Tag: Ability

Generosity in Practice

Generosity gives assistance, rather than advice. Vauvenargues

The temptation to give advice (some of my posts are testimony to that) is looked upon as a right mainly because it is given free, does not have tangible responsibility attached to it and the consequences if adverse are faced by those used the advice. There is also the possibility of the advice working well and then those who propounded it can thump their chest with pride and tom- tom to the world that it was their suggestion. ( I am hoping that the daily posts here over the past 2 months have actually benefited many. The feedback suggests so, as also the number of hits to the site bears testimony to it too.)

Generosity on the other hand is all about giving freely not just from your excess but true generosity is sharing what ever you have with an other. Unlike advice which is merely verbal, real generosity demands physical parting; be it money or other tangible riches like food, clothing etc. The heart of generosity though demands much more including sparing time to be with those who need you, having the compassion and the empathy when spending time with those who crave for your company and having tons of patience for generosity is very demanding.

The most generous gift anyone can give is the gift of their time. Time as you will know is given to each of us in equal measure so you are never giving out of your excess time but making a choice to allot time for a generous cause. The paradox of modern life is that while technology has progressed to narrow the distances between  distant lands, connect people across the globe and make communication instantaneous more and more people feel lonely alienated and aloof.

Let me share with you a real life example of a very well off couple who is known to me and how their generosity is worth emulating. The couple have dedicated an evening every week to spend time with the inmates of an old age home. What is more interesting is that they never go to that home empty handed. The couple will knead the dough and make wheat bread for the inmates and some accompaniment too (it is obviously also much more tasty for it is home made, fresh and filled with LOVE). While the wife is personally serving the food, the husband helps out in trimming the finger nails of the inmates and also shaving those who can’t do it themselves. This couple can so easily outsource the food or hire a barber to do the chores but it is their time and LOVE that is true generosity.

Remember: Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.” – Frank A. Clark

Try these:

  1. Identify a similar program to the one above, where you can put into practice your generosity. Fine tune it to your abilities and compliment it with the requirement of those receiving it.
  2. Make it a point to get to know at least one new person every week. Also form the practice of meeting, greeting and spending a few minutes with different people everyday. Remember there are many people whose outward smiles and flamboyant demeanor actually mask a very lonely and possibly bitter person. You never know whose life you touch and change by spending a few minutes with them.

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Perseverance

They who are the most persistent, and work in the true spirit, will invariably be the most successful.  Samuel Smiles

For many people starting a task is tough, but for most people, the real difficulty is to persist and complete a task. The problem starts when our initial enthusiasm is dampened by obstacles in the process of accomplishing the task, the negative feedback we get while doing the task and the lack of motivation that often accompanies a long drawn out project. There are  also times when failures pin prick our confidence, a perceptible lack of clarity ahead acts as a stumbling block and the lure of giving up to ensure peace of mind seems an easy option. Unfortunately, the world recognizance’s only the accomplishments and rarely gives credit to the efforts.

How do successful people accomplish their tasks? Hard work is one quality that is essential but it is their self belief and persistence which hold the secrets of accomplishment. Self belief gives them thrust to plan, start and follow up on the assignments and persistence comes from their visualization of their goal, ability to build up on the stones of criticism, their ability to adapt and adopt new learning’s even when they go counter to their own original hypothesis and their attitude towards Life in general and Work in particular.

Persistence is not dogmatism. When you are dogmatic, you tend to ignore the facts and lay emphasis on only your personal belief. When one is dogmatic, you will never know when to change tracks, explore new hypothesis and discover new avenues to reach your goal. There are times, when we by error of judgment or lack of data or knowledge get blinkered into bulldozing our way trying to badger our way into realizing success, but alas that is dogmatism personified not persistence. Persistence on the other hand means not giving up, but doesn’t mean not changing tracks when the obvious way forward is to dig a new tunnel, chart a new course or re look the original hypothesis. There is a very thin line between persistence and dogmatism and when that line blur’s, many people on the cusp of a great success, fail inches short of their target and live an inglorious life of regret. It is the person who has a steely resolve, an open mind and a creative leaning who can harness hard work, knowledge and abilities to succeed.

Remember: Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race” – Calvin Coolidge

Try these:

  1. What are your passions / hobbies? Were they the same in your childhood? Are you pursuing it with the dedication and persistence that you would really love to? If not, is it lack of time or lack of financial resources or is it simply your lack of persistence that is responsible for your failure to pursue it?
  2. Think of 2 bad habits that you would like to get rid of. Now outline an action plan to eliminate it and put a time line to it. Start your attempt to overcome the bad habit and examine how your resilience will help you overcome it. If you are unable to overcome, are you willing to take blame for it but be aware that it dosen’t absolve you of not overcoming the problem.

