Day #186: Lessons From 2013!

It’s the last day of 2013 and I have been thinking of what to write on for hours now. Finally, I decided to write on the lessons I have learnt in 2013.

Where focus goes energy flows: Early in 2013 I learnt that when we put our energy and focus in one area of our life, we see improvements in that area. At the beginning of the year, I made conscious decision to love and be loved. As the year went on, I saw this happen more in my life. In my relationships with my friends,my family and the person I fell in love with. I am grateful for this and I consider this year my year of loving relationships.

The Journey is the reward. I was talking with a friend recently who confided in me that she doesn’t like setting goals or making resolutions because if then she can’t achieve those goals she will be depressed and heartbroken. And this is a great feeling I think. I think it would be terrible for a person to feel nice about not achieving their goals. So my advice is not to be scared of setting goals because you may not achieve them, rather to look forward to the beauty of working towards those goals and achieving them.I think life itself is not about achieving goals, its about who we become in the process of achieving that goal that is important.Hence, the journey is the reward.

The Start is the most important: This year I realized we don’t achieve things a lot of times because we know too much. Because we suffer from analysis paralysis. We take time to cover the angles, to find every information, along the line we get discouraged or we find reasons why we shouldn’t do the things we want to do.To achieve something, just start. Like Nike says: ‘Just Do It!’ It’s good to plan and have all the information,but if you don’t do something, if you don’t start, you will always be stuck with only ideas.

To succeed we must court failure: This was one of the weirdest lessons I learnt in 2013 and rather counterintuitive. That to really succeed, we must put ourselves in situations that leads to failure. Because this would push us to work very hard and avoid failing. Weight lifters put themselves against strong obstacles to build muscles. The heavier the weight, the stronger the muscle. For example, naming this blog 1000 days of inspiration is a way of courting failure. This means I have to get up everyday to write. The day I don’t, I know I will receive emails saying, ‘you failed’.The fear of receiving this message drives me everyday to wake up and write a blog post even when I don’t feel like.

Schedule: WHile doing an appraisal of 2013 and trying to figure out why I didn’t achieve some of the goals I set, I realized it was because I never really scheduled any of them.If I wanted to write an exam and I didn’t, it was because I didn’t schedule a date and time for it. This year I improved a lot in physical health. I think it was because I scheduled  6 AM every morning to get up and run even in rain or in snow, I get up every morning to do this 5 days a week. Scheduling means you think this is important and you want to do it.Whatever we don’t schedule doesn’t really happen.

These are few of the lessons I learnt in 2013. I consider this year a year of gratitude, of love and of learning. Thank you for reading today’s post and for following this journey. Happy 2014. See you tomorrow!


Day #185:Find Success by Doing the Things You Dislike

As I think of  how I spent my 2013,the goals I achieved, the  many things I didn’t achieve and look forward to planning 2014, I am reminded of a powerful quote by Albert E. N. Gray:

The successful person has the habit of doing things failures don’t like to do. They don’t like doing them either necessarily. But their disliking is subordinated to the strength of their purpose.

If you are someone who has to make important changes in your life in 2014, you may want to ponder on this idea. What are the things you know you have to do but are avoiding? If you were to discipline yourself and create a plan for doing those things, would you find positive, even breakthrough rewards?

In my case, I know when I’m trying to avoid doing something, I eventually see that I’ve paid an even higher price by avoidance. For example, when I’ve neglect my health by not eating right, exercising, or getting enough sleep because I find it hard to stick to a disciplined regiment, I have found myself feeling sluggish and not doing my best work. Compared to the times when I subordinate my dislikes to the strength of my purpose, like waking up at 5AM to run for 1 hour even while it’s snowing, in zero degrees temperature just to get a great start to the day and stay physically fit, I find that things turn around.

Identify something you are avoiding and make a promise that you will do it. Make a promise and keep it. Subordinate the things you dislike doing to your greater purpose. The more you do this, the more strength you will build—and the more success you will find.

Thank you for reading today’s post.

Day #184: The Most Read Posts in 2013

Since I started the 1000 days of Inspiration blog, readers have found some posts, more inspiring and interesting than others. Today I bring you the top 5 most read posts from 2013.

#1:Your Hour of Power

This post was my Day #2 post when I started this blog. I wrote about how the first hour of everyday is the most important hour for most successful people.This blog itself is built on the principle that our days make up our lives. To have the life we want, we must make our days the way we want them. The best way to to do that is to think of how we start our days.Click the heading to go to the post.

