Action is the real measure of Intelligence !

Monday Greetings !

take-actionYou see, lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough…  You must take action.

Elbert Hubbard says – “To avoid criticism – do nothing – say nothing – and you will be nothing.”

Many times people don’t take initiative because they fear. The must know, the best-known cure for the fear of failure is action – that’s right, action.

Sometimes actions are much more meaningful than words.

A hug can sometimes express more than our words will ever express. Sometimes, just being there to listen is more meaningful and helpful to people.

Henry Ford has said – ‘Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask… Act! Action will delineate and define you’.

Simply put, focusing on doing your best will always lead to you achieving your best. You will end up surrounded by the fruits of life !

Have a great week ahead !

Today is Yesterday’s Tomorrow

Greetings to you this Monday Morning ! 

today The problem with waiting until tomorrow.. is that when it finally arrives.. it is called today. 

The question is what did we do with its opportunity? 

Each of us must pause frequently to remind ourselves that the clock is ticking. The clock that is ticking away the moments of our lives does not care about winners and losers. It does not care about who succeeds or who fails. It does not care about excuses, fairness or equality. The only essential issue is how we played the game. 

Time is the great equalizer of all mankind. It has taken away the best and the worst of us without regard for either. Time offers opportunity but demands a sense of urgency. Regardless of a person’s current age, there is a sense of urgency that should drive them into action now – this very moment. We should be constantly aware of the value of each and every moment of our lives. 

We still have all the time we need. We still have lots of chances – lots of opportunities – lots of years to show what we can do.

There will be a tomorrow, a next week, a next month, and a next year.  But unless we develop a sense of urgency, those brief windows of time will be sadly wasted, as were the weeks and months and years before them. There isn’t an endless supply ! 

so remember, all too often we will waste tomorrow as we wasted yesterday, if we are wasting today. 

Have a happy day today and as usual make it a great week ahead !

Happiness is viral.. go infect someone !

Greetings to you on this Monday Morning !

happy A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.. and yes, Happiness is An Attitude!

We either make ourselves miserable, or happy & strong. The amount of work is the same. No one else makes us angry. We make ourselves angry when we surrender control of our attitude. We choose, not they. They merely put our attitude to a test. Happiness is not something readymade. Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

It only takes one person to make you happy and change your life: YOU !

It’s like this – Nothing is interesting if you’re not interested. Happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts. Happiness is not about what you have, where you are, or what you’ve been through that makes you happy or unhappy, it’s how you think about it all. It starts on the inside. You control your thoughts. Therefore, stop focusing on how stressed you are and remember how blessed you are. Count your blessings while others are adding up their troubles. No amount of money will make you happy if you aren’t happy with yourself.

Great challenges make life interesting; overcoming them makes life meaningful. It’s how you deal with failure that determines your happiness and success. Let your mistakes be your motivation, not your excuses. Decide right now that negative experiences from your past won’t predict your future.

Live simply. Love generously. Speak truthfully. Breathe deeply. Do your best. Leave everything else to the powers above you.

Give it a thought.. be happy and as usual make it a great week ahead !

Start and Lead a Passionate Life !

Monday Greetings on the eve of Gudi Padwa !

padwa Festive occasions like this provide us to meet-greet-celebrate and enrich the quality of life.

To get better in every aspect of life, you first need to tap the treasurers of your hidden potential and surface it with new resolutions. Then empower them with ideas and fuel your aspirations with passion & focus.

 

‘Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending’ — Carl Bard. Superb !!

A person without passion has no more value than a candle without a flame or fire without light. Passion means zeal, enthusiasm, or fervor that relentlessly drives one forward. Passion is a burning desire that creates commitment to a person, project, or life.  To be of value, passion must be illuminated by knowledge. 

Consider for a moment, what are the alternatives to a life of passion?

How would you choose to go to your work with a smile or a straight face? What kind of life would you choose .. an empty life or one filled with purpose? How does your day start with a positive charge or with a boredom ? At the end of life, you would like to be a survivor or a success?. It’s worth thinking about..

One of the most successful global industrialist Charles Schwab, said it wisely – “The person who does not work for the love of work but only for money is not likely to make money nor to find much fun in life.”

Always remember, whenever it is a matter of ability or passion, passion is always the victor in the battle.

Start and lead a passionate life and make it a success !

Creativity is a Masterpiece Quality !

