You Owe It To Yourself To Try

I have written a small 10 lines poem on taking the first step to achieve a dream. I have also made a poster to go along with it. You can download the poster and put it as a desktop wallpaper or place it somewhere where you can see it to get a quick but lasting dose of inspiration.

Hope you enjoy it!

Try

Well you owe it to yourself to try.

Poetry Text

Even if you feel like you can’t do it,
you owe it to yourself to try.

Even if you think it is difficult,
you owe it to yourself to try.

Even if you think that other people are better at it,
you owe it to yourself to try.

Even if you think that you’ll fail,
you owe it to yourself to try.

Even if you think that you are inadequate,
you owe it to yourself to try.

Even if you think you are ill prepared,
you owe it to yourself to try.

Even if you think you’ll be ridiculed,
you owe it to yourself to try.

Even if you think you’ll lose it all,
you owe it to yourself to try.

Even if you think you are 3 years too late,
you owe it to yourself to try.

In fact it is precisely due to these reasons that
you owe it to yourself to try.

What are your thoughts on giving life a chance? Is it important to try and take the first step?

P.S. – Do not leave before downloading the poster.

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100 Small Ideas for a Majestic Life

1. Get up at 5 am.
2. Meditate.
3. Learn from everything.
4. Learn from everyone.
5. Read “The 4 hour workweek”.
6. Help others.
7. Talk to your friends.
8. Give someone a surprise gift.
9. Exercise.
10. Write.
11. Take risks.
12. Sell something.
13. Be comfortable with not being comfortable.
14. Be assertive.
15. Agree to disagree.
16. Limit distractions.
17. Learn to speed read.
18. Learn investing.
19. Save first, spend later.
20. Give before you spend.
21. Learn to manage money.
22. Do something for your country.
23. Do something for poor.
24. Do something for yourself.
25. Think positive thoughts.26. Embrace non-perfectionism.
27. Learn to accept an apology.
28. Say sorry.
29. Say thank you.
30. Say Congratulations.
31. Make 3 very very very very good friends.
32. Talk to God.
33. Listen to Him.
34. Make time to learn.
35. Create rather than consume.
36. Take a walk.
37. Learn about your partner.
38. Make a happy life.
39. Learn swimming.
40. Read “The 7 habits of highly effective people”.
41. Meet like-minded people.
42. Meet people who are different from you.
43. Seek a mentor.
44. Make 2 more friends.
45. Start a journal.
46. Plan your day.
47. Plan your week.
48. Plan your year.
49. Keep space for surprises.
50. Read about minimalism.

51. Be vulnerable.
52. Read “ZenHabits”.
53. Be insane (sometimes)
54. Eat less food.
55. Smile.
56. Be grateful.
57. Watch less TV.
58. Spend 5 minutes with yourself daily.
59. Cook something.
60. Read “The Road Less Travelled”.
61. Say “I love you” to your parents.
62. Find people who inspire you.
63. Find your purpose.
64. Volunteer for a NGO.
65. Spread goodness.
66. Stop engaging in mindless gossip.
67. Know your strengths.
68. Work on them each day.
69. Read “Live Your Legend”
70. Forgive.
71. Ask.
72. Say no.
73. Make a life not a living.
74. Be a leader.
75. Be a mentor.
76. Mess things up.
77. DO all you want to.
78. Make a bucket list.
79. Get coached.
80. Be kind.
81. Talent is overrated. Believe in practice.
82. Read something you don’t like.
83. Read “Sophie’s world”.
84. Run a marathon.
85. Spend a few minutes every day with someone below 6 or above 60 years of age.
86. Don’t hate anyone.
87. Focus on the small things. They make up 99% of your life.
88. Don’t do anything just because you have to. Find something you love.
89. Travel alone once.
90. Get out of your comfort zone.
91. Believe in yourself.
92. Dance. Sing. Even if you are not good at it.
93. Believe in your ideas.
94. Build your willpower.
95. Meet people smarter than you.
96. Accept help and love.
97. Let people learn. Don’t try to give someone else’s exam.
98. Make people laugh.
99. Be spiritual.
100. Live 100%.

What are some of the small ideas that can spark a revolution? Share in the comments below.

P.S. – Our June Gratitude Challenge is going on full force. Participants have already started noticing the benefits. You can know more about our FREE challenge here. 😀

CLR Challenges + June Gratitude Challenge

A very warm welcome to a fantastic June!

Beginning this month, we will have a special challenge each month for our readers that can help us grow together. Something that facilitates my desire of learning something from everyone I encounter. And something that facilitates my readers to go through a process of personality development too.

The challenges will work through Facebook. We will provide you with weekly worksheets, daily reminders on Facebook, support if you are progressing inadequately or slowly (there is no such thing by the way) and accountability.

