Creating New Stories of Life

Creating New Stories of Life

What is life, if its lived the same way, every day, every week, every month and every year?

Do we create new stories if we live that way? Do we create new experiences for our own life?

We might notice enjoy other’s journeys, but what about our own?

Life is about experimentations.

With regards to everything, life, routine, lifestyle, everything.

The more we experiment, the more we try out new things, we end up creating more experiences, more stories, that’s how we add the spice to the life.

That’s how new moments are formed, that’s how life is lived.

That’s how we grow. That’s how we make mistakes and we evolve.

There’s no one way of living. No one has it figured out. You’ve to experiment, you have to try out new things, keep that adventure in your own life, so you don’t have to seek it elsewhere.

That’s what life comes down to. And its really so simple as well.

Experiment.

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But you thought it…

But you thought it…

Quite often, we carefully choose our words before speaking out loud.

Before speaking in specific groups of people or on online platforms.

There are people who say certain things in certain groups, but will portray that they’re quite the opposite to those particular thoughts, when it comes to their public image.

People believe what some say publicly, but only some know what someone’s whole picture is – in terms of who that individual is, whether they are really who they say they are or not.

And sometimes, not even that. Some people smartly keep their viewpoints to specific topics to themselves.

Here’s where the real crux of the issue is…

That you thought it.

No matter how you portray yourself publicly, no matter what your public image is, the real you is the person who has the realest thoughts that you don’t share with anyone, or at the most, amongst your closest peers.

That’s the person you are, that’s what your thoughts are.

You cannot really introduce change unless you nip that thought in the bud, unless you don’t have that thought at all.

Sure, you may have an alternative viewpoint when it comes to publicly sharing your opinion but what will you do about your real opinion that you’ve already thought of.

That’s the issue I personally notice, with regards to the current times.

People will support causes, become part of trends, but are really that person or are they simply boosting their brand persona?

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Having the UNDO button in life?

Having the UNDO button in life?

How many of us have wished for an UNDO button in our lives?

Just press this button and reverse that decision, that choice you made, that moment you lived.

Only if you could change the outcome – which you wish to change because it didn’t match your expectations.

But, we forget in such a scenario, that it is our choices, our decisions, our experiences, our thought process that got us to this position.

Then why change it?

Instead, learn from it, understand what you made you choose that way, implement changes (if necessary) and move on instead of thinking about the past.

That moment is gone, what you can control is the present which affects your future as well.

Instead of thinking of a CTRL+Z let’s focus on a new button – CRTL+DO.

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No human being is perfect

No human being is perfect

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to know one human being, anyone, who would be perfect?

Perfect in every way!?

We admire people, we look up to them, we compare ourselves with others, we compare someone with someone else, the list is endless.

Admirations, comparisons and inspirations come from the soft spot of perfection, or our illusion of it.

Just because someone is doing good career wise, relationship wise, emotional wise, we feel their life is perfect.

However, is there such a case?

For starters, perfection doesn’t exist. There is only becoming a better version, for whomever it may be. There’s no end goal in any phase of life, just becoming better at it.

That brings me to the second and the most important point, said the above point, no human being is perfect. NONE.

Let’s get that cleared in our minds.

No human being is perfect.

Let’s not have that illusion either.

Because such an illusion constantly keeps one stressed, under pressure and in a mode of constant comparisons.

Every human has flaws, some are good at hiding them, some are good at overpowering their strengths, but everyone has flaws.

Understanding that is the biggest advantage one can have, in living their life, pursuing their goals, and ultimately, living a happy life.

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What is life teaching you?

What is life teaching you?

In every moment of your life, in every situation, in every instance, life teaches you something.

Only if you’re aware of what’s happening to you, can you be aware of these teachings.

These teachings can be in any phase of life, whether relationships, career, goals, finances, anything.

Teachings could be in the way of success or failure, there is a learning in both.

However, your ignorance and distractions can cause you to miss out on them, in turn missing out on your growth, your improvement, your evolution.

You live that moment of your life once, that particular learning happens once, if you learn from it, you can better yourself, if you miss it, it’s going to cost you and no one else.

Albeit if you’re aware, if you’re on the lookout for them, you can learn and understand and implement everything that life is trying to teach you; resulting in you becoming a better version of yourself.

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The truth of “What has to happen, will happen”

The truth of “What has to happen, will happen”

Who has heard this before, “What has to happen, will happen”?

Most of us have heard it, a number of times in our lifetime.

Most of us abide by that statement too.

And to be honest, it makes sense as well.

No matter what you do, no matter how much you plan, no matter what you predict, in reality, what has to happen will happen.

You cannot do anything about it.

However, said that, how true is that statement?

Is it 100% completely true?

I feel there’s something left out from that statement, which we didn’t ponder upon.

Something that once we understand, is game changing for us.

It’ll have a massive impact on our life and our choices and our decisions.

Here’s my interpretation of what’s left out –

What has to happen, will happen if you’re ready for it.

That last bit is quite important and something we don’t think about.

“If you’re ready for it”

Things may happen to you, opportunities may knock at your door, and you wouldn’t even realize it, and only because you weren’t ready for it.

I believe when you’re constantly improving yourself, working on your mind, body and soul, working on your emotions, working on your goals, working on your life, you’re making yourself ready for that moment.

The moment of when it has to happen, will happen.

Only now, you won’t miss on it.

Only now, you will be ready for it.

You’ll able to see it when it happens.

When it knocks on your door.

Only because you made yourself ready.

If you haven’t made yourself ready and levelled up for what the moment requires, why would it happen to you?

Why would that opportunity waste itself on you, when it would knock on someone else’s door who is making themselves ready for it?

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Watch, Learn and…

Watch, Learn and…

We watch, we learn but we often forget the third part of the equation, which is more important than the other two.

How do we usually consume any information?

It’s either in the form of text, audio or video.

When we consume, and if it’s useful and adding value to our lives, then we reach the second part of the equation, i.e. we learn from it.

We learn the what, why, when and how.

So now that we have watched and learnt from it, let’s come to the third and the most important part of the equation.

And that is to implement it.

Implement that learning to our life.

Use it to our advantage.

Use that piece of information to make our life better, in whatever way we can.

Adding these factors together equal to you growing and evolving and eventually, becoming a better version of yourself.

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The Words you speak

The Words you speak

Every word that you speak has an impact on yourself.

On your mind, body and soul.

Whether those words are spoken to yourself or to someone else.

Whether those words are in thought about yourself or someone else.

Whether those words are positive or negative.

Every word that you speak has an impact on you.

When you speak ill of someone, your mind is registering the same words for yourself too.

When you speak good of someone, your mind is registering that as well.

Every word, the mind thinks is for itself.

It will use it for its own advantage and disadvantage.

The more negative you speak, the more negative the mind becomes.

That has an effect on your thoughts, your emotions, your actions.

How you are with yourself, how you are around everyone else.

Every word has an impact on everything about you.

Whether you realize it or not.

Being careful of what you speak, how you speak helps you in becoming a better person.

Helps you in either growing or limiting your growth.

That depends on what you speak.

Whether to yourself or towards others.

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Filling the Void

Filling the Void

More often than not, when things are not working out for someone, they have a choice.

Such a choice entails that you either address why something is not working out for you.

That something could be minor or major to your life, could be a habit or a goal, a dream or a lifestyle choice.

So the choice comes down to addressing the issue or the second one, the one usually taken…

Where one creates “fake purposes” or rather, to elaborate that point, where one holds on to something that would fill the void of not addressing those issues.

If that wasn’t self-explanatory, it means when people join causes or become part of trends they have no interest in or has nothing to do with their own life.

However, doing so lets them escape their issues, where that fake purpose is letting them feel that the particular cause they’ve joined holds more value than their issue, which seems just smaller and insignificant to that purpose at hand.

Doing so may temporarily move your focus onto something else, but it doesn’t take away what wasn’t working out for you or your life and your indecisiveness towards the issue.

The longer you choose to do so, the bigger the void becomes, and bigger your support towards those “fake purposes”.

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Two Lifestyles and a Choice

Two Lifestyles and a Choice

Living a certain kind of a lifestyle is a choice – one that cannot be changed in a day, but certainly requires a strong mindset and a definitive assertion of choice to do so.

To live one is normal, to change that completely and form a new one shows that you’re ready for change and you’re ready to step up, to evolve.

Drawing my own story to explain this further, having lived two completely opposite lifestyles – having seen the advantages and disadvantages of each of those lifestyles, of course I’ve drawn a number of conclusions from either of them.