Greetings to you this Monday Morning !

Webster defines Creative Thinking as “the ability to be productive through imaginative skills”. Perfect !

imagine Take a moment to think.. what this really means is to ..  ‘establish results, benefits and profits through creativity’.  

Notice that he makes no reference to technological skills or training. He says nothing about academic proficiency, administrative talents or scanning the Internet. He mentions only one method and that is to utilize the imagination And imagination, he reminds us, is ‘the forming of mental images (ideas) of things not present to the senses or never before wholly perceived’. 

Einstein describes, “Creativity is seeing what others see and thinking what no one else has thought.” Brilliant !

Ideas are the substance of the imagination. They are the effects of creative thinking. When people ignore or overlook new ideas and concepts, they risk becoming victims of another’s creative initiative regardless of their technological competence.

Leonardo Da Vinci,  one of the greatest geniuses of creativity, even so many years after his death we are still amazed at his remarkable credentials. 500 years ago he:

   – drew blueprints for the world’s first helicopter

   – drew blueprints for a submarine

   – built an extendable ladder that is still being used by fire departments today

   – build the world’s first hydraulic jack

   – and 500 years ago he built a water powered alarm clock!

Creativity is a skill that everyone has to some extent. There are ways to improve your ability to create and generate new ideas. Not everyone can be a great artist or a creative genius, but it makes sense to make the most of the potential we are given.  So take some time to tap into your greatest power — the power of the imagination and increase your creativity in all areas of life.

Hope you enjoyed the reading.. as usual make it a great week ahead ! 

Rhythm of Life

Rhythm is the ‘music’ not in the ears but goes right in the middle of the ears.

Rhythm is simply the timing of the sounds and silences. Rhythm2

While rhythm most commonly applies to sound, it may also refer to visual performance as ‘timed movement through space’.

The famous Michael Jackson has said it wonderfully – ‘To live is to be musical, starting with the blood dancing in your veins. Everything living has a rhythm. Do you feel your music?’. So true !

Life is like dancing. There is a big floor, many people dance and some are tuned-in many are not. When the rhythm changes, very few can orchestrate swiftly while most others struggle. Just like the music on the dance floor, life is changing all the time. Action and reaction, ebb and flow, trial and error, change – this is the rhythm of living.

Just think about it, things we enjoy doing most are often done in Rhythm. Be it sports, art, group performance, work or even a house hold activity.

Practicing Rhythm in daily routine not only helps you concentrate more but also makes you more stress free.

Simply put, Rhythm Makes The Routine Better ..

Values In Our Purpose ..

core-values-banksGreeting to you this Monday Morning !

We all need a reason for living. The stronger the reason, the more motivation we have.

Knowing and living according to your values has a number of benefits. Firstly by making a commitment to demonstrate your values on a daily basis you have a very clear code of ethics and standards to live by, this makes it easier to respond positively to the ups and downs of daily living. Secondly, by choosing to act on these values you break the pattern of reacting, and this is how you change old beliefs and create new beliefs about yourself. And most importantly acting on these values makes you feel better… and happier.

You can describe values in two categories : 1. Being and 2. Having Values.

Your being values are the character traits of the ideal person you would like to be. for example : kind, loving, generous, inspirational, peaceful, wise and even powerful. By acting on these values you ‘give’ to others through your actions and you inspire others by being a positive role model. Mastering being these character traits becomes your life purpose.

On other side, Your having values are the feelings you need to create in order to be happy. These could be companionship, achievement, support, being valued or sense of security. This is what you ‘receive’ and value. You take responsibility for filling your own needs by taking steps to create these feelings and conditions in your life.

When you react you give your power away. All you have to do is observe the world around you and you will see people reacting constantly, and it doesn’t make them happy.

When you consciously choose to act on your values you not only feel good about yourself, you reinforce your chosen beliefs.

Have a great week ahead !

A Peak Performer

Every day you become more aware of your abilities and recognize that opportunities to stretch your capabilities are limitless.

peak performanceYou desire change, growth, and challenge, and a healthy self-esteem provides the energy.

Becoming a Peak Performer is by-product of high self-esteem. Observe the peak performers around, you will find a common trait in them – effective self.

Understand, an effective self-talk is a fuel of the self-esteem. Here is an interesting list of ‘Self Talk Statements’ that is used for effective coaching & mentoring, to develop peak performers.