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Limitations

The person with insight enough to admit his limitations comes nearest to perfection. Johann von Goethe

One of the toughest questions to answer in an interview is the question ‘What are your weaknesses?”  Pause for a moment and think, how honestly and truthfully have we confronted this question in our personal capacity? Have you really answered this question without fear and with humility, without ever rationalizing the weakness even to yourself? There are some of us though who are on the other end of the spectrum, who can only see weakness in them  and quickly absolve themselves of any blame for their failures in life; their weakness being the culprit.

Perfection in a human being is utopian. Right now ask yourself if you have ever seen or met anyone who at some point in their life was not guilty of the seven deadly sins of pride, envy, gluttony, lust, anger greed and sloth. Apply the same yardstick to yourself and be truthful. The truth is rather uncomfortable and we are sorely tempted to justify our weakness and / or portray that as a minor misdemeanor in our busy life.  Just as we learn from our experiences and our mistakes both of which are post facto learning, won’t it be far better for us to face our weakness and correct it so that our mistakes are minimized and the embarrassment avoided?

Visualize a sculptor at work. He has an image of perfection in mind and tries to bring it alive in the marble or stone on which he/ she works. How do they go about it? They start by chipping of the imperfections; leaving behind just the perfection that they have visualized. Man/woman when he /she acknowledges his/ her  weakness is actually seeing the perfection within him/ her  and the weakness can then be chipped away to reach that perfection he/ she visualizes for himself/ herself. The only hitch is that unlike the sculptor working on stone, we are both the sculptor and the sculpted and the chipping away on ourselves is arduous and painful; the reward though is stunning and beautiful.

Are you then prepared to confront your weakness and limitations? If you have said YES, you  have already begun your journey to improving yourself. Keep in mind that you came into this world as beautiful creation of the creator, the darling of your family and the torchbearer of the future – perfect and cute. Will you leave behind memories and a legacy that all you know you will feel proud of? You can, if you believe in yourself and you are ready to work on your limitations starting NOW!

Remember: We are limited but we can push back the borders of our limitations Steven Covey

Try these:

  1. Ask yourself what are the personal and professional goals you have set for yourself? Honestly track the progress and if you are slipping behind, truthfully answer where YOU have gone wrong.  If you are achieving all you set out to do, then ask yourself if your goals are too limited? Realign the goal if it is so. Else, congratulate yourself and set a new goal for yourself.
  2. Do you have a dream to do something different? If not, list out a few. If you haven’t started working on your dream, ask yourself who is responsible. The truth will be uncomfortable but face it squarely. What is the most daring / adventurous thing you have done so far. Do you have some other similar plans lined up?  What helped you achieve those adventurous things?
  3. All of us have fears; fear of failure, fear of darkness, fear of rejection etc. List out your fears. Ask if these fears limit your ability and potential. Are there ways and means to overcome these fears?

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Labour

Labor disgraces no man; unfortunately, you occasionally find men who disgrace labor. Ulysses S. Grant

Work has been the one goal that has kept the human race sane active and progressive. Unlike animals, the human race has been blessed with a superior intellect, which craves to expand its horizons, seeks stimulation in adventurous pursuits and translates thoughts into action. Work provides us the horizons, the stimulation and the action to engage the human mind, satisfy the inner yearnings and explore the life beyond just waking and sleeping.

Ironically, the biblical theory that work was given to man / woman the day Adam ate the forbidden fruit and is actually a punishment for our original sin could have an element of truth because when we examine work, we find that work has too many shades, meanings, connotations and varieties. Yes, everyone without exception, be he beggar or king has to labor. While physical labor is perhaps considered low skilled and less rewarding, the white collared job has bee the prerogative of the educated and the intelligent. Alas, the white collared job comes with a major handicap of stress being major devil that tempts us with cravings to achieve more, be rewarded more but at the cost of ill health, mental trauma, lifestyle disease like diabetes and blood pressure, not to mention heart attacks.

While hunting and farming were the forerunners of what we today call work, slavery and bonded labor were the disgraceful consequences of work and workers being abused. Till recently one of the most pitiable work being done was by the lowest of the low in the social hierarchy, was carrying night soil from the lavatories. Merciful that has been banned and the emergence of more hygienic and cost effective sanitation methods have helped in eliminating this pathetic work. Yet the evils of bonded labor, child labor, racial abuse and sexual harassment at the work place continue unabashedly; a sad commentary on the progress made by man in his pursuit of progress.