Where one gives you the comfort, but also doesn’t allow you to grow and the other one definitely takes efforts and time, but also gives you comfort and growth, both.

Where one wasted a lot of time, another asks for more investment but gives that much return on investment too.

Where one allowed you to spoil your mind and body, another helps you in building a strong one and helps you to take care of them.

In terms of both of these lifestyles, having done a lot of experimentations of what works and what doesn’t – for me…

Now, I choose to not live a life without

  • meditation
  • yoga
  • clean eating
  • gratitude practice
  • conscious positivity
  • stillness
  • spirituality

– each of those things and more have their own value, their importance – their impact on the mind, body and soul.

It all comes from experimentations and practice – reading or having pre-conceived notions about anything won’t help unless you try something practically on yourself and see the difference.

Understand what works for you and what doesn’t, what is helping you grow and evolve and what doesn’t. You’d agree that, life is about becoming a better version of yourself.

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Seasonal Changes

Seasonal Changes

Most of us, wherever we live, have experienced multiple seasons in a year, changing from time to time.

Whether its the summers, winters, spring or the monsoons, we know what each season brings with it.

In terms of the atmosphere around us, the types of food that changes according to the season, the clothes we wear – all of this and more are catered according to the season at hand.

Basically, we are now prepared for what’s to come, we adjust with the season and what it brings.

What this also signifies is something really simple, that humans can change, or rather accept change when they have to.

Most of the people, when spoken to or otherwise, state that they cannot accept change or are not capable of change.

This is, of course, in regards to their mindset, their habits, their lifestyle choices etc.

However, now stating to those same people, how do they then adapt the seasonal changes to their lifestyle, how are they now capable of introducing those types of changes around them?

How is it that when it comes to improving their life mentally and emotionally, they hesitate and avoid that topic altogether?

If you’re one of them, then this might be something you ponder upon.

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Pieces of the Puzzle

Pieces of the Puzzle

If you already have all the pieces of the puzzle, why haven’t you solved the puzzle yet?

Or probably you don’t have all the pieces yet, or how about none?

Would you accept that though?

Sometimes overconfidence and arrogance takes over our emotions and we feel/ show we have the pieces already, basically being a know it all.

In reality, its clouding our own mind and limiting our growth.

When you aren’t ready to accept that you don’t have all the pieces of the puzzle, it is you who will be affected, no one else.

Your path, your journey, your goals.

It takes the removal of your ego and the acceptance that you have yet to grow, when you also accept you need the other pieces to complete your puzzle.

Then, help shall be given to you when you ask for it. You shall receive the other pieces, the knowledge you seek, the tools you need.

You’ll then truly be able to have all the pieces. It’s a process, it’s a journey, you can’t have it all in a day, but you need to be ready to accept them too.

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Ignorance is Easy

Ignorance is Easy

It’s easy to ignore, it’s easy to say that this isn’t for me, it’s easy to say that this doesn’t suit me.

Those are the easy answers.

What’s difficult is to understand this ignorance.

Understand that you have limited knowledge, you don’t have all the pieces of the puzzle.

That you’re probably ignoring because you’re in your comfort zone and you don’t have to do much in that place.

Anything else outside of that will require efforts.

So why not just ignore and say this isn’t for me?

If you experiment, you try it out, and then you say it isn’t for me, makes sense.

That says you’re ready to try and evolve and keep on improving.

Those are the difficult steps that give you better outputs.

Easy steps start from ignorance.

Whether you’re ignoring or you’re ready to try, depends on you and your mindset.

In the end, it affects your life and no one else’s.

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Living Upside-down for a Day

Living Upside-down for a Day

We live a life of routine, schedules and habits.

Don’t we?

Every day has a certain routine, there are certain habits that you repeat every day, every hour.

And that’s how life is.

A bunch of habits and routine that guides you on the path you’re walking.

However, no matter how much you love it, you love the process, you love the journey, but sometimes you need change.

Sometimes you feel if something could be different.

And that’s where living upside-down for a day comes in.

Not literally upside-down, of course.

But overturning your day, a specific day, completely different than the rest of the days.

The rest of the days, you pursue your dreams, your goals, you live your habits and your schedule.

But this one day, you do none of it. You don’t do any of those routines. You let go of your habits (most of them, at least).

Such a day gives you a different aspect to life, a different glimpse of it.

You get some change, and you then become ready to bounce back.

This day could come once a week, once a fortnight or once a month.

It’s up to you to decide that.

Based on your energy levels, based on how long and how much can you push yourself without feeling burnt out.

But definitely try it out.

Live upside-down for a day.

Just not literally.

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Digging deeper for the truth

Digging deeper for the truth

We think we know the truth, our version of it at least and we then remain content with it.

But, the truth is like an egg.

Let me elaborate that statement.

The truth we know is like the outer shell of that egg.

In order to get beyond what you know and have more clarity, you have to break that outer shell.

You have to dig deeper.

Will you find the truth?

You never know until you dig.

Until you’re curious to know more.

To explore more.

To learn more.

Until you’re ready to see beyond your own truth.

Until you’re ready to accept another perspective to your own.

For that you will have to keep digging deeper.

For the truth.

Then you can match it with what you knew before.

And be thankful that you dug deeper.

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Knowing yourself is a journey

Knowing yourself is a journey

One of the best things about life is about being self aware, about knowing yourself.

If you know yourself, if you’re aware of who you are, you are aware of your thoughts, your emotions, your interests.

Knowing that, or rather understanding that about yourself is an advantage few people get to experience.

However, knowing yourself is not a destination.

There isn’t an end point to this process.

What we have to understand is we are complicated beings, changing, evolving on a daily basis.

The more we learn, the more experience we gain, the more our thoughts change, our actions change, our emotions change.

Not just those, but our interests change too, our plans, our purpose, everything.

Knowing that, one of the biggest things we need to realize is that knowing ourself is a journey.

Of course the key is to become self aware as a process, as a tool to unlock our lives, not just to unlock a closed door.

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Every action has an equal and opposite reaction

Every action has an equal and opposite reaction

Have you heard of this statement before – Every action has an equal and opposite reaction?

Yes, there’s a lot of scientific significance to it and yes, it’s applicable to most scenarios.

But, today we’re applying its meaning to mindset and learning its significance in that region.

Usually, there are tenseful, aggressive situations between two or more people which start with an action and a reaction.

It doesn’t matter who initiates the action here, as long as there is a reaction which is then equal and opposite to it and thus, leading to those aggressive, verbal or physical, tenseful situations.

What do the equal and opposite reactions mean?

Such types of reactions signify that you’ve given in to the situation and you’re not in control anymore.

These reactions are as bad as, if not worse, the initiated action.

On the contrary, irrespective of the action, when you’re able to hold your cool and analyze the situation before reacting means you’ve evolved and now your response will be better than before, you’ll be in control and technically, there would be no rise to a situation of any kind.

This is of course something that needs to be understood by the initiator as well, nonetheless, if the one reacting can learn as well, then why not.

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Status

Avoiding Burnout

Burnout is not something that you can avoid, but rather something for which you either take steps to control it beforehand or take care of it once it happens.

In most cases, you feel the burnout when you’ve given your all to the process, all your efforts, all your energy, and as an outcome of that process, you feel the burnout.

Irrespective of whether the outcome was in your favour or not.

Burnout is something that can happen anytime, to anyone.

And its not just towards your work or your work timings, but you can feel it towards everything else in life too.

But, how can you avoid it or rather control it before or after?

Well, it starts with becoming self aware of yourself, who you are, your needs, your interests, your energy levels, understanding when you need a break, when do you need to start taking care of yourself, when do you need to take a step back and analyze the entire situation again.

When you realize that the scale isn’t balanced anymore and when it is tilting and it’ll impact you, is when you need to start taking the steps towards it.

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The reverse option is unavailable

Does a special car exist, only with the forward gear and the rearview mirror, where the reverse option is unavailable?

Where the car would move forward with occasional halts and just a few peaks into the rearview mirror, time and again?

Such a car may not exist, but that’s how our life works.

We move forward in life, with occasional halts here and there.

There is just no option to ‘reverse’ or go back in life.

All you have is the rearview mirror to look back and learn from whatever happened. You cannot do anything to change it.

You look back a few times, you learn and you move forward in life.

That’s just how life works, it’s just whenever we realize it.

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Peeling off the Layers

Peeling off the Layers

Once we know something, we think we know it all, until we ourselves discover something else.

