what you imagined.
– Complaining overpowers most of our day and we end up complaining about most things we have or do rather than seeing the good in anything and everything.

  • Negative Self-Talk

– We often let others make our decisions and influence our thoughts, which unfortunately ends with their voice becoming our inner voice.
– Which ultimately leads to you doubting yourself, thinking you are not capable of something, or you cannot accomplish something you want.
– Unkind thoughts towards yourself lead the day, which inturn leads to negative actions/ results.

  • Living In The Past

– Pondering over our past actions, thinking we should have done something differently or a decision taken differently creates problems in the present and the future.
– The past cannot be changed, or altered, you have to live with every decision you make, with the path you take and live with it and not let it falter your future.

  • Over-Thinking

– One of the biggest things to start handling and ultimately giving up is over-thinking.
– Over-Thinking about what to do, how to go about anything, thinking about things not in our control – all of it creates problems in our mindset, on a micro and macro level.

  • Listening to People’s Opinions

– For everything you do, either before or after, everyone around you has an “opinion” to share.
– Usually, most of these opinions don’t matter nor are they constructive. They only hinder our growth and our decision-making.
– Listening to People’s opinions should be a priority when it comes to giving up things for a positive and a healthy mindset.

None of them can be accomplished in a day, and even when you are aware, it takes time to make it a part of your lifestyle. Practice, practice and practice is the answer – work on them one by one and let the change happen.

Stroke of Luck

Stroke of Luck

All of us have our journeys, our goals, our path on which we are currently walking! There’s something on our minds that we want to achieve – either an accomplishment of a task or checking off a goal.

Although, when things don’t work out, we are disappointed, we are in deep thoughts of the reasons why it didn’t work out, we ponder over our decisions and if we could do it all over again!

However, what if life had other plans for us? What if that path wasn’t the right one for you? What if things not working out was a stroke of luck?

That is what Dalai Lama said, “Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.”

Of course, you can’t sit around and think of the ‘What Ifs’, but you can have a positive perspective over life that maybe things didn’t work out for the right reasons and maybe you need to walk another path to reach where you want to be.

To clarify, you might know your true calling but the path you thought was right may not have been the right one, which is why things didn’t work out the way you expected them to; and now it’s time to revisit that and think how you could do it differently!

#FoodForThought

Spread Love!

Spread Love!

“Spread Love everywhere you go” – Mother Teresa

There’s a lot of negativity in this world, especially with the access of social media platforms in the palm of people’s hands.

People hate each other, they want to feel superior than others, their ego doesn’t let them grow with others. The entitlement is enormous to create a rift with the close ones. With the internet, people now have the power to spread negativity in a matter of seconds – one hate comment here, one death threat there, there’s no healthy discussions in most places.

People aren’t kind to each other. When were you last walking and someone smiled at you or waved you a Good Morning? People all, but care about themselves. All busy, chasing something.

The ratio of people with the light, with the change is less at the moment, but we can change that one person at a time.

Be the light!

Spread kindness!

Smile!

Spread love!

Show gratitude!

The World needs more of that!

The World will become a better place because of that!

People will feel more happier because of that!

Change starts with You and it spreads! Even if not, you’d still make a difference and you’ll notice it.

Spread love everywhere you go! ❤️

What’s Right for You

What’s Right for You

Nothing is permanent and change is the only constant in life!

Your life is yours and it’s trajectory is based on the decisions you take – you’re 100% accountable.

All the rules are made up by people who have lived before you! Whether it’s about your life, your work, your relationships, your dreams – there’s no one norm around it – people did what they thought was right for them.

Others just followed them blindly!

You can change it according to what’s right for you, for your life!

“Everything around you that you call life was made up by people, and you can change it.” – Steve Jobs

6 Things to Do when you wake up in the morning

6 Things to Do when you wake up in the morning


Your mornings set up how your day will turn out to be, and your morning rituals decide how your morning will turn out to be.

If you have a cranky start to your day, the entire day’s mood will be the same. Have a positive start to your day and the entire day’s mood will be positive.

How?
These six morning rituals will help you kickstart the day the right way – they take time to become a part of your daily routine – however, once they turn into habits, the results start appearing.

A. Stay away from your screen for the first 90 minutes

  • When you pick up your phone the first thing when you wake up, instead of enjoying the morning, instead of filling your mind with positive thoughts, instead of being grateful, you are filling it with unneeded information at the time.
  • Also, how important can any notification be, work is priority, but it starts after a specific time; and if it’s not work-related, then what’s the point of checking all the notifications at that moment.

B. Make your Bed

  • There are multiple reasons to making your bed first thing in the morning, one of them is accomplishing tasks. When you accomplish this micro task, you’ve set the mood to accomplish more of such micro tasks in the day and make the day a successful one.
  • The second reason is habits creation; when you do it on a daily basis – it quickly becomes a habit. It also allows you to instill such similar habits one-by-one in order to improve your lifestyle.

