Inspiration

Is just having a dream enough?

I have been meeting people who talk to me about their big dreams that they have had for years now and most of them think that having a dream these days is really impressive … but is it really?

In my opinion its a “NO”. Just having a dream is not really impressive. It is not even something worth acknowledging. What is worth acknowledging is what you have done about it. Anybody can have a dream but not everyone has the ability or even the thought process required to set about achieving it. In my opinion, if you really want to go up, then the first thing you need to do is get up. Most people today are just sitting and waiting for something to take them up. Now we all know that this never works. You are never going to be carried up, nothing is going to happen unless you don’t get up and run by yourself. So that’s Rule No 1. – Get up.

Rule No 2- Know the Cost. Every dream has a cost and most people are not even aware of the cost. Let me give you a very simple example… if there is a person whose dream is to loose 10kgs this year, then the cost for this would be that this person will have to give up some favourite food. He/she would have to give up the time that is usually used to watch television or chatting and use that time to exercise. Now if this person is not willing to pay the cost of missing some TV programs or keeping their favourite food away then there is not point of having this dream.

So understand this – that having a dream is not impressive. What is impressive is that what you are willing to do and give up for it. You need to understand that we have a lot in our life already and reaching or living a dream is not about just adding more things to our lives to reach our dream but it is about what are we willing to give up to reach there; that is what makes dreams come true.. Take any successful leader in the world and you will see that they have given up a lot in life to gain even much more in life. The higher the dream the higher the cost.

So I am ending this conversation with two questions…

 

Are you willing to get up to go up there?

and

What are you willing to give up for it?

 

Amit Punjabi

Founder & Life Coach

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Inspiration, through the Lens!

Photography has been a way of expression for some and for many others, a way of showing or capturing those personal yet inspirational moments. For me, personally, photography is something that I use as a medium to capture thoughts that drive me. I capture pictures that inspire me and that seem unique to me. They strike a chord with me!

Once I started doing this, I realised that Photography was becoming a great source to deriving inspiration for me! I remember a tree that I looked at for a while and started thinking how it is a protector against natural elements for all – people and animals, under its shade.  I captured that thought with my camera. Now, every time I look at that picture, the same thought is refreshed in my mind. How wonderful would it be to have something beautiful remind you of such inspirations and lessons, time and again that you learnt from what you saw!

Increasingly nowadays, I meet a lot of people that are uninspired. They’ve not found their source of inspiration yet – be it wonderful people, powerful leaders or the beautiful things that they come across every day. Believe me, it is not a good sight to see. You cannot be uninspired and live a fulfilling life. When one is able to draw inspiration from anything and everything – from beautifully-shaped clouds that inspire you to shape your life into something marvellous, to the ants building a colony; from a pretty flower and to the most dangerous situation – Anything, and even makes this a natural behaviour, they then can start Leading their life with fulfilment and power. An uninspired person is a powerless person!

That’s where the role of this ‘lens’ comes into picture in my life. Capturing what inspires me right at the time that it did with its true essence. With nothing else to bother it, in all actuality, portraying how it inspired me.  A story behind every click of the lens is captured forever. Like they say, it isn’t the picture; it is about what went behind the making of it. It’s the Story, the Inspiration!

Well, I lead my life with a great deal of Inspiration and I would like to ask you ‘What are you waiting for?’

‘Get up, Get Inspired and Get Clicking!’

Sagar R Gangwani

Ideation Coach

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A Child’s View

I came across a very touching story recently and I would like to share it with you. So here goes…

One day, a father took his son on a trip to show him how the poor people lived so that the son may learn and appreciate the things that he has in his own life. He made arrangements to spend a few days in a farm with a poor family. While returning home, the father asked his son, “How was the trip?” to which the son replied “It was great dad”. Then the father asked him if he see how the poor people lived ? To which he replied, “Oh yes !”. Then the father asked him about what he learnt from this trip and the son answered with awe in his voice.