It is then when we realize that what we knew was just the outer layer and there are multiple layers beneath it as well.

You can, at that moment, choose to be content with the outer layer or choose to peel off the other layers and know more.

The more layers you peel off, the more you discover, the more you learn.

It is in that process when you evolve and improve yourself and the path that you were walking on.


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Dependency on External Factors

Dependency on External Factors

Our life is a mixture of internal and external factors that run our life.

Instead of the focus being internal with the help or rather an addition of external, things have just changed over time.

We have become so dependent on external factors to run our life that we have forgotten that the magic is within us.

What is this magic?

It is your mind, body and soul.

It is your thoughts, your emotions, your journey that makes those external factors what they are!

But alas, we don’t think about any of it and rather think its those external things that give us everything we want.

We then desire and crave for those things to live.

Our dependency towards them ultimately makes them our weakness too!

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Journey of a Moment

Journey of a Moment

Have you ever thought about the journey of a moment?

What’s the journey about? What does it entail?

The moment comes, the moment goes and then the moment is in memories.

That’s the simple explanation of the journey of a moment.

We live in the now. Not the past. Not the future.

Every moment we live then passes on and we cannot change anything about it. We have already lived it.

Every moment of the future cannot be predicted, only planned, but you still don’t know how it will turn out to be.

So, all we have is the now – the present moment that we can control.

We can either be fully satisfied in the now, and then when the moment passes, have a beautiful memory of it.

Or another option is to live in the past or thinking about the future, with the present moment just passing by, thus regretting every moment thereafter.

That’s what the journey of a moment entails. It begins with a choice and ends with it.

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The fix to getting back in the moment

The fix to getting back in the moment

Whenever you feel anxious,

Or stressed,

Or you feel you’ve lost control of the situation,

Or rather your emotions have gotten the better of you,

Or you want to become more present in the moment than the usual…

Take a Deep Breath

That’s it.

It’s that simple.

Your breath controls it all.

Control your breath and you control everything.

Take in a deep breath and exhale as slowly as possible, that feeling of relaxation will immediately come to you, and you’ll feel calm and composed, and be present in the moment.

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Stand your Ground

Stand your Ground

Can you be easily swayed or are you able to stand your ground?

Anyone who gets easily affected by opinions and judgements towards them or anything that they do and then tend to change their own steps or opinions are those who are easily swayable.

This also comes from a lack of self awareness, not knowing who you are, what you stand for, what is your path.

On the contrary, someone who is strongly self aware about themselves is able to stand their ground.

They won’t let anything affect them, because within themselves they know what they stand for, in every phase of their life.

That of course doesn’t mean one can always be right, but there’s a thin line between being easily swayed and standing your ground that applies here, when you know that something really makes sense which would actually be an addition to your life.

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Inner Pollution

Inner Pollution

As much as the exterior environmental pollution affects us, we often forget about our inner pollution that is affecting us too.

Speaking of the exterior pollution, we know how bad the environment currently is and the kind of changes that’s needed, nonetheless, it’s a collective effort that will actually make the change in that direction.

Said that, the inner pollution within affects us as much as if not more than the outside pollution.

More, because its within us and we have the ability to able to either pollute more or take the stance and clean it for a better inner environment.

So, what is this inner pollution then?

Well, its these negative, toxic, judgemental, egoistic, limiting thoughts that we have within us.

The more thoughts you have of that nature, the more rise in pollution within your head.

This pollution ultimately affects our mind, body and soul and basically everything that we are now and everything that we will be in the future.

To curb that pollution, you need to take that leap of having a positive mindset, a loving mind and heart, a blissful soul.

To get to that point is a journey, just by having a single positive thought or being in a good mood when you feel like it is not the outcome of that process.

It’s a journey that you can choose to be on, to forever curbing and ultimately trying to get rid of that inner pollution in the mind.

Ultimately, wouldn’t you want a clean, healthy mind that helps you grow and evolve constantly?

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Adjusting to the Situation

Adjusting to the Situation

Sometimes you plan out something to the detail and it doesn’t pan out as you’d thought it would.

More often than not, there are hiccups in most plans that derail the process.

Can you dwell about it and think what you could have done?

Or rather would you adjust to the situation and make changes to your plan immediately and move forward?

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Efforts are never wasted!

Efforts are never wasted!

What if you put in your efforts towards something and it doesn’t pan out to your expected outcome?

Are the efforts then wasted?

Should you not have done it in the first place?

Such and more questions do arise in one’s mind when you don’t get your desired outcome.

At such times, quite often, one may feel low and disappointed.

However, should one feel so?

Are the efforts really wasted?

The first thing that you should ask yourself is, did you really go all in with your efforts?

If yes, if you did try your all, and even if it didn’t work out, well…

There are two things to know here –

A. Now you know more than before about the process and the mistakes you made, so your second try will be even better.

B. Every thing you learnt here, the process, the mistakes, the outcome, the emotions – all of it will come to use somewhere else, where you’ll be glad you went through this process the first time.

Any and all efforts are never wasted, it’s just that they may have not come to fruition just then.

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Focus on the Light

Focus on the Light

It is easier to see the light in daytime, it’s the dark when you must take the efforts to see it.

When you reform your mind to thinking positivity and optimism, you don’t do it when everything is working for you.

The point of having this mindset is to be positive and optimistic
– when things are not working out for you,
– when you face a low point in your life,
– when you don’t know the direction ahead for you.

This is also what Aristotle Onassis tells us when he says, “It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.”

At those times is when the focus is usually lost and it is our mind that spirals out of control and makes things worse for us. To not let it happen, you can take the decision to work on yourself and to change/ improve your mindset.

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Watching the climax

Watching the climax

Most of the times, people want to move too fast to reach that outcome they were expecting.

Without worrying about the process or the journey, for them, it’s the outcome that they wish for.

But, what happens by focusing on just the outcome?

With the focus on the outcome, we tend to move too fast towards the end, and we miss the entire journey, we miss the entire experience, we forget to form the memories, the stories of this process.

Moving too fast is almost as equivalent as pressing a skip button on your remote and just watching the climax of a beautiful film that you’ve missed out on.

What good is that?

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This mind is like a coal mine!

This mind is like a coal mine!

If you have ever seen a coal mine or a video of it, you’d know the amount of digging that goes into coal mining.

The deeper you go, the more and better quality coal you’d find.

Our mind works the same way!

We have seen just the upper layer of it and we feel our mind is so mysterious and beautiful and we have so much knowledge within us.

However, its only when you go deeper into it is when you realise how much more there is to dig.

How much more there is to know and understand and explore.

Just like a coal mine, if you want to find the good stuff and in quantity, start digging. (just not literally)

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Learning from the wise

Learning from the wise

In life, there are some with a quest to learn.

When you learn, you improve, you evolve and eventually are able to become a better version of yourself.

And that happens only with the quest to learn.

A curiosity to know more, to experiment, to fail but to try.

Nonetheless, that learning is beneficial when you learn from the wise.

Not just financial-wise, but every other type of wise as well.

Someone who has walked the talk is also someone who knows what they talk and they are probably someone to learn from.

Also, it’d be a cherry on the top if this someone is a level or ten levels higher than you, because then you know about the path ahead as well.

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Silencing the voice that isn’t ours

Silencing the voice that isn’t ours

Quite often, the voice in our head isn’t ours.

Over time, that voice has become an amalgamation of the society’s wants and expectations, how you will be perceived and what will not disappoint them.

Not to forget, the society includes your friends and family, your colleagues, relatives, social media and everyone else you have an interaction with.

Anytime, you wish to do something which is out of the box for you, this voice inside your head says, “you cannot do it”.

Unfortunately, listening to that voice, then makes that thing you wanted to do just a dream for you. However, what if you can take charge of your life, do things you want to and shun that voice as well?

Vincent Van Gogh has said it perfectly, “If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.”

Taking that plunge is all it takes, one step at a time though, becoming self aware of your thoughts, needs and wants, owning your voice, and seeing the bright side of everything – there will be a few hiccups, but ultimately you will have your own voice that will push you to do whatever you want, irrespective of what anyone thinks and irrespective of its outcome.

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Limited by Boundaries!

Limited by Boundaries!

Anyone who compares or divides under political or religious or geographical or financial or any such “lines of boundary“, unfortunately has a finite mindset.

Not necessarily by choice, but the society works that way and that makes it easier for anyone to inherit those qualities.

What do I mean by ‘finite‘ mindset?