Remember: The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.”

Try these:

  1. What is you dream job? List out 5 reasons why you chose this as your dream job. Outline 7 things you think will be the troublesome areas of that job.
  2. Can you list out the 5 worst jobs in the world in your opinion. Who are the people doing these jobs and why do they do it? What are the 3 things that motivate them to do that job?
  3. If you had the resources tell us how you will tackle the problems of bonded labor, child labor, racial abuse and sexual harassment in the work place.

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Do your best

Nothing of worthy or weight can be achieved with half a mind, with a faint heart, and with a lame endeavor. Isaac Barrow

Observe children playing and you will notice, that they are enjoying with gay abandon their pursuits. If we analyze this phenomenon, you will realize that it is not just that they are doing what they like best, but giving of their best in the process and this is what doubles their joy and triples their fun. Examine our daily routine, and you will be hard pressed to find that sort of gay abandon in your routine. If you do a clinical examination of your day, it is possible that you will discover some interesting facets that you were blissfully unaware, that camouflaged your efforts from being truly satisfying and rewarding. (Before you read on, can you pause and take a pen and paper and attempt to retrace the activities of the previous two days of your life, putting it into hourly slots?)

If you have the list ready, carefully analyze it and mark out which activities and how many hours of the day gave you 100% satisfaction. Continue this analysis for 75% -50%-25%-1% and then ask yourself; what was the difference between the activity that gave you over 75% happiness and satisfaction and the one on the lower end of the scale. How many of the activities were initiated by you. How many of them were forced on to you. How of them were unavoidable? What were those activities that you did for yourself/ your family/ your friends & colleagues/ your company/ job specific etc. Can you see any correlation between activities initiated by you and higher satisfaction or activities done for yourself and family / friends and higher satisfaction? The converse must be true for the other activities.

The learning’s from the analyses done would give us the following points.

  • When we do things that we like or what we volunteer for or what motivates us, we are willing to give our 100% to that activity. Since we cannot always do what we like nor commit too much time volunteering, we need to motivate ourselves to perform a good job when there are tasks that are to be undertaken by compulsion.
  • The routine is invariably boring since it is often repetitive and has limited scope for variety. You need to be creative in tackling such tasks. Creativity can take many forms, from visualizing the task in a different way to tackling the job in a unique way or exploring alternatives to simplifying the task etc.
  •  Occasionally we get overwhelmed by the scope of the tasks on hand. This results in what we call paralysis by analysis, wherein we keep studying the task but not beginning it. The net result is procrastination and the hope is that the task will get solve over time. In reality, the criticality of the task gets increases, your anxiety levels o up and the possibility of failure keeps looming threatingly. The cure to this is to START. (See the post in  our weekly blog www.poweract.blogspot.com on Simply Trigger Actionable Results Today)
  •  We also, if we are very honesty to ourselves, realize that our personal weakness plays a critical role in poor performance. That is when we make half hearted attempts, display a shallow temperament, find excuses to justify failure, pass on blame etc. The remedy is to address the personal weakness and fortify yourself by academic inputs/ openness to feedback/ getting professional help by way of counseling or attending specialized training like Personality Development or Effective Communication Skills

Remember: To tell yourself ‘I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination’

Try These:

  1. In your daily chores / routine there would be many tasks that you fin hard to do or dislike. List out 2-5 such tasks. Now make a special effort to objectively look at each task and make 3-5 points on how you can get yourself motivated to do the task, Alternatively how can you circumvent the task or delegate it officially.( This is not avoiding the task but handing over the task to someone more competent or more interested or more prepared to do it)
  2. What are those tasks that you love to do? Are there ways to improve upon it? Can you add more value to it? Are there other tasks that you can club with it so that the net outcome is even better than the two tasks being done independently? What is it that motivates you in doing these tasks? Are there other tasks that you can take on based on similar motivational factors being present in those tasks?

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Chance

The successful person is one who had the chance and took it. Roger Babson

Chancing your arm is an old English phrase, which is not in vogue any more; it means taking a risk or a gamble. If we scrutinize the lives of the rich and the famous, without exception, every one of them had at many times chanced their arm and have come up triumphant. Very often the chance is a probability, with a real possibility of winning and a near equal probability of losing. It takes more than guts to chance your arm; it requires you to make an intelligent guess, be well prepared for the downside risk and being very clear about the upside potential and having the stomach to digest the win or loss.

