8 Ways to Become a Deliberate Thinker

Your ability to think is your primary asset. There is only one thing which we have complete control over and that is our own thinking. Earl Nightingale revolutionized this concept in his audio “The Strangest Secret” when he said “You become what you think about.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson said “You become what you think all day long.” If thinking is so important doesn’t it make sense to become better at this skill? Most of us don’t think of it as a skill and hence we take our thinking for granted. However it is your thinking aligned with exceptional action which will provide the impetus to move forward along the path of your dreams.
Here are 8 ways to super charge your thinking
Write your major goals in life - The only way to start the thinking process is to first be clear on exactly what you want in life. As Wayne Gretzky said "You miss100% of the shots you don't take." Be crystal clear on what you want in your life. There has been a lot of talk about law of attraction which …

What Humans can do to find Meaning when Robots take over

Robots are going to take over a lot of the jobs. We are constantly hearing this phrase all the time but the more pertinent question is how humans will find meaning in life. Just for a moment think if a lot of our jobs are taken away and even if we are provided universal basic income as it is being proposed we will still have a lot of free time. The only way to be happy in those circumstances will be to find the real meaning of life. Here I have expanded each letter of the word meaning to see how we can handle ourselves. Mastery – The constant challenge to upgrade ourselves is a must. We should always be looking out to learn new things, adapt ourselves to the current trends and even be prepared to change careers if required. The main point is we need to master skills that are valuable which only humans can do. For example sales are one skill which will not become obsolete even in 2025 or 2035. Moving people at a visceral level cannot be done by robots. So you can develop your sales ski…

Four Lessons on Winning from Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland is one of the most inspirational persons on the planet, she is the first African American to be promoted to be named principal dancer in American Ballet Theatre's 75-year history. She has overcome tremendous hardships to reach this point and it is truly an inspirational story. I happened to read her book Ballerina Body and found the section on mind to be interesting. Here are the four keys to her success that we can adopt.
Set Challenging Goals – The first step is to be absolutely clear on what is your dream. You have to know exactly what you want and you need to develop the edge to keep thinking about your goals daily. She thinks about her goals all the time. Set the life goals you want. Set goals for your personal life, family life, career, social and community. Every athlete who has had any success talks about setting those big hairy audacious goals.
Journaling – Interesting she says that you should write down how things are going every day. I think this is a gre…

6 Ways to Achieve your Dreams

The word dreams project an excitement that no other word can. Dreams are a vision for your future which pulls you to wake up every morning with a smile and fire in your heart.
However I would like to caution that unrealistic pie in the sky dreams result in disappointment and heartbreak. For example if I have a dream to be a tennis player it would be futile and not aligned to any of my talent. A dream while not always being realistic should at least be in your strength zone.In order for you to succeed in your dreams I believe you need the following elements. Discipline – The first step is to be absolutely clear on what is your dream. You need to be disciplined to understand why you want to do your dream. In other words you should have such a burning yes that you say no to everything else. For example Federer is great in tennis but does it matter he knows 10 languages or he plays the piano. This is where focus helps. The problem is sometimes we look at peers or friends and see them so …

A - Z of Management - 26 tips to be at your Managerial Best

Management is getting the work done through others. It is the ability to ensure that the vision set by the leader is achieved through proper staffing, monitoring and performance. Leadership gets all the fame but it is the managers who are responsible for the ultimate day to day activates and resulting output. Here is my A - Z of management which can help you towards becoming a great manager. Advance planning – A successful manager plans ahead. They are always planning against the schedule while maintaining the budget. It is not the plan that is important but it is the planning which is. The thinking that goes into the planning ensures excellent results.  Boss – Though a lot of managers consider themselves as bosses it has been observed that all great managers don’t boss around. They invite input from everyone in the team and ensure team harmony is maintained. The 21st century boss is always available and open to the team fostering human bonds while ensuring ultimate responsibility rest…

A - Z of Love - 26 tips to be at your loving Best

Love is one of the best human emotions of all. When you are filled with love everything else seems to fall in place. More importantly when you are in love you have peace of mind. Love need not only be of a romantic nature as it can also be defined as an intense feeling of deep affection. I have tried to deconstruct on what it takes to thrive on love with the A-Z of love. Here are 26 tips to be at your loving best.  Accept the other person – Always accept the other person as they are. If we understand how difficult it is for us to change ourselves we can imagine how tough it would be to change someone else. Accept everyone as they are. If you want to change someone change yourself.  Be there for the other person – Love is demonstrated only when you are there for the other person in times of need. It is great to be around when things are going well but it is in moments of crisis that true love is demonstrated.  Count your blessings – If you want to be in a state of peace and love the only…

10 Soft Skills to Catapult your Career

The most important skills to develop in the future are soft skills. These will be more in demand than just technical skills. Technical skills get you in the game but beyond that it is the soft skills that get you moving further in your career. This Inc. article has identified 10 top soft skills as identified in a LinkedIn survey of hiring managers Here is my take on the 10 skills in demand and how to personalize these to win in the marketplace. Communication – This is the most important skill across any era. Your ability to put your thoughts across will establish you as a key decision maker and will make you visible in the organization Develop your public speaking skills as well. Your ability to communicate both verbally and written is a key success skill in the future marketplace Organization – I take this to mean your ability to manage multiple demands of your work. There is…

11 Values that we can live by

Self-leadership begins with defining values for your life. Just like the United States has a constitution living by your values will give you greater joy in your life. It will also give direction to where you want to go. I have identified few common values which can help us on our journey through life.Here are 11 values that can help us in our journey of self-leadership and self-fulfillment.
Integrity – You will not be surprised with this one. However if you are totally honest with yourself and all your dealings it gives such peace of mind that is difficult to fathom. This is a top value to inculcate in our business and personal lives. We will fall behind at times but we can get back up knowing we need to be on the right track. Remember none of us are perfect and we will make mistakes.
Ambition – There is nothing wrong with ambition as long as it doesn’t lead to greed. When you have good ambition you are more excited about life. Increase this value by setting some big goals for your li…

6 Books I liked Reading in 2017

Reading is one of my favorite hobbies and it offers a great opportunity to relax and learn at the same time. I have shared below the 6 books I liked reading so far in 2017.
Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari – This was a good read. The main thesis is the world is largely less violent and much of the famine, war, plague issues have been addressed. However just this month we heard about the famine in four countries which is depressing to hear. There are three things which stuck out. First is if machines indeed take over all our abilities what would humans do to stay happy. Second is we might be living close to immortality reaching 150 which will not be a distant dream but things like our childhood memories maybe distant dreams if we live too long. Third takeaway is we will have more godlike attributes. Finally the book details about AI, technology and data. For example Alpha Go an AI program developed by Google to play the board game Go. It was the first computer program to beat a human in …