When what you think, what you say and what you do is limited within the bubble of a certain boundary. (political/ religious/ geographical/ financial etc)

In order to upgrade/ improve yourself, you need to

  • know that you aren’t always right
  • broaden your viewpoint
  • question the usual
  • hear out the other person once
  • introduce empathy in the picture
  • practice being silent when you don’t know everything

When you think beyond what you know, you realize that half the things you think or say aren’t even that important in life.

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Create, Don’t Hate

Create, Don’t Hate

If you consume anything on any of the social media platforms, you’d also notice that there’s a lot of hate out there.

At such times, you have a choice to do something about it.

Either you let that content consume you too or stay away from it and probably, someone else would be affected from it.

There’s a third door that is often not visible but we can choose to see it and open it too.

That is the door of creation.

How about instead of hating the people spreading the hate, or hating that content, taking a different path of creating content that tackles it.

Spreading some Positivity, Happiness and Love on the internet, if you have it within you.

Hate can only be overpowered by love and positivity, but someone has to take that step of spreading it.

One content piece at a time, one person, and as time passes, it can become a movement to spread love and positivity on the internet too, making it a good place again.

Create, Don’t Hate

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What can you see?

What can you see?

In life, we only take steps towards those things which we can see.

The usual thinking is, if we can see it, that means its real and we have to do something about it.

If you get scratched on your body, you’ll put an ailment on it.

If your car gets scratched, you’ll take it to the car center.

But, what about those things that you can’t see?

What about the damage to the body with foods that aren’t beneficial to it (at all), but just has a feel good factor for the moment and you can’t see the damage it is doing to you, short-term and long-term? Or even with not working out because of which right from the movement to the blood vessels to the hormones, everything gets affected?

What else can’t you see?

Is there something more damaging that we are not able to see through our eyes?

How about the damage to our minds with negative/ polluting/ judgemental thoughts that affect our own mind and take away more from us?

Just because we can’t see the affect of these things through our own eyes, doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen, right?

Internally, the process is happening, it’s just that only when something substantial happens then we realize the effect of something we did to then realize, “Oh, how I wish I could’ve seen that sooner?”

Let’s start noticing the things you can’t see and then start working on it.

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Are you the Spectator or the Driver?

Are you the Spectator or the Driver?

Do you control your mind or does the mind control you?

An undisciplined mind controls you, your thoughts and actions, it takes you places you probably don’t want to visit. You feel like everything is happening to you and you’re just a spectator in that scenario.

Whereas if you discipline your mind, if you learn to control it, then you are in control of your life, in control of your thoughts and actions. Instead of being the spectator, you are now the driver of your life.

As Buddha has rightly said, “There is nothing so disobedient as an undisciplined mind, and there is nothing so obedient as a disciplined mind.”

Just a change in perspective gets you to this point in your life where you choose to either be the spectator or the driver, the choice is always yours.

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Good for me, not for you.

Good for me, not for you.

The issue in today’s times, especially with the trolls and heated debates comes down to this, which no one talks about.

What’s good for me, may not be good for you.

This could literally be about anything in life. Not just social media, but mainly that because nowadays everything boils down to that.

Along with social media, in your group conversations, in your work calls, in a networking event, literally anywhere offline and online, there could be something that’s good for somebody and might not be good for you.

There’s something for everyone out there.

Tastes differ.

Mindsets differ.

Wants differ.

Everyone cannot like the same thing. That is simply not possible.

However, when an individual understands that this thing is not good for me, but its not universally bad, its just not for me. When that happens, things literally change, for you and for others around you.

When that viewpoint changes, even your perspective of looking at things change.

One might say this is so simple to understand and yet we ignore it, something so simple that will reduce the hate and the trolling and the negative voices offline and online…

“What’s good for me, may not be good for you.”

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You decide your pace!

You decide your pace!

When it comes to personal decisions or professional decisions, when it is about your life, then it is you who decides your pace.

No one else, no one can.

No one has or can have that control.

Whether it is to walk or jog or sprint or even to catch your breath, you decide your pace.

That decision is completely up to you.

That is what your journey is about.

And when you decide your pace, you are accountable for whatever happens.

You could sprint and get tired in a while and your plan may not work out.

You could jog and sprint in between and jog again, be strategic with your process.

Or you could even wait for a while and catch your breath, not worrying about others’ jogs and sprints.

When this happens, irrespective of whatever happens in the future, you know that you had taken that decision which led to this. You decided the pace.

It could have been a hasty decision or it could be a well-planned decision, you may never know until the outcome is out.

However, irrespective of the outcome, that choice of pace will decide the now. It will decide how you operate now and whether you’re satisfied in the now or not.

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Staying in your Lane

Staying in your Lane

What does it mean to stay in your lane? What good does it to you? Why should you do it?

Staying in your lane means to do what you’re good at, to execute according to your strengths and to walk on that path.

When you walk on that certain selected path, one, you have chosen to be in this lane, you’re aware of it, you’ve the knowledge of it. It’s your strength. Anything which is a strength is good for you.

Second, you are able to keep improving in your field because you understand the level of knowledge you have and how much more you have to learn.

You also become known by walking in that lane, when you share your opinions and observations about that path, people want to know more and want to learn more.

There’s only advantage for you when you walk in your lane, but the key is to identify that lane first.

That lane is not what the society tells you to walk on, or what your family tells you, that lane is a path where you’re comfortable walking on, where you enjoying walking, so much so that you can walk, jog or sprint too, you decide the pace.

However, the bottom line to excel/ succeed is to stay in your lane and then get better at it.

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Walking the path of the unknown!

Walking the path of the unknown!

What is life, if not a path of the unknown, you may plan it ahead, but you never know what may happen.

No matter how safely you choose your path or how you emulate someone else’s path, everyone’s journey is their own.

Their own set of thoughts, actions, goals, difficulties and accomplishments.

When everything is unique to you, there is no knowing of what’s ahead, even if you compared it with someone else.

It’s a beautiful path to be on, full of adventure and no sight of what’s at the end.

No amount of planning can interpret the pits you’d be falling into or even how many.

There’s only one thing that can be done on the path of the unknown, and i.e. to be prepared for it.

When you improve yourself, your skills, your knowledge, your response to life, is when you become prepared for the unknown.

Instead of facing the issue and not knowing what to do, to some extent, you’re now able to prepare yourself for it.

If not with a proper solution, at least emotionally or mentally, so when the moment arises, you can be ready for it, you can be ready to face it. You won’t be in a situation of hopelessness or for the lack of a better word, be clueless.

Life is walking on the path of the unknown and you can only prepare yourself for it, with all tools and weapons at your disposal.

#SelfImprovement

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Serving on a Silver Platter

Serving on a Silver Platter

Quick solutions, shortcuts and just getting to the results hurts us in more than ways than one can count.

Walking on such a path where one wants quick solutions to every problem they have, a shortcut to every question they ask, gets them on a journey, where they aren’t learning anything, they aren’t evolving by making mistakes and then improving from them.

On such a path, there should be no difficulty, but everything handed out, so one can walk on this road with no cracks and no potholes.

In reality, this doesn’t get anyone too far because it doesn’t make them ready for the real world.

In the real world, one needs to find their own path, their own answers to their problems, be patient with the process and be ready to make mistakes as well. Sure, the process is long but is also an enjoyable one because they want to do it on your own, not something that worked for someone else’s life.

When they do so, they don’t want anything handed out on a silver platter, on the contrary they’re ready to face their own problems, do their own research, learn from scratch but do it with their own sweat and tears.

At such a time, they’re involved in the process, they’re evolving, ready to take on whatever comes their way. Nothing’s served on a silver platter.

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I can’t tell you, it’s a secret!

I can’t tell you, it’s a secret!

How many times have you not shared something because you thought it should be hidden?

Because you thought only you should know it.

Because you thought if others find out, then it won’t be exclusive to you.

This is not just about “start-up ideas” or your goals with life.

This can also be about the thoughts you have, the answers you have to someone’s problems, the knowledge to help out someone else.

“I can’t tell you, it’s a secret” is usually the response in most people’s mind, if not said out loud.

However, the more you share, the more you receive.

The more you give, the more you’re able to learn as well. When you share your secrets, you get to improve and evolve to newer thoughts, better answers and more satisfaction than before.

Earlier, with keeping what you already knew, you thought this is it, this is the answer that I should keep to myself.

But, by not keeping it a secret, you allowed yourself to understand that there’s more to it than that, and now you can walk the path of the unknown where you learn more and improve faster than before.

