Integrity!

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The basis of every relationship is trust, and trust is born out of integrity.

Integrity is the state of being when what you say or believe in is in sync with how you act. It means choosing to do the right thing irrespective of the circumstances or consequences.

A person with integrity will exhibit it as part of his or her character, and not simply part of a particular role in their life. If they are true to their word, then they will exhibit this quality in all of their interactions.

The role of integrity in business is crucial. It is also a validation of your character amongst your customers, employees, and peers.

Without integrity, all competencies and resources can function, but they fail to find any consistent or meaningful expression.

So let’s look at some of the ways to enhance your integrity in the workplace.

➢ Define integrity – Once you have chosen your set of values and principles, write them down. For example, a conscious declaration lends the power of conviction to your personal or company mission statement. It then acts as a beacon, guiding the behavior and attitude of you and your team.

➢ Do unto others as you would have them do unto you – This is the cornerstone of integrity. At all times, maintain an objective, sensitive and fair approach towards everybody. Keep confidential matters confidential, and uphold the trust placed upon you. When we treat others as we ourselves would like to be treated, our actions are aligned with our highest self.

➢ Accept responsibility – Accepting responsibility means relinquishing ego and taking an objective look at what is needed to resolve the situation and then doing it sincerely. However, do not waste time in guilt or self-blame.

➢ Be open to feedback – from all quarters, including customers, colleagues, juniors and body. Although integrity is the guardian, the values and principles integrity upholds have the potential to evolve over time. Therefore, ask for ideas to enhance yourself. Be conscious of your words and actions and how close they bring you to being the person you want to become.

➢ Be utterly reliable – Ensure that whatever you create is your best, even for such everyday matters as routine documents and quick emails. Honor your commitments. If for any reason you can’t, tell people in advance and suggest an alternative. Remember, everything that you say or do is a reflection of who you are. Make it count.

The only way to safeguard integrity is to ensure that we, at all times, are guided by a conscious awareness of who we are choosing to be.

The Spirituality Engine!

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What do you deem your biggest priority?

If your priority is your physique, then chances are high you will be in the best shape.

If your priority is wealth, then chances are good you will attract more wealth.

If your priority is family, then chances are greater you will have solid family relationships.

If your priority is service, then you‘re likely to increase your chances of attracting more opportunities to serve.

If your priority is knowledge and wisdom, then chances are you will gain more acumen and intellect.

However, when you give priority to your spirituality, you build the strongest foundation for abundance in all of the above – wealth, health, knowledge, family and service. Why? Because simply put, spirituality is the engine which revs your entire being in motion!

 

What’s your view of the world?

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When looking at the world around you, you will see both good and bad; different and indifferent.

When seeing or hearing the news, you will, unfortunately, notice more bad news than good news being reported.

Around your family, friends, and work, you will experience a variety of personalities. All of whom color your judgment of the world.

Despite all of the above, your ultimate view of the world will not be determined by how the world is, but how you are! This is because the processing of the worldview is in your control.

If you are a good person you will likely see more of the good in the world, as well as others. If you are a bad person, you will often see more of the bad. You will see, not what is necessarily occurring around you; but moreover what is unfolding inside you!

So when perceiving the world, yes, take a moment to reflect on what is transpiring around the globe, but more importantly be intricately mindful of the state of your inner sanctum when doing so. For the latter shall pave your path to serendipity and serenity!

What do you see around you in your world? Look deeper it will reveal a lot about what is inside you!

Magic

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How does magic happen? We’re not talking about the usual circus magician type of magic, but one that’s created by athletes like Michael Jordan or innovators like Steve Jobs.

Michael Jordan, in his prime, was a portrait of magic. However, he has famously admitted that he not only missed hundreds of shots he took, he also missed game-winning shots he was entrusted with making. He failed many times, yet he was undisputedly seen as a magician with the basketball. One of the best ever to play the game!

Steve Jobs had many failures, including being fired from the very company he built from scratch before becoming an icon of creativity and innovation.

Being magic does not mean not having failed. In fact, most successful leaders and athletes who end up creating magic go through enormous challenges, struggles, and failures. They fail their way to success.

The key to their success was the unwavering faith that they will make it no matter what. Even when odds were stacked against them, it was their journey that enhanced their resolve, instead of diminishing it.

So, if you are going through challenges, struggles, and obstacles – do not panic. You have to go through enormous hurdles before you can eventually claim the title of Magic.

The gift of the moment!

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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.”

Coincidence or Design?

Dhaulagiri mountain on sunrise, Poon Hill, Himalaya Nepal

Scenario 1: A meeting gets canceled at the last minute. This cancellation leads to a detour, and to an incident which invites a new connection; which then eventually becomes a game changer encounter for you.

Scenario 2: Someone bumps into you by chance needing your guidance. This right place – right time meeting allows you to provide the needed support.

Scenario 3: You stumble onto an old unanswered email, and decide to respond to it – leading to a totally unexpected assignment and benefit.

Is there a design behind the above scenarios and outcomes or are they mere coincidences?

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

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.”

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

Thus, as you venture forward, know that the Universe is indeed designed to respond to your deepest, most consistent desires!

End or Begin?

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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.