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Forget Resolutions Install these 13 Habits to Make 2021 Great

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With 2021 well underway a lot of us want to create resolutions and most of them don't work over the long run unless there is a strong commitment to follow through. I prefer goals instead which are more long term. Instead of having a goal of losing 5 pounds we can instead just install the habit of exercising daily. If we exercise daily consistently then the 5 pounds takes care of itself over a reasonable period. My aim with this article is to give long lasting habits that we can implement not only for this year but for life. If we do that then the necessity for resolutions disappears. Our habits make us or break us. If there is one thing that will surely help you on this journey of life it is your habits. There is no scientific formula to develop habits but one thing is sure unless you are totally determined to change then the results will not be what is required. Here are 13 habits that when implemented can really help us get closer to where we want to be. Get up early  – This is t

10 Keys to be Disciplined in 2021

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Wish everyone a great 2021. 2021 is well underway and we all have resolutions and goals we want to achieve. We also want to make sure this excitement doesn’t just last for two weeks but lasts for the entire year. So how do you keep this excitement going for a long time? To me the answer is one word which is discipline. It is discipline that will keep you going for the long haul and continue to keep your resolutions and goals in focus. This quote is great “Discipline is the refining fire by which talent becomes ability.” Roy L. Smith In the book “The Motivation Myth”  Jeff Haden  makes an interesting premise that success is what leads to motivation. Attending a motivational seminar may get you excited but once you are back home you are the same person because you haven’t accomplished anything except paying for the seminar. I really liked this book because it hits right into what is needed for genuine success and it is grit, discipline and hard work. Once you get started that’s when

7 Keys to Winning in 2021

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  Winning is what we all want in life. We are half way through Jan 2021 and it might be a good time to see if our resolutions makes sense or recalibrate again. We might not even need resolutions if we have goals that we are committed to. Here are 7 ways to win in any year. I have expanded each letter of the word Winning. Work Hard and Smart  — It is so important to work hard no question about that. However it is not just about putting 12 hours into your work. It is about maximising productivity with the available time. Focus on top priorities and understand what the key result areas of your job are. Focus only on that and eliminate non value adding activities. Work hard while being smart. Stay Inspired  — Inspiration is the fuel you need to accomplish all your goals and especially in these times it is more important than ever. Decide on things that keep your inspired. It may be reading a motivational book, it maybe painting, for others it may be when you spend time with people who are

15 Keys to Self-Confidence in 2021

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  Wish everyone a happy and prosperous new year. As 2021 dawns on us we all want to feel more self-confident. However tough 2020 might have been we can make a fresh start in 2021. This is a great time to recalibrate our priorities. Self-confidence is wonderful quality strongly correlated with success. A lot of times we see people who are highly successful and it is a direct result of their self-confidence. It is not something that you just have when you are born but rather it is something internalized after years of hard work and proving your competence in your area of expertise.  Here are the 15 ways I have identified to become a more self-confident person.  Keep track of your accomplishments  - Everyone has had success at some point in life either in school, extracurricular activities or college. Write down every single achievement you have ever had right from your start. This can be anything from learning a language, learning a sport, or academic achievements. This will give you a g

35 Books from 2020

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  I wanted to end the year by sharing books I liked reading this year across various topics like technology, business, success and leadership among others. Most of them are business books which is my preferred genre. Here are the 35 books I liked reading in 2020. At the end of the article I share the books I liked right from 2015 till now. Leadership in War by Andrew Roberts  – The historian produces a quick leadership primer selecting 9 leaders for his analysis. I liked the one on Napoleon, Churchill and Margaret Thatcher. Napoleon's presence on the battle field lifted soldiers and he was known for his speed. He also never wasted any time. Churchill believed it was his destiny to become prime minister in 1940 and embodied courage at every point of his life. The lessons are interesting and applicable for leaders from every arena. How I Built this by Guy Raz  – This was a breezy read and the main points for entrepreneurs to note are to be open to ideas, overcoming fear, leaving the

32 Books of 2020 to put on your Holiday Playlist

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  I have read many books this year across various topics like technology, business, success and leadership among others. Most of them are business books which is my preferred genre. Here are the 32 books I liked reading so far in 2020. At the end of the article I share the books I liked right from 2015 till now. Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World by Fareed Zakaria – This is especially relevant considering the times we live in. The only certainty is uncertainty. He also makes the case for creativity to be the one space where humans will win over machines. With technology ruling the world and a lot of talk about universal basic income I think the human ingenuity will become more important if we want to thrive in the new normal. Uncharted by Margaret Heffernan – This is similar to the earlier book and again makes the case that most experts predictions have gone awry. There is no step by step guide to navigate the uncertainty but the one that is certain is that we are entering uncharted