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Wherever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision. Peter Drucker

One of the most apt quotes from the foremost management guru’s of this century, it is very relevant to us,  for decision making is perhaps the toughest and most critical competencies that a human being has to have,  in order to progress. Your decision to read this blog now,  is the reason you have reached so far and now you have to make the decision to read more or to do something else.  Perhaps at this very moment you get a telephone call or a chat message, it is more likely that you will take a decision to focus on that, than to continue to read this. Notice that the distractions/ the temptations/ the alternatives are there are all moments and you and you alone take the important decision to succumb to them or prioritize your actions.

Apart from distractions, many of us suffer from another dimension of decision making viz. Paralysis by Analysis. Fear of failure is the main culprit for this. We would like to fail proof our decision, but that is easier said than done. To this end though, we seek facts, more facts and still more facts in the form of tables, charts, data, information etc. pertaining to some critical item on our agenda, but rather than getting clarity on the next course of action, we are often confused, caught up in the myriad of figures and data and would rather sit on the available information than take a concrete decision. Our sub conscious logic being if things turn out to go well wonderful; else we aren’t responsible, it is fate. What we fail to realize is that not taking a decision itself is a decision! Your fate is in your hands my friend – you make it or break it!!

Half hearted compromise decisions are not decisions at all; and this is the third leg of decision making that we often fail to appreciate. We are more often than not, guilty of this because we want the decisions to be palatable to all, we do not want to hurt anyone’s sentiments and we would like  to ensure that our image as being  fair and reasonable is maintained when we take the decision. The end result is that the decision taken is just a compromise and not a decision. In such cases the short term effects could be productive but in reality is a mirage and the long term implications could be disastrous.  Political decisions offer classic insights into this phenomenon.

Remember: “Theodore Hesburgh ‘s  advice  ‘My basic principle is that you don’t make decisions because they are easy; you don’t make them because they are cheap; you don’t make them because they’re popular; you make them because they’re right.”

Try these :

  • If you haven’t made and written down your New Year resolutions – take a decision and do it NOW. Don’t give any excuses for not attempting to list them out.. The more the resolutions the better it is for you – since you will have some direction and goals for the coming year. Outline how and when you propose to go about trying to achieve them. This will cement your resolve to achieve it. Notice how many decisions you made in the process.
  • Do you have any regrets in life? It could be the poor grades you got, a failed love affair, your inability to be an extrovert, Lack of friends, poor interpersonal relationships, your inability to forgive, your quick temper etc.  Do you think you have taken sufficient steps to try and overcome these? Are you still oscillating about the course of action to be taken? Do you have many excuses for those regrets and the accompanying bitterness or disenchantment?
  • Self discipline is a key attribute for success. Can you make a decision as to what areas in your life you need to exercise more self discipline? Ask yourself if you have a few friends who are actually a bad influence on you? If yes can you take up the challenge to distance yourself from them? If you have to seek help from someone experienced or more mature and have avoided it all these days, can you now decide to do it at the earliest?

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Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.  George Bernard Shaw

Change is the natural progression of life. Every day is a new day with a new set of challenges, a new source of energy and a variety of trials and triumphs. As individuals too we are growing older, perhaps wiser too, growing in girth perhaps and definitely growing in experience. However, it is our passive acceptance of change that creates problems for us. We see change merely as something inevitable and not as an opportunity.

When we realize that we need to respond to change proactively by acknowledging it, adopting or adapting to it and by embracing it whole heartedly even though we do not like it, that is when change becomes our allay, our catalyst for growth. If we simply examine the changes that have occurred in the last few years, we can see the rapid influence of changing technology, changing values, changing attitudes on our social, economic and emotional fabric. We need to constantly adjust ourselves to these changes or we soon find ourselves stranded alone on an island of ignorance with crisscrossing pathways way of confusion and dimly lit experiences which shatter our pride, ego and enthusiasm.

Once we have made peace with the rapid changes around us, we can be sure that these changes will not steamroll you and flatten you on the highway to tomorrow. More importantly, you will then become an agent for change, a crusader for new systems and perhaps even the master of change. You will be faced with doubts, your abilities will be challenged and sometimes you have to traverse a lonely road but when you reach the end of the trail you would be ahead of the pack, for the rest would have opted for the old and beaten circuitous path.

What one must not change though is our good value systems, our ability to love, our large heartedness in forgiving and our zest for life! All change will then revolve around this axis and then you will easily adjust to change but never succumb to lures of change.

Remember: “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”

Try these:

  • What are the 5 changes each, that you have noticed over the past 5 years in the area of technology, health care, education, environment and politics? How does any or each of these changes impact you? How will you respond to these changes?
  • What are the personal changes in your life over the past 5 years –look at your lifestyle, education, physical fitness, social interactions, value systems when listing these changes. How many of the changes are beneficial to you. Have the changes made you compromise somewhere?
  • Try changing your route of daily travel. Experiment with exotic cuisines. Read a different genre of books or see a different genre of movies / TV serials. Try to wear some different types of clothes. Experiment with new technology like using a digital book reader/ touch screen mobiles/ using speech recognition software. What were your experiences? Did you learn from the experience. Did you give up too fast? Did you discover their utility?

