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Get Going

Inspirations never go in for long engagements; they demand immediate marriage to action. Brendan Francis

Man is not just a social animal, but a thinking species too; this gives us a unique advantage in that we are constantly ideating and never short of inspirational thoughts. Notice that at the moment of getting the inspired thought we are fully charged up, extremely passionate about our idea and can even feel the glorious dazzle of success. Alas, we are soon bogged down by trivials; our perceived lack of resources, our inability to take the risk, our inability to translate our inspirations into working project skeletons etc.  Soon our enthusiasm wanes, our self doubts creep in, we prepare to fail and work towards a self rationalizing reasons. The dazzle of success soon turns into a fizzle of leaving a trail of despondency.

Inspirations require quick responses in order to translate it into evaluative results and self propelling ventures. The key is to start (see the post on START in www.poweract.blogspot.com dt 1stFeb 2010). What a good start ensures is immediacy of action that enables one to make the commitment to make the inspiration workable. Equally important is the fact that once we start, we will be moving towards generating some results which can be evaluated for reconfirmation that our inspiration is workable or requires tweaking. The start also gives us the momentum to continue to pursue the project; the progress made helps us sustain our enthusiasm, reinforces our confidence and generates its own energy of positive reinforcement, optimistic outlook not to mention a taste of success.

An inspiration is like a bottle of soda, which once opened needs to be consumed immediately or it will loose its fizz. How we consume it, where we consume, in how much time we consume it etc. are matters that are automatically taken care of when we commit to opening  the soda bottle. Inspirations when they come leave us with even little choice for action, because we will succumb to the lure of the next idea or to the pleasures of leisure. A quick proactive response commits one to the idea, generates solutions to problems that may crop up and motivates us to chase our dream in right earnest. It may also help us reinforce our beliefs, stimulate more inspirations and possibly even kindle in you the spirit of adventure.

Remember: “Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one’s thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.”

Try these

  1. Take a sheet of paper. How many times can you fold it before you reach a point when you can’t fold it anymore? Are you guessing? Did you hear about it / read about it and so know the answer? Have you confirmed that answer? If you have never confirmed the answer… Get Going- TRY it NOW!
  2. Did you like the contents of this post? Have you noticed that there is a provision to comment about the post on the bottom of each post? Have you ever tried to give your comment / views on the post? Get going – TRY it NOW!

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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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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.

This post is courtesy www.actspot.com

You are also invited to visit our weekly inspirational and motivational blog www.poweract.blogspot.com

Work

Everything considered, work is less boring than amusing oneself.  Charles Baudelaire

It is very rarely that you come across people who say that they thoroughly enjoy what they do. If you probe that further, you will realize that most of us are working to earn a living and not working because we enjoy what we are doing. The reasons for frustrations strangely enough have less to do with the nature of work itself, but more to do with our attitude, our pre conceived notions and our personal failings in terms of envy, jealousy, ego etc.

In the rat race of life, most of us do not follow our heart and instead are guided by well meaning parents and elders who push, goad and pressurize us into academics and careers that they perceive offers the best job prospects. Unfortunately, the overwhelming large majority of us, in our formative years are clueless about our real passions, risk averse in exploring opportunities that interest us but are far removed from the family history or the social norms and even more bound by family expectations and values to assert our independent views. Work therefore is not a choice but thrust on us and we often find it difficult to reconcile to the monotony and drabness of our work.

In reality though, the ideal thing is to follow our hearts desire and chart out own course. In practice though we might be stuck with a job or career that can in theory be thrown to the winds and a fresh start made but we lack the courage to do it. Then the best option is to find motivation in the work we have, make creative allowances to love what we do and accept changes in work as being for the best. Once we have changed our mental frame of reference to our work, you will discover new pleasures in mundane tasks, gladly take on challenges that others refuse, wont make monetary rewards the focus of our work, we will revel in team work and the fruits of team success and wont be envious of others or jealous of their apparent successes.