C. Be Grateful

  • The first thoughts of your day, when you wake up, should be positive. Think positive, have a positive approach to your day and more importantly, be grateful for everything you have and everything that you’re thankful for.
  • Gratitude fills you with positivity and happiness – you feel thankful for eveything that you get to do, that you get to be, that you have.
  • Every morning, be grateful for at least three things that are important to you and think about it for a while before you begin with your day.

D. Drink a Glass of Water

  • Once you’ve made your bed, and with gratitude on your mind, the next important thing is to have a glass of water in the morning.
  • It, of course, hydrates you after a good sleep, secondly, flushes out your body toxins and also gives your brain fuel for the day.
  • This goes without saying that you should keep hyrating yourself on a hourly basis and have sufficient amount of water over the day.

E. Go for a Run

  • This is a choice for people, whether to go in the morning or in the evening – but it’s crucial to have some exercise during the day.
  • Preferably, morning is recommended because it kickstarts your day like nothing else, you’re charged for the entire day and you’re pumped up for your next task of the day.
  • Also, it not only gives you a physical boost, but it has an impact mentally too, helps you to clear out your mind, your stress and helps you to think more clearly.

F. Plan out your Day

  • Usually, people do this task the day before, but if you like to keep everything on a day-to-day basis, then you should definitely plan out your day in the morning only.
  • Have a clear outlook of your day, what needs to be done and what needs to be prioritised and not do things on the go, because that definitely doesn’t work out long-term.

Every day of your life is important, and every day needs to be utilised at its best. In order to do so, the best way forward is to have a good morning routine and have a positive and fresh start to your day.

Baby Steps

Baby Steps

Everything seems difficult until it’s done, and everything that seems impossible starts with a single step!

A few baby steps towards what you want to, long enough for it to develop into a habit and ultimately a part of your lifestyle!

You try, you fail, you try again – that’s how the process is, for whatever you want to do. Baby Steps!

You cannot target to be the best on Day 1, but you can take the steps towards it, so the goal achievable by, say Day 50 or Day 500.

Start small, think big! #BabySteps

What Songs Taught Us #6 – Wake Me Up

What Songs Taught Us #6 – Wake Me Up

• What Songs Taught Us #6 – Wake Me Up •

Song In Focus : Wake Me Up
Artist : Avicii

The song, Wake Me Up, an Avicii classic is a beautiful rendition of a young, inexperienced soul wanting to live a happy life, wanting to just start, wanting to experience the journey, not caring about how the journey will end.

The young soul was living his dreams, not knowing he was lost, as told by the people around him, who persisted to take the safe path, to do safe things and not wander around.

People around him say that he is inexperienced, that there is a difference between life and dreams, that life will pass him by, filled with regrets of not settling down.

And the young, inexperienced soul wanting to live his dreams is fine by it, he is ready to take the chance, because in the end, he’s happy with the decisions he’s taking, and he wants to experience the life as is.

#WhatSongsTaughtUs

Be a rainbow in someone’s cloud!

Be a rainbow in someone’s cloud!

Either through an act of kindness, a gesture or a few kind words, or be a shoulder to someone…
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Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud!

Try it!

It’ll make your day and how – start with one person and then two and it eventually becomes a habit and makes you a different person altogether!
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An abundance of everything.

An abundance of everything.

There can be an abundance of everything in your life, only if you allow it to be.

You control everything, you have the power to accept or deny, no one else has the control of the strings, but you.

Decide the kind of abundance you need, and focus on that. Make it your primary thought, think about it, attract it, let it manifest, but more importantly, work towards it – that’s the key.

Without working for it, practising it, sweating for it, how can anyone reap the benefits of it…

It? It can be anything whatever you seek.

#Abundance

The Secret by Rhonda Bryne (Review)

The Secret by Rhonda Bryne (Review)

• What Books Taught Us #3 •

Book In Focus : The Secret
Author : Rhonda Bryne

The Secret is an easy-to-read book on the Law of Attraction, what is it, how do you use it, what kind of affect does it have on your life, happiness, success, work, relationships and more, with real-life examples.

You could try to use it in the tiniest of things and believe it for yourself and then use it to achieve what you want to.

If the book had to be summed up in a few words, especially to a non-believer, it should be done in this way…

According to science and statistics, a human being has approximately 50,000 to 80,000 thoughts in a day, imagine that!

Now what do you think during this time has an impact on your actions, on what you speak, on how you react.

Positive Thoughts – Positive Actions – Positive Results, it’s as simple as that.

Of course, this is just a one-liner summary of the entire book, and there’s a lot more to uncover when you read the book, but this book is an eye-opener and should be in your books to read in your lifetime.

