Posts tagged ‘personal development’

First day of Autumn

Celebrate change

A tiny wave of excitement as today marks the ‘First day of Autumn’. Also, it is an Equinox which means the day and night are almost exactly equal. The start of ‘Fall’.

Who moved my leaves

Autumn brings – an endearing transition to an earthly brown shade, cool gentle breeze ushering the winter to wade and fallen leaves on earth like a carpet you made. Nature in inspirational form.

Like trees in autumn, there is a cycle of change our personalities live through. If put to a time scale, an year is a good measure of when you pause and reflect on your own evolving identity.

If we take the analogy of trees in Fall, we as individuals could follow suite and shed a few leaves ourselves. It could be habits we want to break, attitudes we want to drop, activities we no longer enjoy or for some of us merely the weight we would like to shed, physical or otherwise!

Trails of North Carolina

Like trees cast aside leaves only to grow green with renewed life we should grow new habits that are of value, wear attitudes that help succeed and embrace ways of living that bring vitality to our existence and to those around.

So this autumn, I look to shed the burden of purposeless thought, enjoy the “now”, learn new skills and do more for someone who needs help the most.

You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you. – John Wooden

Autumn Equinox By Morawless On Deviantart

To the spirit of Equinox, we should continue to strive for a balance in our identities that generates strength and compassion. Everything else follows.

What thoughts come to your mind with autumn and equinox? Tell you story.

September 23, 2014 at 5:17 PM 1 comment

Independence | The value

15.Aug.1947 – Tribute

Carrying on with the spirit of thoughts I expressed on 04th of Jul which marked the American Independence day, some compelling lessons stare at us today, as the calendar proudly turned to 15th of August.

For India, the glory of one victory that has held strong for 68 years must now inspire a story of greatness that shall redefine freedom.  A freedom from the ordinary.  A freedom that will liberate us from political stigma and social dogma.

The global canvas is waiting for the tricolor to shine beyond the occasional spark. To become the torch light that grows hope, confidence and fortune. To become more of the land that was, is and will be revered, for time to come.

 This day, when a nation of 1.2 billion stands in attention to praise the sweet victory of “independence”, the same populace has to surpass the challenge of daily defeat.  A defeat handed down by plagued governance systems, baseless predicaments and entrepreneurial declines.

While the up-side has continued to display tremendous promise, the flip side weighs too heavy too often.

Is there a silver lining to follow for the individual freedom bestowed to you?  A certain and resounding, ‘yes’.

A] Realizing your potential – The freedom struggle though owned by millions is still told as the story of a few. Those few who relentlessly challenged the status-quo and gave meaning to their potential of dreaming bold. The Indian Renaissance heroes were special for one reason alone. They harnessed the potential they held to realize a dream.

Lesson 1: Seek for your significant strengths and exercise the freedom of action. Action that can create results and send ripples into the environment you operate.  There is always an aspect you can revolutionize – Reveal.

B] Creating momentum – Without a sense of urgency, desire loses it’s value.  Freedom was achieved not by agitating and waiting but by mobilizing and marching.  The Independence movement needed replenishing and relaunching several times.  At each time, there were catalysts in the form of ‘heroes’ to keep the fire burning.

Lesson 2: Find meaning in the work you render and that pursuit will generate self-sustaining pace to move your dreams to reality.  Remember, there is always one magic only ‘you’ can do – Perform.

C] Running the last mile – Every special accomplishment is an outcome of enduring commitment. The most inflictive and detrimental efforts of Indian freedom struggle came about by running the last mile.  The three most significant movements in gaining Independence required the biggest sacrifices.  So, someone had to run the last mile to finish the race… and they did!

Lesson 3: The strongest urge to give-up is when you are unaware of the proximity to success.  So endure the path you have chosen and complete the run you started – Achieve.

Freedom has existed, almost always.

What mattered in history, is how we exercised it. What will matter in future is ‘will we exercise enough of it’ – Rajneesh

To your freedom! Godspeed.

What is the goal you want to set if you gain “freedom” from fear of failure? Keen to hear your thoughts.