And that happens when you reveal your secrets, when you share what you know.

Ultimately, in this process, you also get to help someone out there, and make it easier for them as well.

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Using your Voice wisely!

Using your Voice wisely!

All of us have a voice and many a time, especially with the freedom of writing anything on social media, we feel like putting our opinion out there!

What we should know is this?

Every voice matters and every voice can make a difference.

Each voice is powerful enough to make the amount of noise needed to make change happen and in the midst of that, similar voices join the cause and add support to that singular voice.

That is precisely why it should be used wisely. To add to that statement, your voice should be used when you think there’s substance to it when you think your opinion will add value to that topic, whether pro or against, but it should definitely be something of value.

Quite often, people use it just for the sake of it, or just because everyone’s voicing their opinions on a particular topic on social media. In such situations, one’s usually not aware of the occurrences or at least not 100% aware of it. It’s at such times when these particular opinions just add volume to a topic without having any substance to it, thus increasing the ‘internet pollution’.

The sensible thing to do is to use your voice wisely! That’s the bottom line.

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Praise the Positive

Praise the Positive

How often does it happen that we didn’t like the food at a restaurant or an experience at a store or a hotel or a flight (for ex.) and we immediately leave a bad review on the internet?

How often has a public figure, be it a politician, or an entertainer or a sportsperson said something unnecessary and we immediately blew it out of proportion?

At the same time, how often have you written a good review after having an amazing meal at a restaurant? Or a positive review for a hotel or a flight after a good experience?

How often have you praised another colleague or a friend or an acquaintance after something good happened in their personal or professional lives? (not the inner circle, generally the friends in your life)

As a society, every individual is to blame. Because it is us who make the society collectively negative, with each one contributing by either a negative opinion or not praising the positive or also by staying silent.

Of those three, I want to focus on praising the positive in this post.

Let this be a challenge, let this be a movement. Every time we see something good happening, we build it as a habit to praise it, praise the positive.

In our circle, whether with friends or acquaintances or colleagues or juniors or seniors, whether on social media or offline, whether a personal accomplishment or a professional win, we’ll take that effort in praising the positive.

Whether we had a good meal somewhere, or had a wonderful experience at any place, through social media, or at least in person, we’ll take that initiative in praising the positive.

We cannot talk of everything else and not social media! Either the people we follow, or the community we’ve built, we will support whenever possible, we’ll praise the positive whenever we see it.

It’s this decision, this affirmation to make change possible when you see change happening. It’s this tiny step of you praising the positive, when you start noticing positive things happening in your life as well. This level of positivity will bring joy, energy, happiness and success along with it, you just need to be positive and praise the positive.

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Question the Default!

Question the Default!

As we live each day of our lives, as we grow, as a society we also become conditioned to do the same kind of things and in the same behavior.

Everyone is programmed to do the same thing in the cycle of life. Every age group is defined by the same set of responsibilities and same set of questions and requirements and pressure.

The bigger issue is everyone follows it tiptoe without blinking an eye.

To question the default is becoming an outcast in a group and the thought of doing so becomes scarier for an individual.

However, once you question the default is when life takes a turn for you.

That is the moment when you start noticing the pattern, you start observing the behavior, you start asking the right type of questions and you jump into an ocean of the unknown.

It gives you a thrill and also opens your eyes to the reality, where you realize things can be done differently, things can be done according to how you want them to be done, by you, for you.

No asks, no requirements, no pressure.

You now set a whole new pattern for you, a whole new thought process, you’re now the outcast in a group of outcasts, with all eyes on you, but you enjoy it, because it now gives you joy and a cheer you never had before.

All this happens, just by questioning the default.

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But my problems aren’t that bad…

But my problems aren’t that bad…

Have you ever had a problem that made you feel you stressed or anxious along with a wonder as to how would you solve it?

At such a time, the mind boggles down into spiraling thoughts and provides us with imaginations of different scenarios making us feel more panicky.

Sometimes, people then realize that these problems aren’t that bad when they compare to someone else’s larger problem at hand which is much graver than theirs.

Now, that isn’t bad at all. That’s a good way to think, it helps you get rid of the stress and anxiousness of that smaller problem (in hindsight) of yours and helps you regain focus of your life.

However, this thought that my problem isn’t bad can be troublesome too.

How and why?

Well, not that it isn’t good to scale down your problem with that other larger problem, but at the end of it, that problem, whatever it is, still is one for you, no matter what.

Only you have temporarily gotten rid of its effects by altering your thinking.

What can you do differently then?

Well, getting to its roots and understanding why it is a problem for you is a really good scenario from a micro and a macro perspective of life.

Once you solve one issue of yours, you then become capable of handing the other issues as well, those that affect you, and on top of that, you then come into a situation wherein those kinds of problems won’t have that kind of an effect on you anymore. Because now your mind knows that you’re capable of handling it, rather than getting rid of it temporarily.

Another counter point here could be that, it’s so easier to say to get to the bottom of it, but how easy it is when the moment arises. That may be true, but it doesn’t change the equation that if the problem is a solvable one, then you just need to get a practice of that calmness and patience to understand it and to deal with it.

Having both types of thought processes is good for you, one will get you the perspective and the other will solve it for you. The balance of both will come with practice and perspective and will give you a skill you may have not had before, or rather improved you at it.

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The journey of self-improvement is long

The journey of self-improvement is long

Can there be a timeline on self-improvement? Can there be a goal set for self-improvement?

In the shortest answer, I don’t think so.

Hear me out!

When you walk the path of improving yourself, firstly its the realization that comes too late, and then understanding the issues at hand and then improving at them.

Of course, it’s easy to write this than execute because the process is a long one.

However, once you start walking on this path of self-improvement, you might wonder how much time you should give to it and if there’s a specific goal that you should attach to the process, which once achieved, means you have achieved the process of self-improvement.

Well, not to burst the bubble, but it is one.

The journey of self-improvement is long, lifetime long. There is no specific target to achieve and there cannot be any time limit to it.

The more you improve, the more you change and the more you grow. The more you grow, the more you want to improve and the more you want to learn.

The process is a cyclical one and ultimately, the vision becomes to become better than yesterday, to become a better version of yourself.

You improve at one thing, then you want to pick up another aspect of your life to improve at, you work on it, but there are levels attached to it, so basically you’re levelling up time after time.

This is not meant to scare you at all, no that’s not the case. The intention is to make you aware of this so you don’t have the wrong expectations of the process.

It takes efforts, it takes time, and yet its the best thing that you could do with your life.

What if you already know it?

What if you already know it?

Do you think you know about something or multiple things and don’t need to know anything more about it?

When you hear something about it, the first thought that comes to your mind is that you already know it.

Is that a good sign?

That you already know it.

You don’t have to learn more about it then, is that right?

Well, if you look at it from a higher perspective, it comes down to this… When you know about something, either you’re the best at that certain something, you’re the go-to person for that.

If not, then you still have more to learn.

This thought that I already know it limits you from learning more, it limits you from improving yourself on that certain something, it limits you from exploring more and it limits your imagination.

What would be better, to learn more or to be stuck at a middle point where you feel you already know it?

Curiosity is good, exploration is good and to have a Mindset of constant learning is extremely beneficial for you and your mind as well.

You don’t have to tell you’re happy!

You don’t have to tell you’re happy!

Happiness has become such a huge debate in today’s times, and more than usual, because we have been programmed to think about it in a certain way and on top of that, there are so many out there with their own definitions about it.

In the midst of this, a lot of people feel to share that they’re happy.

Whether in conversations or social media, someone will tell they are happy.

See, that is not wrong at all.

My point behind this post is this, of course we should share our happiness with others, we should put more optimism and positivity out there.

My question is are you genuinely feeling happy or are you feeling the pressure to say that you’re happy too!?

Someone who is happy can share that they are, but it also shows in the way they talk or in their actions.

Another point that I’d like to add here is this… I’m talking about macro happy, the overall happiness of life, feeling happy, not the micro successes or accomplishments of personal and professional that we would like to share and which also makes us ecstatic at that time.

When you’re truly happy, you should feel it and that is something that is shared automatically, not something that you have to convince other people about.

Changing your morning narrative!

Changing your morning narrative!

There are two things that happen every morning!

Either you are in your control or your narrative.

When you let the narrative control you, then you are not in control.

And vice versa.

What do I mean by that?

How often does it happen that you wake up and you immediately had to rush for work, or with the current times, immediately log in to work?