To know what it feels like to take chances, play some of the card games like bluff or poker.  As the game progresses, observe the expressions on the faces of he players and you will soon get a hang of who has a good hand and who is risk averse and who are the foolish daredevils. You will soon realize that the guy on the winning spree, did not just have the good fortune of getting a good hand, but was shrewd enough to chance his arm and dexterously outwit the others. In real life, the competition is stiffer, the stakes much higher and the payoff enormous.

You need a good acumen, a strong heart and an excellent temperament to be able to chance your arm in whatever you do. Look at a basketball player attempting a 3 pointer, or the goalkeeper defending a penalty kick in soccer or an athlete attempting to break the world record. They have tremendous self belief, exude full confidence and have prepared hard to reach their objective. An interesting sidelight to this is the quirks, oddities and superstitious rituals that very often accompany some of the heroics displayed.

Seeing the big picture is a pre requisite to taking chances. This in effect means to see the risk in the correct perspective; in terms of quantum of risk, probability of success and conditions for success, the rewards of success, the effort involved, the time and scale of the activity etc. This is particularly true when the stakes are very high. Investing in a new venture, changing a line of business, changing jobs, pursuing higher education etc. have to be viewed with an eye on the payoff. A good SWOT analysis done diligently and honestly, would be a good first step before you take chances.

Remember: Dream what you want to dream; go where you want to go; be what you want to be, because you have only one life and one chance to do all the things you want to do.”

Try these:

  1. Play a few rounds of bluff and/ or poker to get a feel of your own ability to take chances. Notice how small the stakes you are playing for are and yet how anxious you are about the activity. Also ask yourself, if while playing the game, you are focusing on not losing, or on just you winning or on not letting the other person win.
  2. Try to lay a few bets on your favorite team winning a game and the score line at the end of the game. Pay close attention to the parameters you paid close attention to when you laid your bets. Was the knowledge and strength o your opponent (the person who wagered against you) a very important consideration, when you laid the bet? Did you feel you had a good chance to win the bet when you wagered the bet?  Did you get an uncomfortable feeling you would lose soon after you laid the bet?
  3. Notice the difference between the first set of you playing the card games and the second set of activity where you only wagered but didn’t participate in the process that determined the outcome of your bet. Was there a difference? Did the first one make you feel more responsible and the second one make you feel it is all a matter of luck? Did you enjoy the first experience or the second one. Justify to yourself, why you got that feeling.

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Fear

Every day I wake up a little afraid.  Only a fool is never afraid. Ron Meyer 

Fear is an emotion provided by nature to rein in our bravado and foolhardiness. It is an inbuilt self preservation mechanism that cautions us, warns us and protects us from the perils of life. However, it is human nature to look at fear as an emotion that connotes weakness, belittles us in the eyes of others and devalues our self esteem. It s this misnomer about fear that often provokes us into displaying bravado at dangerous moments and rushing in where angles fear to tread.

Viewed from another angle, fear plays a positive part in shaping us as we grow. Fear of parents made us obedient, fear of authority made us disciplined, fear of biting of more than what we can chew made us pragmatic, fear of over reaching made us conservative, fear of divine retribution made us create a social structure and put in place social norms and practices. Fear has molded our thought process when we temper our ambitions with an infusion of realism; it helps us control our strong emotions so as to ensure our reactions are measured; makes us realized our own limitations and encourages us to think creatively.

Ironically one of the most common fears, world over, has very little to do with facing dangers or confronting an external enemy; rather the fear of ‘public speaking’ frightens legions of the best human talent for they find it harder to conquer the enemy within themselves – the lack of confidence and the fear of ‘exposing themselves to failure and consequent ridicule’. Surprisingly this is also one of the easiest fears to overcome for all it needs is encouragement, guidance, preparation, practice and a few sessions of practice. What a pity that a vast majority don’t take the small effort of confronting this fear by seeking expert guidance or help.

Many of our fears are mental blocks. They lock up our energy, stifle our enthusiasm and paralyses us psychologically and physically. When we attempt anything for the first time, there is always the fear of the unknown for there is no experience to back your instincts. The first attempt often helps us reduce our fears drastically, except where our experience has been terrible or exceptional scary or where it reconfirms our inability psychologically or physically. However, the self preservation nature of fear will never go for it is part of our personality that helps us prepare better, tones up our senses and makes us perform at our peak when it matters most. Like the string that restraints and guides the kite when it flies in the air, your fears restraint your from being stupidly brave and guides you in intelligent discernment.