August 14, 2012 at 8:56 PM Leave a comment

Evolving Identity – The ‘Growth’ lesson

Evolving an identity is a steady and incremental process and not a short-term effort. It cannot be a flash in the pan or a ‘come and go’ show on stage.  It takes sustained ambition and repeated efforts to build individual identity.

If anything, The Annual rings in a tree is probably nature’s way of preaching an enduring philosophy of growth.

Steady up!

Taking this cue further – Trees follow the most natural path of a stable, steady and predictable growth. Developing one layer at a time and strengthening the trunk with one solid ring a year. No flamboyance but enviable patience.  How does this apply to evolving your individual identity?

Taking the analogy forward and applying a perspective Personality could be likened to a tree.  Grown over a period of time and looked-up to for great purpose.  A purpose, most often beyond ‘self-serving’.

Just like the tree – To qualify for such meaningful growth, there is an immense need to systematize your development. Adding skill-sets, diversifying roles and increasing your sphere of influence with a steadfast approach.  The faster you run, the harder you fall. Steadiness is therefore of essence.

There was not and will never be ‘a’ short route to achieve respectable growth which is of significance. It will continue to require the natural course of building a layer-by-layer pattern of knowledge, synthesis, application and the ability to finish strong. It demands persistent principles, consistent contribution and relentless pursuit to overcome challenges and translate those into opportunities.

 “Challenges are opportune for the wise and stumbles are lessons in disguise” – Rajneesh Patil

Recognize > Embrace > Resolve > Go forth!

As a closing note, be mindful of the need to add annual rings to your circle of growth.

What you can do:

  1. Learn something new each year or even every quarter of a year.
  2. Add new skills to your profile and build expertise in select areas.
  3. Apply your expertise by offering help to peers and teams.
  4. Network with people outside your domain.

And… Do it with the grace, patience and perseverance of the green Gods!

Another year, another skill?

To your success! Learn more. Do more!

‘Taking a leaf out of a tree’ – this piece is dedicated to the green environment.

January 21, 2012 at 11:52 PM Leave a comment

What is your perspective?

Switch TM

How often do we limit the success of our solutions to the boundaries of our individual experience?  Probably always.   Realized then, the significance of ‘learning through switch’. A high-yield method of gaining from others’ experience and perspective.

A new perspective!

Concept: Your response to a situation or challenge is generally formed by your own judgment at that point in time. This judgment is a direct result of the sum-total of your individual thoughts, experiences and acumen. Hence, the solution is orientated to just one perspective. YOUR perspective!

Is this wrong?  CERTAINLY not!  Most often it may be just the right thing to do. Now, there are some definite situations we have all faced, where we are not entirely happy with our own solution or approach.  There seems to be something missing in the landscape of our answer.  There is just a nagging thought which says this is not really the best you could do.  It is specifically during those phases and moments, that I recommend the SWITCH TM technique for application! This, I believe is a key trait for Peak Performers.

“If you do not have a perspective, your individuality is obscure” – Rajneesh Patil

What is Switch TM – Switch is the simple method of gaining additional perspectives without having additional people or experts. It’s like Switching your identity or swapping your hat. Yes, only transiently.

How do you use Switch TM – The simple proposition is: You get into the shoes of another person who YOU think is best suited to resolve the situation you are faced with. Ask the simple profitable question – ‘How would she have approached this challenge’?.  By switching your role, you will begin to think through the other person’s mind (for only as long as you are switched) and bring back the most high-gain perspectives into your plan of action. That is a perspective switch. It is about creating an inclusive approach to situation handling or problem solving. Simple as that!

 ‘Varied perspectives are as essential as diverse skills. Skills help you grow, perspectives bear the fruits’. – Rajneesh Patil

What do you need to Switch TM  You need to have identified some people and personalities who you look up to.  Observe their traits and apply the switch!

Is SWITCH TM limited to just thinking? –  No. We devised Switch TM as a method of perspective enhancement, with more to offer.  That implies, that you even switch roles for a transient period, so you get to live the experience and imbibe another perspective. That is a role switch. Ex: A project manager who wants to get close to the process of a contractor who makes buildings, she could play that role for a duration. Maybe a week or even a month.  Some may call it crazy.  Maybe!  But if the need is to build an experience and shape a perspective, then Switch TM does it for you.  If the need is NOT intense, use the ‘PERSPECTIVE SWITCH TM’ alone.

