Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Beating Procrastination - The Hurdle Between You and Success

Beating Procrastination - Never Give UpIn my last article I introduced you to Procrastination - The tendency to delay important tasks. Believe me knowingly or unknowingly you may get involved into it. If you are not sure about whether or not you have a tendency to procrastinate, just examine carefully your daily routine. If you find that you have the tendency to procrastinate, then just follow these simple steps in order to beat it 'coz any degree of procrastination is really a hurdle between you and your success.

1. Make a List of Short Term & Long Term Goals

First of all recognize your goals for relatively short & long terms. List them down on a paper. This would help you to identify the tasks, based on these goals, which you need to do immediately and the ones which you can postpone for a while.

2. Prioritize the Tasks

Once you have identified the tasks that you need to carry out, based on your goals, they should be prioritized in terms of their importance. Most important and urgent tasks should be highly prioritized. Less important tasks can wait for a little later.

3. Take Baby Steps

As stated earlier, main reason for delaying the tasks for later (or Procrastination) is that either you are not interested in doing that task or it is too difficult for you to do. However, when it is important for you to do this task a good way is to take baby steps instead of opting to complete the whole task at once. Break up the task into the smallest possible units and assign milestones for each unit. When you achieve a milestone it will give you a sense of satisfaction and would motivate you to go for more. This will also reduce your frustration, to some extent, because then you would have at least done something in the direction of completing that task.

4. Reward Yourself on Completion of Small Milestones

Give yourself some positive motivation when you achieve every single milestone by rewarding yourself. This will help in building a self confidence in yourself that it is possible for you to complete this task. As soon you build a belief that you will be able to complete the task, half the battle is won. 

I am sure,
above would be helpful for you to beat procrastination and achieve your goals in life. In case you have any experiences in life, related to Procrastination, or any views, you are most welcome to share them on this blog.

Saturday, 29 June 2013

Procrastination - An Art of Delaying Things & A Recipe for Failure

There would be times in your life when you would have postponed certain tasks. If you do it once in a while (and that too for less important tasks) then it's alright but if find yourself in a habit of doing it regularly, then you might be a victim of Procrastination.

What is Procrastination?

Procrastination, is basically an act of putting off essential tasks for a later date. Less important tasks get picked up instead of more essential ones. However simple the definition of Procrastination may look but its consequences are not at all simple. Procrastination really leads to failure, depression, anxiety and as a result people start giving up and finally lose on the purpose of their life.

Reasons of Procrastination?

There could be several reasons for Procrastination. People put off important tasks because either they don't enjoy doing it or they think that those tasks are real hard to do. Another reason could be that people think that they can't do that task perfectly as others might be able to do it.

Whatever the reasons maybe but it is important to note that Procrastination is a dangerous habit. One can get rid of it but if you don't think about getting rid of it seriously, then there are definitely dangerous consequences for yourself and the ones whom you care about.

Friday, 21 June 2013

Derek Redmond - A Story of Courage. A Story of Never Giving Up!!

In 1992 Barcelona Olympics, during the 400 meters semi final race, an unusual thing happened. British athlete Derek Redmond, who had posted fastest time in the first round and had won the quarter finals, created history - not by winning the race but by showing his great spirit of courage and never give up attitude. He started well in the semi final race but about 250 meters from the finish his hamstring snapped. He hobbled to a halt with pain and then fell down on the ground. The stretcher bearers came in to take him away  from the track but he decided to finish the race. He began to hobble down the track alone. Then he was joined by his father, Jim Derek, who barged in post security to get his son. Derek finished the lap of the track, with his father, while leaning on his shoulder for support. He had lost the race but he won the hearts of 65000 people in the stadium, who paid a standing ovation when he completed the lap, by showing his attitude that he was not going to give up so easily. He had exhibited extra ordinary level of courage. Redmond's struggle in the 1992 semi-final later became the subject of one of the International Olympic Committee's 'Celebrate Humanity' videos, which proclaimed "Force is measured in kilograms. Speed is measured in seconds. Courage? You can't measure courage".

This is really an inspiring video. It really reinforces my belief that if you commit yourself to achieve a goal, nothing in this universe can stop you from achieving it. It is your determination, your attitude to never give up on your dreams, that would lead you to success in achieving your purpose of life on this earth.

