Thursday, February 28, 2013

Nurture Daily Habits to live Stronger > Happy > Beautiful Life

8 Daily Habits that Will Make You Stronger

You have unlimited power over your mind – not outside events.
Realize this, and you will find strength.
–Marcus Aurelius
1.  Make yourself somewhat uncomfortable.
2.  Work on substantial goals.
Pursue something so significant that even if you fail, you are better off for having tried.  Read The Front Nine.

3.  Nurture your self-worth.

 As the Buddha so profoundly said, “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”
If you are not at peace with yourself, you will not be at peace in the company of others.  

4.  Tell yourself the right story.

You tell yourself a story inside your head every day.  No matter where you are or what you’re doing, you’re always reciting it.  This story makes up a big part of who you are – you build much of your life from it.

5.  Chat with people who see things differently.

As Frank Zappa once said, “A mind is like a parachute.  It doesn’t work if it is not open.”  

6.  Avoid those who hold you back.

As Gandhi once said, “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”  It’s about making choices and taking actions that speak to your soul.

7.  Cope effectively.

Life’s changes and evolutions are win-win.  Life is self-correcting. All you can really do is cope effectively so that when the big one comes, you can surf over it instead of drowning in its monstrosity.

8.  BE where you are while you’re there.

It’s the process of following your path that’s important, not the speed at which you progress down it.  Happiness is found during the journey, not at the destination.  
You have the power to make your moments more enjoyable simply by realizing that where you are is as good as where you want to be.    Read The Power of Less.

Design Life to Live by...

Consider life as a “Dream Project”…and nurture it every day as you move along to make it beautiful.

GOD has created you with a plan…it is up to you how you design it, weave it and to make it into a beautiful masterpiece!!!!

Here are few ideas from Tim Brown:

1. Be optimistic, collaborative, and generative.
2. Think of life as a prototype.
3. Don’t ask “what?” ask “why?”
4. Demand divergent options.
5. Once a day, deeply observe the ordinary.
"Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements."– Napoleon Hill


Sugata Mitra: Build a School in the Cloud

TED 2013 Winner:

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Self Power...Being One!!

Self-power based on original definition as per "Gita - Hindu Spiritual Guide" is coming from the level of the soul or core consciousness beyond the ego mask. It has the following characteristics:
  • Independence from the good and bad opinions of others but responsive to feedback (personally immune to flattery and criticism)
  • Fearlessness
  • Beneath no one (also superior to no one)

Meditation is the technique within our reach to attain this state of mind and thus achieve Self-Power.

SOARING Success #3: Finding Work-Life Rhythm. ...

Soaring Success!!

Principle #1 - Be Curious
Principle #2 - Bring out best from people around you of what they can do
Principle #3 - Finding work-life rhythm that you can maintain
Principle #4 - Caring Deeply
Principle # 5 - Building your Team

14 Things Successful People Do On Weekends - Forbes

The Top 3 things to do in weekend to recharge:

1. Make time for family and friends. 
2. Exercise. 
3. Pursue a passion/hobby/interest

Monday, February 25, 2013

Unlock the genius within your kid..

 Empower your kids....
  • Independent learning.
  • A single-minded focus. 
  • Engage in your child’s project–even if it’s over your head.
  • Limit rules, encourage independence.  

Music and songs that inspires...

Get inspired....And enjoy your work!!!

1) Not Afraid by Eminem (submitted by Carrie Kerpen, CEO of Likeable Media)
I'm not afraid to take a stand. Everybody come take my hand.
We'll walk this road together, through the storm.
2) Imagine by John Lennon (submitted by Sam Sudakoff of Likeable)
You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one.
3) Run the World (Girls) by Beyonce (submitted by Tiffany Hopkins of Likeable)
I'm reppin' for the girls who taking over the world. Help me raise a glass for the college grads.
4) Don't Stop Believin' by Journey (submitted by Michele Weisman of Likeable)
Working hard to get my fill, Everybody wants a thrill.
5) Number One by Nelly (submitted by Brian Murray of Likeable)
What does it take to be number one? Two is not a winner And 3 nobody remembers.
6) Relax, Take it Easy by Mika (submitted by Sarah Al of Likeable)
Relax, take it easy. For there is nothing that we can do.
7) Countdown by Beyonce (submitted by Ricky Demaio of Likeable)
Do whatever that it takes, he got a winner's mind. Give it all to him, meet him at the finish line.
8) Little Lion Man by Mumford and Sons (submitted by Frank Emanuele of Likeable)
Your boldness stands alone among the wreck
Now learn from your mother or else spend your days biting your own nec
9) Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd (submitted by Shannon Maguire of Likeable)
Sweet home Alabama where the skies are so blue
Sweet home Alabama, Lord, I'm coming home to you.