“We have one dog, they have four !! We only have a pool in the middle of our garden and they have a
creek that has no end ! We only have lanterns in our garden but they have the stars ! We have a patio that reaches the front yard and they have the horizon. We have a small piece of land and they have fields that are beyond sight ! We have servants who serve us but they serve others ! We buy our food but they grow theirs. We have walls to protect us but they have friends to protect them !”

Then the son ended it off by adding gratefully “ Thank you dad … for showing me how poor we are !” . The father was speechless !

This is how a child views life before all the conditions of ‘success’ are put up by society and start to sink in his/her head. I have been studying children and have worked with a lot of them for almost four years now and have always been amazed at their perspective at things. They never cease to amaze me. I have had tremendous growth in terms of leadership and character because of this so I recommend interacting with children atleast once a week to refresh your ideas on life and the world !

Just be open the listening to them and you will be amazed !

Amit Punjabi
Founder & Life Coach

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Get Inspired!

We’ve all at some point been at a place where statements like “Yaar, aage ka kuch samajh nahi aa raha!” , “Why should I continue?” , “I have nothing more left to give to this!”, ” I cannot think of anything!” sound and feel extremely familiar. It’s that time of the down cycle when you’re unsure of what will keep you motivated and going! And this is precisely the point where as hard as it seems, getting inspired becomes really important! So where do you find inspiration when inspiration itself seems like an uphill task? Let’s discuss some ways!

  • Go take a walk : Now am I being serious? Taking a walk when there are deadlines to meet? Yes , extremely serious when I say this. Often times, we are so used to a routine of doing things, that taking a walk around a familiar place after a long time makes us see it in a new light. New restaurants, new sitting areas – things you did not realise came into existence when you weren’t looking! Want to take it a step further? Go for a photo walk – really makes you appreciate things around you and you get your dose of inspiration.
  • Meet someone inspiring : Often times, the easiest thing to do is to meet someone who inspires you! And it does not have to be your favourite sports or movie star. It could be as simple as your newspaper delivery boy who consistently is at your doorstep every morning. Get to know him, know his story and you will know things you never knew before. Meeting someone inspiring and getting to know their story broadens your horizons and world view like nothing else.
  • Watch a Powerful video everyday : There are a number of inspiring videos on the internet that are a 5 minute energy and spirit boost – watch them! Often times, as ridiculous as it might sound to some people, watching a really inspiring video is all you need to get going and start in the direction you’ve always wanted to take. It does not just have to be a motivating talk. It could be a powerful speech from an amazing movie you watched , an athlete in all his glory, a documentary – whatever suits you. Commit to a powerful 5 minutes every day and you will see a drastic shift in the way you do things.
  • Exercise! : As I’ve come to realise very recently, growth through exercise is extremely easily measurable! Every single day when you do things you couldn’t do yesterday, the feeling of that accomplishment is immensely gratifying! Moving from a 10minute routine upto a 15 minute one is direct visible growth. And what can be more inspiring that seeing growth in yourself and your abilities every day? So if you haven’t hit the gym lately, its time you start! Small shifts lead to bigger shifts!
  • Turn on the music : Music has been proven to alter your state of mind! The kind of playlist you have on your phone eventually starts affecting your mindset. So, delete all the slow, dry, sappy songs and replace them with energetic, inspiring, groovy numbers that can get you to do things! Again, small change, big results!

 

These are some ways that I’ve used to get inspired! If you know more ways for inspiration to hit you, do let us know in the comments section!

 

– Shiksha K Sharma

Communication Strategist

Sankalp Academy

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The Carpenter

I recently came across an article that made a lot of sense to me & I would like to share it with all of you. So this story is about an elderly carpenter who was ready to retire. He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the house building business and live a more leisurely life with his wife and enjoying his extended family. He would miss the paycheck but he needed to retire. The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go and he asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favour. The carpenter said yes, but in time it was easy to see that his heart was not in his work. He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials. It was an unfortunate way to end his career.