Thursday, 20 June 2013

The Story of Terry Fox - Never Give Up

Life story of Terrance Stanley "Terry" Fox, an athlete from Canada, is a true example of never giving up in life. Terry was a distance runner and basketball player for his school and university. He was diagnosed with cancer in 1977 and his right leg had to be amputated for that reason. However, he kept on running and playing basketball with an artificial leg. He won three national championships in wheelchair basketball in Vancouver. Being a true humanitarian he decided to start "Marathon of Hope", a cross country run in 1980. He began from St. John's, Newfoundland in Canada in April with very less people knowing him. He ran equivalent to a full marathon length every day. He had huge fan following in a few days. His dream was to collect at least 1 dollar from each of above 24 million Canadians in order to setup a charity for cancer research. He was forced to stop his run after running 3339 miles in 143 days because the cancer had spread to his lungs. By February of the following year, $24.17 million were raised for his charity thus realizing his dream of collecting $1 from every Canadian. He died in June, 1981. 

He had decided that if would live, he would prove himself prove himself deserving of life. He had found his purpose of life and had decided that whatever time he had to live on this earth, he would utilize it for achieving his mission. He never gave up on his dreams till he lived!!

Monday, 10 June 2013

Never Give Up On Your Dreams Song

Really nice song, telling you to never give up on your dreams. This song was dedicated to Terry Fox, who in 1981 had to stop the 'Marathon of Hope' due to recurrence of cancer. This song by Rod Stewart is one of my favorites. Hope you guys also enjoy this. 

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Follow Your Dreams Quote

There is a fantastic quote showcasing the importance of following your dreams.

There is one great truth on this planet; whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, its because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. It's your mission on earth.

So basically it means that whatever you have ever thought that you want (in other words - you have dreamt of), it is because that desire actually originated in the soul of universe. Your dreams are your purpose, your reason to be on this earth. Your dreams guide you of what you have to do while you are on this earth. So it is important to follow your dreams without any fears of any kind of failure. Obviously there would be hurdles in your way but never give up on your dreams. If you give up and don't follow your dreams you will not be able to achieve them and that would simply mean that the purpose of your coming on this earth got defeated.

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Inspirational Quote - Why Not?

A very impressive and inspirational thought by George Bernard Shaw! Your potential of doing anything is in your mind rather than anywhere else! Opportunities are always there in the environment around us, however they can be only identified by people who have an urge to find them.

It normally happens when we come across some idea. We would then think how would we do it. If it seems difficult to do that task we get less enthusiastic about it and ultimately the crucial time, when some action had to be taken, runs out. And that way we loose that opportunity to create or do something new and valuable. But successful people look at the hidden opportunity in that particular task and start taking actions. The 'how do we do it' parts gets sorted out automatically when they start going deeper into the details.

Another positive message is to apply out of the box thinking to your dreams. Always think about your dreams from a different point of view. Never give up on your dreams. Think what would have happened if Wright Brothers would have given up on their dream to fly after some unsuccessful attempts to fly? We would never have been able to cut down on our travel times, leave alone targeting to reach the moon!

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Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Inspirational Quotes About Friendship - 1

Today I stumbled upon this wonderful and inspirational quote about friendship on a wonderful blog. This is so true. People often try to find big things, deals in friendship and that's where the vested interest creeps in and as a result, either the friendship ends or gets ugly. They fail to understand that true friendship is not about expecting but its about giving joy, support to the friend. There are so many little things, moments which would actually make the friendship a success. I will continue to post more inspirational quotes about friendship when I come across them.

Monday, 3 June 2013

Never Give Up On Your Dreams

Everything on this earth has been created with a purpose! You need to realize that you also have a purpose in life. Your dreams are your key to find out what is your purpose in life! However you will have to believe that you have been made capable of achieving all your dreams. The only condition to your success is that you should never give up on your dreams. You need to understand that you are only going to live once and the time is now to make your life successful. You need to believe that you deserve to be successful. You are in no way lesser or smaller than any other successful person on this earth. You need to follow up with your dreams with patience and persistence and you will eventually succeed in realizing your dreams.

This song is really very motivating and gives a very positive message i.e. never give up on your dreams. No matter what hurdles you face in achieving your dreams, you should never give up. I hope you all enjoy this really motivational song. I will keep on bringing more motivational material for you, so enjoy this lovely song. 