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Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other. Burke

It is said that imitation is the best form of flattery. How many of us would wish it weren’t so true, because if others were to imitate us too often, we would be more embarrassed than proud. If you don’t believe me, here is a quick check. Ask your spouse/ children/ colleague/ superior / subordinate / friend to list out 5 things in you they wish you changed. More often than not, the list would exceed 5 easily. Guess that is a good reality check to realize that while most times we are at our best behavior, quite often we set poor examples for others to follow.

The poor examples we set may relate to a poor personal character or a bad habit. It could also be because of a lack of self discipline or a dubious moral value structure or simply a bad disposition. What ever the cause or reason, if what we do pricks our consciences though we may rationalize it to one an all, you can be sure it is not worth emulating. Telling white lies, a couple of pegs when one is recommended, gorging on food when you have to diet, using abusive language because it is not really meant but just an expression of myself, being stingy  are unfortunate examples of bad habits masquerading as necessary evils. Boorish behavior, cheating, telling blatant lies, physical abuse, having a violent temper are worse behavior on a rising scale of the poor role models.

On the other hand, many of us choose role models who have excelled in something maybe sports, academics, entrepreneurship, acting, technology etc. When we adopt role models, it is imperative to go beyond their success and actually see the effort and sacrifice put in by them to attain the accolades. It is important to realize that the end product is actually the outcome of tremendous hard work, self belief and sacrifice. Are we prepared to follow them up the same path they have and feel the pain they felt?

Remember : Lives of great men all remind us we can make our lives sublime; and, departing, leave behind us, footprints on the sands of time.- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Try these:

  • Who is your role model? Ask you self why you have chosen that person as your role model. Do you know a lot about your role models upbringing, background and efforts? Are there some blemishes in the role model that you would not want to imitate in your life?
  • Can you list out the faults in yourself that you need to correct or work on? Ask a close friend or your spouse to evaluate you and see if there are many areas of improvement in you, that they point out to. Outline your plan of action to tackle these areas of improvement and ensure you put a start date and a time frame to see the results.
  • Make an attempt to take on a new task or challenging assignment voluntarily. It could be something related to your profession like learning a new professional course or it could be a social oriented activity but something you have never attempted before. What is the new learning you got by playing a different role?

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We all live under the same sky, but we don’t all have the same horizon. •Konrad Adenauer

There is a popular misconception that only artists, poets and writers are really creative and have extraordinary powers of visualization. In reality, every human being is blessed with these powers and this is one power that no one can take away from you. Look at the varied dreams that you have, which in many ways reflect the expanse of the mind in going beyond time, space and reality. Visualization is seeing beyond the obvious, thinking with the eye on the future, giving flight to imagination and stimulating passion to scale newer heights that can be translated into action.

While all of us have the ability to visualize, the extent, depth and scope of visualization would vary from individual to individual. Visualization helps one to see the big picture, the grandiose scheme of things and the success of ones mission. Perhaps that accounts for the fact that Visualization is one of the essential qualities for any leader. The exploits of Alexander the Great or East India Company or the Google Team have all one thing in common a large vision set by the leader.

Some may argue that day dreaming too  is a form of visualization which is but an exercise in futility. Day dreaming is for the fools, Visualization is for the enlightened. Daydreaming is merely a lazy way to live in a make believe world, visualization is the proactive way to chalk out the road map to building edifices that give expression to our yearnings, our talents and our efforts. While some look up and see just the tree tops or high rise buildings, others see the stars; those with vision see the patterns in the stars and follow them. Do you remember the three kings in the bible who went in search of the new born king by following the odd star.

Remember : See things as you would have them be instead of as they are. Robert Collier

Try these:

  • Do you have a personal list of all the things you would have loved to do in life if you ha the time and money? If not, write down that list NOW. Don’t worry if the list is having 25 items, more items means better visualization. Don’t limit your list for any reason; if it is something you wanted to, do just jot it down.
  • Do you visualize computers being able to help you smell, feel touch, read your mind? If you say yes, even if you are a non scientific person, write down what or how would you go about achieving this? Use layman’s language for your description.
  • If you have written down your list.. only then click on the link and see Mr.John Goddard’s list of 127 things he planned to do. http://www.johngoddard.info/life_list.htm Is your list as long? Do you have any item as challenging as some of those on his list? Do you think you need to visualize bigger, better, braver!

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HOPE

Hope is putting faith to work when doubting would be easier. Anon

In the previous post, we saw the wonders that enthusiasm can work. One of the reasons that we can get up every morning with a smile on our face and a song on lips is the ‘Hope’ that we have, that the new day would be even better than the previous day. Hope is like the battery recharger that connects you to the positive energy in life and fills you with enthusiasm and motivation.

