Congruence

Congruence is a big piece of authenticity. The word refers to a harmony of actions. Your actions in all your endeavours must harmonize, much like the notes from a symphony of instruments harmonize to create a pleasing whole.

If you have congruence in your life, then what you say; how you think; and the way you act, all come together to make a complete, harmonious picture.

To achieve a high level of productivity requires authenticity. You don’t become successful by doing the right things – you become successful by being the right person. Who you are, leads to what you do, not the other way around. That’s what authenticity is all about. It comes from within the person. So, to achieve it we have to work on our inner being, not our outward actions.

Successful businessmen and women are disciplined in observing congruence and authenticity. Thus Congruence, Authenticity and Discipline are the cornerstones of highly productive entrepreneurs!

Being on top

Being on top of things makes you feel calm. When you slip up and are back peddling you feel in disarray.

What then is the best way to always be on top?

Eliminate unnecessary activities, delegate effectively then execute efficiently!

There are a lot of things we do that need not be done. They add very little value to our overall goals. Eliminate them!

After eliminating unnecessary activities, delegate things on your plate that you can delegate to someone junior in your team. This will allow you to focus on the few very important do’s – things that only you can do.

Then what is left on your plate execute promptly.

Quality

Quality remains one of the key differentiators whenever we want to evaluate something or make a choice. We often explore and discuss quality at our workplace, in our processes or in the products or services we consume. But this idea of quality always begins with the individual.

How do you define your quality of work? How do you rate your own quality? How do you make quality your calling card, and the essential ingredient in creating a successful personal brand.

Here are seven tips to improve your quality quotient:

1. Clarify your purpose – You are at your best when your actions are aligned with your purpose. Hence defining your purpose is crucial to starting your pursuit of quality.

2. Prepare a “quality” plan:  Spend a day and document all your daily tasks or activities to identify the best practices to enhance the quality of your output? Also, test your ideas and processes regularly to determine the required improvements or interventions. This might include deleting or letting go of certain practices or ideas that have ceased to serve you.

3. Create your quality circle – Surround yourself with positive, proactive people who challenge and inspire you to be your best. If you don’t have a choice of the physical company you keep, there is a whole virtual world at your fingertips.  Read good books, watch TED videos, subscribe to quality content and follow best practices.

4. Get feedback – Just as you need a rear view and side view mirror to maneuver around your blind spots while driving, you need feedback to get the complete picture of any situation. Hence, always invite and welcome feedback from your stakeholders and view all complaints as an opportunity to improve.

5. Spend some quiet time alone – Time for introspection, reflection, and deliberation is essential in developing a conscious awareness of the self and how you choose to express it. Meditation is one of the best methods to develop this awareness and guide your actions.

6. Invest in learning – Quality is a continually evolving and ongoing process. Set aside time to continuously learn the latest ways of thinking and doing things. When you stop growing, your business stops growing.

Negative effects of ego

Some of the effects of negative ego include:

1. Weakens collaboration with others – Egotists can’t see beyond their own immediate interests. They overlook the benefits of interdependence and the synergy derived from diversity.

2. Diminishes authenticity – Egoists cannot be authentic, because of the incessant need to protect their image even at the expense of denial. Their fear prevents them from acknowledging and appreciating the gifts of others.

3. Creates a scarcity mindset – Egotism breeds insecurity and jealousy. The fear of losing out increases and others appear as burdens or competitors.

4. Builds barriers to learning – Ego is the latch on a closed mind. Egotists abhor any show of vulnerability and hence are closed to any new learning. Being unable to accept criticism, they cannot gain any insight. Without openness, people lose awareness of what reality is and end up making unreal choices.

5. Promotes fear and distrust. Egotists are always watching fearfully over their shoulders, worrying that someone might overtake them. They want constant attention, sympathy, and flattery and make unreasonable demands. This makes them overly competitive, a sore loser, and a perfectionist.

6. Encourage destructive behaviours. Recognizing and dropping this false ego means letting go of all that is deceptive or artificial about us, and reclaiming our true magnificence, our positive pride.

Coincidence or design?

A meeting gets cancelled at the last minute. This cancellation leads to a detour and to an incident that invites a new connection which becomes a game-changer connection for you. Someone bumps into you by chance needing your guidance at the right time and right place. You stumble into an old email and decide to respond to it leading to a totally unexpected assignment. Is there a design behind these coincidences?

The Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung called coincidences “synchronicity” or “acausal connecting principle.” He believed that there is an underlying order and structure to reality, a network that connects everything and everyone.

Your success will come from hard work, a focus on your core priorities and “luck” or coincidences. These coincidences are the Universe’s way of responding to your dreams.

Henry David Thoreau said: “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”

The Universe is designed to respond to your deepest and consistent desires!

Persistence

Most of us miss our best opportunities because they come disguised as hard work. Hard work is a fact of life. If you want to be successful, you have to work hard. Thomas Edison was on the money when he remarked, “Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.”

But hard work doesn’t have to be drudgery. It can be a source of great enjoyment.  If you develop joy in your work, you’ll find that it produces positive energy, which promotes balance. 

To develop joy in your work, you must be doing something that you’re good at, that is meaningful to you, and that contributes to your family, your organization, and society. 

For many people, hard work is a drain on energy and emotions. They’re tired and stressed out. Thus find the work that brings you joy.  When you find it, pursue it with persistence.

The moment!

Every single day is a gift of life given to us. Every moment is precious. The air we breathe, the sunrise and sunset we witness, the children we love.

But the habit of living in the past or future robs us of living today and living in the moment. The mind wants importance and is constantly taking us away from the present moment.

Worrying about what others think also robs us of being in the moment. If you sing as if no one is listening, you will sing at your best being totally in the moment. However, the consciousness of others watching you takes you away from your authenticity.

Yes, we all have goals, however, the only certainty is the goal at the moment. We all want to get to the destination but the real destination is this moment.

John Dryden sums it up well:
“Happy the man, and happy he alone,
He who can call today his own:
He who, secure within, can say,
Tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today….”