optimism, Personal Excellence, Professional Growth

Choose your stage

In our life, we dream a lot. We dream about becoming an entrepreneur. We dream about becoming the CEO. We dream about becoming a writer, an artist and many more. Dreams are the visions. As famous past president of India Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam says, 

“Dream is not that which you see while sleeping it is something that does not let you sleep”

These dreams are visions. The reason they are visions because those are just wish. Occasionally, when you watch your favorite author, you wish one day you shall turnout to be an author. The same way, you see your friend who is an entrepreneur, you wish yourself that you can also become one in near future. As long as they are just wish, the dreams remain far fetched. Because, whenever you happened to hear your favorite author’s speech or meet up with your entrepreneur friend, you happened to wish. When you have this kind of vision, you are in stage 1.

In order to move from stage 1, of vision to make it a possibility, you need to envision it. Envision is all about visualizing yourself in that wish. Visualizing yourself as an author. Visualizing yourself as an entrepreneur. You relish yourself in the view of how you as an author, would give the speech. Probably sharing a smile on your face wholeheartedly, when you sign an autograph. Visualizing yourself as an effective boss for your team. When you have these repeated visualization, you have started to get immersed in these thoughts. There are sparks inside you, pushing you to capture some elements of the visualization, like what would you name your business?; or what would be the title of your first book. When you started to capture these details, make those notes you are in stage 2.

When you had started to list down the names for your business or started to write those pages for your book, you are already entering the execution stage. Execution is all about making things happen. Turning your dreams to reality. Going from vision to victory. The execution of turning dream into reality will not be an easy task. But your passion will keep you active, as like the oil to the lamp in the midnight. You will burn through multiple nights, rigorous focus on solid goal of realizing your dreams. That’s stage 3.

Now, view yourself in which stage you are. Push it forward to the next stage. If you are on stage 3, have you attained the desired result of what you visualized at the first go. Build the fountain of energy to make it happen. Sow the seeds of workmanship so as to bloom soon. 

As a poem line in Tamil language goes, 

What you sow in the west, will shine as Sun in the east. 

Be the one to shine.

Professional Growth, Task delivery, Teamwork

Effectiveness is more important

Being effective means being able to produce desired result or outcome. In our work, we mostly give higher importance to the knowhow than being effective. A task when it is delivered as per the expectation gives value to the knowhow. Else, it’s just a knowledge on the shelf of the brain. Most of the times, the individual or the team gets carried away because they have an awesome idea. They get immersed in their intelligence towards a subject. They might be the subject matter experts. The team or the individual carries the information necessary towards the task. However, when delivery of the task didn’t bring the desired outcome, how much ever of information, idea or intelligence the team has, it goes futile. At the end of the day, it’s the outcome that speaks. An effective outcome or the desired result, takes you leaps and bound. The individual or the teams’ consistency of being effective is more important that anything.

Ideas, Personal Excellence

What you want to do?

How often do you get lost in what you want to do? It can be with respect to your work, your passionate project, a side hustle or writing a blog etc. I would share my own example here. Though, I had seen myself as a speaker most of times, was thinking how can I make it more easier for wider audience to reach. The idea sparked when I was reading the book “Good to great” by Jim Collins. In the book, the author refers to an organization growth in terms of graphs and diagrams. That’s where my idea was conceived. The idea was how can I simplify the motivation themes into a visual representation. Once I had conceived, I started to do research about various motivational lines, dialogues, quotes etc available. Collected those and started to create one. At the initial go, it took anywhere between 2-3 hrs for me to create one. The reason being, the lines should not only inspire or share a meaning full takeaway, but the visual representation has to resonate the inspiration in a far more simpler way. 

Taking these two baselines, I started to coach myself. I wanted to release 100+ designs over 50 days. That would call for minimum 2 designs/day; so that those are released as blogs every day. Being creative process, I understood that once you are done with the work for that day, probably after 2-3hrs you get tired. I would call it as being drained. Hence, in order to keep up with new ideas as well as the momentum, I had some of my favorite music playing in the background as I work. Also started to log my own progress. This practice and the inertia from the log book of progress, had helped to do a design in less than 40 mins and sometimes its only 15 minutes. This rhythmic practice induces the cells with in the brain to be ready for the game, as this had become a ritual in my life now.

Now, what you see is the outcome of those results from the last fortnight of work. I am carrying out this journey of making it simplified as much as possible. This is how you can also 

  1. Conceive an idea, 
  2. Calculate the various dependencies for the idea to grow into a offering, 
  3. Coach yourself so that you practice to deliver it with ease
  4. Carryout the execution, till you reach a level where it becomes common; That’s when you start to renew to conceive an all new one for another execution.

Personal Excellence

Manage Time not Time to Manage you.

Manage time not time to manage you

The important aspect for all of us is, how to manage time. Have you realized, when you don’t plan your activities properly; you will always find you are running short of time. During that course, you will realize that with the limited time in hand, you had been forced to deliver your task. You would also realize, that when you have time in hand you could have delivered a better work. Hence, it leads to the fundamental aspect about planning. Plan well, so that you can manage time rather than time managing you.

Professional Growth

Your work speaks for yourself

Work speaks for you2

What you recall when you think Apple? It’s iPhone. What you recall when you think Nike? It’s sports shoes. The reason you were able to recall is its the product that speaks. The product is the outcome of the work that had been done over the years. So, when your colleagues think about your name, they should be able to recall the work or your speciality. Let your work speak for yourself. Build your mastery in the work you do.

Personal Excellence, Professional Growth

3P’ of Luck

3P's of luck

Most of the times, we think, luck is something that we need to be blessed with. The way luck work is good luck follows hard work around. So in order to be lucky you have 3P’s within you. The 3P’s are Practice, Perseverance, Patience. To reach your goal, you need to  be skilled at it. That happens by practice. Then you follow your goal continuously. The same passion with which you started at the initial go. That’s perseverance. During the perseverance stage, you might get diluted or distracted. Be patient enough, for you will achieve your goal.

Professional Growth, Task delivery

Treat your task as delivering an art

The unique strength of any craftsman is that, they deliver their work as an art. Have you seen, pottery craftsman in action. You can visibly see that, his fingers and hand swiftly as well as smoothly play with the clay before it transforms into a pot. The reason is that, though it is his work, his practice towards the work had made him a craftsman. The craftsman who makes beautiful pots continuously. Similarly, when you practice your task, you become adopted to it. That’s when your working style, should be like delivering an art work.

Treat your task as art

Personal Excellence

Influence. Influenced. Influencer.

Influence. Influenced. Influencer.

When you wish to make a change or an impact, you need to know what you want to do. The best way is to get influenced in the subject. When you wish to become an artist, learn about artistry. You obviously get influenced by specific artists in the domain. Once you adopt, learn, practice and evolve you will become an influencer. Thus, when you wish to make a change, get influenced by the change.

Personal Excellence

You are your own Brand

Most of the times we confuse between the accessories and brands. The so-called brand cannot be in existence, if you as a buyer doesn’t exist. Actually, you are the brand these brands are after. Once you understand, you can clearly build your brand value. All other brands, you will understand are just accessories.

You are your own brand