Tag: Hard Work

If it excites and scares you…

If it excites and scares you…

Like many, I am full of ideas. I get excited at the thought of executing some of my ideas but most times I avoid attempting anything because I am scared that I may fail. When I travel to new destinations I am captivated by the sights be it the mountains, the rivers, the sea or simply the ambiance of the fun, food and locale. Again I am tempted to indulge but often hold back for I am afraid of something going wrong. Far too often we attempt something different because we are left with no choice. It is also possible that we discovered that there is something new, invigorating and exciting about the new things we attempted. The question we need to answer then is ‘ why don’t I proactively try out something new, different, exciting and scary?’

We are lazy – The easiest thing to generate is ideas. The tough part is executing them. So we lie back and think of various possibilities, scenarios, opportunities. However, if we want to make something out of those ideas we need to get up and work towards it. Sheer laziness, casualness and lethargy on our part makes us dreamers not doers. Laziness manifests itself in the most common way called procrastination.  If one can stop making excuses for not doing something one is passionate about, then one can strive and realize one’s passion and dreams.

We create self doubts – One key reason for procrastination is the self doubts we create in our minds. We question our abilities, we see the challenge as overwhelming, we try to find short cuts rather than hit the road running, we try to plug every loop hole that we imagine in our plans etc. Notice that each of these is self created and a convenient way to fool our mind into thinking that we are being prudent, careful and thorough in our approach. Every doubt is just a self created hurdle that delays our start and often leads to inaction.

We are risk averse – An extreme case of self doubt is rationalizing is that we are risk averse. Risk exists every moment of our life. The degree of risk could vary but the reality is that it exists. Yet we place a premium on certain types of risks which is logical because some risks are higher when the nature of the business on hand itself is fraught with risks. The risk trouble doubles when we imagine all sorts of risks plaguing us especially when one is kickstarting something new. It is technically impossible to over all our bases and yet that is precisely what we try to do when we have to plunge into a new activity. The risk of failure is perhaps the biggest risk we fear.

We fear failure – Among the risks we fear, the fear of failure is what haunts us. A simple example is the numerous people who do not attempt public speaking simply because of their fear of failing. Failure they say is the stepping stone to success but apparently no one wants to use stepping stones. Everyone was to jet set to success and that is technically a near impossibility. Success is earned, learned and sustained over time. Many a time failure is nothing but our inability to keep going and giving up on the cusp of redemption. Occasionally failure is our short sightedness in not responding to change but most times failure is imagination taking us on a ride to nowhere.

We limit ourselves by limiting our thinking. – Perhaps the biggest stumbling block to progress for many, is our self limiting thinking. We begin to aim high and then lower the barrel ending up shooting ourselves in the foot. We question our abilities, show poor trust in our judgment, do not dare to leap frog and keep looking over our shoulder instead of seeing the distant horizons. There are opportunities aplenty, there are challenges that we can overcome easily, there is life beyond the ordinary if only we dare to dream big, think differently and  act decisively.

It is time to TRY what EXCITES you and SCARES you… NOW

Try these:

If you could change your profession or life list out the three alternatives you are most passionate about. How about doing yourself a favor and working on pursuing one of the passions within the next one year.

If you won a million rupees in the lottery what will you do with it? Outline a plan. Share it with a friend and see his/ her reactions ( do not tell them that it is an imaginary exercise you are attempting).

List out the three craziest things you have done in life so far. What was the outcome? What lessons did you learn from it?

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Tips to identify your passion…

“If there is no passion in your life, then have you really lived? Find your passion, whatever it may be. Become it, and let it become you and you will find great things happen FOR you, TO you and BECAUSE of you.”   T. Alan Armstrong

With rare exceptions for the vast majority of people finding ones passion is a challenge. Part of the problem stems from the fact that during our formative years we seem to flirt with various interests and likings and over time we grow out of our obsession with many of these. The other problem is that ironically,  almost always what we are truly interested in, invariably does not guarantee financial security nor opens up possibilities of good career prospects and if they are unconventional interest they would never meet parental approval or find favor with our well wishers. Confusion, dilemma and indecision are three emotions that overwhelm us and douse the lingering spark of passion if any. Thereafter we become robotic, controlled by what we loosely term as fate, destiny and convention. The fact though is that our passion tugs at our heart strings but we plead haplessness and go on with the business of life less enthused, more frustrated and definitely dissatisfied.

