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My school’s motto was “Better Everyday“. I kept screaming “Better Everyday, Better Everyday” during Friday morning school assemblies for over six years, but did not really understand what it meant.
I have been overwhelmed with work (happens every 3 months, it’s been a pattern, but more about it some other day). And while I was reflecting on this pile of work, I realized I did get at least one solid item off my list almost every day. But I was stressed as that list kept getting longer.
What if I focused on my successes, rather than failures? What if I could succeed in just one thing everyday?
I reviewed the work I did get done last week and felt very happy. That’s when I twitted:
Nothing motivates more than success. Where will you succeed today?
I wrote it, was proud and went to sleep. But when I booted up my MacBook this morning, I noticed it again.
And I stopped. Thought about where do I want to succeed today. Made a mental note of it. And began working.
This is how my day went:
- By 10.30, I had one client happy. Work was moving slowly on that project, but today we nailed it.
- Around 11.30, I had another client happy. Solved an annoying bug within minutes and the client said “Wahoo! That’s brilliant!”
- One major customer called before noon, complaining about a mail server issue. I talked to my team and gave an update in an hour. By the end of our day, we had a good enough solution in place.
- Shown stick to a project team in our standup meeting at noon. They completed pending work before signing out.
- Worked on cleaning up some malformed XML files in afternoon. This project was facing lot of technical challenges. But I had a working prototype ready at 6.45pm when I left work.
- And I even fixed an annoying bug in PlannerX just before I started this post.
Amazing how much happened by focusing on where I want to succeed today.
And I could say:
Satisfying day. Progress on projects. Made 5 customers happy!
Incremental improvements carried out daily can make transform your life in three months. Focusing on small successes can bring you big victories. I understand that’s what our school wanted us to learn from “Better Everyday”.
Did you get better today?
What are you going to succeed at tomorrow?
What’s most remembered of Goebbels is his explanation of Britain’s Big Lie theory (which was adopted by Hitler / Goebbels very well). Quoting:
That is of course rather painful for those involved. The essential English leadership secret does not depend on particular intelligence. Rather, it depends on a remarkably stupid thick-headedness. The English follow the principle that when one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it. They keep up their lies, even at the risk of looking ridiculous.
So a big lie + repetition + audacity will soon become truth! People won’t care to find the truth, they will just listen to the big lie, and blinded by it, soon they will start believing that’s the real truth.
If you look at it, what were the primary rules of Hitler?
- Never allow the public to cool off
- Never admit a fault or wrong
- Never concede that there may be some good in your enemy
- Never leave room for alternatives
- Never accept blame
- Concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong
- People will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it.
The mentality of people is such that they will believe a big lie sooner than they would believe the truth. Malintentioned people use this to their advantage. They skew the facts and present only portions of it to public, omitting the original context and adding their own “big lie” context to it.
Some people realize this is so ridiculous, since they know the original facts. But the number of such people is generally less. And the propaganda man walks away to his advantage fooling everyone. By the time people realize the truth, it’s too late for them.
Have you ever experienced this happening? With you?
How would you fight it?
- Would you start countering every big lie?
- Would you keep quiet and wait?
- Would you expose the big lie?
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Chaos is the answer. Chaos is the master plan of the universe.
What you experience today, is just part of the master plan! Chill!
(Inspired while listening to Kaos by DJ Aligator from Summer Jam 2008!)
What we ponder and what we think about sets the course of our life. Any day we wish; we can discipline ourselves to change it all. Any day we wish, we can open the book that will open our mind to new knowledge. Any day we wish, we can start a new activity. Any day we wish, we can start the process of life change. We can do it immediately, or next week, or next month, or next year.
We can also do nothing. We can pretend rather than perform. And if the idea of having to change ourselves makes us uncomfortable, we can remain as we are. We can choose rest over labor, entertainment over education, delusion over truth, and doubt over confidence. The choices are ours to make. But while we curse the effect, we continue to nourish the cause. As Shakespeare uniquely observed, “The fault is not in the stars, but in ourselves.” We created our circumstances by our past choices. We have both the ability and the responsibility to make better choices beginning today.
This is what Jim Rohn said. And boy, this is inspiring!!
And if you are really serious about transforming your life, they have a limited time special offer going on on the Jim Rohn 2004 weekend. The event had special guests like Denis Waitley, Brian Tracy and more. For around $200, you get 24 hours of leadership training, a 283 page workbook and special bonuses!
If Buddha worked in your office, how would he work? What would he think? What values will he live by?
I recently read What Would Buddha Do At Work by Franz Metcalf & BJ Gllagher Hateley. The wisdom is just right, and there are answers to all common business problems in this book. I am going to do a series of posts summarizing the key ideas I liked! Feel free to comment on them, and share your experiences from workplaces.
Part 1: Becoming An Enlightened Worker
- First recognize that you are responsible for your own future.
- Second, recognize that you always have a choice.
- Mission statements for your organization and life are key to enlightened work. The mission statement is a compass to guide your priorities and decisions so you do not become lost in day-to-day activities.
- Do great work, all the time.
- Start work before the boss gets in, and leave after she does.
- Do not take more than you should. Taking home a pencil or minor office supply is stealing.
- You represent your employer, so uphold the company name.
- Your self-confidence increases when you know you have done good work. Good results come from healthy self-esteem.
- Action always beats inaction. Making mistakes is better than not doing anything at all. If you aren’t making mistakes, it means you are not taking risks and not trying hard enough.
- You are a work in progress. You are responsible for your own self-improvement.
- Practice yoga or meditation to learn how to focus.
- If you have ten things to do and only enough time to finish six things, choose the right six and go home without worrying about the four you had to let go.
- There is nothing you can do about the past and you cannot predict the future. The only time that matters is now.
- Speak your mind and share your ideas. Do not keep them to yourself.
- Under-promise and over-deliver. Keep all commitments.
- Talk is cheap. People like to see action, results, and follow-through.
- Your internal moral compass will warn you when you are violating your own integrity.
- Respect company property like it is your own.
- Go about your work quietly and deliberately. There is no need to make public all your efforts. Results will speak for themselves.
- There is no single right way to solve a problem. The problem itself is always changing.
- Be flexible and learn to live with uncertainty.
- Admit you made a mistake. It means you are teachable and humble.
- Do your best work. Promotions and perks are only side effects of doing brilliant work.
- If you wear self-confidence, it doesn’t matter what you are wearing.
- Celebrate the successes of others.
- Physical and worldly things like money are necessary for survival but they will not make you happy.
- The best things in life aren’t things.
- There is nothing wrong with personal wealth as long as it is put to good use. Good stewardship of money comes from a sense of integrity.
- Real happiness comes when we are free from cravings and endless desires.
- Treat money like a visitor we respect but we know can be dangerous.
- When depressed, the best way to feel better is to do something for others.
- You don’t need a lot to get by. Work with what you’ve got.
- Learn from every opportunity, even if it means taking on a task you don’t want to do. It may be that nobody else can do the job except you at the moment.
- Hypocrisy happens when you fool yourself.
- Gossip is a waste of time.
- Surround yourself with people you admire and respect. When you work with someone better than you, your performance will improve.
- You can change.
- Make every day productive.
- It is healthy to balance work and personal life. This is the Middle Way.
- It’s easier to just follow the pack and be mediocre. Living a life of integrity is hard work.
- Wealth and power won’t make you happy. Health, love, and peace of mind will.