Either ways, the chief objective is to round off your perspective into a more INCLUSIVE and all encompassing one. Where possibilities are multiplied and overwhelming success is predictable and planned.

”All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident” – Arthur Schopenhauer

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January 15, 2012 at 10:57 AM 4 comments

Independent in the mind – How success begins

Thoughts on how a free-mind can launch you into fantastic success:

The mood across India is most unified and festive with calendars turning to 15.Aug. | 65 years and rising strong!

Think of the precious elements for this upsurge in good emotion?  You will observe, that it is not merely the struggle to independence that we celebrate.  It is the ‘freedom’ of mind to think, act and do what we want to do.

How do we maximize the freedom of mind?  How do we catapult from accomplishments to ‘greater’ success?  Why should we think of greater success?

A probable answer: Coz your ‘potential’ deserves freedom!  The freedom to manifest and the freedom to display ‘what it can do’.  Begin to convert potential into successful outcomes.  The ripple effect of this one ‘throw of stone’ will result in a truly remarkable journey of achieving your ‘peak performance‘.  Jump out of your comfort zone every now and then. Challenge the status-quo of your current roles and abilities. Push the envelope just that little bit.  Accelerate!

Freedom has existed, almost always.

What has mattered in history, is how we have exercised it. What will matter in the future is ‘will we exercise it enough’ – Rajneesh

Share your thoughts on what works best for you. What drives you to bring out your best?.

August 15, 2011 at 12:16 PM Leave a comment

Professional Odyssey: The 3 ‘must-haves’ on this journey

3 wheels that promise progress

“Where progress is not scalable; effort is fallible” – A Forward Lean, Rajneesh Patil

In seeking performance excellence, what should you ‘NEVER’ drop the ball on?  The following 3 aspects are ‘corner stones’ of professional progress.  They guarantee growth!

1: Progressive thinking:

The current state of world economics has compelled businesses across industries to focus on ‘less spend’ coupled with ‘innovative solutions’.  Consequently, there is an ever increasing emphasis on efficient and novel processes that can hasten project delivery in your work environs.

What could we do better? Probably the following:

To keep pace with this imposing business need, our professional efforts should be progressive in thought, swift in planning and precise in execution.

Each of ‘You’ has a unique opportunity to demonstrate progress in your area of expertise.  Ask these questions: Are all our processes the best in class? Are we rid of inefficiencies?  Have we done everything in our capacity, to create customer delight?  If ‘no’, then how could we do better?  Ideate, invoke and implement your solutions.  The time is indeed ‘Now’, Gear-up!

Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can? – Sun Tzu

2: Professional demeanor:

This aspect of work is indeed close to my heart and I therefore wish that each of us is investing on building this trait.

It highlights the ability to execute ‘all’ professional engagements with an unflinching sense of commitment, compassion, consistency and creativity.

These four traits will create the highest impact to your customers (both internal and external).  Though the sound is too philosophical, the real knack is in practicing and progressing on these dimensions of being a Professional.  Seek to be of great service and only then seek to be served of great rewards.  As professionals, Be brilliant!

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm – Ralph Emerson

3: Unified efforts:

Over-spoken but underdone. That is my impression of a critical to success factor called ‘team work’.  As we continue to grow as an organization, it indeed becomes challenging to remain an ‘all inclusive’ culture.  However, if we take a look at any celebrated organization, we cannot miss to notice the level of camaraderie and inclusion in their work culture.

Players win games, teams win championships – William C. Taylor

How may we contribute to this? Here’s how: Greet and meet colleagues with utmost dignity; Hand hold and assist members who are learning and doing their jobs for the first time; Cheer and celebrate other’s success and simply respect where people come from (culture, language, accent, approach). Team-up!

Add glowing colors to the flamboyant teams at your workplace.

Free e-Book: A Forward Lean, Rajneesh Patil.  

P.S: This piece of write up is also submitted to CrossRoads newsletter for my colleagues in programming.

July 11, 2011 at 6:17 PM Leave a comment


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