Is it possible to somehow identify ones passion by cutting through the clutter in our mind, by pinpointing what can truly become our real interest and which can motivate, enthuse and propel our life? For those still searching for his/ her passion here are a few pointers to locate that elusive North Star in one’s own heart and mind.

What gets you all excited?  Yes movies, parties, gossip, lazing around, sports, holidays etc would top the list. It would help though if this list also contains a list of at least one or two subjects that you studied in school days or maybe in college to ensure that all those years of education are not considered wasted. Now add a list of alternative career choices that you always fancied. So now you have a wide variety of stuff that gets you excited.

What is that you never get bored of? What is it that will get you of the couch and sweat it out because you can’t resist it? Topping the list will be talking on phone, gossiping, texting, surfing the net, eating, sleeping etc. Now widen the list by adding those activities that got a lot of approval from family, friends, peers and even perhaps some of those who are jealous of you. Lengthen the list by adding a wish list of career choices that you fancied.

Do you have the aptitude and attitude to make your interest your life goal? Perhaps a close hard look at the choices you have listed earlier by holding it up against the mirror of your personality that reflects your aptitude and attitude will enable you to clear see some choices emerging as truly something that you really love and are passionate about.

Would you be thrilled doing what you are doing even if you were to die a pauper, unrecognized and perhaps ostracized by society too? The final test is in making choices and seeing it against the light of the reality check.  The reality check is simple; see if your passion surfaces even if you have no one to support you, even if there are lots of doubting Thomas’s who attempt to dissuade you. Are you so excited about what you want to do that you are willing to risk failure, prepared to battle single handed and are sure that your enthusiasm will neither wane nor your spirit weakened because you are doing what you really want to do.

The real test though is to tweak your passion to ensure you come closest to enjoying what you do. This is essential because only the exceptionally lucky person gets to pursue his/ her own passion in it is original form.  Eg. You might want to be a filmy hero but if you are not really talented perhaps you can still find a niche space in the industry that enables you pursue your interest in films.

Remember: “Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.”  Hebbel

 Try this:

  1. Name 3 of your passionate career choices in the following fields:
  • Sports
  • Movies
  • Marine related
  • Law enforcement
  1. What are the offbeat careers you can think of in the following fields  (one example each is given for your ready reference)
  • Entertainment business e.g. Film critic
  • Financial services sector e.g. being a technical analyst
  • Education sector e.g. special needs educator
  • In the business of LIFE e.g. being a funeral director

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Work holds the key to success

Success comes before work only in the dictionary. Anon

There is a mistaken notion carried by many that the rich and famous have been very lucky to get the success they enjoy be it financial rewards, fame and / or fan following. True, some of them are fortunate to have a lineage or the benefit of being born with a golden spoon. However the reality is that each one has to strive hard to build up on that initial advantage in order to carve out their own identity. Look at the not so successful children of well know personalities; they could not make much use of the initial advantage they had perhaps due to the fact that they lacked the genuine talent or skill sets. In some cases it is also possible that they didn’t get the lucky break too. However it is obvious that if the person has the talent and the lucky breaks and still didn’t script a success story then it has to do with just one thing, lack of commitment and hard work.

Work holds the key to progress. Unless one is prepared to sweat it out, the talent and the natural gifts one posses will only be wasted because, it is when we work that we actually utilize our abilities. Work is not simply exerting but it has to be well planned and equally well executed. To begin with one must be clear about what is ones role in the overall scheme of things. Only then can a person outline his/ her specific jobs , duties and responsibilities. Work is invariably planned keeping in mind these parameters as also a specific time frame and quality standard. This implies that work is not a collection of haphazard efforts done to keep busy but a coordinated effort with a clear objective and a larger purpose than the work itself.