Remember: Courage is not the lack of fear but the ability to face it.”  – Lt. John B. Putnam Jr. (1921-1944)

 Try these

  1. List out your dream activities that you have still not attempted. Ask yourself if you have ignore attempting it because you feared that they were too ambitious or your lacked financial resources or you were apprehensive of  the reactions of close family and friends or you feared the commitment an effort that you would have to put in. Do you think that it is possible for you to revive those dream activities now?
  2. What are the situations or who are the people you fear the most? What is it that you fear in these – is it because of your lack of self belief, fear of failure, the task looks too daunting that you even fear to begin planning, the person is too intimidating because of temperament, knowledge, authority or position. If given an opportunity now, would you gather courage to face these situations or persons and make an attempt to indulge in realizing your goals / dreams?

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Weakness

Sometimes it is more important to discover what one cannot do, than what one can do. Lin Yutang

One of the most difficult questions to answer in an interview is responding to the question‘What are your weaknesses’? The difficulty is primarily because stating your weakness exposes you to risk of more uncomfortable questions and the possibility of not clearing the interview. The bigger problem though is the uncomfortable feeling that we get when trying to analyze ourselves and in identifying our weakness. Most times we end up rationalizing our weakness, knowing fully well that our logic and explanation won’t cut ice with ourselves leave alone a third party.

 Knowing our weakness is important for us to work on overcoming it, just as diagnosing an illness correctly is vital to prescribing the right medication. When we have the courage to acknowledge our weakness, it is the first step in overcoming it. We can then work around solutions that will mitigate the weakness and hopefully eliminate it too. Far too often our strengths are dwarfed by a glaring weakness in us, which we fail to identify and live in the painful knowledge that we have not realized our full potential. E.g. an excellent salesperson might be a failure simply because he hasn’t learnt the art of closing a sale. Or a meticulous and contentious worker, might not be growing in his job because he fails to meet the deadlines. Others might be exceptional leaders but are weak in critical managerial competencies like decision making and motivation. Some personal weakness like having a short temper, inability to delegate, not being a team player, having a negative attitude, sheer tardiness in work style, suspect personal ethics etc. are concerns that must be addressed before they become a millstone that pulls you down and doesn’t not allow you to grow.

Identifyingn our weakness also enables us to work within our limitations. We will then not have false ideas about our abilities and grandiose plans of success. It will also enable us to chart our own course where w can leverage our strengths rather than prod on with our weakness dragging us down. Academic brilliance, for example does not give you street smartness that is vital to be in business nor does a strong financial background give you the flair of risk taking ability. Sometimes what masquerades as hard work and persistence might in reality be dogmatism and fool hardiness.

Remember: The greatest weakness of all is the great fear of appearing weak” Jacques Bossuel

Try these:

  1. Reflect on your fears. These could give you some clues to your weakness. Identify and list out your weakness. Ask yourself if some of these weaknesses can be overcome by self discipline, training, practice etc. Reflect on the opportunities that your are missing out on because of your weakness.
  2. Get a close friend/ colleague/ spouse to outline what they perceive as your weakness. Also seek their support in identifying measures to overcome your weakness. Ask them also how these weaknesses are impeding your growth.
  3. Can you identify weakness in your competitor and then work out how you can pit your strengths to win. At the same time identify the strengths of the competitor and ask yourself if you can improve your strengths to match the competiton.

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Be Yourself

To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.   Baruch Spinoza

 We are always influenced by the environment around us particularly the human contact that is constantly there around us right from birth. Our behavior, manners, communication skills, education, thought process, attitudes, passions, dislikes are all molded by the circumstances and environment in which we grow up and are exposed to. Despite these influences, there is an individuality that is so unique to each person that try as much as we may to imitate others, we still cannot hide our individuality. Our voice, tone, choice of words, dress sense, eating habits, daily routine, beliefs, responses etc. are overwhelming our own though it may have shades of influence of others.

 Imitation is the best form of flattery for the person being imitated, but perhaps the worst style of individuality by those imitating. As individuals, we need to preserve and exhibit our individuality in order to stand out and be known for what we are. We often mistakenly believe that we are too insignificant to be of any importance. What we forget is that our individuality is what makes the world such a beautiful place for we contribute to it is rich diversity in physical form, display of our unique style, brighten up the staid lives with our creative inputs be it paintings, view points, song and dance or just our presence.  