#2:Bill Gates’ Summer Reading List vs. The World’s

Back in summer 2013, I was exploring ways to make the summer more productive. More importantly to help readers of this blog see how reading is important and why the books we read tell a lot about what we think, who we are and who we might become.The post shows Bill Gates’ top reading list for the summer compared to what the rest of the world was reading according to Click the heading to go to the post.

#3:7 Websites that will Make You Happier and Smarter!

The third most read post is a list of 7 website that would make you happier and smarter. The whole point of this post was on how to make good use of time spent on the internet and how to find inspiring content that helps you grow.Click the heading to go to the post.

#4:Steve Jobs’ Best Quotes Ever

Steve Jobs will no doubt continue to remain in the annals of the most inspiring personalities of our century. His vision revolutionized how we use our phones, how we share music, watch movies and do so many other things. Steve Jobs’s life inspired a lot of people to go beyond what is possible,to think of the impossible. There is little wonder why the post on Steve Jobs is the fourth most read post on this blog.Click the heading to go to the post.

#5:101 Books To Read This Summer Instead of ’50 Shades of Grey’

While on the topic of reading and summer reading list. My post, sharing the infographic on the books you can read this summer instead of 50 Shades of Grey received wide readership among followers of this blog.Since we become what we read, I guess it makes sense for us to continuously consciously chose what we read.Click the heading to go to the post.

Which was your favourite post in 2013 on this blog. If it was no listed here, please write in the comment below and we can share with other readers.

Thanks for reading today’s post.

Day #182:Success on the Far Side of Failure—Learning from Failures

Successful people often share similar characteristics. But I have come to believe that the single thing they have most in common is that they find success on the far side of failure.

What do I mean by that? I find that almost all successful people have experienced significant failures in life or in their work, but they have learned from their failures.

On the other hand, people who don’t recognize their failures or don’t seek learning from them, are often the ones failing again and again. Why? Because they haven’t learned the lessons from the failure—they haven’t gained self-awareness or understanding; they haven’t understood others or their marketplace; they haven’t developed the maturity for humility and integrity—and they find themselves repeating their mistakes again and again.

Think about the failures or mistakes you have made in 2013. How did you respond to them? What outcomes did you get? How have they helped you today? How have they not helped you—do you have something still to learn from your failures?

If you want to make significant progress in your life in 2014, don’t forget to find success on the far side of failure!

Day #181:Jesus, Gandhi, Mother Teresa and Some Random Guy

How do you make people realize that even small acts of giving ultimately lead to good?

In this UNICEF tongue-in-cheek ad, it’s Jesus, Gandhi and Mother Teresa – alongside a random guy – who do the job.

This video runs much like a joke: Jesus, Gandhi and Mother Teresa are sitting around exchanging their life stories. There is another person at the table, a Swedish average-Joe type of guy, who is asked to share how he came to be in their company. Surrounded by this group of heavy-hitting good-doers, the guy explains that he saw an online banner for UNICEF to save children’s lives and clicked on it. Jesus, Gandhi and Mother Teresa are overwhelmed by his act.

This is part of a series of ads that highlight UNICEF Sweden’s holiday campaign, which triggers the audience to do good -yes, even in small(er) way.

Day #180:One Solitary Life by James A. Francis

While thinking about christmas and its significance for people who believe in it all over the world, I couldn’t help but wonder how the life of one man meant so much to many. I found a piece written by Dr. James Allan Francis titled One Solitary Life and I would like to share this with you. Because I believe it captures the essence of christmas which we now celebrate.

Dr. James Allan Francis wrote One Solitary Life during the early 1900s. Many variations have appeared in many places and you might have read one before. The following is by James Francis:

He was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. Until He was thirty, He worked in a carpenter shop and then for three years He was an itinerant preacher. He wrote no books. He held no office. He never owned a home. He was never in a big city.

He never traveled two hundred miles from the place He was born. He never did any of the things that usually accompany greatness. The authorities condemned His teachings. His friends deserted Him. One betrayed Him to His enemies for a paltry sum. One denied Him. He went through the mockery of a trial.

He was nailed on a cross between two thieves. While He was dying, His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He owned on earth: His coat. When He was dead He was taken down and placed in a borrowed grave.

Nineteen centuries have come and gone, yet today He is the crowning glory of the human race, the adored leader of hundreds of millions of the earth’s inhabitants.

All the armies that ever marched and all the navies that were ever assembled and all the parliaments that ever sat and all the rulers that ever reigned – combined – have not affected the life of man upon this earth so profoundly as that One Solitary Life.

– by James Allan Francis