How often does it happen that you wake up and you’ve missed the workout time or your meditation time or even your breakfast time?

This is when the narrative controls you.

This is what happens when there is no regular sleep and wake up timings and the irregular scheduling hurts all the activities throughout the day.

One after the other, everything is rescheduled and then something fits in another time or it has to be dropped.

On the contrary, when your circadian rhythm is in check, when you have a regular sleep and wake up pattern, you’re in control of your life.

You control when to workout, you control when to have breakfast, you control how calmly and with ease can you start your work.

This is how you change your morning narrative.

And it changes when you control your decisions, rather than letting these tasks controlling your decisions.

Change your morning narrative.

What happens when you write daily?

What happens when you write daily?

Something changes in you when you do this daily!

No matter how good or the opposite you’re at it.

Of course, what I’m talking about is writing.

Writing on a daily basis.

You can write anything.

Your thoughts,

Your goals,

Your plans for life, or for the day,

What went wrong,

What went right,

Your gratitude list.

You can write anything.

But, what happens when you write on a daily basis?

Well, simply put, the best thing that happens is you get more clarity.

Such clarity doesn’t come just by thinking about it or by conversing about it.

When you write, when you form the words, the sentences, the paragraphs, what is also happening is you’re opening up more than you had thought you would.

In this process, you get more clarity, a more wider viewpoint of what you actually think, it gives you the opportunity to take a deeper dive into it. It also gives a third person perspective and allows to rectify your wrongdoings, whether in terms of your thoughts, actions or opinions.

The more you write, the more ideas you get, the more your mind opens up, new opportunities start opening up, you’ll write things you don’t think about. Because that’s what happens when you write a few words and then think about what you’d like to add to it.

And the best part is you don’t have to be a professional at it.

It can be personal to you as well, or you could do what I do, write a daily blog.

Open up, with your thoughts, ideas, share it with everyone and help them grow too, whilst giving your perspective on things you write about.

From my personal experience, what I’ve noticed is this, along with everything that I’ve mentioned above, writing everyday also gives me the chance to better my thoughts, improve my vocabulary, my sentence formation, that helps me converse better, whether verbally or in writing, on my blog or on social media.

Writing everyday, whether online or in your diary, the bottom line is its the best thing that you could do to your advantage.

Small Things!

Small Things!

We always wonder it’s the big steps that we take that have the biggest impact in our life.

However, it’s actually the opposite.

It’s a curious one and we never stopped to wonder why.

In reality, it’s the small things that make the biggest impact in life.

Let’s map out three different scenarios that would explain this in the best possible way.

Scenario A –
A person wants to become fit and they say in order to so, they’d have to do intense workouts, go on a diet and probably do ‘x’ to reach that goal. A month later, nothing has changed.
However, if that person changes the perspective from the big changes to the small changes, then they would proceed by making a schedule, fitting in the workout time, readying the clothes beforehand and actually starting from day one to begin this process.

Scenario B –
A person, with quite some difficulties in their life, now thinks that they should turn to the path of positivity and leave out the toxicity behind. They wonder that this path would change their life and solve the issues.
However, in order to so, it’s the small things like thinking positive thoughts, having a positive self-talk, not undermining themselves or others are the micro ways to do so, for the bigger impact to happen.

Scenario C –
A person has an idea, that if scaled quickly can become a game-changer and even change people’s lives. Even if the efforts are appreciated, it’s the small things like arranging a team, plotting/ executing the initial work, showing the initial sales that would change things around.

No matter the situation, no matter how personal or professional, it’s always the small things, either in terms of planning, living, executing, it’s the small things that make the biggest impact in our lives. Always!

Adapt Yourself!

Adapt Yourself!

Things never go according to plan!

There’s known and unforeseen circumstances that can change the trajectory of your plan!

The key is to adapt yourself to these situations!

Of course there’s no right way, but there’s no wrong way either!

You learn, you practice, you make mistakes, you evolve and eventually learn how to adapt yourself according to the circumstance at hand.

The bottom line is to adapt yourself!

The mind can be a Wall or a Door

The mind can be a Wall or a Door

Believe it or not, your mind is powerful enough to either be a wall to you or a door. What sounds better?

Here’s how you can understand that statement.

Either the mind controls you and everything about you OR you control your mind and you mould it into how you want to run your life.

When the mind controls you, when you are not in control of your thoughts, your actions and everything else, the mind can become a wall to you.

It can stop you from doing things you’d like to do, it can become a hindrance where you feel you’re not capable of doing something or those times when you leave things to chance.

Whereas, how your mind can be a door to you is exactly in the opposite manner.

Here, when you’re in control, you’re the master of your mind, you control your thoughts, your emotions and your actions, what happens is when you want things to happen, instead of being the hindrance, your mind is rather the supporter, or a doorway to helping you out in your journey, your endeavours.

When it’s time, when it happens, maybe you realise to see the wall or the doorway, maybe then you understand this better, or maybe you choose to take the control right now itself and not let the wall appear at all, or even if it appears, you know that it’s disguised in the form of a doorway.

Want vs Should

Want vs Should

The biggest battle that every individual goes through, without even realising it is this…

The battle of Want vs Should.

What you want vs What you should.

What it also means is what’s right for you vs what you would like to happen irrespective of it being right or wrong for you.

For example, you should exercise, but at this moment, you want to continue scrolling on your phone or go out and socialise or watch something on your laptop.

You should eat right and not have the unhealthy processed stuff that doesn’t benefit the body, however at this time, you want to have the packet of chips or have some cookies because you feel hungry right now.

Another example is, based on what’s right for you, you should schedule an hour or so everyday to read or learn something new, but because of whatever reason, you want to use that time to consume something entertaining and push the should to later.

As you’d notice with these micro examples of life, what usually happens is our wants take over our shoulds, and every time we push the should, we basically postpone what’s right for you and what you should actually do for yourself, in order to be better, in order to grow, in order to improve yourself.

The ‘what we want’ basically becomes a quicker, lazier way of making decisions which temporarily makes you satisfied vs taking the efforts and doing ‘what you should’ because that would take more out of you.

There are hundreds of examples of ‘want vs should’ which, if one reads, would be like a pin to the heart because that would make you realise the things that you do wrong, irrespective of knowing the outcome of it.

Every time, anything is put under this perspective, it’s an eye-opener for someone who would then probably understand what they should do vs what they want to do.

This applies to micro as well as macro situations in life, it’s only up to you to choose when you’d like to apply it and whether you choose to be on that path or not.

The voice leads to conclusion!

The voice leads to conclusion!

Most of the times, with most of our situations in life, we often jump to conclusions without even trying.

The conclusions that doing something would result in a certain way.

The conclusions that choosing another path has an outcome of a certain kind.

Now, you, personally haven’t tried and experimented with any of this!

Then, where do these conclusions come from?

There’s a voice within you that speaks of these conclusions!

That constantly speaks that why try this when you can avoid that unnecessary outcome.

Whose voice is that though?

Here’s what happens… usually…

One, we never know about the unnecessary outcome because its just one side of the coin and you never know until you try. You cannot avoid every situation because of the outcome.

Secondly, and more importantly, that voice we think is ours, isn’t actually ours.

Let me explain!

The voice inside your head is an amalgamation of everything you’ve been taught, every conversation you’ve had and every person you’ve met.

Quite often, what people do themselves and what they tell you forms into this voice in your head.

So, when this voice speaks to you, it isn’t truly yours or what you want, but people’s opinions and what they’d think when you do something is what’s embedded into this voice in your head.

Now this voice is what ultimately and unfortunately, leads you to these conclusions.

Are you carrying a heavy backpack?

Are you carrying a heavy backpack?

I have two questions for you.

Are you carrying a backpack?

And

How heavy is it?

How about two more questions?

Do you have past memories, past worries, opinions and judgments troubling you?

Is that causing the heaviness?

Anything of the past that we are holding on to forms into this backpack that we have to carry throughout.

Two things happen here…

A. The more you hold on to, the heavier it becomes. That results into you slowing down and not being able to move forward as you’d want.

B. Until you don’t realise you’re carrying this backpack, you won’t be able to get rid of it.

Before you move on, ask yourself these questions, just wonder about them for a minute because this one minute could be changing your life.

Empathy is the answer!

Empathy is the answer!

When you’re able to empathise with another person,
their perspective,
their situation,
their problems

you not only broaden your relationship with the people around you;

But you also open your mind to more possibilities and more opportunities.

And that helps you win not only in your personal life but your professional life as well.

