Build your own unique strategy by using a universal principle implemented in corporations around the world to improve their metrics. You can use the same strategy in your personal relationships, or professional career to create change and accomplish whatever you desire.
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The desire to want or not want change in profession and personal life is more than wanting something different. Creating an understanding of the reasons that drive you to desire change is the fundamental step most commonly missed when looking for something different in profession and relationships.
Kit Gupta and iExcel Events by IE SIGMA® share the reason why individuals want, or not want change in their life.
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Even though Millennials are dominating the workforce, they don’t necessarily like their jobs. That’s where Kit Gupta and iExcel Events come in. Coming from a background in engineering, Kit left a successful and growing career and followed his passion.
Kit now works with young professionals on how to find the job that best suits them. Kit says, “the goal is to find a job where you feel that is what you’re passionate about; where you feel fulfilled. Where every single day when you go in from 8-5 or 9-5, you feel that is where you belong.”
First, Kit suggests knowing yourself. Know what your strengths and weaknesses are and which job field you’d prefer to be in. Then, you should focus on three core principles:
-Rewire your brain
-Think beyond profits
-Live here, now
So, if you’re looking for a career change, check out Kit Gupta and iExcel Events.
Waiting at the light for over ten minutes, I heard the cab driver say, “We still have plenty of time to get to the airport, sir. We don’t have to rush. There is no point rushing for anything in life.”
“True,” I replied to him. Finally we were able to move past the light and onto the highway. The cab driver continued to talk about his life back home: his kids, wife and rest of his family. “The only reason I am here is for money,” he said, “If I had a choice I would never live in a crowded city like Delhi with so many people. He told me, that despite of having everything back home he still has to work here so he can earn more. “There are more jobs here and more money,” he said.
“Can I ask you a question?” I said. “Sure, ask anything you’d like,” the cab driver replied.
“What do you think is the real meaning of life? Why do you think everyone comes here?” I asked. With reverence, he said, “Sir, according to me the meaning of life is very simple. We are here to do good things for the world. We come here to experience, have babies, give our kids a good education; inculcate virtues in their life so they can also do well for the world and pass it on to their kids. I am Muslim and believe that this is what God’s message is for me. That is the only meaning of life and nothing else.” Quietly and patiently I heard every word.
While he was elaborating on the points, some of which were reiterating the earlier ones, I reflected upon the answer to the same question I asked to another cab drive during my day trip to Mumbai exactly one week ago. “Sir, I think there is no meaning to life. The reason why we all come here is because we have are supposed live. You come in world, live, eat, experience, enjoy and die. That is the meaning of life and nothing else,” is what he explained.
An hour later, we made it safely through the crowded streets of Delhi, the cab driver pulled close to the curb of the departures and said “If I would have said, something that you did not like, I would like to apologize. I hope I did not say anything to hurt you.” I believe, because I was sitting quietly in the back seat most of the time listening to him talk, he thought I was offended. “No, I really liked hearing your point of view. There is no right or wrong; it just is.” I shook hands with him and we parted.
Reminiscing, the conversation with both the cab drivers, I realized that they both used the word ‘nothing’ in their explanations. Perhaps there is really no meaning, no specific purpose to life for everyone who is here. The true meaning, true purpose is whatever we make it. Two years ago, I talked about definition of success in my studio recording: “If there are seven billion of more people on this earth, there are seven billion or more definitions of success.”
So how can the purpose of life for each one of us be the same? Even though both the cab drivers live in the same country and do the same thing for living, they seem to think differently about why we are here.
Perhaps, the page titled “My Purpose” for everyone who comes here is a blank page. We decide and make what that purpose would be. If it is to become an engineer, doctor, lawyer, dancer, cook, painter, musician, photographer, husband, parent or whatever else it might be, we write it all when we are here. The meaning of life or the purpose of our life becomes whatever we want to make it. And we create this purpose with only one thing—experience.
Ever since I can remember, I never missed a day without performing my morning ritual. I am awake; but I still keep my eyes closed, and I feel like staying in bed. I am physically still, but my mind is already in action—filled with thoughts. Sometimes I try to decode my dreams and make sense of it. But my thoughts don’t’ stop there. “What time is the meeting with the media reporter today? I will take my notes I wrote from last week to make sure I can answer the questions effectively. Do I have my white shirt and gray pants cleaned? We have not done laundry in the last four weeks. I will do that over the weekend. What else was I supposed to do over the weekend? I need to take Sunny (my dog) for his eye check-up. Do I still have his eye medication? I need to check that.” And then thoughts that have no connection with my previous thoughts. “I should appreciate everything I have, and not always want something more. I get food to eat, I am healthy, I help both our parents, my wife is very supportive, and everything is just fine. I should complain less. But I don’t complain too much, do I? I should get up and get ready now.”
Our morning rituals might not be identical but they exist for most of us. Sometimes, we feel there is so much that we have to accomplish, at work, with kids, with the family, in school, cook, clean, and the list is longer some days and shorter on others. Independent of our culture, race or background we are all here to accomplish. Every one of us has that to-do list for the day. Whether you go to school, stay at-home, work for someone, run a business or are retired, whether you are married, single or divorced as long as we are here and alive, we are all on this journey to accomplish—accomplish tasks.
Most of us like to know what is on our plate for the day, no one likes surprises. Why? Because most of us like to be prepared for things. If we have to execute a task at the last minute, we get uncomfortable. Why? Because of the unknowns. “If I get called for a last minute meeting or training at work on my day off, will I make it there on-time? Do I have to rush through the traffic?” No one likes unknowns because they bring fear along with them. Fear of not accomplishing the task.
