Thursday, December 11, 2014

Positivity for a Bigger Better Career



Being positive can help at work and not just because you might feel better about yourself because you have a positive attitude.

Professor Barbara Fredrickson, a professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the author of several books, including Positivity, has developed a theory.

She believes, after more than 20 years of research, that positivity can broaden your mind and build a better life and a bigger and better career.

So how can you harness the power of positivity in your career? According to Professor Frederickson, there are 10 positive emotions that have been proven to bolster well-being:

Joy
Gratitude
Serenity
Interest
Hope
Pride
Amusement
Inspiration
Awe
Love

Her advice is to find the ones that you can best relate to, and then build and broaden your life toward positivity.
To do that you will need a strategy or two, so here are some suggestions:

Make a Commitment to Positivity

If you want a strong and healthy body, you have to commit to certain practices like daily exercise and a better diet. If you want to have more positivity in your life, then you will have to work at that as well.

This might mean finding some positive books to read, like Norman Vincent Peale’s The Power of Positive Thinking. Other people like affirmations or even positive meditations.

You need to commit to bringing positivity into your world and then making that a habit through daily practice.

Slow Down to Enjoy the Ride

It’s hard to be positive if you are going so fast that you can’t enjoy the simple pleasures and positive moments that are already happening in our lives. To build up the credits in your positivity bank you might want to try writing them down.

Just dot down these flashes of good energy in a notebook and at the end of the day take another look at them. Share them with others, especially those closest to you. Both of you will benefit from re-living these positive occasions.

Share the Load and the Journey

Positivity does not exist in a vacuum, and there is a synergy created when you share positive moments — maybe a minor success or breakthrough at work — with another colleague or friend.

Professor Fredrickson calls the sharing of positive emotions the creation of “positivity resonance.” It can happen when someone shares a funny story, a heartwarming tale or even just a smile. The best thing about sharing positivity is that it lightens the load for everyone.

Repeat as Required


Just like going to the gym three or four times a week will help you lose weight or build muscles, so too does regular positivity practice, Many of us are not hard-wired to be positive, and the weight of negativity in the world and at work is sometimes overwhelming.

That’s why we need to take positive action, and try to think positive thoughts over and over in order to build up our resistance to the negative flow.

The good news is that every positive action we take will create more positive energy. Just do your part to keep the good stuff moving.

Positivity is an Inside Job

Even if we feel that everyone and everything around us is a sea of negativity, we don’t have to take it inside of us. We can still focus on the good things when all around us is sinking in the mud and the mire.

Peace of mind or serenity is all about being calm in the storm. Positivity can help us navigate these dangerous waters and allow us to reach safely to shore, as long as maintain a solid core of positivity inside of us.

If all else fails we can reach inside for a positive thought or saying and just sail on.

And if it gets tough to stay positive, you can remember the words of Lee Iacocca, the former head of Chrysler who said that is exactly the time to double down on your positivity investment.

“In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.”

Courtesy: Mike Martin

Friday, September 26, 2014

Does Spirituality Drive Success?



e-journal article……….Does Spirituality Drive Success?

Is there a place for spirituality in the workplace? Martha Lagace, Sean Silverthorne, and Wendy Guild Executives from Silicon Valley to Boston tell about (published in The Healer’s Journal) how they twine their business leadership with religious and personal values. Levy's guidelines are:

● Quiet the mind.

● Reach deep inside. Go beyond the ego to hear the inner voice.

● Don't fear ambiguity; rest in the unknown. "This is the most difficult piece," Levy admitted. "We're not comfortable unless we see the path."

● Stay humble in the face of temptation and power. "Being humble is a key issue. It's good for a leader to be reminded of the intoxication of power."