More importantly, it will dawn on us that not having anything to do will bore us to death and if retirement is what we pine for when stressed at work, how much more stressful will it be when we have nothing to do and a life time ahead. How often and how long can you amuse yourself doing just daily chores and keeping busy with trivial pursuits? The lucky person is one who has a passion to pursue and all the time and resources in the world to do it. Of course then it becomes our daily work that we enjoy and embrace, proving that Charles Baudelaire was absolutely right!

Remember: Take up a profession that is your passion and you will never have to work a day in your life!

 Try these:

  •  Look back a your childhood- what were the dreams you had when you were 7 years, 11 years, 15 years, 17 years and 21 years old. Did these dreams change over time? Have you pursued any of these dreams? Are any of these dreams still a passion? Do you have it in you, to risk everything to peruse that passion?
  • Ask yourself if you enjoy Monday mornings. Do you enjoy the job profile, the work environment and the job itself? If you got an opportunity to choose your job what would you choose?
  • It is never too late to follow your passion provided you know what you want to pursue. Identify that today. Then fix a time slot on a daily or weekly basis to pursue it, It could be learning something new, maybe teaching someone, maybe a creative pursuit like writing, photography, painting etc, maybe a social activity like helping the less privileged, maybe traveling to explore nature, new destinations, etc.

 This post is courtesy www.actspot.com

You are also invited to visit our weekly inspirational and motivational blog www.poweract.blogspot.com

Start Now

The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today. Elbert Hubbard

One of the classic ways of procrastinating is to plan and plan and never start the work under some pretext or the other. A very common pretext we use is waiting for the 1st of the next month, the beginning of the week normally the following Monday or waiting for an auspicious time like a birthday or anniversary. When the relevant date comes up, we invent new excuses to miss the deadline and convince ourselves that the time is not yet ripe.

While planning a task is an inevitable step, it is the execution of the plan that actually bears fruits. It is imperative that action be taken at the earliest and suitable corrections be implemented if required and there is no better time than NOW! Tomorrow is the day when you need to improve upon what you started today !

Remember: You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today. Abraham Lincoln

Try these:

  • Examine your New Year Resolutions. If you haven’t made one, start NOW! Have you put a start date time on each resolution? Begin on that date what ever the impediments.
  • Have you done a daily time log analysis of your daily time utilization? If not start doing it for a week from today. Tabulate it and ask yourself – do I spend time with family? Do I spare time for my personal passions? Do I have a slot for contemplation and meditation? IS some sort of community work / social service work inbuilt in my weekly routine?
  • Take on a new active task from today. It could be writing your blog / learning something new like a language or a musical instrument / helping out in an old age home or orphanage etc.

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Work

What I do, I do very well, and what I don’t do well, I don’t do at all. Anon

Many of us are palgued by the bad habit of biting off more than what we can chew. Partly,  it is because we are forced into it by superiors but mainly because we have a misplaced belief in our own abilities and an inability to decline a task or say NO. The net result is that some tasks get completed well and on time but most tasks remain carelessly done or remain undone.

The best way to ensure that we do what we take on is to be realistic about our abilities and plan the jobs well before we delve into it. We would need to put our best efforts into the tasks on hand and if need be, seek help from the experts or those more knowledgeable. Learning to politely decline a task if overburdened or lacking the skill sets to accomplish  it,  would be a great asset too.

As we grow professionally  our duties and responsibilities increase too.  When we take on the leadership role, it is vital that we also learn to delegate and let go the mundane jobs, to subordinates. We need to focus on those tasks that require our expertise and experience. Just be judicious in delegating task and ensure that delegation dose not masquerade as ‘shirking work’

Remember : We can never be the best in all what we do, but we must do our best in whatever we do.

Try these :

  • Make a list of 5 to -10 tasks that you have to do yourself and whch cannot be delegated.
  • Make another list of current tasks that you can delegate to others. Outline an action plan to do so. Ensure that you give them the job specifications clearly and also have a feedback mechanism in place to be able to monitor the pace of work
  • Read the book ‘How not to say yes when you want to say No.’ and ‘The One minute Manager meets the Monkey”

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