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Funny Facebook Picture

funny picture

Between all the serious thoughts about positive attitude and patience, persistence, success, etc., a funny picture for you to look at and enjoy. For those who have never seen these kind of pics, this is a puncture repair shop. The owner seems to be so much impressed by facebook that he has named his shop after it. And for welcome it reads "Log In". Truly amazing and funny. Picture courtesy -

Positive Attitude Makes A Difference

Positive Attitude

Like a little pebble can create ripples in a large pond, similarly Attitude is a little thing which can create big differences in one's life. Your positive attitude towards things in life would help you to achieve even toughest of the goals. Inculcating sincerity, honesty, commitment, dedication & positivity in your attitude can push you towards success, while a negative attitude and approach in life can push you far away from it.

Thursday, 30 May 2013

FOMO - Fear of Missing Out

This is a new kind of fear - Fear of Missing Out or FOMO. People often don't want to stay behind anyone. One of my neighbor went for an exotic holiday to Thailand, one of my friend bought the latest version of a sedan, one of my colleagues prepared a very good presentation about a new initiative, one of my colleagues was applauded at office today while no one talked about me. All these are examples of FOMO. Researches suggest that this phenomenon has gained strength during recent past. Researchers are also studying the ways FOMO is influenced by social media. Whatever the reason may be for the rise of this phenomenon but the bottom line is that it leads to fear and causes an increase in depression and anxiety especially amongst young people. In extreme cases this may lead to violence or even feeling of shame. So what is the solution to keep yourself safe from this syndrome?
1. Use Social Media Sites Only For What They Are Meant For
Social media sites are meant for keeping in touch with old / new friends, family, relatives, colleagues, etc. One needs to understand that while it is good to update about yourself and take updates about others but there is no need to turn into a maniac and over do it.
2. Believe In Yourself
One needs to have confidence in himself / herself and not always crave for attracting other people's attention all the time. If someone did not talk about you at certain point of time or someone ignored you some time, its alright. There is nothing great to worry about. Your attitude, talent, etc. will bring you in the limelight.
3. Learn To Be Satisfied
It is important to feel satisfied with whatever you have at certain point of time. Learn to identify that point of time when you need to tell yourself to stop running after stuff and be satisfied with whatever you have at that moment.
Hope by doing all of the above you would be able to keep Fear of Missing Out or FOMO away from yourself.


Monday, 4 February 2013

Vitamins For Success

Necessary vitamins for the good health of your self confidence and these are really required for success in life.

Keep The Faith! Hold On!!

Things may look out of control at many times in life. But if you just keep the faith and hold on things will get better. Just remember if the good time didn't last even the bad time won't last too longer. Make use of the bad time to improve yourself and never give up.

Saturday, 2 February 2013

What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger

In the times when you are overloaded with issues in life, you may feel that you are weak and will break some day. But the truth is that if the problems make you stronger. Believe in yourself and maintain the never give up attitude and all the problems would one day be resolved. In addition, you would be strong enough to face any kind of situation in life and even if there are problems in life they would look very small and you would be easily able to overcome them.

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Don't Be Pushed By Your Problems. Follow Your Dreams!!

There is not a single human on this earth who has never faced a problem in his or her life. Problems will always be there and will try to push you back. But successful people are always led by their dreams. They never give up because of the problems. They always try to look for ways to get away from the problems and make this world a better place to live.

Here are certain tips to avoid being pushed by problems:

Don't Panic. Try to be cool and calm when you are entangled in problematic situations. I know it can be difficult at times but remaining calm and focused on your objectives is the only way out of the problems. Try to be happy and show it to everyone.

There Is A Solution For Every Problem. Just Keep On Searching For It. Keep searching for options in order to get your problems resolved. Make yourself sure that there is a solution to every problem. If you persistently keep on searching for solutions you will definitely get one.

Prioritize. You may have multiple problems. You may not be able to solve all the problems in one go. Make a list of the problems that you want to resolve and prioritize them in the order of severity. Target to resolve one problem at a time and plan accordingly.

Look At Others Problems. As I said earlier everyone on this earth has a problem in life. Until you look at or understand other people's problem, you may feel that your problem is the biggest in this world. But when you look at people and try to understand their problems, you would come across even bigger problems which people have. That will be the time when you would think that your problem is very small and you would be thankful. 

Follow Your Dreams. The most important thing of all is to simply follow your dreams. Don't worry about the hurdles that would come in your way while trying to realize your dreams. Patience and endurance are the key to success here. Have patience and never give up, you will see how easy it is actually to be successful.

Sunday, 27 January 2013

What Is Atelophobia? How Is It A Blocker To Success?