#WhatBooksTaughtUs

What Songs Taught Us #5 – Wake Up Sid

What Songs Taught Us #5 – Wake Up Sid

• What Songs Taught Us #5 •

Song In Focus : Wake Up Sid
Film : Wake Up Sid

The title song of the movie Wake Up Sid is a song for all of us, it’s such a positive pumped-up song which not only is motivating for the lead character in the movie, but for us too.

It’s time to wake up and do! Let your present be better than your yesterday! You’ve got one life so why not make the most out of it, cry or laugh but fill it with colours.

Let everyone around you talk, opiate and judge, but you do what you want to do. What you feel is right, for you.

Decide where you want to go, decide what you want to be and set your path for yourself. You’re the traveller in your journey, as well as the driver.

So, it’s time to wake up and just do!

What beautiful lyrics, till date you can listen to this song ‘n’ number of times and with such a beautiful meaning behind it, why not learn from it too! #WhatSongsTaughtUs

The 3Es of Inspiration

The 3Es of Inspiration

• How do you find the perfect inspiration? – The 3Es •
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Inspiration is not something you force upon someone; one attracts it when they need it. Meaning, only when you keep an open mindset, will you accept it and allow it to change your life.
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• EXPLORE
Explore different people in your field, concerning the knowledge you seek.

You know what you want; there are experts out there spreading the real message.

Experiment different people’s learnings, check out whom you align with (that matters), and learn everything you want. It’s all up to you.
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• ENSURE
Ensure you observe the right kind of people because they’ll change your mindset, your process, your perspective and it could turn out badly too.

As mentioned above, you need to watch, learn and listen to people whom you align with;
Are their intentions clear with their content?
Are your thought-processes the same?
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• EXECUTE
Execute, irrespective of the results – only when you try and do, will this inspiration make sense.

If you sit around, motivated and not take any meaningful action, then isn’t it a probable waste of time?

My 5 Dream Dinner Guests!

My 5 Dream Dinner Guests!

I had to give this a lot of thought, some made the list immediately, it seems easy but these are your top 5 dream dinner guests after all! Took my time, and I’m ready with my top 5!
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👉🏻 Gary Vaynerchuk, of course.
👉🏻 Rafael Nadal, why I started loving the sport, back in ’05
👉🏻 Cristiano Ronaldo, oh he had to make the list. ♥
👉🏻 KSHMR, his music, his process, his journey is just amazing
👉🏻 Casey Neistat, not just my favourite YouTuber, but I love his journey, I love his perspective of creating content.

What Songs Taught Us #4 – Apna Time Aayega

What Songs Taught Us #4 – Apna Time Aayega

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Song In Focus : Apna Time Aayega
Film: Gully Boy

It’s a motivational song, with positive vibes. The words are full of energy and increases your morale when you listen to it.

The song is a voice raised against the system, the words for every individual for ourselves and for others, that we shall stand, we shall rise and we shall succeed. Our time will come!

There’s no fear in our hearts, but determination accompanied with constant hard-work and efforts towards the dreams that shall bring success.

And there’s no stopping us! With hard-work, we shall remove all obstacles and achieve our dreams with our own hands without any support.

Enjoy the present moment!

Enjoy the present moment!

If you think about the past, then you’d regret it.

If you think about the future, then you’d always be anxious.

Be in the present! Live and enjoy each day to its fullest!

We are an amalgamation of

We are an amalgamation of

Who we are.

Who we become.

What we think.

Where does it all come from?

Certainly not from a bunch of books taught to us during school or college.

We are an amalgamation of every person we meet in our lifetime, every experience we have, every activity we are a part of, our conversations, what we read, what we observe around us.

It all affects us.

We are a sum total of all that.

Pumped Up Mondays

Pumped Up Mondays

Are you letting external or internal factors affect your life?

Either or both have an impact, it’s up to you, your choices define the impact.

You can be in control of your destiny.

Your choices.

Your thoughts.

Your decisions.

Define these factors and taking the first step towards changing them is the first step.

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Life.

Life is so simple, yet we complicate it.

We twist it with other people’s judgements and opinions; we confuse it with keeping materialistic goals at the benchmark to become successful; we hinder its progress by living a life we don’t want to live.

And for what?

• Challenge #3 : Waking Up at 5.30 AM •

• Challenge #3 : Waking Up at 5.30 AM •

Technically, this should have been the first challenge because it all starts from here! Not necessarily 5.30 AM, it could be in that range whatever suits you, but this has been the best decision I made around 9 months back – it was the start of the domino effect.

