Tuesday, December 16, 2014

What 2014 taught me? - Life Lessons

It is already December 2014. Another year gone by. Sigh! I wonder where and how the time zooms by. I'm a year older, hopefully with more life experience / wisdom! :)This year I decided to take things slow in December 2014. I'd ear marked it for some reflection and introspection on the year gone by. And quiet time to think through and plan for 2015!With all the thinking comes a lot of analysis, and some takeaways - which I call the "Lessons of Life". So in this post, I'll share the essence of "What 2014 taught me?"

* Everything happens in life for a reason. You can connect the dots really well only looking back and rarely looking forward.

* Open Two-way Communication and Trust are most important in any relationship - To begin a relationship, to nurture it and it make it work in the long run

* If Trust is broken in any relationship, it is hard to re-gain the same. Things rarely are the same ever again

* Being a mother changes your life in unimaginable ways. Many times you surprise yourself by the nature and magnitude of these changes

* Self-awareness, Self-control and Self-discipline are assets worth investing in every day. They can change your life

* (Formal) Learning is so important after an age and phase in life. That is key to one's personal growth and development

* The immediate physical living environment affects your life in very many ways - your thoughts, your emotions, your energies, your motivations

* "Purpose in life" is so critical to a worthwhile existence. The larger / grander the purpose, the richer your existence

* Most times the best way to get something done is to start doing it. Even if you don't finish it, you'll reach somewhere - and that will leave you richer with experience

* Many times, there is more power in the questions than the answers

* It is not about what you say or who says it. It is almost always about How you say it - that can make/ break it

* The most effective way to get something is to ask for it. After we hit a particular age / phase, many of us find it hard to ask - mostly for fear of judgment

* Saying NO is truly liberating. Try it

* Some battles in life are totally worth fighting. They take time and effort. Heart and head burns too. No matter if you win or lose, there is victory in the fight! But choose the battles wisely

* After an age, it is so important to consciously push yourself out of the comfort zone. The reactions / response may surprise you

* Networks and friendships will grow only if you invest in them  - with time, energy, interactions, conversations, commitment, positivity, love and openness

What did 2014 teach you? Leave a comment to let me know

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The gap between thought and deed

All it takes is a thought
To start a change
To move ahead
To positivity
To new harbingers
To create an impact
To change the world
To make a difference

And yet the distance between thought and deed
Can sometimes take 1 second and
sometimes a lifetime

Why? I wonder and ponder
Many Many reasons

For some it is sheer inertia
For many it is lack of motivation
For some it is lack of focus
For many is it lack of support
For some it is the effect of their environment
For many it is lack of a catalyst
For some it is the lack of time
For many it is low in priority
For some it is limited resources
For many it is

Whatever be the reason
That gap is real
That gap exists
That gap can be bridged
Only by YOU..

What do you choose today?

Friday, December 5, 2014

Reflections, Introspections.....

Reflections, Introspections..
Once in a while
Do more than one good!

Reflections, Introspections..
Are key for
awareness
analysis
appreciation
comprehension
improvement
progress
completion
success
 
Reflections, Introspections..
are most critical
at the end and
at the start

Of a new day
Of a new week
Of a new month
Of a new year

And as 2014 comes to an end
It is a good time to
Pause...
Reflect...
Introspect

On the year gone by
What was good?
What was bad?
What was ugly?

What can you do better?
What do you want to do better?
And what can make you better?

After all it is one life to live
And there is always scope to be better, right?

Take a moment
Today, Tomorrow or all of December
Reflect
Introspect

Tis all worth it!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Indian Women at Work | A round-up of my best posts on this subject

If you’ve ever read or followed my blogs, you’ll know that Women at Work is a topic very close to my heart.

One, I’m a woman

Two, I’ve been in the corporate world for about 14 years now – years which took me across the world through a range of exciting, diverse and satisfying career experiences and also have been defining personally – especially with the 3M’s : Marriage (once) and Motherhood (twice). I have been fortunate to experience in my career (up close and personal) the great, good, bad & ugly; and I survived.. I’ve also been a part of the industry highs and lows including the IT boom and recession, the financial crash, M&A (Mergers & Acquisitions) and multiple organization re-structuring ; and all these experiences have given me a holistic understanding of work and life.

Three, I see young women around me at various stages and phases of their career journey. While I see passion, hope and commitment in their eyes and dreams in their heart, I also hear so many questions on the How? When? Where? Questions which plagued me in the past, are knocking their door-step today. I believe I might have some answers and perspective based on my experiences.

In this post, I'm sharing a round-up of my most popular posts on this subject (Something which I really wish I could have read at the start of my career)

Why women should work? – Here are 30 good reasons

50 Things I wish I’d truly understood (as a WOMAN) when I started my corporate career

New to the IT workforce? Here’s what counts

Working mothers career continuum : Focus, Flex, Flow

What working women can learn about productivity from ants?

Getting back to work after maternity leave

Learning to say NO

Asking for help. Are you an A+ or D-

Know a woman in India on a career break and looking to come back to active work? You must read this

Power of only women social networks

Working Mothers : Is there a magic mantra?

What is the most important career choice a woman makes?

Did this help you? Leave a comment to let me know

And yes, please do share with anyone else who might benefit from this..

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A round-up of the 6 Most Popular posts on my blog [as of Nov 2014]

Over the week-end, during a regular blog maintenance I was looking through my blog analytics to see how my posts were performing.

The list of the 6 Most Popular posts here on my blog left me with mixed emotions - Surprise, happiness and gratitude... about how far I have come as a writer, how unpredictable readers can be, and how wonderful it is to be read

Whether you are an old reader or a new visitor, it is always good to have a view on the Most popular posts here. So in this post, I'm sharing a round-up of these posts

Listing them in order of popularity

Extra-marital affairs : The big WHY?

Key Considerations when buying a house.

What it means to be a mother?

What is your personal legacy?

33 Blog Titles for FREE

Pre-Marital Checklist

Did you like them? Leave a comment to let me know..
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