One reason why success seems to elude some hardworking people is that they never grow beyond their work. Anyone who repeatedly does the same work over and over again will gain a fair amount of mastery and expertise. The challenge then is to take on something new, challenging and more responsible which will bring with it the possibility of growth. When people shy away from such opportunities and prefer the comfort of their existing work, they will enjoy the comfort of their job but will never taste the fruits of success that is implied in their potential. Scores of people whom we notice as incredibly talented but languishing in mediocrity are testimony to this bane of poor work ethics. However they underline a moot point that just work itself will not get us the success we deserve.

To grow in our work environment, hard work is the first requisite but a very vital requirement is smart work. Smart work, focuses on identifying ways and means of simplifying work, automating work and minimizing effort, without compromising on the quality of output. Smart work really takes off when one can enhance productivity, improve quality and take on more responsibility. One would notice that when these conditions are fulfilled, success is a natural fruit that ripens during this process. Each one of us can actually enjoy the fruits of success by deftly balancing both hard work and smart work.

Remember:

“It’s a test of ultimate will
The heartbreak climb, uphill
Got to pick up the pace
If you want to stay in the race
More than just blind ambition
More than just simple greed
More than just a finish line
Must feed this burning need”

Neil Peart

Try this:

  1. Make a list of new responsibilities that you believe you can shoulder. Also make a list of routine jobs that you think you can delegate, simplify or automate. Work on the latter first, so that you have more time to spare to take on the new responsibilities.
  2. Write down at least 3 clear signs that will indicate to you that you have attained success. Now at the end of the year check if you have been a success as defined by you. Eg. You can state that your increment this year should be at least xyz amount. This will be a success parameter for you.

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No gain without pain

Dear Readers

At the outset let me thank all of you for regularly reading my blog (as on date there are 176 followers too who get this blog in their email inbox) and for your valuable comments and feedback.  As I am traveling out of the country for around 2 weeks, this blog may not be updated till 24th Sept.10.

I would request you to please bear up with this break. However this offers you a good chance to catch up with some of the older posts…there are 250 odd posts to choose from. In addition you can also visit our weekly posts in www.poweract.blogspot.com I   am sure you find the posts refreshing, relaxing and rejuvenating. Do spare time to also post your comments which are both a motivator and a reality check for me.

Thank you for your patronage of this blog.

Jacob

If you want a place in the sun, you’ve got to put up with a few blisters. Abigail Van Buren

Each of us craves to be acknowledged, if possible recognized and we would be delighted if we are perceived as successful icons. We would like to be on the highest rung of the pecking order and should we be lucky and talented then ideally we would like to call all the shots. In short, each of us seeks to have a place in the sun; high up, shining bright and basking in glory. However there are no shortcuts to achieving these accolades and with rare exceptions every single idol be it our heroes on screen, on the sporting field, our politicians, business leaders or our parents have worked hard, suffered in their own way and triumphed over many odds. They can recount the blisters they have had to painfully endure just to be up there.

The three most important qualities that catapult us to managing a place in the sun are hard work, diligence and resilience. Each of those qualities have a major bearing in ensuring that we remain focused, never wavering and are passionate about what we seek to achieve. It is this passion that will ultimately gives us the strength to keep going when we have to face challenges, unexpected hurdles and painful realities. Hard work is not just plodding along but going about our task putting in all our intellectual and physical effort. The jargon smart work has replace hard work  but in reality it requires a lot of hard work to identify how to be smart enough to get work done from others or to simplify the task on hard.