I want to be perfect in everything that I do, I say, I wear... But is it really possible or even desirable to be perfect always?? 

People too often become victims of Atelophobia in other words 'fear of imperfection'. But one should always remember that mistakes are eye openers. They add to a person's experience. Mistakes are very normal. Till the time, you do not try to do a thing that you have never done before, you cannot do it. Any kind of fear of failure in doing that task perfectly is just a blocker which is blocking your learning and jeopardizing your confidence.

Some important points to remember about mistakes:

You Learn From Your Mistakes. If you made a mistake while doing anything be sure that your mistake teaches you to do it better next time. Your chances of achieving success are more because this time you are more experienced than before.

You Learn From Other's Mistakes. You watch people around you doing stuff daily. Humans tend to learn from each other's mistakes. You should always add to your learning curve the lessons learnt from other people's mistakes. 

Even Cream Of The Crop Perfectionists Make Mistakes. It's important to remember that no one on this earth is immune to making mistakes. Even the well known, successful people have made mistakes at some point or the other in their life. The only reason that they have become successful is that they were not afraid of making mistakes and taking lessons from them.

Mistake In First Attempt Is Alright. When you do a task first time it is perfectly alright if you commit a mistake, though you should try your level best to be right first time (and be sure that the mistake is not fatal or threat to life). But you should build your experience from there on and in your subsequent attempts should be able to overcome those mistakes.

Monday, 21 January 2013

Inspirational Quotes Series

Really a very nice quotation. I stumbled upon this picture on the internet and thought will share this on my blog. It's the thoughts of human being that really makes the difference. If you think good, you get good things in life. If you think about bad things, you really get bad things attracted in your life. That exactly proves that secret law of attraction is at work here. 

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Inspiration Quote - 1

Every human has the potential to create the future for himself or herself. As said earlier, whatever you visualize becomes a reality. So always try to see good things which you want in life, think of them and you will one day surely get them for yourself. 

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Funny Inspirational Video - Be Positive To Be Happy

This is really very funny and yet inspirational video. Though it might be just an ad for a baby product but still its very creative and interesting. Moreover, its quite motivational and inspirational. It shows how a person with positive attitude is able to fight all the odds and manages to be happy in his life.

Monday, 14 January 2013

How Important Is Setting Right Goals For Success In Life?

I was reading this interesting story of a farmer and his dog. The dog would run after every passing car to some distance and try to overtake it. Obviously due to the high speed of the car, the dog would give up shortly. Once a friend of the farmer asked, "would he ever be able to take over some car"? "I am not worried whether he would ever be able to take over a car or not, rather I am concerned what would he do at all even after he takes over one", replied the farmer.

This is very true even in our lives. It happens often that people start pursuing meaningless goals. However, at a point of time when they don't see any results coming out of that effort, they end up abandoning them. This abandonment does not come alone, it brings along frustration, sadness and a fear of starting anything new, each time. Therefore good choice of goals, before you set them up for yourself and start pursuing, is the key to success.

Take Time To Identify Proper Goals. First and foremost step towards success is to identify appropriate goals in life. This applies for both short term and long term goals. Brainstorm a list of potential goals and take time to compare them based on benefits, your environment, what you want to achieve, etc. (the list of comparison factors can get long though). Eliminate the ones which you think are less relevant or less important or do not look viable. 

Plan To Achieve. Now you have got your list of goals, next step is to plan to achieve them. You will need to plan very carefully and resolve that whatever the results maybe but you will always stick to the plan and would not get deviated from it. There would be odds, some frustrations coming your way but you will need to be strong enough and believe in yourself. You will have to adopt the 'Never Give Up' spirit.

Constantly Remind Yourself Of The Selected Goals. Write down your goals on a paper and pin up at your desk at work, or maybe download some sticky notes software on your computer and write your goals on it. The idea is it to keep the goals constantly in front of you. This will remind you regularly what your goals are and would not let you deviate from your plan for achieving them.

Having done all of the above, you would be sure that you are pursuing the right goals in life. Chasing your goals with the right level of dedication, commitment and persistence would ensure that you get success in life.

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Visualizing During Most Productive State Of Mind - The Alpha State

Visualizing During Alpha State of Mind
As I have discussed, in my earlier posts, that visualization is a great tool to impress on the universe - through your subconscious - whatever you want in your life, here in this post I am going to share the secret of making the most effective use of this tool during the most creative, productive and effective state of your mind i.e. Alpha State.

