The gift of the moment!

A child in a white t-shirt is in the water at the beach on a clear sunny day, his head in his hands.

Khalil Gibran eloquently said: “Yesterday is but a dream, and tomorrow is only a vision, but today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope.”

Today well lived begins by living well in the moment. In Hindi, we say “Kaal Kare So Aaj Kar, Aaj Kare So Ub” – What you can do tomorrow do it today, what you can do today, do it now!

Every single day is a gift. 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.

Being in the zone as when Michael Jordan was on the basketball court or Lionel Messi is on the soccer pitch happens when you are doing something fully in the moment.

Yes, you can have goals, however, the only certainty is the goal in 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.
Be fair or foul or rain or shine
The joys I have possessed, in spite of fate, are mine.
Not Heaven itself upon the past has power,
But what has been, has been, and I have had my hour.”

End or Begin?

Follow your dreams, silhouette of man at sunset

No need to be scared of an end as every end is but the beginning of something new!

The end of a relationship, is a beginning to freedom. An end to loneliness, is the beginning of a relationship. The end of 2017 is the beginning to a wonderful 2018!

The key is to learn from every end so that you may apply your learnings to every beginning?

So, what have you learned from 2017? Sparked by what you learned in 2017, what will you do different in 2018?

Can you:
– improve family relationships?
– enhance lifelong learning?
– be more astute with your finances?
– step up and improve your health?
– spend more time connecting with your spirit?
– take your profession to the next level?

Again, every end can be a bright new beginning as long as you apply the learning from each end in an effort to better what you are about to begin.

Today is a perfect day!


pencil, coffee and the casket decorated with a yellow flower, a subject flowers and drinks, seasons spring and summer

there are many imperfections in the world and in your world.
However, if you are alive and breathing and chances are for most of us (not all) there are at least three things to be grateful for. It could be for:
– food, clothing, shelter
– good health
– family
– friends
– job
– respect

By starting your day with gratitude one builds on the concept of perfection in imperfection.

Have a perfect day, no matter what!

Whats your prime time?

notebook and coffee with compass

There is a certain time and place in your life which is the most creative and the most productive.

Knowing what that time and place are can be a huge asset for you if you are able to use it often to be creative and productive.

Find your most productive work times by observing your daily habits and then chart out the times you find yourself most creative.

For some, their morning times are most precious; when they feel alert, focused and calm. While some others start to peak their activity as evening approaches and might find night times to be the most productive, when the distractions are minimum. You have to find your own rhythm. Just make sure you get adequate hours of sleep daily.

If there’s a task requiring high concentration and attention, schedule it for your most productive time. 

For me, early morning after my meditation at about 5.30 am when I go to my office and work there, is the most creative and productive. I have the whole office with a few rooms to myself with all the right tools and ambiance. I not only can get the whole day work done in 2 to 3 hours but also be superbly creative.

The key for me is to do this often.

How about you?

What will you do differently today?

We celebrated my parents’ 63rd wedding anniversary recently. If they had not met or had not married, then I would not be here. What a thought!

A bowl of fresh ripe strawberries with spoon on a chalk board, as the special of the day.

The past coincidences have played some part in where you are today. In turn, your actions today will determine the future for you.

Here are some important questions to ponder:

– What will you do differently today from what you have done in the past?

– What does a Wow look like for you today, this week, this month?
Why is it a Wow?

– What does a Wow look like to you a year from now? Why is it a Wow?

Clarity precedes mastery. Action aligned to your clear goals propels
you to the success you desire.


Old-fashioned clock dial on golden coins background, time is money concept

Doing a little extra at the right time brings optimum results.

A near-perfect follow-up on time beats a perfect outcome which is delayed.

A little extra makes things go from ordinary to extraordinary.

Timing in business can mean the difference between closing the deal or no deal.

7 Ways to Deal with Uncertainty




















Life is churning, moving, and evolving every second. Change is the only constant. While a lot of people struggle daily to regain some semblance of control in their lives, there are some who appear to flourish in uncertainty.

Here are seven habits of highly effective people who embrace life with all its ambiguities and transform them into opportunities for growth and fulfillment.

  1. Practice mindfulness – You are your biggest anchor when all around is changing. But you can seek your inner strength only if you enjoy a strong sense of self-awareness; i.e. an ability to remain in the present moment and respond to life with your totality of being. One of the best ways to hone your self-awareness is to practice the hour of power; 20 minutes of exercise, 20 minutes of meditation and 20 minutes of reading something inspiring.
  2. Look at the big picture – Often in the midst of uncertainty, we become too focused on the immediate issues at hand and miss the big picture. Reminding yourself at regular intervals about the larger purpose or goal is a good way to gain perspective and bring to light inherent opportunities present in each moment.
  3. Retaining flexibility – The Flux Report by Right Management conducted a study that revealed that 91% of HR directors think that by 2018, people will be recruited on their ability to deal with change and uncertainty. The smartest people learn to work with uncertainty instead of fighting or resisting it. They align themselves to the flow of life and explore all that it brings forth.
  4. Take complete responsibility for your life – While circumstances might be out of our control, we always retain the right to make the choice. By continuing to blame circumstances and others for our situation in life, we are actually giving away our personal power. We are allowing others to define our experiences and subsequent decisions. Once we acknowledge this absolute power, we truly assume control of our life and realize that the only person responsible for our happiness is us. No excuses or blame games should deter us from our path.
  5. Treat expectations like expectations – British scientists found that day-to-day wellbeing does not reflect how well things are going, but whether things are going better than expected. So while it’s great to have expectations and visualize a certain picture of your future, the problem starts when we start treating expectations like pre-defined outcomes. When our outcomes do not meet our expectations, disappointment sets in. Hence, the way out is to remind us to treat expectations like expectations, i.e. they might or might not come true.
  6. Start small – If the change or situation is too big to handle, break down your solution into bite-sized chunks. Complete one part and then move on to the next. Keep your eyes on the goal and do not waste time on over-analyzing it.
  7. Develop a good support system – Our friends, family, mentors or colleagues are our companions on this life journey. When the going gets tough, a good support system not only encourages and supports you but also helps you with advice and guidance to deal with specific problems.