Empathy is always the answer.

“Empathy has got me so much more, so much farther in not only my life, but in my career.” – Ryan Reynolds

You chose this!

You chose this!

Whenever you are in doubt or if something feels out of sorts and you wonder why…

Know that you chose the path you’re currently on.

Know that you chose to be the person you are.

Know that you chose to have the emotions and feelings you have right now.

Know that you chose all of this.

It all starts with being accountable of your own choices and own doings.

When you accept accountability of your decisions, then you realize it is you who has the power to also change something if you don’t like it.

You also realize that you’re in control of your life and it is you who chooses everything and anything about yourself, past, present and future.

Let your light shine!

Let your light shine!

All of us, yes all of us, have a light within us.

A light that shines around us, spreading the rays on to people around us.

The brighter the light, the more people it impacts!

However, there’s a catch too.

How dimmer or brighter the light is also depends on you, your mind, body and soul.

Nonetheless, the bottom line is, everyone has a light within them.

You only have to allow it to shine and let it impact others.

In a good way.

When you do so, you will try to make sure that the light shines brighter than usual.

And in that path, you will ensure how to make that light shine brighter and ultimately, make yourself better too.

What works?

What works?

What works for someone else might not work for me.

What works for me might not work for you.

The problem lies where we do something just because it worked for someone else.

What we fail to realize is that everyone’s paths are different, journeys are different, patterns are different.

Here in comes self-awareness.

When you become aware about yourself, you realize what truly works for you and what doesn’t too.

Then comes experimentations. Experiment with everything and know what works for you and what doesn’t.

It is then when you have tried everything and now know what works for you.

If I can change, anyone can.

If I can change, anyone can.

What I say or share may seem difficult or confusing or even impossible,

however what I want you to know is this…

I was in that same place

having those same thoughts

that this kind of a change is beyond me.

What did I do then?

Well…

I knew I wanted to take that first step to taste that new experience.

I had seen the results, so even though the start was difficult, I knew what the process looked like.

Once I took that first step, it was just a whole new world for me.

Walking upon this path of self growth and self improvement.

What I want you to know is this…

If I can change, anyone can and I’ll try my best to make you aware of this path!

The choice to walk upon it will always be yours though!

Then vs Now – What’s changed over time?

Then vs Now – What’s changed over time?

In this quest of understanding and becoming self aware about who I am, what my voice is, what my strengths and weaknesses are, how my thoughts amd actions affect me and others around me, how my habits affect me, I was in a retrospective mode thinking about all of these things.

Not just that, but who I was before, who I am now, the old me, the new me, how I have been able to pin point certain areas of my life that needed a change and then worked on it and yet, there’s so much more to work on.

This is the journey of self-improvement and everyday I’m grateful that I get to improve myself or at least become aware of what I need to improve one bit at a time.

However, doing just that made me create this list of my THEN vs NOW and what’s changed me over time.

Why am I sharing this with you?

Well, the more I learn, the more I want to share.

Not just my personal growth. But, how you can grow too, how you can improve too, how you can change your life too.

A list of such kind helps in showing that if I can change, then you can change too and if this can inspire you to take a step in that direction, then why not?

Self!

Self!

Self-growth, Self-improvement, Self-care, why is the word ‘Self’ added here?

What is the point that is being tried to communicate to you?

Until you don’t care about yourself, how will you take care of others around you?

Until you don’t improve yourself, how will you improve the life of others around you?

Until you don’t grow yourself, how will that growth happen outside and around you?

It all starts with you!

SELF.

The starting point is the only point where you have to become selfish in order to become selfless.

In order to serve others.

In order to have an impact on others.

In order to create change.

Self – that’s where it begins.

The biggest armory of yours!

The biggest armory of yours!

Who you are, what is your real voice, what your strengths are, what your weaknesses are, what your habits are, what your thoughts are, how your words and actions affect you and others, what pushes you, what brings you down – all of such things come under self awareness.

When you become aware of everything you are and everything you do.

It tells you what you need to change, what you need to overcome, what you need to double down on.

It’s the single biggest armory of yours that you single-handedly have the power over, the knowledge of which is a strength that not everyone has.

It costs zero!

It costs zero!

It costs zero?

But what though?

The biggest values in the world

That create the most impact!

Things like kindness, empathy, gratitude and optimism cost you nothing,
it doesn’t take anything away from you,
but it helps you to live a happy and positive life.


Not only that, but you also get to spread this word around, spread some love and not to forget, when you’re optimistic, good things just happen in your life.

Write the invoice of your own life!
5 Tips to improve your Work from Home experience

5 Tips to improve your Work from Home experience

If you’re working from home, you’d agree that the hours are not fixed anymore, sometimes it gets tiring, the exhaustion gets to you at the end of the day and if there’s anything you’d do to change the mood, you would.

Thinking of that, one of the things that occurred to me is that when you’re on your laptop all day long, whether you’re on your bed or on your desk, or even switching between them, what’s also happening is that you’re hooked onto the screen until you get that break.

However, there are a few tidbits here and there that can help you to take care of your mind and body whilst putting in the work that can help you at the end of the day, and doing them every day will only benefit you on a macro level too.

Not to forget, work from home will be a norm for now and for the future, so it’d be better to pick up some beneficial habits for a better outcome.

So here they are –

  • Stand Up & Stretch

Whenever you can, as many times as you can, stand up for a minute or two at least, to open up your body and to allow the blood to circulate.

When you sit for a long amount of time, due to zero movement of the body, the muscles get rigid, which further leads to body restlessness and fatigue.


  • Hydrate Yourself

Even though you might have kept a bottle of water alongside you, in the flow of work, you might become unaware of drinking water in periods of time.

That further leads to dehydration in the body, ultimately resulting in lower energy levels in the body, more irritability, also causes lethargy, weight gain and headaches.


  • Eat Nuts/ Fruits

Instead of binge eating stuff that does not benefit the body, keep a small box of nuts beside you, on the table.

You can then have a nut or two in a while or even a fruit when you feel like eating, and that is the best form of nutrients that you could put in your body.

This, of course, is during the day and is not a substitute for your meals.


  • Maintain A Schedule

You’d think that the day is already running loose with abnormal work timings and not having a relaxation time, why would I want to make a schedule and make the day more rigid?

Well, that’s exactly why!

Because having a schedule would ensure that you get to do the other activities of your day as well, including your workout, your meals, your relaxation time as well as balancing work.


  • Practice Well-being

At this time, when you’re home and also working constantly, it is extremely important to practice your well-being, both mentally and physically.

From taking a few minute breaks here and there to practising mediation to doing workouts to taking a few walks whenever possible, everything constitutes as a part of well-being which keeps you in check.


Hope these help you better your days, ultimately making your weeks and months better as well.

It’s always the small changes which make a huge impact and change things around.

Lockdown Learnings

Lockdown Learnings

Over the past year or so, one of my main intentions has been to work on my habits, to introduce new ones, to evolve them over time and to get rid of the ones that don’t serve me any purpose.

Amongst many that literally changed me, this lock-down period allowed me to work on a few more that have been on my mind for a while or some that I didn’t think would be essential to me.

Here are some that I’ve been working on and constantly trying to improve them:

1. Daily Meditations

It allowed me to align my mind and my body, it made me more calmer, more peaceful, to let go of things, every time it’s a different experience.


2. Gadget-free Meals

To have meals without having the phone or laptop around you, without having to watch anything while eating. It first started with lunch and now dinner too, teaching me to be more mindful during meals.


3. Yoga

Whether its the suryanamaskars or some other asanas, the lockdown taught me that you can do so much without even going out. The daily growing experience and the impact on the body is immense.


4. Breath-work

The breathing exercises helps me in releasing more energy in the body, influences the blood circulation, thereby increasing the alkalinity and reducing the acidity in the body, plus changing various physiological responses


5. Cleanliness

Whether its the brooming and wiping, or the sanitisation of the items brought from outside, or the occasional cleaning of utensils and dusting, this time has made me more aware of cleanliness than ever.

Mirror Mirror

Mirror Mirror

Mirror Mirror

Answer me this question

For I don’t know the answer myself

I want to change

But I don’t know who will bring this change

The mirror says

Look within me

For I always showed you the answer

It is you alone

Who can bring change

For no one else has the power to do so

Beyond the Clouds!

Beyond the Clouds!

Sometimes clouds, dark clouds take over the sky, making it dark and dense.

At such moments, the sky isn’t visible, the rays of the sun aren’t visible.