When the carpenter finished his work and the builder came to inspect the house, the contractor handed the front door key to carpenter. “This is your house,” he said, “ My gift to you.”


The carpenter was shocked ! If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have done it all so differently. Now he had to live in the home he had built none too well. 

So it is with us.

We build our lives in a distracted way, reacting rather than acting, willing to put up less than the best. At important points we do not give the job our best effort. Then with a shock we look at the situation we have created and find that we are now living in the house we have built. If we had realized that we would have done it differently. Think of yourself as the carpenter. Think about your house. Each day you hammer a nail, place a board, or erect a wall. Build your life wisely.

“Life is a do-it-yourself project”. Your life tomorrow will be the result of your attitude and the choices you make today.

Amit Punjabi

Founder & Business Coach

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Opportunity To Be A Child By Being With A Child

I’ve just had the wonderful opportunity to be a new mother. By undergoing this experience, I’ve realised that everything about me has changed. I am not just talking about the physical changes – no- they are bound to occur. What I want to talk about are the changes I’ve gone through mentally.

I’ve come to realise that I’ve lost all of the limitations that I used to have before. I was extremely conscious about singing earlier but now I don’t care if I sound bad or how people perceive my bad voice. I just look at my daughter and sing songs or nursery rhymes for her. Only for her.

I’ve also noticed a great increase in my awareness levels. I observe all her tiny movements just the way she observes each and every move that I or anybody around her makes. I’m now more open to doings things spontaneously – without having a plan – since my daughter is also very unpredictable and does things as they come to her. I catch myself smiling just at the thought of her smiling. I imitate all the noises and sounds she makes without being anxious about being overheard or laughed at.

All of the things that I was so uncomfortable doing earlier seem easier as a mother. I have lost all my old inhibitions. Only by being with my daughter, I have got such a great opportunity to be like a child myself – uncaring of what the world thinks of me. I’ve become more creative as I need to create my own stories to entertain her. She has been a great opportunity for me to realize that if one way is not possible to do something (like distracting her while she is hurt) there is another choice available. I don’t get disheartened if one way does not work out. I’ve learnt from her to always find alternatives. For example, when I stop her from pulling my hair, she grabs an opportunity to pull it some other time. She doesn’t get upset when stopped. Being with her, I feel like a child myself because I’ve learnt that I don’t need reasons to be happy. I just am happy.

It is true when they say that children are the best source of learning. I’m glad I have the opportunity to be with my source and inspiration all throughout the day and learn new things while rediscovering myself. I think anybody who also needs an experience like this should just meet a child or spend some time really observing them and how they face life with a different perspective.
Believe me, it is an amazing opportunity to be a child by being with a child.

Kiahra Punjabi

Learning Strategist

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One Rule!

I have been in touch with a person who has been attending different training and personal development programs for quiet a few years now and we just had a conversation about how it has helped him in networking and has helped him polish his public speaking skills. However, he was wondering about how all of the other people who attended the same programs were able to use all of their learning and improve every aspect of their personal & professional life be it their relationships with their family, their friends, their colleagues or even their pets. This included their belief in themselves and their dreams and actions. But this man that I am talking about was not really able to work on all of these things. All he could use his learning on was to speak better better on stage and it
never went further than that. After hours of talking we came to a conclusion that this man never really attended a program to learn tools that would improve the quality of his life. He only attended training programs to show people that he was using his time in learning something great and focus on what words or techniques the speaker used to sound good or great on stage. Now, I am not saying that this is not important… it is. But, it is not enough. This should not be the only reason that you attend a personal development program for.