10) Eye of the Tiger by Survivor (submitted by Scott Gerber, founder/CEO of the YEC)
It's the eye of the tiger, it's the thrill of the fight, risin' up to the challenge of our rival.
11) Rock You Like a Hurricane by The Scorpions (submitted by James DiSabatino)
It's time for a show...Here I am, rock you like a hurricane.

12) Beat it by Michael Jackson (submitted by Kofi Frimpong)
No one wants to be defeated. Showin' how funky and strong is your fight.
13) One Day by Matisyahu (submitted by Sarah Schupp)
In this maze you can lose your way. It might drive you crazy but don't let it faze you no way.
14) Safe and Sound by Capital Cities (submitted by David Cohen)
I could lift you up. I could show you what you want to see, and take you where you want to be.
15) Make the Money by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (submitted by Clay Hebert)
Listen, see I was meant to be a warrior. Fight something amongst me, leave here victorious.
16) Walking on a Dream by Empire of the Sun (submitted by Evan Kirkpatrick)
We are always running, for the thrill of it, thrill of it. Always pushing up the hill.
17) Don't Stop Me Now by Queen (submitted by Derek Flanzraich)
I'm a shooting star leaping through the skies, like a tiger defying the laws of gravity.
18) Let's Go by Calvin Harris & Ne-Yo (submitted by Eric Koester)
Make no excuses now. I'm talking here and now.
19) Lose Yourself by Eminem (submitted by Hemang Mehta of Entrepreneurs Organization)
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime.

20) Firework by Katy Perry (submitted by Fran Biderman Gross)

Baby, you're a firework. Come on, show 'em what you're worth. Make 'em go, oh, oh, oh.

Finally, for my personal favorite song to inspire me at work...
21) The Final Countdown by Europe
Oh. It's the final countdown. We're leaving together.

Here is a Spotify playlist of all 21 songs that Michele Weisman from Likeable put together!

MPS process framework to happiness!!!

Key Points

The MPS Process was developed by Dr Tal Ben-Shahar, best-selling author of the book "Happier."

MPS stands for Meaning, Pleasure, and Strengths, and it gives you a useful insight into what truly makes you happy. This, in turn, helps you find tasks and projects that are engaging and rewarding.

  • To use the MPS Process, think about what gives you meaning and pleasure, and analyze your strengths. 
  • Then identify elements that overlap in these three areas.
  • You can then shape your job or career to incorporate the elements that overlap the most.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Happiness Habits and Positive Mindset!!!

Cultivate positive habits to make the positive life style....
How do your change your life? It is through your mindset - Robert Allen

Happiness is when what you think, what you see, and what you do are in harmony!!

Feelings of happiness can be subtly increased through a process of behavioral and cognitive changes, including recognizing your own successes, journaling, nurturing gratitude, exercise, meditation and random acts of kindness. Through these activities, we can possibly begin to process our lives as more positive, building resiliency and finding success.
Here are few ideas:
  • Be mindful of the present. We can develop a tendency to pay more attention to negative past events. As a result, we might overlook the opportunities to feel positive in the present moment.
  • Celebrate small successes. Try not to ignore or downplay the smaller steps that lead to larger accomplishments (as these larger events may be few and far between). Pause and reflect on these moments, no matter how small.
  • Play to our strengths. Finding a career, or a role that emphasizes what we are good at can greatly increase feelings of positivity. We can often make adjustments to our work lives to accommodate this end - so ponder ideas to accomplish this.
  • Recognize performance. If you manage others - try not to miss opportunities to reward excellence. Develop a habit of reaching out to validate accomplishments on a regular basis.
  • Show gratitude. Don't be stingy with "thanks-yous" and compliments in the workplace. Let others know you appreciate their contribution to your work life - and build on this positive energy whenever possible. Remember that few things are more meaningful than gratitude.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Leap from mediocre to amazing!!

