Happiness Challenge

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Yesterday was the “International Day of Happiness” across the world.

From the time I was a kid, I’ve always believed that the best way to find happiness was to make someone else happy. And so I challenged myself to make someone else happy and see how that went. Here are a couple of the things that I did yesterday to spread happiness:

#1 = I paid for an old lady’s shopping as I was leaving the grocery store. I had some bonus in my shopping card and figured that she’d use it more. The look on her face when the cashier told her that her bill was already paid was priceless.

#2 = I sent a short email of appreciation to someone who I hand’t talked to in a while, but who I admired for what they were doing. They wrote me back after a couple of hours saying that they were having a rough day but my note made it a better one for them.

#3 = I spent an hour playing cards with my grandmother in the evening. She was thankful for the time and we both had fun together.

As you can see, I didn’t really do much, but what I did made three people’s days better. And in return, my day was made happier as well.

Random acts of kindness don’t need to take long, be expensive, or require a lot of prep. All it takes is a couple of minutes to make someone’s life happier. Trust me, your life will be happier in return!

Success and Failure Happen in our Minds!

Thought for your Day: It is in the mind where success and failure happen. True, we don’t have much say in all the circumstances, conditions and events around us. Some things are truly out of our control. But what we can control is how we view them and how we respond to them. Our outlook on them determines our reaction towards them. A massive step towards success in any area of your life is realizing that it is not the circumstances that determine where you are and where you go from here, but rather your decisions and your choices–choices fuelled by the right mindsets and attitudes. You can change your life at any moment. All you need to do is change your mind!

PS: If you would like Coaching in the area of developing positive and success-engineering mindsets, please do drop us a mail to directkoaching@gmail.com or to our FB page and we’ll be happy to help you out!

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Change Your Routines

Thought for your day. Routines are good, but if they are not regularly re-evaluated, they could end up becoming more harmful than helpful. In order to experience success in any area of your life, one must put rituals into place in order to work towards it. However, if the focus ever slips off from the principle that you are following to merely fulfilling those rituals on a daily basis, you are in jeopardy of losing the success that you had. As one of my favourite quotes goes, “The definition of stupidity is doing the same thing again and again and expecting different results!” Have a great Tuesday!

PS: If you feel like you can improve in this area and you’d like personal or business coaching, please drop me a mail at directkoaching@gmail.com or here on my FB page and I’d be happy to help you!

“The difference between a rut and a grave is the depth!” – Author Unknown

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Take Time to Think

Thought for your Day: Be sure to take time out from your work to focus your efforts! I learnt the value of this last night when I was an hour early for a dinner appointment with no work on me to do. From that one hour sprang a business plan and direction for my next three months. Time outs are essential for leaders! Have a wonderful Tuesday!

“A minute of thinking is often more valuable than an hour of talk or unplanned work.” – John C. Maxwell

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Work Hard for Success

Thought of the Day. As the old saying goes, the only place where “success” comes before “work” is in the dictionary. Success is hard work. But it’s worth it!

“Success is the child of drudgery and perseverance. It cannot be coaxed or bribed; pay the price and it is yours.” – Orison Swett Marsden

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A Slogan for Life:

“Seize the day! We never know which opportunity may turn out to to be the perfect one, but we must take them anyways.┬áSeize the day! We never know which moment may turn out to be the perfect moment for a plunge of a lunge–or even a leap–but we must go ahead and take advantage of each moment, knowing that–in hindsight–one of those moments or opportunities will turn out to be the perfect one for us.┬áSeize the day!!!” – Thirumur David Kiran

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