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Month: September 2020

When’s your independence?

Slavery was never abolished, it was only extended to include all the colours.” – Charles Bukowski.

We strongly feel we are free as individuals until we test our assumption.

We are enslaved because of our lifestyles, dangling between a financial feast or famine, hooked on a modern form of addiction: social media, prescription drugs, junk food, ‘add your vice’.

What do you need freedom from was an easy question when the enemy was an obvious, oppressive other. But, your present enemies are subtle, seductive and engineered to be sticky.

Maybe now is a good time for you to chart a course to get unhooked, unplugged, uncluttered, and break free from the modern-day slavery.

When will you celebrate your Independence Day?

Creating a new normal.

We’ve normalised a lot of practices, habits, ideologies that serve others more than us.

The unpleasant taste of our toothpaste, dependency on caffeine to fire us up, seeking reassurance on social media, outsourcing our courage to a liquid, etc.

Anything done over a sustained period of time is normalised. Because we take it for granted – just a little.

Instead, what if we sold ourselves into approaches that liberate us, simplifies our lives and serves us first. Instead of those that enslave us.

Now is a good time we uninstalled the lesser and made space for the higher.

Nothing much.

The by default response to a what’s up?

How could there be nothing much happening at your end?

You haven’t fallen sick or met with an accident, you are still financially afloat, still have your sanity intact, are well-nourished and continue to have access to breathable oxygen, clean water and a reliable roof!

Still, you reply with a nothing much?

Instead of reinforcing our ignorance of all of the above and more benefits why not use the opportunity to acknowledge the blessings we have been endowed with?

What if the next time someone asked what’s up…we replied “staying blessed“.

The upper ceiling of your business.

The lure of going into business for yourself is the possibility of having no financial ceiling.

The universe is the limit! Or so we assume.

However, the biggest ceiling of your venture happens to be you!

The business is limited by what you don’t know, what you don’t maximise and what you don’t eliminate.

Instead, begin looking at yourself as a ceiling. One that the business needs to outgrow sooner rather than later.

It’s better for you to not be the cog, the tollgate or worse the dog chained to the business it began. Instead, be a policeman by the side. Chiming in when things are slowing down, stagnating or aren’t scaling.

Skip the smooth transitions

Growing up I observed an interesting practice during prime time. We in parallel watched 3 channels! Usually: cricket, news, and an Ekta Kapoor serial.

We optimised TV time to suit everyone except the advertisers!

Why not use this insight in public speaking? Instead of designing smooth transitions that are limiting (and boring) jump across a broad range of topics, p.o.v’s, ideologies and leave it to us to be surprised, engaged and capable to process it.

Don’t smoothen your speech to a point that it loses its edge!

Being busy is like being a bomb!

The difference between a bomb and a rocket is that a rocket is a focused bomb-blast!

Such an apt metaphor for deep work.

Being busy is like being a bomb. Being laser-focused on 1 thing for a significant time is like being a rocket. All your energy, intensity and thought power geared to move one thing forward.

Begin with baby-steps like 25-minutes and build to 90-minute power blocks.

The best time I’ve found is at the beginning of my workday, every day.

PS: Rohan Ganapathy, in EP9 explained this. It’s a worthwhile interaction.

Let them stack up!

The cost of interruption is massive! It takes about 20-45 minutes after an interruption for the mind to get back to a laser-focused state.

So, instead of reverting instantaneously which is usually reactive. Get freedom or switch off the phone when in deep work.

Design your technology and forge a personal discipline to let your messages, emails, non-urgent calls stack up.

Schedule blocks of miscellaneous periods through the day. This acts a time-buffer and the limited time creates eustress to revert to everyone. You’ll be compelled to communicate clearly, decide proactively, anticipate their concerns/objections to avert the back and forth.

Fine-tune your gadgets, systems and habits to liberate you.

PS You don’t need a detox, you need a better approach.

Your body’s balance sheet.

We’ve outsourced our healthfulness to search engine, delegated our fitness to algorithms and have lost the connection with our body.

We ignore, reject or tactfully hide the early flags our bodies provide us until issues compound.

What if you could read into the health of your pee, stool and morning saliva to determine your body’s present state?

What if you could measure your energy levels when you arise, post a meeting, before going to bed and reconsider or reinforce your lifestyle. Building practices that are rejuvenating you and eliminating those that are hurting you?

What if you begin observing and being aware of your body take proactive action on a day-to-day basis while you are at-ease instead of blindly marching towards dis-ease?

This may not help those that are chronically ill, but for those that are on the path towards it, this is an approach worth considering.

You don’t need a heart attack to jolt you to a good lifestyle, what if the changes in your pee colour and smell moved you to take decisive action?

We need a cultural shift. Where your body’s intelligence is heeded before your smart-bands algorithm, where your sleep quality matters more than the visibility of your tyres, where early indications are diffused from compounding.

Your body is reporting to you in multiple ways, it’s about time you read your bodies balance sheet.