Is Your Life Obscure?

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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.

Are You Getting Consumed?

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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.

 

 

When Motivation Becomes Ineffective

Kit Gupta, Frisco Discover Center
Kit Gupta, Frisco Discover Center

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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.

iExcel events by IE SIGMA® are transformational events that take you beyond motivation and help you build strategies to accomplish your personal, professional and social goals. The focus of the event is to create transformation.

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Is Your Job Who You Really Are?

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Professional Excellence at iExcel Events by IE Sigma®

Addressing the last question from the audience on raw material challenges in the medical device industry, I said, “Thank You.” Panning from the left to the right of the conference hall, watching attendees applaud; I continued to stretch my lips from ear to ear and sat on the table with the panel of speakers where my name was displayed. After all the speakers are done sharing their thoughts on the topics they had chosen to speak on, one question that can be felt radiating in every square inch of the room is— What time does the networking reception start?  The evening receptions at these conferences are to relish the snacks you normally don’t eat at home, imported cheese and of course free wine; but we are all here with an agenda — an agenda to see what do you have to offer? The ubiquitous question that will decide whether you are worth anyone’s time— what do you do? At the evening reception, holding a glass of red wine in one hand, I joined a group which had some familiar faces in it. “Well done, that was a great presentation!,” said one of the guys in a gray suit and blue tie. “Thanks,” I replied followed by an abrupt pause. I had met him in the same conference last year as well. His name is Bill, maybe not; I am horrible with birthdays and unfortunately with names. I have mixed Bob’s with Bill’s and Sarah’s with Sandra’s. My wife has told me for seven years, “just don’t say their name if you are not sure.” This time, I did not want to embarrass myself, hence the abrupt pause.  “So what do you?” asks another unfamiliar face in the group. If you are intelligent, you need to decipher that— “I am here to sell you anything, even if I don’t have it, I will make it for you!” The conversation went on for a few minutes for the guy to decide if I was worth pursuing as a lead. An exchange of business cards happened while I kept sipping the savory wine until the glass was empty. On the surface, it all seemed like a staged drama.

After attending numerous conferences around the country and as a speaker in a few, every reception, every marketing dinner, I knew the agenda everyone had for coming to these conferences. They say, sometimes it only takes one event to find the answer you are looking for. Well, the conference in Cleveland was the one for me— it was a life transformational event. As I was sitting on a round table with a “highly qualified” group of people from Fortune 500 companies, I glanced at the badge hanging from my neck that I was given to wear at all times. I saw my first and last name, and right below my name was the name of the corporation I worked for. While the group I was dining with was talking about the New England Patriots, in a very subtle manner, I quickly glanced at everyone’s badge. Clearly, every one of them had the corporations they worked for attached to their name. The only people in the room that did not have their corporation’s name hanging from their necks were the servers. In that moment, the only thought that came to my mind was — if I only had my first and last name written on my badge, would I get the same treatment like I did from the sales guys? As I dined that night, I kept thinking, what if every person here was to strike the name of the corporations they work for from their badges— would they be looked at differently? Would they be treated differently?

Our job, our profession, the work we do, whether we work for a small or big corporation, or if we are self-employed, we carry our job titles with us to give ourselves an identity. We all know and have used the conversation starter—so what do you do? Which implies, how do you earn a living?  How do you pay your bills? How much money do you make? Are you any different than me? And all the other comparative analysis questions that are hidden in just one question, what do you do?

Try going to work for a day without a label. I am the owner, I am an IT engineer, I am the marketing director, I am the CEO, CFO, COO or whatever label you carry to describe to the world who you are. Instead, if you rewire your brain to think that I am here for service, to create excellence in my life, so I can help others excel; you start creating success in every action— every day—in everything you do. This is a tough transformation to create since our professional domains have been conditioned with years of “I am…” but once you transition into working independent of the professional labels, you become an open-heart and open-mind that creates excellence in his or her life and for everyone else around them.

iExcel Dallas 2016 – A Life Transformation Event

IE Sigma® is organizing iExcel Dallas on February 27, 2016 at the Bank of America Theater, Eisemann Center in Richardson Texas to share strategies to create excellence in the lives of North Texans. The event focuses on “how to” create the success that we desire in our personal, professional and social lives.

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iExcel Events are a one-of-a-kind approach where not just the speaker but the audience is involved throughout the event. In real-time everyone is sharing and evaluating strategies from those who have failed or succeeded in any domain of their life. Whether it is achieving happiness in the relationship with your partner, family or yourself; iExcel events will transform how you look at achieving success.

Join hundreds of Texans at the Eisemann Center on February 27, 2016 to build your success strategies and take your relationships, career and your social life to the next level. Independent of what your belief is, whether you believe in science, technology, religion, spirituality or you live a life without any belief- iExcel events will transform how you create success in your life. To create excellence in life, there is no absolute. So, come build your strategy for success to transform your life in 2016.

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Creating Fulfillment With Nothing

Kit Gupta, Founder iExcel Events by IE Sigma®
Kit Gupta, Founder iExcel Events by IE Sigma®

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.

Learn more about the work of Engineer-turned-Entrepreneur Kit Gupta and IE Sigma® -a non profit that takes you beyond science, technology, religion, and spirituality and works with individuals around the world to transform their personal, professional and social domains. Attend iexcelevents in a city near you to build strategies for excellence to create transformation in your life.