Great employees are reliable, dependable, proactive, diligent, great leaders and great followers... they possess a wide range of easily-defined—but hard to find—qualities.

Strive to hit the next level...Take 1 step at a time...and become amazing in what you do!!!!

1. Set the standard. 
2. Showcase company values. 
3. Know when to dial back. 
4. Never (publicly) complain. 
5. Work for the greater good. 
6. Know how to give and receive praise.
7. Learn to handle criticism. T
8. Have a good sense of humor. 
9. Be a problem-solver. 
10. Be trustworthy

Friday, February 22, 2013

Nature - The teacher

Tough past...silver lining..good present...bright future!!
Never give up...go the extra will be amazed what is out there waiting for you.

If you think you can or if you think you can't, either way you are right - Henry Ford

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Made in NY...

What do Buzzfeed, Foursquare, Etsy, Fab, Gilt, Kickstarter, Makerbot, PaperlessPost, Songza and Tumblr have in common? Like the world’s best pizza pies, they were all made in New York City.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Mastering presentation...

Thumb Rule: For sizzling presentation..

70% - How you & engaging audiences
20% - What you present..content
10% - You dress up and attire

Geniuses of Presentations!!
Clearly go over "Why"...tell a story...connect will hit home run!!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Dream 》Believe 》Aspire 》Achieve

Watch this Video: It all starts with the CHANGE!!!!

I haved followed 5k101 program developed by Todd and it is guarantee d success recipe to prepare for 5k in 8 weeks. Just...aspire..believe...achieve And week 8 podcast is just have to feel it yourself... I had my finale on March 11th and it is an awesome feeling!! Running Marathons is now my Passion.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

The legendary MJ.....The journey from ordinary to extraordinary!!

Michael Jordan - JetSetter: Where perseverance meets the luck!!

It seems like just yesterday he was hoisting his sixth NBA championship trophy above his head and I have been witness of that amazing moment in 1998 against Utah Jazz.. 6th time NBA champion ship winner!!

Five-time National Basketball Association Most Valuable Player, he was referred to by the same association as “possibly the best player ever to wear the uniform of an NBA team” and was named by ESPN in 1999 “the greatest North American athlete of the 20th century”.

Charismatic and innovative, he used to entertain the crowds with his versatile game, his leaps and high scoring. Having a set of moves defining his signature style, he became unstoppable in his drive to the basket.

 “If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”

 - Michael Jordan

“You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.”

- Michael Jordan

Dream On.....Go on!!

A wish that gives birth to a dream,
When get fulfilled, gives joy to the brim;

Needs Persistent effort to accomplish,
Perseverance to realize,
Patience to relish,
Wisdom to appreciate
And GOD's grace to get fulfilled;

Do not get deviated from what you dream for,
Hold on to it as small things come to please,
Great are those who visualize their dream,
And who do not falter if obstacles come to trim;

Imagine it with all your mind,
Believe it with all your heart,

Achieve it will all your might

Keep moving what you dream for..what you vision for...a step at a time
And don't ever give up, come what may to what you believe is the shrine.

"Dream for the heaven, stars will a company you"

Roopak Desai

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Dream and aim for heaven...stars will come with you!!

Find you dream and risk everything to it...with your heart, mind, body and soul...success will kiss your feet!!

Anything and everything is possible...just aim for it and go for it!!

"Knowledge is not enough, you must apply. Willingness is not enough, must do and act" - Bruce Lee

1. They didn’t use excuses.

Listen to your excuses. Understand why you have them. Then figure out how you can use them for good.

2. It wasn’t just about them.

‘Things’ can be a motivator, they can even be a reward, but they can’t be the motivator. The truly successful in life always get there because they created change in the lives of others, not just their own.

3. Early mornings and late nights.

There’s literally no substitute for hard work. Abraham Lincoln said, “Things may come to those who wait… but only the things left by those who hustle.” If you want to be successful, you’re going to have to out hustle everyone else.

4. The greatest commodity.

Keeping physically fit gives us greater blood-flow to our brain, enhanced alertness and improved focus.

5. Principles.

Identify what principles you have that guide your life through tough times, and when things couldn’t be any better. They shouldn’t change, and at your core, neither should you.

6. Wavering, yet unbreakable faith.

Have your moments of doubt. You’re human. Just don’t let that doubt eat you up. Instead let it motivate you to prove your optimism right.