 Our individuality also is the key to our potential. There is so much of potential within us which is often untapped and unutilized purely because we haven’t realized we have it in us and others haven’t been smart enough to discover it. Often there is no motivation for us to display our potential, frequently we are caught in the rut of treading the beaten path because of our inability to take risks and in most cases it is purely because we lack self belief. Our potential is not in making new discoveries or inventions, it is in doing even the most routine task in a better way, bringing to it your own touch or style.

 You can easily spot your inability to be yourself and your latent potential by doing a simple check; how critical are you of anything or anybody? The more critical you are indicates that you are observant, have so many ideas and have a wealth of alternatives to improve the present. What action you take after being critical decides how much of your potential you have realized. Mere criticism leads to frustration and even more critical attitude. Whereas, criticism followed up with your initiative and proactive contribution, would make you realize your potential. It would also open your eyes to the numerous variables and obstacles that impede your progress to excellence and would make you more action oriented and less critical. The thrill of doing a task well is the best reward anyone can get, for that is when your heart tells you that you have made the best use of your temperament, time and talents.

Remember: It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.  E.E. Cummings

 Try these:

  1.  Write down the following
    • 5 Criticisms about yourself
    • 5 criticisms about your work place
    • 5 criticisms about your boss/ colleagues
    • Now ask yourself if you have attempted to do something about the criticisms that you have observed. Have you tried to at least communicate politely to the others about your feelings? Have you tried to make some changes in you to ensure that you have addressed your personal criticism of yourself?
  2.  Now outline the following
    • 5 strengths about yourself
    • 5 strengths about your workplace
    • 5 strengths about your boss/ colleagues
    • Do you think some of these strengths far outweigh some of your criticisms? Can you leverage some of your strengths to overcome your weakness that you have criticized?
  3.  Revisit your New Year resolutions. Do you want to add some thing more in it in the light of the learning from the exercise above? Are there some resolutions that you would like to start working on immediately? Have you listed some activities that leverage your strengths as part o your New Year Resolution?

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Leverage your Abilities

Leverage your abilities; Skills vary. We must … strive by that which is born in us. Pindar

The beauty of life is the variety around us; be it the flora and fauna, the exotic species of animals, the widely varying topography or the wonders of the human race where each individual is so different from the other. In fact that difference is what makes the human race distinct from robots. The thought process, the temperaments, our attitudes and our skill sets are so varied and unique that no two individuals are alike. If we analyze ourselves, we will be sorely tempted to compare our abilities with that of someone else and draw our own conclusions.

To be successful and happy we need to understand the many talents and strengths that we have within us and leverage them. There is no one who has no strength; even if he is mentally challenged or physically challenged (except if the person is mentally ill). An honest analysis of ones strengths, will bring to the fore talents, abilities, qualities and attitudes which you never knew exist within you. You can understand these strengths by listening to feedback, paying attention to the compliments and the brickbats, studying your success and failures and being open to learning from your experiences and interactions.

Learn to love your strengths. This is critical because, quite often we are distracted by some inane illusion of power, success and a jackpot in the waiting, by day dreaming about imitating a successful idol of ours. Reality is that there is a gold mine within you that you are not tapping, fabulous opportunities that are slipping by and assure success if you simply leverage your strengths instead of succumbing to the lure of following the herd or giving into the prodding’s of well meaning family and friends, who have little or no idea of your personal powers.

When pursing your passion be ready to face failure, for success is a demanding mistress and she will want you to woo her long and hard before she allures to your temptations. If you have faith in your abilities, work hard to leverage it, enjoy doing it and are prepared to wait for success, you can salivate and taste it much before you actually begin to relish it.

 Remember : “We are limited, not by our abilities, but by our vision.”

Try These :

  • List out 20 strengths that you posses. Ask a close friend(s) and your sibling or spouse to also give you a list of what they perceive to be your strengths. Compare the lists. What overlaps could be reasonably assumed to be your core strengths. You can attempt a similar exercise for weakness. If there are clashes between your strengths and weakness re-examine them in perspective. E.g. your language is excellent but your communication is weak. This sounds contrary; so drill it to specifics.
  • Outline the professions you would have loved to be in, if you had a choice. Ask yourself how much of your current strengths are being leveraged by you in your current profession and how much of it you can leverage in a new profession. E.g. You are n IT professional but your real passion is hospitality. On the face of it sounds so opposed but if you can visualize the linkages, you could move into IT solutions for hospitality industry, cater to hospitality requirements of IT industry, tweak IT & hospitality to create a niche market etc.

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