Willpower – the Surprising Ingredient that Sustains Our New Habits

Imagine you have promised yourself to read every day.  The book you want to read has been lying on your shelf for the past 3 months; however, you have not touched it even once.  Your motivation to read is suddenly triggered after attending a training session at office, where the trainer glowingly quoted from books, … Continue reading Willpower – the Surprising Ingredient that Sustains Our New Habits

Are you ‘Adhir’ – Regaining Attention and Focus Using Mindfulness

Adhir, working in a MNC is now more than 1.5 years old in his current job.  Although, he worked hard, the results never matched up to the expectations of his boss. His manager though aware that Adhir is a hardworking employee was frustrated with his silly mistakes, which were getting too frequent with each passing … Continue reading Are you ‘Adhir’ – Regaining Attention and Focus Using Mindfulness

What Warren Buffett Thought of ‘Priorities’

 This incident involves one of the richest man in the world, Warren Buffett and his pilot Mike Flint, who wanted Buffett to buy a new jet with more advanced features and capabilities.  He however, used the opportunity to teach him a valuable life lesson.  Although, Flint himself was an experienced pilot having previously flown four … Continue reading What Warren Buffett Thought of ‘Priorities’

One Thing, You Would Like to Improve About Yourself

Let me start with the story of Svetaketu.  He went to a gurukul (Vedic school system) and after finishing his studies, returned home.  His father though was not happy with his arrogance after his return and ordered him to go back and learn what ‘could not be learnt’.  Svetaketu surprised, decided to go back and … Continue reading One Thing, You Would Like to Improve About Yourself

‘7’ Ways you can Develop a Growth Mindset

‘A person’s true nature is revealed at times of the greatest adversity.’ Daisaku Ikeda The quote is a beautiful reflection of how we as humans put a great significance on people who excel when the chips are down.  We tend to compartmentalize our own race into different groups of individuals.  On the one side, people … Continue reading ‘7’ Ways you can Develop a Growth Mindset

Why Being Responsive to Change is Important While Building Habits

A man tried saving a snake stuck in the thorny bushes and as he did that, the snake bit him repeatedly.  He however continued with his efforts trying to ignore what the snake was doing to him until he was able to pull him out and set free.  Another person watching him do this from … Continue reading Why Being Responsive to Change is Important While Building Habits

Six Ways You Can Identify If You Are a – PIC or PNIC

We generally get what we look for.  Miners find diamonds where everyone else sees black coal.  Every situation we face in life also carries both diamonds and coals contingent upon what we try to find.  The current situation no doubt is challenging and we can’t ignore it by acting like ostriches digging our heads deep … Continue reading Six Ways You Can Identify If You Are a – PIC or PNIC

‘10’ Easy to Develop Habits to Manage Finances

Job loss, Leave without pay and salary cuts are becoming the buzzword since the advent of corona crisis as we witness an increasing number of people desperate to get employment.  According to a report by LinkedIn, most of the hiring is limited to customer service and home delivery personnel and in healthcare.  Rest of the … Continue reading ‘10’ Easy to Develop Habits to Manage Finances

How Planning and Journaling Help in Developing Effective Habits

86,400 seconds is what we get every day and how we use this time decide whether we achieve our goals or not.  The first few seconds after we wake up and the kind of activity we immerse ourselves in, largely decides the tone for the rest of the day and therefore it is important to … Continue reading How Planning and Journaling Help in Developing Effective Habits

‘2’ Ways I developed New Habits While Working From Home

Most of us keep delaying our passions for when we have enough money and resources and end up losing the opportunity altogether before even making a try.  Someone rightly said; “The best time to start was Yesterday.  The next best is Now.” Unknown The quote beautifully sums up the price we pay for procrastination and … Continue reading ‘2’ Ways I developed New Habits While Working From Home

Rewards – The Surprising Adhesive That Make Habits Stick

Adhesives have an amazing quality; they not only aid the adhesion process creating strong joints but also are helpful in numerous other purposes like as sealing agents to prevent leakages.  Adhesives have been in use for the past 200,000 years, their first use being for binding stone tools to their wooden handles. Rewards play a … Continue reading Rewards – The Surprising Adhesive That Make Habits Stick

‘4’ Questions Which Prove Habits Can Be Acquired Unconsciously

Can you change people’s belief by asking them to write an essay and give cigarette as a reward?   Do context play a role in forming and sustaining habits?   Do we have any control over our addictions like smoking, drinking or even excessive exercise?     Do we unconsciously acquire habits?   Changing Beliefs … Continue reading ‘4’ Questions Which Prove Habits Can Be Acquired Unconsciously

How a Trek Changed my Life – My Experience of – Cultivating Habits

In my earlier post, I spoke about belief and desire to change habits.  Part of the write-up also reflected my own experience.  My father was in the military and was a strict disciplinarian.  He would always exhort us to be physically active and encourage going for an early morning run.  However, as kids we used … Continue reading How a Trek Changed my Life – My Experience of – Cultivating Habits

Improving Our Will Power – Cultivating Habits – Part – III

The last post of mine ended with a question on how to generate and discover the will power to sustain habits (good ones of course).  Willpower to some extent is synonymous with a strong determination, self-discipline, Self-control etc.  A lot of us would have gone through the research on will and delayed gratification.  Weakly willed … Continue reading Improving Our Will Power – Cultivating Habits – Part – III

Cultivating Habits – Part – II

“When you really want to achieve something, the entire universe conspires to help you achieve that”.   A lot of us would have either heard or read this piece of wise advice.   What this quote misses though is the tough part.  The part where you have to create and follow habits, which are in … Continue reading Cultivating Habits – Part – II