So this person here admitted to me that he actually wanted to learn tools that would improve the quality of his personal life. He asked me how should his mindset be when he attends his next program. We started speaking about how its important to learn from the ones that always focus on having great relationships and make use of all the resources to have a great and the best possible personal life and we came to a conclusion that there are only two beings who do this – “Children and Pets”

Yes, this is true. Then we also spoke about what do they do that we should do when we want to make the best out of our lives. So here is the thing, there is one thing that children and pets do that we should start doing when we attend any personal development programs. “Surrender Yourself”

Yes, this is what they do. Think about a child. How do they start growing and learning things so fast in the 1st few years of their life ? It is because they surrender themselves to their parents. Why do pets always find a way to make you happy or even be happy ? It is because they always completely surrender themselves to the ones they love. When you are in a place where you know you can get resources that would help you in every aspect of your life, Surrender yourself to the person you have come to learn from. It is good to come into a program with a specific goal but that also limits the learning you receive. So surrender yourself completely and come in with the attitude of I will take everything that this program will give me to improve the quality of my life. Read the words very carefully, I’m not saying “I will take everything that this program will give me” what I’m saying is “I will take everything that this program will give me that will improve the quality of my life.”

This way you will still filter things that are dis-empowering. So lets read this once more “SURRENDER YOURSELF” and only then will you be open to receiving and learning new life skills that will help you improve the quality of your life. And if you need any reaffirmation on this, Just look at your Children & Pets.

Amit Punjabi
Founder & Life Coach

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5 Things I Have Learnt From Trekking

From my childhood, my father has pushed me to take part in outdoor activities. I am really thankful to him for having pushed me to take part in outdoor activities. I have realised how important adventure and outdoor activities are to develop and grow not only as a person but also as a leader.

Most people take part in adventure sports and outdoor activities as a break from regular routine. But very few realise what powerful and impactful learnings one can achieve from adventure into their lives. These are some of the things that I’ve picked up over the years:

1. Plan Specifically

By planning I mean by starting with something as simple as blocking the dates first. Once the dates are fixed decide where to go, how to go and with whom to go. The more specific the better. The same way, plan your life’s goals and be specific on the time frame and various other factors. For Eg., A man says that he plans on having a farm in the future. And another man says he plans on having a farm beyond the airport with apple trees by the time he turns 40.

Now, which one seems more likely to achieve his goal? Of course the second. And why? Because he was more specific.

2. Pack Light

When you’re on a trek, always pack light. That’s a very basic rule. The lighter you back, the longer you can go. Same rule applies for life. Approach every situation with a light bag, in other words an open mind. Having an open mind really helps one take back a lot more from every situation. There is a learning in every situation of life. Having an open mind not only helps us learn, but also helps us in dealing with the situation better.

3. Explore!

I remember this one time when I was trekking
and I went off the set path and explored a whole new route by myself and came across the most beautiful stream. It was one of the best experiences of my life. And the reason this was possible was

Life The Adventure Called Life !
Image : Google
because I dared to explore. A lot of times in life, people get stuck in the rut of jobs they don’t even like which causes a lot of stress. The first step to finding the perfect job is to first find it. Which can only be done if one explores and really goes out looking for it.

4. Take Breaks

Sometimes trekking in the heat can really get tiring. It’s important to take good quality breaks by sitting down and sipping water. Hydrating keeps the body able and mind sharp which is very important in the wild. Same way, it’s important to take breaks in life. Breaks can be very simple. By either having just a fun day out with one’s family or even going on weekend getaways. Breaks keeps one’s mind sane and makes life worthwhile. It’s also healthy and gives us time to think about our next step or stage in life.

5. Share ! Share ! Share!

Once I get back from a trek, the first thing I do is to share my pictures and experiences on my social network platforms before I meet my friends and share the amazing experience in person. This not only puts you on the map but it’s a great platform to get great feedback or views. Also you unconsciously empower others to do what you’re doing. Social networking and sharing insights is completely vital for businessmen, especially entrepreneurs. You become an inspiration.

Just like my mentor, Amit Punjabi says, “If you want your life to be an adventure, you’ve got to first start learning through adventure.”

Maanav Kapai

Adventure Coach

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