7. A reason.

Figure our what drives you by  by asking why, and not stopping until you hit your core, emotional reason for wanting to change your status, or the status of others.

8. They persevered when others didn’t.

We don’t know when our breakthrough will come. So don’t guarantee your failure by quitting. You can adapt, change, and evolve, but never, never, never quit.

9. Great people relentlessly studied their craft.

Assuming success is something you want, you have to study your craft, whatever it may be. Learn it inside and out. Build a wealth of knowledge. It’ll help you create great, inspiring, and unique work.

10. Risk.

No risk, no reward. 


SOAR!! - SlideShare Presentation

SOAR!! - Preparation Video
An International Speech Contest award winning speech!!
S - Stand Out
O - Outstanding
A - Approachable
R - Respectful

Thursday, February 14, 2013

What is success to you?

Success is an individual perception and specific to each individual.
As Mahatma Gandhi said..success is not a is how fullfiling the journey is!!
Success is a continuous line, could be exponential for some, step form for some, steady line for some and flat for some. This was explained by my father in law...long time back. And believe in it.
Each case, individual is successful in his own way. There is no comparison for success.
"Success is never ending journey with self fulfillment along the way" - RD

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Training fundamdntals...

Gagne's Nine Levels of Learning model gives trainers and educators a checklist to use before they engage in teaching or training activities.

  • Level 1: Gaining Attention (Reception) 
    • Apply: Gain attention by raising the volume of your voice, gesturing, showing a short video on the topic of instruction, or using any other event that brings the period of "waiting for the lesson to start" to an end.
  • Level 2: Informing Learners of the Objective (Expectancy)
    • Apply: Explain to your team what they will have learnt by the end of the session. Then, explain how their learning is going to benefit them, and the organization.
  • Level 3: Stimulating Recall of Prior Learning (Retrieval)
    • Apply: Review any previous learning that you've done with your team, and apply it to what they're learning now. Then make connections between what they are learning, and their previous learning.
  • Level 4: Presenting the Stimulus (Selective Perception)
    • Apply: Organize your information in a logical and easy-to-understand manner.
  • Level 5: Providing Learning Guidance (Semantic Encoding)
    • Apply: Help your team learn more effectively by including examples, case studies, graphics, storytelling, or analogies.
  • Level 6: Eliciting Performance (Responding)
    • Apply: If you've taught a new process or skill, ask your people to demonstrate how to use it (role-playing exercises can be useful for this).
  • Level 7: Providing Feedback (Reinforcement)
    • Apply: Imagine that you've taught your team a new technique for handling difficult customers. Your feedback and tips point out their mistakes so that they can correct them.
  • Level 8: Assessing Performance (Retrieval)
    • Apply: Tests, short questionnaires, or even essays can be good ways of testing your team's new knowledge.
  • Level 9: Enhancing Retention and Transfer (Generalization)
    • Apply: Repeated practice is the best way to ensure that people retain information and use it effectively.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Praise 》Happy 》Motivation 》Better performance and productivity

In Praise Of Praise - Forbes

In Bank of America, we do have employee recognition program. I believe it and makes a very positive impact with bronse, silver, gold and platinum recognition and appreciation awards.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Path to the greatness. ..

Principle 1: Attain Belief in Yourself.

Principle 2: Act with Courage and Integrity.

Principle 3: Create Your Prizefighter Day – Do Great Things! Make each day victorious..and satisfying to your efforts.

Principle 4: Create a Living Legacy.

"As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world, but in being able to remake ourselves." - Mahatma Gandhi

“Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” - William Shakespeare

Friday, February 8, 2013

Foundation of communication - Ethos, Pathos, Logos..

ETHOS - Credibilty
PATHOS - Emotional connection
LOGOS - Authority and empathy

Technology trends to follow....whats in happening....

Personally, I am excited about following two trending technology.....

  • Strategic Big Data: Organizations need to focus on non-traditional data types and externa data sources. Hadoop and NoSQL gain momentum. Big data will meet social. Five richest big data sources on the Web include social graph, intent graph, consumption graph, interest graph and mobile graph. Concept of single corporate data warehouse is dead. Multiple systems need to be tied together.
  • Actionable Analytics: Cloud, packaged analytics and big data accelerates in 2013, 2014. Can now perform analytics and simulation on every action taken in business. Mobile devices will have access to the data, supporting business decision making.