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Are You Applying The Slight Edge Principle?

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the slight edge

I have been obsessing about this book by Jeff Olson, lately. I had heard about it from many motivational speakers and even fitness trainers (Shaun T of BeachBody), that how influential the book was in changing their lives. And I now know why! I am just a few pages into the book, and boy, I cannot stop reading it! This is a MUST read for everyone who is willing to make a difference in their daily lives – that is pretty much all of you!

The slight edge principle is based on the compounding effect of those little things you do on a consistent basis. I would like to connect it back to physical fitness – working out everyday! On a day to day basis it will seem like a mundane job, especially in the beginning, when you do not have an instant feedback. But its that act of working out EVERYDAY that will in 6 months time start to show results, and instantly get you attention from your friends, family, colleagues – “How did you do it????”, and then you’ll smugly tell them, “I was doing it all along, everyday, when no one was looking or noticing!” 🙂

The same principle can be applied to every aspect of your life. It is the simple act of doing a task everyday, consistently, that has a “compounding” effect on our lives, just like our old compound interest formula – today you might have a meager $2 in your account, but if you waited patiently for it to mature, the interest will add up and in a few years, guess what, you might have $5000 in it, or more!

It is such a simple and well known concept, yet most of us do not have the patience or consistency to follow it. I am trying to make an attempt! Waking up at 6 AM had become a challenge for me for the last few months, and it has made a come back on my priority list! I have successfully been waking up at 6 AM everyday for the last week so far! Yay for more time in the day! And the other one is reading a motivational book/article everyday before going to bed!

What is your daily slight edge act?

Do You Have “Grit”?

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true grit
I make it a point to listen/watch an inspirational/motivational audio/video every morning, while getting ready or while driving to work. Doing that small act everyday gives me the fuel I need to take on the day and make it the most productive and happy day for myself. So this past Monday morning, while having breakfast I stumbled upon a TED Talk by Angela Lee Duckworth. In a nutshell, her talk was about understanding what truly makes a child successful at school. Is it IQ? Is it extraordinary memorization skills? Based on her years of research, her findings show that the one single trait that separates the kids that do well in school versus the ones that do not is GRIT – extreme passion for a goal and having the tenacity to stick with it until it is achieved and beyond. For example – a marathon runner.

The Key to Success? Grit

The beauty of that talk is that each and everyone of us can relate to it. We all know that when we really want to achieve a goal, when we set our mind on it and decide to not let anything deter us, the results are usually in our favor. I challenge each of you to pick a goal for yourself today and decide to stick with it. If it is about getting in the best shape of your life, or taking your health to the next level, or creating better relationships in your life, try to display world class GRIT and determination to make those goals a reality.

Often times we find ourselves surrounded by the HOWs and the BUTs and the IFs. Don’t let these stumbling blocks question your goals and dampen your spirit. We still have half of 2013 left – which means that theres still time to pick up those new years resolutions you made 6 months back, and achieve them! I invite you to do the following few things to help you achieve your goals –

  • Create an intentions list (one that is achievable – maybe 6 months)
  • Create a vision board of all the things you want in your life and pin this 6 months intentions list on it.
  • Look at this intentions list everyday and remind yourself of your goals. This will help you stick to it.
  • If you slip, push yourself to get back.

Try this for 40 days and it will become a habit. Then share with me your experiences! If you need any help, please leave me a message!
Have a fantastic day!

Stop Being A Maniac!

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Rest Days
Importance of Rest Days:-

Whether you are a runner, a swimmer, a figure skater or simply crazy about losing pounds, reassess your workout regimen and see if you might be overdoing it. Today’s materialistic society has eliminated the idea of having a natural human body. The thoughts of the “six pack abs” and “size 00” have taken over the world. Which in reality is a wrong target to aim at. And people are working and pushing their body harder than what is needed. The aim should be to lead a healthy and hollistic life through exercising, good diet and a winning attitude. And that can only happen if your body is in the best condition to do so.

Have you had one of those days when you wake one morning and you have to “peel” yourself off the bed because your muscles are so sore? I know I have. That’s your body telling you that you need to get some rest. Rest days are super important because it is then when the body adapts to the stress from the new exercises and the effect from your workout takes place. Your workouts cause muscle tissue breakdown and during the recovery period is when your body repairs the damaged tissues as well as replenish the energy lost during the exercising.