Hope works best when you are plugged into reality knowing fully well that the pitfalls of life never sound the death knell, unless we give up and wallow in the shallow cess pool of self pity and doom. Death of a loved one, failure in some of our attempts, financial crisis, personal crisis are all inevitable;  hope is the balm for all these torturous moments. Faith in the future, in your abilities, in your will and determination boost your HOPE and will provide you the wherewithal for any emergency or calamity in your life.

Helping Ourselves Pursue Excellence is a wonderful way of visualizing HOPE. No matter what the dangers, however harsh the criticism, inspite of many failures, you can always succeed if you commit to a worthwhile goal, and with the knowledge that you can visualize success, that ordinary mortals find hard to imagine. When Hope gives us inspiration and you provide the perspiration, the results will vindicate your aspirations.

Remember: Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out”

Try these:

  • List our some of the crisis that you encountered in your student days. How did you face it and what was the outcome. Do you feel you could have handled it better? Did the event/s make you stronger emotionally and mentally?
  • If you analyze your recent crisis do you think you had any power to avoid it? Do you feel responsible for some of the crisis? Do you think you can work out an action plan to face a crisis?
  • What is the next major project that you plan to do. It could be a personal project like a long overseas vacation with the family or a major house redecoration or an official project. In the event that these plans go for a toss because of an unexpected crisis, how would you ensure that the family or your team cope with it.

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Give me a man who sings at his work. Thomas Carlyle

It is no secret that a person with a pleasant disposition and countenance, is often the most popular person around. It is true in all walks of life and the best part is that such people liven up the environment they are in. A fairly reliable indicator of such positive, happy and energetic people is that they always have a smile on their face, a song on their lips and faith in themselves.

The world at large puts a premium on education, skills and hard work in order to separate the wheat from the chaff. However, when it comes to selecting team members, it is soon evident that these attributes have to be supplemented by subtle qualities in the individual like creativity, motivation and enthusiasm if one has to get a winning combination. One on one too, a single individual with conviction in himself, can take on any challenge and deliver results if he is driven by enthusiasm and is equally motivated.

The beauty of enthusiasm is that it charges up the person, gives him boundless energy, fires up his spirit and enables him to transmit the fervor to anyone who comes in contact with him. Equally importantly, work on hand becomes a pleasure for him, the completion of the task a welcome goal and excellence the only standard that he believes in. Who would not like to be associated with such a person – be it a superior, a subordinate or a team member.

Remember : Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.”

Try these

  • List out the leisure activities that you are most enthusiastic about. How do you ensure that you find time for that activity / activities? Can you draw up a list of tasks in your work that you are equally enthusiastic about? Are there tasks that you dislike / hate and how do you cope with them?
  • Select 3 jobs that you would hate to do. Now outline how those doing those jobs motivate themselves to do it. How do the following people motivate themselves- a grave digger, the doctor doing post mortems, the guards on trains, the watchmen on night duty.
  • If you had an option to change your profession or subjects of studies (if you are a student), what would your alternative be. Do you think you will do much better there? If yes- then are you prepared to make the switch? If no- what is holding you back?

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Give to the world the best you have and the best will come back to you. Madeline Bridges

There are times when we enthusiastically plunge into a task with confidence and vigour. The task complete, we might be taken aback to see that our hard work and efforts have not given returns commensurate to our expectations. It is at this point that self doubt creeps in and we begin to question our abilities, wonder if we really need to put in as much effort as we did and mentally remonstrate that next time we just do the bare minimum to get the talks done.

Giving up is easy, but it is self-defeating. Throwing in the towel even in a boxing match is actually done by the coach of the loser not the loser himself, so how justified are we in giving up simply because the returns fall short of our expectations. Giving of our best, ensures that we have planned well, put in our best efforts and we have done a diligent job. When we can consistently replicate that, we would experience a tremendous sense of achievement irrespective of the results of the effort. When we examine our work done we would also notice that in many subtle ways we have been rewarded ; the experience itself is invaluable, the feeling of achievement is very fulfilling, our confidence in ourself is reinforced and we can be optimistic that we will be justly rewarded too.

The most amazing thing about giving of our best is that more often than not we actually end up getting the best that life has to offer. It could be a promotion, a better job offer, appreciation from the least  likely source, recognition by peers and superiors or simply the sense of achievement and contentment that soothes us in body, mind and spirit. If we step back and count our blessings we will realise that we are fortunate to get so much and you can be sure it is not an accident but as they say ‘ What goes around comes around”

Remember : “The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.”

Try these :

  • Outine 3 – 5 tasks that you have done that you are very proud of. Ask yourself if you were forced to do it or you did it own you own. When forced to do it how did you over come your reservations about the task. Did you experience a sense of achievement at the end of the task?
  • In your current role, what are those tasks that you dislike immensely and why. Do you think there are better ways to tackle those tasks? Are there only a few tasks that you find it hard to give of your best or most tasks look tough to you?What activities excite you and motivate you the most? Have you examined the possibility of making a career out of those tasks?
  • How do you realise that you have given of your best in what you do? Do you appreciate good jobs done by others? How do you indicate your appreciation or dissatisfaction to others?

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