However, being present in what you are doing even when the results are obscure, increases the probability of accomplishing the task successfully. If you get called at work at the last minute and all you have is questions and fear about not making it there on-time, or begrudging why you got called on your day-off, you have set the stage for a rough day for yourself.
Live here now is a practice shared at iexcelevents by IE Sigma® that could help you reduce or eliminate the fear brought from the unknowns we experience in our relationships, career or any other domain in life, and help create transformation for excellence. Implementing a practice to focus your attention on the task you are performing, can transform you, so you can enjoy even the unknowns that come your way in this journey we call life.
For years, I always wanted to climb the corporate ladder and become “successful” in my profession. Getting the next title, receiving a bigger paycheck, was of the utmost importance to me. A few years into any job, if I would feel that there was no potential for growth in the organization, I would start disseminating my resume to potential employers and recruiters. Two words that I never eliminated from the summary on my resume were —“results-oriented.” In almost every job interview, I would always use the words “results-oriented” to define myself. At the time, I thought that it creates a strong impact on the potential interviewer. Little did I know, that my obsession with results in any domain of life could also easily consume me.
There is a paradigm shift in how we create and consume everything. From the food and drinks, to electronic gadgets, we have a myriad of options to choose from. Obsessions with achieving more, accumulating more, in every aspect of life leads to becoming relentless to have the power to purchase from the myriad of choices the market has to offer. In this fast-paced roller coaster of consumerism, everyone wants results, so everyone can consume more. The skin product companies want to create better results so you could look ten years younger and use more of their products. The beer companies want to make better-tasting-low- calorie beer so you can consume more beer and also not have remorse over that beer belly. The mobile phone manufacturing companies want to make products so you can do more from the phones and not have to physically go anywhere. And the list goes on.
When we desire to devour everything that the market has to offer, we strive to have the power to purchase it. This power comes from having money. We work harder, longer and want to get our boss the results he or she expects. Before we even know, we get consumed by the need to produce results, so we can continue to be liked by others at work, continue to have the job, continue to have a paycheck, which gives us the power to consume more. It’s a vicious circle.
The results that science and technology have created to improve our lives are phenomenal but they also bring some negative aspects along with them. And if we are not cautious about how much we consume, it could hurt us. Evaluate what is “value-adding” to your life and then decide to consume it. It’s one simple way to control the conditioning that the consumer driven market creates in our lives. Rewire your thinking and you could transform the effect the consumer market might have created on you.
Pushing on the elliptical machine for over thirty minutes, I increased the resistance to simulate climbing stairs for the remainder of my workout. It was quiet until a trainer and his client (who is serious about losing weight) walked in. I had seen them at the gym for the last three months but never had a conversation with either one of them. We all get familiar with those voices that disregard the presence of anyone else around them, and talk as loudly as possible to make their presence known—this duo had that annoying loud pitched voice. Even with no intention to partake in their discussion, I was now forced to hear the conversation of the day.
“It has been three months and I am still struggling with my weight,” says the trainee. The physical trainer nods. “But I think your endurance has increased since you started,” he said in a positive tone. “But what about the weight?” asked the guy looking for hope to find a solution to his problem. “I have also changed my diet like you asked,” he added, as he breathed heavily and sped up on the treadmill. Questioning his weight loss program, the trainee said, “maybe I need more motivation.”
I wiped the machine I was working out on, picked up my keys, and walked out the exit door. Walking back, I realized that as human beings we are apt in blame storming; we rely on all the external sources that we so confidently assume will help us achieve our goals. Whether it is dropping the extra pounds, doing better in our relationship, performing better at work —always looking for some external force—that will help us make our mark. Motivation is that external stimulus that ignites the desire to achieve something more, but, it is not the sole ingredient that helps us accomplish that something.
The difference between those who accomplish their set goals and those who do not, is not the level of motivation. The primary reason why they are successful in accomplishing their goals, is the strategies they create to stay the course, and overcome all the challenges and roadblocks.
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It’s an age old question: How can you get happiness from nothing? We buy a new car, a car we wanted since the first time we saw someone else driving it on the road, we feel happy. If we find a new job, a job that benefits us financially, we feel happy. It is not just the tangibles that give us this sense of fulfillment but also when we receive intangibles. If we receive compliments about the car we drive or when our boss or co-workers commend us for our accomplishments, our confidence is boosted- we feel worthy! If our partner appreciates us for the things we do with them or for them, we don’t hesitate to mention the joy and contentment we feel to our friends when having a relationship talk. Whether it is a tangible asset like a car, a job, a house, a life-partner, or an intangible like compliments, appreciation or love- we believe that happiness is achieved by giving and receiving.
Not only we have been told that if we give happiness to others we will be happy, but many of us have seen our parents, families and friends becoming happy or making others happy by making a trade of a tangible or an intangible asset. Independent of our race, religion, or nationality, we observe this phenomenon occurring at every level. Nations trade commodities for economic growth and peace, so we use this as a local phenomenon in our personal, professional and social lives.
But, what if our fulfillment and happiness was independent of what we receive or give others. What if we can wake up everyday full of contentment regardless of what we experienced at work. Independent of the amount financial losses in stock, independent of the loss of the promotion we were hoping for, for years. What if our fulfillment was not hinged upon any tangible or intangible. What would it take to create such a life at an individual level? What would we need to change about ourselves to create such a transformation?
Working on building a strategy to create a life of excellence that is independent of what we give or receive, starts with creating a deeper understanding of ourselves. Fulfillment in our personal, professional and social domains is achieved when we rewire the brain, think beyond profits and live here now. As we start building unique strategies that fit in the model of our life, strategies that are unique to us, that’s when we knowe we are on a path to creating happiness from no-thing.
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