It seems dark even in the lightest moments of the day.

However, what we should know is this…

Beyond the clouds, the bright, beautiful and the blue sky is still there and the sun is still shining out there.

It’s just that we can’t see any of it beyond the clouds, but it’s there.

It is so beautifully connected with life as well.

Where sometimes life is overshadowed by such dense clouds, even though temporary, that we lose our perspective of it being temporary and knowing that the beautiful life full of colours is still out there.

We just need to have a perspective of knowing what’s beyond the clouds even if we cannot see it.

How are you not curious?

How are you not curious?

How are you not curious anymore?

That’s what I would like to ask you today!

How are you not curious enough to question everything that you do?

How are you not curious enough to question everything that your life is conditioned to?

How are you not curious enough to question what the brands and marketers are selling you and you end up buying them?

How are you not curious enough to go beyond all of this and think of taking that step forward of questioning everything?

How are you not curious enough to ask how does life function?

Everything there is to know is out there.

All that is required is a tiny bit of curiosity from you.

That’s it.

Some curiosity, some questions, some research and you’ll have a well-garnished outcome of results that will change the way you think, the way you communicate, and the way life is.

How to use an umbrella?

How to use an umbrella?

Well, we all know how to use an umbrella and why do we use it too.

But of course, this is more than that.

I’m thinking if an umbrella can also be used, not just to protect us from the rain drops, but also from people’s unnecessary opinions and judgements.

We can agree that we aren’t strong enough to block them or let them not affect us.

Then why not use an external object to do so?

Those opinions and judgements usually create more problems to our mind and body than what the rains would have done.

In countless ways.

The moment we would notice a judgemental opinion, we would’ve opened that umbrella and let it shield us from that.

Only if there was an umbrella for that though.

Things could’ve been so much easier.

Nonetheless, since there isn’t, well, we have to become stronger and become more aware to do that umbrella work ourselves.

Create that shield to not get affected by those things, so we can live a carefree and a peaceful life.

I’ve been meditating daily for 60 days now!

I’ve been meditating daily for 60 days now!

Meditation was something that was on my mind for a while, but I could just never start doing it then.

In the last year or so, I may have done a couple of them, including a sound healing meditation (which was quite impactful), but it didn’t get implemented as a part of my lifestyle.

I always knew its advantages, I had heard people’s stories of how it had changed them but sometimes things happen according to their own timings and you can never force them.

Then the lock-down happened.

That was the time when things within me changed, my perspective changed on a lot of things, and as things aligned together, it was as if the universe wanted me to start meditating at this time.

On the 30th of March, 2020 was the first day of this streak – and I must say that the first day was groundbreaking in itself.

What I experienced was something I had never thought of.

And then, day after day, different kinds of meditation happened and I explored more and more, and different things ticked off.

I experienced moments in my life which aren’t a part of my conscious thinking, I experienced my life from a different perspective, I started looking at things differently, I visualized different chapters of my life, different settings that changed the behavior in me.

To share in detail, what it does to you, here’s how I see it –

Simply put, it helps you to align your mind and your body and be still.

It allows you to silence your thoughts and just be, not thinking about the next task, not thinking about your worries etc

It allows you to focus on your breathing patterns – which thus helps in relaxation, more energy, more calmness, more peace.

It brings inner peace within you.

It allows you to let go of things that hold you back.

It also helps in visualization of memories, goals, conversations, nature – whatever you want it to be.

There’s a lot that can be done.

Meditation then and now, is a whole different experience for me, such an essential part of life that is again never taught to us in the way we live.

To experience this, you have to take that leap and change your life is how I see it.

And there’s just advantages to it.

Today will be Day 63, to be technically right and I look forward to my meditation time now, more than anything.

3 Life Lessons to learn from the game ‘Ludo’

3 Life Lessons to learn from the game ‘Ludo’

If there was one thing apart from livestreaming and video conferencing that got popular (again) was playing Ludo.

Whether it’s the board game or the mobile game, whether its playing with family or with friends, Ludo has become that bonding game for many during this lockdown.

Said that, I’ve had my share of games with the family, and playing these many times with some wins and some really bad losses got me thinking…

There are quite a few Life Lessons too that the game teaches us!

  • You can’t give up until the game is over

How many times has it happened that the other player/s are way ahead and about to win, and there are times when, because you didn’t give up, because you were a worthy competitor playing until the end, you actually won too.

Same applies to life as well, when you’ve set your mind to something, you shouldn’t and you probably wouldn’t give up until you can’t do it anymore, but until then you won’t give up.

You will keep going, no matter what the circumstances are and no matter how much life wants to test you.


  • Just because you’re ahead doesn’t mean you’ve won

In the above scenario, you’re on the other side of the equation where you are the underdog. Here, you’re the one who’s boasting that you’re about to win.

How many times has it happened that you were leading, just the last piece remaining about to enter the final segment of the journey and someone gets you out. And that becomes the turning point of the game.

When it comes to life, doesn’t the same happen? When you’re ahead, when you’re winning, you feel there is no other and it’s just you, going forward with overconfidence – but then life gets in the way and says that you haven’t won yet.

It shows that one needs to be careful and smart until the end, know what’s going around and not to celebrate until it’s happened.


  • You need to be strategic with your moves

Another important thing that the game teaches us is how to be strategic in the game and in life.

In the game, you need to know when to play the different pieces, whether you should take the chance to cut someone else or save the other piece about to enter the save zone, but is currently in danger.

Just like in life, where you need to be strategic with your moves. You need to be aware of your surroundings and play your moves accordingly. Know which move is aggressive, which one needs to be monitored and move forward accordingly.


I’m sure if you break down the game, there could be some other things to learn too, some smaller in impact maybe. However, these are those life-changing lessons that I could think of, while playing of course.

Ready to ‘Zazz Your Life?’

Ready to ‘Zazz Your Life?’

We are now @zazzyourlife on Instagram, previously Live The Zazz Life.

What’s the mission?

We want you to take the control of your life in your hands, instead of being dependent on anyone else to provide the answers.

We want you to ZAZZ your life on your own!

What do we mean by zazz?
Well, it’s making your life more unique and awesome than before.

How do we do that?
By changing how we think, how we communicate, how we react, our habits, our goals, our purpose, how to upgrade yourself to a better version, what to eat, what to drink, what not to do and the why behind everything.

Once we learn this and once we learn to rewire our brain, we upgrade ourselves to a better and improved version of ourselves than before. That is adding the zazz to our life.

Not to forget, only you can do it. Nobody else. Not us, surely. We are just the medium in this equation.

So, are you ready to zazz your life?
Embark on this new journey with us.

It’d be deeply appreciated if you would also share our page with your loved ones so all of us can then grow together in this journey.

Here’s the link – https://www.instagram.com/zazzyourlife

Staying In with Choice

Staying In with Choice

Even though the lockdown is relaxed at a few places, it continues at many more.

The anxiousness continues for many who look at the four walls around them everyday and it is natural to feel that way too.

At the same time, there are some (I’ll include myself in this) who have come up with various activities filling the day and don’t feel that way like many others do.

Nonetheless, here’s a quick suggestion for them – how about you change the perspective for yourself?


How about you think you’re staying in with choice, and not because of the current crisis? How about you devote your staying in with a reason and then continue to pursue that?

The perspective matters and a small step like this can change your emotions, your behavior and your following days.

Not just outward, inward too.

Not just outward, inward too.

What we think

What we feel

What we eat

What we drink

What exercise we do

It not only has an effect on our exterior actions, that is the words we speak, the work we do, the things we experience,

But, it has an effect on our inner body too.

Did you know that?

Every emotion we feel releases an energy of that sort in the body too.

Every thing we eat and drink is how our body processes it, and whether it is good for the body or not, then has an outcome accordingly.

Whether we exercise or not, not just has an effect on how “slim” we become, but it has an effect on our body processes too.

Everything we do has an effect, not just on the outward, but inward too.

We usually don’t think about how it affects our body, our mind and our soul.

If we become a tiny bit more mindful than usual, then we can start taking care of our mind, body and soul, at least from now on, if not before.

What you Say is within You!

What you Say is within You!

When something is personal to you, or if it interests you, or if you’re passionate about it, then you may have realised that you can speak freely about it.

It’s like the constant flow of water in a waterfall.

Words come out of your mouth, like a melody.

That shows how authentic you are, about what you speak.

It also shows when you have to form words in your mind, because you just want to say something and it’s not authentic to you.

See the difference?

That’s why I say, what you say is within you.