States of Mind

There are 4 states of mind. These states have been defined by researchers based on the level of activity the human mind is involved in at a particular time. This time can be any time in the 24 hour day.

1. Beta

This is the conscious or waking state of mind. In this state the mind is thinking and working actively. This is like the top gear state and is considered good state to make decisions, for reasoning, applying logic, etc. The brain waves are between 12 - 30 hertz and may not be necessarily rhythmic in this state. 

2. Alpha

Various States of Mind
Defined as a gateway between conscious and unconscious state of mind, the brain waves slow down between 7.5 - 12 cycles or hertz. Humans are in a more relaxed state and it becomes easier to access memories or register new information during this state. This is considered best state of mind for imagination.

3. Theta

This is even more relaxed state of mind where the brain waves further slow down between 4 - 7.5  hertz. This is also referred as a state of mild sleep.

4. Delta

This is deepest level of relaxation or state of deep sleep where brain waves slow down between 0.5 - 4 hertz. 

As explained above, in the Alpha state of mind the human body is more relaxed and is in a perfect position to access memories, store new information. It is also the best time when the mind is at the highest of its imagination and creativity. If the duration of this state is increased, it can be the best time to impress upon your subconscious what you want to achieve in your life using your imagination or visualization. When this activity is repeated, the subconscious communicates these visualizations to the universe and they finally turn into reality.

When The Going Gets Tough.. The Tough Get Going

Truly inspirational video depicting the reality of life. Successful people were not born successful. Every successful person had to work hard in order to achieve the success. It's also not true that successful people never run into troubles. But its a successful person's will, dedication and commitment to his goals that enables him to make a comeback.

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Failure - What Is It? 3 Tips To Avoid Failure

Never Fail Yourself
I often think what is Failure, how does it occur, does it occur all of a sudden? I stumbled upon a very interesting article by Jim Rohn about formula of failure and success. Jim says, "Failure is not a single, cataclysmic event. We do not fail overnight. Failure is the inevitable result of an accumulation of poor thinking and poor choices. To put it more simply, failure is nothing more than a few errors in judgment repeated every day." 

So if failure is only about few judgmental errors made everyday or the poor choices made by individuals, then why do people keep on repeating these errors. Why wouldn't they choose to improve on things, I mean why would people simply want to fail? One reason, as Jim highlights, could be that the impact of these wrong judgments or poor choices is very small and does not have immediate impact. Failure's most dangerous attribute is it's subtlety. That could be the reason that failure does not occur immediately.  For example if you choose to ignore something important at work and it does not have a big impact immediately you may start feeling that it is alright to do so and then the negative impact may keep accumulating and show in your life one fine day. Similarly, someone may also choose to have bad eating habits or continue to smoke without any immediate adverse impacts. But the negativity will accumulate and have an adverse impact on your life someday.

In addition to above I think one more thing that causes failure is that people, over a period of time, start feeling low of themselves. When one tries to do something and is not able to do it successfully, due to various reasons, he or she starts giving up on it and starts believing that this task is difficult to achieve. This negative belief causes failure. So here are some tips which can be followed to avoid failure.

1. Introspection

Try to introspect yourself. The best time to introspect your daily activities is at night before going to bed. Think about the actions you took or the judgments or the decisions that you made in the day. Think were you reasonable enough while taking these actions or making these judgments or could have there been any better course of action? When you ask questions, you get answers. Don't ignore any answer that indicates anything negative irrespective of whatever the quantum of negativity it might carry.

2. Discipline & Time Management

Try to bring a discipline in your life that whatever improvements you had thought from your introspection, you would implement those in your life going forward. Leading a disciplined life and managing your time well will help you to avoid any kind of subtle negative impacts leading to failure.

3. Take Control

Never forget that it's your life and you should have it's control. No negative thoughts or feelings should control your life. Always believe that you are strong enough and can achieve anything in life. Resolve that you will not give up until you achieve whatever you want in your life even if lot of hurdles or problems come your way.

Saturday, 5 January 2013

Never Give Up - You Can What You Will To Be !!

A motivational video. Really shows how you can get whatever you want if you never give up. Doctors told Arthur that he can never walk again in his life. But he wanted to change his life. And because deep somewhere in his heart he wanted a change in his life, he found the way out. If someone like Arthur can prove that whatever people said was wrong, why can't you? Just believe in yourself and never, never, never give up in life!!