So here are few things you could do to take a break:
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What is Stopping You?

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4 types of resilience,jane mcgongil

Every morning I wake up and ask myself just one question: “What is stopping me from being the best I can?”. Is it procrastination? Lack of motivation and drive? Is it plane and simple lethargy? or is it some weird concoction of all of those things? Some days my answer is nothing? And other days it is just lack of will to do anything at all. Well we all of those days, and we know how negatively it can impact our productivity. And I have for a long time been thinking of ways to get myself to wake up each day with a surge of energy that I need to get me on the fast lane. Here are few simple tricks I use to get me going:

1). Eat light before going to bed: Eating too much or right before going to bed will give you the feeling of heaviness and lethargy. Hence its important to keep the dinner super light.

2). Early to Bed Early to Rise: Waking up with stingy eyes and a slight headache means that you might not have gotten the amount of sleep your body needed. Make sure you get about 7 to 8 hours of sleep so you are well prepared for another energetic day.

3). Wake up listening to motivational music or talk – Listening to motivational music or talk really works for me. One of my favorite songs that really gets out the energizer bunny in me is “Remember The Name” by Fort Minor. I often listen to Deepak Chopra whose talks are quite inspirational and touches the spiritual side in me the days I am emotionally low.

4). Drink water as soon as you wake up – Drinking a big glass of water flushes out the toxins in my body, gets my metabolism going and hydrates me thoroughly.

5). Tell yourself “you are the best!” – As crazy as it sounds, this trick never fails! While I am busy doing my morning rituals, like brushing my teeth, I make sure I do not forget to look in the mirror and talk to myself. Telling yourself that you are the best and your day is going to be great, and actually believing in your words, has a major psychological effect to your brain which helps you get excited about your day ahead and helps you get through the day successfully.

I am quite sure alot of you are already doing these things. I would love to know what you do to get yourself going at the break of dawn!

Have a great weekend everybody!

Pose For Power

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By Pallavi Sharma

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“If you think about what people are doing in a job interview. You picture somebody sitting in a chair and they are hunching over their iPhone or Blackberry. They are making themselves small” – says Amy Cuddy, social psychologist and professor at Harvard Business School. When I first watched the video – Game Changers, I couldn’t believe that simply changing ones posture could bring about significant changes in ones behavior and thinking.

So I started going back to all my times at work when I felt powerful and in control, or for that matter even in school. Those times have typically been when I am leading a meeting at work, or leading a discussion in class, or when I am placed in a position of authority. And then it struck to me that in all those times subconsciously I made myself big – spread my hands more and had basically an open and confident posture. And it all made sense to me that just changing your posture, makes a huge difference in the way you feel.

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De-Technologize To Lower Stress

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By Pallavi Sharma

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If we were to watch a movie of a day in our lives, it will be quite shocking how little time we have for ourselves to unwind and relax. What is more interesting is that individuals don’t seem to be bothered by it anymore. They have accepted the mind-numbing craziness as a part of life and are willing to go on with it. They have forgotten to stop for a second and ask themselves, where are they really going and what are they doing?

I too have been a part of that kind of a lifestyle and in some ways still am. But what I realized was I could not go on too long with the high intensity and stressful schedule. And I also cant be waiting for that one big vacation which is probably two months down the line. It is absolutely imperative to go on little mini-vacations throughout the day and the first step to doing that is “deteching” or “de-technologizing” yourself.

Constantly staying connected with facebook, twitter and emails creates a sense of urgency in our brain. The urgency to take that phone call, or reply to that text, or comment quite sweetly on your friend’s picture even when you know she looked horrible in that dress or tweeting about your new car. All these different forms of technology sap our energy, lower our focus and concentration and raise the stress level. So here are the ways I use to reduce stress in my busy life:

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Eating Smartly – How To Get Most Out of Your Meal

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By Pallavi Sharma

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Just like wearing the right kind of clothes for the appropriate kind of setting or event, food suprisingly works in the same way. Imagine you are invited to a night out at a country music bar and you walk into the bar clad in a cocktail dress. Now that’s what you call a fashion disaster! On similar lines if you are working towards this big presentation at work and you would want ideas to be coming to you at the speed of lightening, that bag of chips from the vending machine isn’t going to help you come up with a brilliant presentation. So let’s find out what type of food is going to help you at different emotional times in your life.

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