The June Gratitude Challenge

This month we will focus on the power of gratitude to change our lives. We have all heard about the importance of gratitude and how if practiced daily it can cause “immense happiness” side effect.

WHY GRATITUDE?

Take the time every day to be thankful for everything that you have. You can always have more, but you could also have less. — Mohd Uved

  • There are 2 types of people in this world. The ones that are always grateful and happy in their lives and the other ones, who are dissatisfied, constantly snap and worry insanely. The trick to a happy life is to be in the former set. Why? Because as {} observed, “Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its struggles, it empties today of its strength.” Worrying never decreases anything except the state of your life. The only option left is to approach life with a sense of gratitude.
  • Gratitude improves our health, relationships, emotions, personality, and career. Having material possessions is important but we get used to it pretty fast and it no longer serves the same purpose it did before.
  • Gratitude makes you a better decision maker, increases your productivity and obviously speeds up your progress.
  • Gratitude dissipates the feeling of guilt, jealousy and envy and helps us get a better control on our emotions.
  • Gratitude makes us less self-centered and helps us enjoy life.
  • Gratitude improves your sleep, increases your energy levels and helps you live longer.
  • Gratitude has the power to immediately change our mood from snappy to calm and makes us a more balanced person in the long run.

Are you convinced?

If the above benefits have convinced you, then please come and be a part of the challenge here. If you think that the post is incomplete, it was intended to be this way. Join us in June and get to experience all this in real time. And yes, you will get weekly assignments, new discoveries on gratitude, the science behind gratitude and various other resources. You will also have daily reminders on Facebook, support if you are progressing inadequately or slowly and accountability within the group.

Let us count blessings this once instead of counting our burdens. Join us here.

P.S. – Do not miss this chance. Just give it a try; if you are not satisfied with the group, you are welcome to leave it anytime.

 

Rest: A Forgotten Life Necessity

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”
― John Lubbock, The Use Of Life

It is time to stop. Take a deep breath. Now, take another one.
Life has two central themes: activity and rest. And both of them are equally significant. Rest is as important to us as is action and all the activity around us.

Definition of Rest: “Cease work or movement in order to relax, sleep, or recover strength.”

For me activity is all that is. I used to cringe at the thought of what all I would miss if I take a day off. But what I often overlooked is the fact that in order to give my best each day, I needed some time off once in a while, so that I could give my mind and body some space to renew and recuperate.

A well rested person can come back with renewed energy and a fresh perspective. This results in increased productivity, better relationships, lesser stress, healthier body and a more energetic you. Sometimes, we need to slow down and just enjoy life. I realized that we need to start accepting our own company, start spending some time with our own selves.

Although I still struggle with rest once in a while, here are some tips that I have found useful to integrate the practice of rest in everyday life.

1. Take time to rest

Schedule rest in your life. Schedule it for a few minutes each day or even a few minutes per week if daily practice is impossible. In those few minutes, do anything that calms you and renews you. I now schedule 15 minutes (usually more) each day to rest. Some ways I incorporate rest in my daily life are:

• Meditate for 5 minutes
• Take deep breaths
• Talk to a friend
• Listen to music
• Read
• Take a walk alone
• Take a nap
• Dance

Take a day off each week, take a weekend off every 2 months and take a vacation at least once a year.

“Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.” – Ovid

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2. Stay away from the screens in your rest period

In order to let your body and mind relax and recuperate, try to limit your contact with the screens that control your life aka TV, mobile, PC, laptop etc. It may prove to be difficult. Don’t give in though. While you rest, start becoming aware of your urge to constantly stay in touch with the people around you, your dependence on the things that do not really matter in life.

“He that can take rest is greater than he that can take cities.” – Benjamin Franklin

3. Let go of unfinished tasks

It is impossible for me to let go of things unfinished. I feel a compulsion to first read my mails, make my bed, organize my room, check Facebook, study for test, finish an important paper etc before I take out time to rest. The problem with this is that once I am done with all this stuff (that is if I ever am); there is no time to rest. And life is uninterrupted flow of many such days. So, it is advisable to let yourself rest for a few minutes before starting these activities. Take time out to rest even if you are in middle of the most urgent work that day.

“What is without periods of rest will not endure.” – Ovid

4. Stop feeling guilty about taking a day off

STOP feeling guilty each time you schedule a day off in your life. STOP thinking if that day could be better utilized doing something else. STOP arguing with yourself. Rest.

After you rest, you will return rejuvenated. You will have more desire, capacity and effectiveness to do all tasks. And the returns will be better too.

“Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer.” – Leonardo da Vinci

It is absolutely important to give yourself some rest and spend some time with yourself in the process. A person who knows himself can conquer the world.

“Silence

It has a sound, a fullness.
It’s heavy with sigh of tree,
and space between breaths.
It’s ripe with pause between birdsong
and crash of surf.
It’s golden they say.
But no one tells us it’s addictive.”
― Angela Long

7 Ways to Always Give Your Best

I still remember that day. As a part of my volunteership with a program that required us to teach people employability skills, I(along with my friends) had to go for a community mobilization session wherein we were required to convince people to join our program which would give them better employability skills for free. It was a sunny and humid October afternoon. The area that was given to us belonged to a poor neighborhood. People there did not have jobs. But, to join a program that would require as much commitment as this one was something they were not willing to go for. Just imagine, you are jobless AND poor. Someone comes along and offers you a program custom-made for you, offering you employability skills and a job fair also. You would be crazy not to take it right? That is what we thought.

 

Although we began with great enthusiasm but gradually it declined. Eventually, it dwindled to a point that most of us were tired and approached the task in a very bad mood. There was a girl Sonali with us who was still trying to educate people about the benefits of the program and that too with the same zeal we all started with. I was curious and also perplexed by the way she could maintain her enthusiasm even though most of us had quit well before the quitting time. So I asked her. Her answer was very simple yet very profound. She said, “As long as I am here and giving it one half of my entire day, I might as well do it with all the energy I have. At least I will impact some people.” She then told me to give my 100% in everything I do. Such a simple strategy helped her approach everything in a positive manner.

Wherever you are, be all there. ~ Jim Elliot

There are many scientifically proved reasons why giving 100% is significant.

1. It keeps you full of energy.

Whenever you give your best to something, you are always pumping with energy, energy to complete the task elegantly. Whenever you are full of energy, your productivity sky rockets. And so does your individual contribution to the task. You are able to give so much more than even your very best.

2. It keeps you happy and contented.

If you know you have given your best and probably could not have done any more than you actually did, it gives you a sense of contentment and satisfaction. You do not over think the thing. And you will probably do even much better the next time.

3. It keeps you in the now.

Whenever you fully concentrate on the task at hand, you will rarely find yourself drifting to the past or the future. You will actually be able to live in the now.

4. It inspires others to do their best.

When Sonali did her best to convince people to join our program, she inspired all of us others as well. The best part is that we inspired the other group to give their best as well. And who knows, they might have inspired yet another group of people.

If you give your best, you might just inspire hundreds of other people. Imagine the awesome ripple effects created to inspire the world.

If you do your best, there is no failure.

There are a lot of ways in which you can give your best in any situation.

1) Live in the moment.

If you are truly living in the now, you are not thinking about the past or future, not even about the thing you are going to do after reading this post. Only then, you will be able to give your best to the very thing you want to achieve.

2) Do what you love.

If you are pursuing your passion, you are motivated to do your best. It will automatically feed into your focus, concentration and will. If you are doing a task you do not necessarily like, ask yourself why you are doing it. Chances are that you will find a reason that will inspire you to give yourself over to the task.

3) Rest.

It is always a better idea to work for short periods without much interruption. Some people like to work for 50 minutes and then rest for 5 minutes. Others prefer working for 90 minutes and then resting for 10. Experiment and find out what works best for you. Also, take some rest time once a month and schedule some time off after each major task. It is important to rejuvenate yourself so that you can go to the next task without loss of energy or enthusiasm.

4) Don’t be scared of failure.

This is an important one. Most of the times we are so frightened of doing a task wrong that we don’t even start doing it, find a way to delay it or if we come along to doing it, we do it only half-heartedly. The next time you feel afraid to try, challenge yourself and give it your best shot. You will do much better than you anticipated.

5) Stay hungry. Stay foolish.

Always be eager to learn. Always be eager to achieve. If you don’t have goals already, start making goals and start the process of getting uncomfortable. Be sure to add on some goals that stretch you out of your comfort zone. If you don’t have something to achieve, then you don’t have anything to get excited about and you don’t have anything to give your best to.

6) Have a good attitude.

Always having a negative attitude about things prevents you from achieving them. A bad attitude single-handedly has the power to damage your entire world. Do not underestimate the power of a positive attitude towards life.

Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes. ~ Zig Ziglar

Challenge yourself to find one positive about the worst thing that has happened to you each day.

7) Stop giving 100% to what you don’t want.

If you want to give your best to one task, you will have to say “NO” to many others. In order to achieve the highest you are capable of, you would have to say no to things that do not serve your best self. Get selective and focus on a few.

DO WHATEVER YOU WANT TO. BUT GIVE IT YOUR BEST.

Will you give your best today?