Diligence is all about being attentive, careful, meticulous and conscientious. The objective is to ensure that effort is never wasted by minimizing errors, following standard operating procedures and delivering results within the allotted time frame. Some would argue that mechanization is the perfect answer to ensure perfect diligence but what we fail to appreciate is that diligence is not rote but intelligent action that involves varied managerial skills too like decision making and effective leadership. Resilience is the one quality that needs courage of conviction, tenacity of purpose and a very strong will. It is the one quality that is an insurance against failure. Most people never realize their full potential because they lack the resilience to overcome setbacks. They lack both the energy and the will to recoup and launch a fresh assault to attain success.

In chasing our dreams we would get hurt, be ridiculed, our abilities and wisdom questioned, our enthusiasm dampened by critics and worse of all we could be plagued by self doubt. Each of these are blisters that we have to accept, adjust too and suffer if we really want to make a place for ourselves in the sun.

Remember: Where there is a will there is a way

Try this:

  1. Identify a couple of successful individuals known to you. Try and meet them and ask them to share their most trying moments in their life. Ask them what kept them going and how they managed to face the odds stacked against them. Ask yourself if there are any lessons for yourself in it.
  2. Make a list of activities that you passionately wanted to achieve but never even go around beginning.  Ask yourself what prevented you from achieving your passion. Is there a way out of those problems today or you have simply given up on those passions?

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Be self reliant…

The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your own arm. Swedish proverb

Far too often, the one reason we are unable to realize our full potential is sheer laziness.  Our lethargy, casualness, indifference and tardiness are all the myriad outcomes of a lazy self. We can camouflage our laziness under various garbs of tiredness, non availability of tools for the job, lack of skill and / or knowledge about the job or simply blame our forgetfulness. However, we might fool the world with these lame excuses but we cannot fool ourselves with it; after all we have a conscience that never sleeps and is well aware of the reality.

There are times when we are so used to getting help that we look askance when no help is seen around. We are flummoxed as to how and why no help is around and shocked at the possibility that we have to roll up our sleeves and do the job ourselves. Our egos may not permit us to do what we think is a menial job by our living standards or worse still ignore some jobs in the fond hope that someone else will do it. The truth is that what needs to be done has to be done and it is best that we do it ourselves if we want the work done on time and done efficiently. Pause for a moment and think of the attributes needed to do a job. Most jobs that are routine just need a wee bit of common sense and the ability to dirty your hands. More specialized jobs may require some basic training.

One reason for increased laziness is the pampering of the growing up children by very protective parents, who either do the job themselves or have hired hands to do it. The other reason is the psychology of the people who believe that if they earn they can always hire help. The lure of more relaxed and agreeable activities like watching TV /partying/ reading etc. give us pleasure with little effort and so the more boring jobs are outsourced if possible. Laziness is also the outcome of our own low standards which in effect mean we just do enough to get by. In real life though all the good days will come to an end sooner or later for when we depend on others, we are falling into a trap called ‘ Laziness’ and the only cure for it is ‘Desperation’. Take the case of a rich young man who is overweight. He has no option but to exercise and diet both of which he cannot outsource. This leads to desperation and this will trigger hard work. Or when is stuck in an airport or railway station and there is a strike by the porters, out of sheer desperation you will have to carry your heavy luggage and make your way to your destination.

It is interesting to note a very apt observation by Bishop Fulton Sheen ‘ who observed that there are things that only you can do be it blowing your nose or saying your prayers. So on that prayerful note, I leave you to work out the answer to the question ‘ Who can help me?Read the first line of this post again, just in case you are groping for the answer!

Remember: “Don’t pray for lighter burdens, but for stronger backs.”

Try these:

  1. Give your mother/ spouse a break. Don’t wait for mother’s day or her birthday for such a break. Just surprise them by taking over their tasks and doing it with a smile on your face and a lots of love in your heart. ( please ensure that if you are cooking don’t mess up the kitchen so bad, that it is double trouble for the person whom you are trying to please.)
  2. Right now list 5 things that you have postponed doing for over 2 months simply because you have lots of excuses to keep it pending. Put a time frame to do it ( not later than 2 weeks) and ensure that all the 5 activities are completed in that time frame. Repeat the activity every quarter so that in no time there are no pending jobs.

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