It is a difficult habit to implement during the initial days, but when it becomes a habit, it’s the best thing in the world!
• I get the extra start to the day, which I wouldn’t before when I would wake up at 7/8/9
• It allows me to do more tasks in the morning and by the time I’d usually start my day, I’m done with most of the important stuff already!
• The peacefulness and the calmness around provides that extra boost, that alone time is the best when the whole world is sleeping and there’s simply no disturbance around.
• My day is more disciplined when I’m awake at the time I’m supposed to be and the whole day goes as planned! And, it’s a complete opposite scenario even there’s an hour or two delay and everything else thus gets affected – creating chaos in the mind!

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If there’s a habit to start with, my first suggestion would be this one!

What You Think – You Attract

What You Think – You Attract

You can achieve anything, once you set your mind towards it.

#AchieveTheImpossible

When people around you, say it’s not possible, it should give you the energy to do it even more than before.

Improving ourselves! (A personal story)

Improving ourselves! (A personal story)

We get so entangled in our day-to-day lives, with “chasing happiness”, with “attaining success” that we are always chasing something.

When was the last time we focused on ourselves? When did we take a step back or rather stayed still and thought about us – who we are?

I was the person I’m referring to, in the first paragraph! I had been living it, without realizing the mistakes – because that’s what the society taught us, because that’s how everything is around us.

Something clicked within me, that things are going good but I’m not content with it. That its time for a change. That I’ve to change myself, in order to grow.

When you ponder over yourself, when your only goal is to learn more, about what is right – you seek knowledge and nothing else.

And in this process, you improve yourself. Improve as a better version of yourself! A 2.0, if that explains better.

With a good period of time spent on this and having realized that the process is long but enjoyable – I learnt this, the only way forward is to improve yourself and nothing else.

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Perspective matters.

How do you approach a particular situation in life depends on your perspective!

You can approach a negative situation with a macro positive perspective of life.

You can approach a positive situation with a micro negative perspective of life and not enjoy the positive results at all.

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It all depends on you. Your perspective decides who you are and who you want to be, how you’d like to move forward in life.

You have the power to change that perspective, if you want to, if you feel it’s not in the right direction! And it all starts with your mindset!

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Perspective matters.

How are you doing?

How are you doing?

Let’s start asking ‘How are you doing?’ instead of ‘What do you do?’ and ‘How’s work going on?’ to everyone we meet!

What do you think?

People don’t speak about their feelings and emotions! People don’t speak up whether they’re happy or not!

//Happiness is what matters, right now, tomorrow and in the future.//

Yes, work’s important and yes, goals are important too, but not at the cost of your happiness!

A simple question, ‘How are you doing?’ would allow everyone to live a better life and actually make them aware of their feelings and emotions! #FoodForThought

Introducing @livethezazzlife

Introducing @livethezazzlife

A life with perspective, kindness, gratitude, happiness and prosperity equals to a positive life.

To achieve that, the process starts from your mindset.

To achieve that mindset, you need to feed your brain with the right information!

Which is the reason behind starting @livethezazzlife with a motto of making Positivity Louder!

Follow the account on Instagram – @livethezazzlife – if you’re interested.

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Monday Motivation

“You only live once? False.
You live every day. You only die once.”

If you think about the past, then you’d regret it. If you think about the future, then you’d always be anxious.

Be in the present! Live and enjoy each day to its fullest!

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Who are the Joneses and why you should avoid them?

Who are the Joneses?
“Keeping up with the Joneses is an idiom in many parts of the English-speaking world referring to the comparison to one’s neighbour as a benchmark for social class or the accumulation of material goods. To fail to “Keep up with the Joneses” is perceived as demonstrating socio-economic or cultural inferiority.” #Wikipedia
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Consciously or sub-consciously, all of us are trying to keep up with the “Joneses”. Now is the time we realise the mistakes we’ve been making! It shouldn’t matter to you what the others are doing if you are satisfied with your everyday life! We fall for worldly possessions because we see someone else accomplish something and now we want the same.

Someone else means your friends, your colleagues, and even those you follow on social media. The current trend is tied in with posting every expensive stuff you buy or do on social media. Now more than ever, it’s about telling others what you are doing rather than for your self-interest!

Ask yourself three questions the next time you do anything,
1. Am I buying this product/service because of self-interest?
2. Is this bringing value to me?
3. Do you care about other’s opinions?

Achieve stuff for yourself and not for others! Think about it and STOP NOW! The only loss is yours and not anyone else’s.

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All you need is a little push!

All you need is a little push, towards the right path.

Everyone needs a little push now and then, be it for motivational or mindset or decisive purposes. You have a choice of reading books/ case studies, listening to podcasts, watching self-help videos/ interviews; the options are endless.

Choose the right path for yourself, because a little push can guide you towards the direction you were looking for all along!

Connect with us on Instagram @zazzpreneursa platform for the do-ers and let’s make the community stronger!