“I am motivated and have a mission with realistic and measurable goals.

I expect and appreciate change.

I stand up for my own opinions and values and respect others.

I am patient, kind, gentle, and compassionate.

I am not afraid of making mistakes or of taking reasonable risks.

I am my own coach. I engage in positive self-talk and rehearsal.

I am a life-long student. I am always ready to learn, and I know growth takes sustained effort.

I will learn from every experience if I choose.

I accept complete responsibility for everything I think, say, feel, and do”.

Peak performers have more than goals, they have a vision of what their life will mean to themselves and others.

Peak performers make sure each step taken in the present keeps them on the road toward their future.

Make it a great performance in the week ahead !

SMAC To Drive India IT 3.0 Growth

PP_NILFIndia’s IT-BPM industry is a key growth factor as far as its contribution is concerned in relation to country’s exports, employment rate, infrastructure development, GDP growth, education and innovation.

I was at NASSCOM’s 25th India Leadership Forum 2014 demonstrated the resilience of Indian IT-BPM sector at Grand Hyatt, Mumbai with1500+ delegates from more than 30 countries and diverse industries.

The core theme of ILF 2014 was the Digital Revolution, and how Indian IT-BPM industry can leverage and sustain on this decade’s big growth engine with the next phase of business models and the convergence of technologies. SMAC (Social media, Mobility, Analytics, and Cloud) technologies to fuel growth Future of industry — a complete blend of services, products, solutions and platforms

In the past decade, Indian firms have acquired the scale and skills necessary to deliver large scale, complex transformation projects. However, the vast majority of these projects are linear in nature, with their revenue directly linked to resources. As far as IP is concerned, most Indian firms are still at an initial stage of IP development. Creating, managing and monetizing Intellectual Property (IP) is expected to drive the Indian IT-BPM industry in the coming decade.

Many world leaders shared their experiences and benefits obtained by them from Indian IT sector and their requirements and growing expectations from our IT industry to devise a customized models for them. According to a survey conducted by a global consulting firm of 100 IT companies worldwide, India and China are at the center of disruptive technologies after the US. However, in India, the low risk appetite of VCs and PE investors remains the biggest challenge for innovation.

NASSCOM expects the industry to clock export revenues around 85 Bn$ maintaining a growth rate of around 13% with domestic market to reach 1200 Bn INR with a grow rate at average 14%.

namoApart from the technology leaders and innovators, ILF also witnessed some outstanding speeches and two most discussed speeches in the social media were by Narendra Modi and RBI Governor Raghuram. Modi unveiled his vision for Growth & Brand India – IT+IT=IT (Indian Talent + Information Technology = India Tomorrow), with an emphasis on inclusive growth needs an inclusive infrastructure first, to bring down the digital divide. The RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan called for greater collaboration between IT and BFSI industry to develop technologies that would address the issue of financial inclusion for the masses in India, where at least 40% of the population still does not have access to financial services.

There is an increasing adoption of digital technologies by every company, across every industry, in every market, and according to NASSCOM, India is well positioned to meet the global growth projections of $300 Bn by 2020.

Intellectual Honesty !

Greetings to you on Monday Morning !

Intellectual Honesty is defined as ~ Honesty in the acquisition, analysis, and transmission of ideas.

intellectual_honestyIn simple words, Intellectual honesty is an applied method of problem solving in academia, characterized by an unbiased, honest attitude, which can be demonstrated in a number of different ways: 

• One’s personal beliefs do not interfere with the pursuit of truth;

• Relevant facts and information are not purposefully omitted or hidden even when such things may contradict one’s hypothesis;

• Facts are presented in an unbiased manner, and not twisted to give misleading impressions or to support one view over another;

• References are acknowledged where possible, and plagiarism is avoided

Great business leadership is characterized by honesty, truthfulness, and straight dealing with every person, under all circumstances. This law requires that you be impeccably honest with yourself and others. Perhaps the most important thing you do as a leader is to be a good role model. Lead by example. Walk the talk. Live the life. Always carry yourself as though everyone is watching, even when no one is watching.

As Brigham Young says ~ Honest hearts produce honest actions.

A key mark of integrity in human relations is consistency, both internal and external. The best leaders are consistent from one day to the next, from one situation to the next. People know what to expect. There are no surprises. Being consistent also means that you treat everyone the same.

As usual, make it a great week ahead.