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Seven Spiritual Principles for the Enlightened KM for Leaders




In view of this Prof. Manohar Wadhwani gives Seven Spiritual Principles for the Enlightened KM for Leaders to follow:


1. The Leader is within you. Discover it and fully develop its potentials.

2. Know thyself and lead thyself before thou lead others.

3. Motivate by modeling in day-to day living, by caring relationships, and by effective communications.

4. Integrity of character is the Rock-Bottom foundation of enlightened leadership.

5. As you sow, so shall you reap.

6. Humanity must precede legality.

7. See no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Five D’s For Human Development

·     Five D’s given by Shri Sathya Sai Baba in his Human Development Course will be highly recommended here while going towards the conclusion:

     1. Devotion: The meaning of devotion is to believe in God. The creation of whole world; all the creatures present in the world is done by God. And this is omnipresent. Therefore to love all is the true devotion. And to hurt anyone or destroy anyone is the offence to God.

    2. Discipline: Discipline is the ethereal provision of world. The creation of whole world follows the discipline. If man desire to spend successful life he should follow the discipline. To develop discipline in children we develop good habits in children. Follow up the social rules in daily routine, development of good habits and daily prayers are included in it.

     3. Discrimination: The entire world is a mixture of good n bad. We face good n bad ethical unethical, we should have powerful discrimination to choose only good n ethical. Therefore we instruct them for seating on desire.

     4. Determination: The passage to proceed only ethical & abandonment of unethical is very difficult. The person who is well-headed of determination is walk on this passage. to survive a abnegate life in consumerist and materialistic life powerful determination is mandatory. so we should instruct children right use of eye, ear tongue.

     5. Duty: Dedication towards duty. what is the duty of human? to love all to serve all. How to love? Swami Vivekananda says to make our life dutiful is to try devotion of God. Love gives energy for service, which is prevalent in the whole universe and governs it.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Value-based Education

Mere desire or aspiration to progress in life is not enough; success should be based on values. And for that value-based education must be imparted in today’s institutions. So that the students may emerge as good leaders in their chosen fields. 

As Swami Chinmayananda in his "We Must" booklet states "All our success entirely depends upon ourselves. Let us never look outside ourselves for help. Let us not fall into the delusion that the influence of others would enable us to do better or accomplish more."[1]

He firmly says : "Spiritual education and religious practices make us realize that we are a part of a whole scheme, and the essential creativeness behind the whole universe is the essential Essence ruling in the heart of each one of us : Shivoham Shivoham ".

Incorporating Spiritual Value Education in society will result in growth of character, growth in virtues like self-control, tolerance, selfless service, practice of prayer, harmony, to love all people, to help them in need & respect them etc…

Man being the ‘cast in the mold of God’ cannot easily deny Him. Even the great scientists like Newton and Einstein have believed in the existence of God as an intelligent power regulating and guiding the destinies of the universe.

In the words of Swami Vivekananda ‘Religion is nothing but a manifestation of the divinity already in man. Man is not just the body or even the combination of the body & the mind. He is essentially the spirit. The aim of our teaching should be to help manifest this spirit in every thought, word and action.[2]

So, it should aim at a full and harmonious development of the body & the intellect and tune it to the spirit within. In other words, spiritual education should help build up an integrated personality, a perfect character.




[1] “We Must” – a booklet by Swami Chinmayananda
[2] “The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda”

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Present scenario of Education!

Today’s education system has lost it’s luster & relevance because of the western influence. It has succeeded in developing within us a hatred towards our own tradition and culture & in making us look at the western way of life with respect & admiration.

       Our country today is in the throes of a moral and cultural crisis & we can say that our education has failed to create a decent society.

       There is a crisis of character, moral decay & breakdown of traditional discipline.

       Quick acquisition of position & wealth by whatever means, fair or foul; good / bad has been the soul motive of the products of such a defective system of education.

       We  can see the way organized crime, financial frauds & terrorists violence (are being headed) by some of the best minds endowed with the best of educational & technical attainments.
       Look at the way even the members of the learned professions indulge in scandalous unethical ways of making money obligations & social responsibilities.
       Merit has been consistently ignored in academic set up.
       Ugly symptoms are seen everywhere.
       Today’s education gives importance to the total marks, merit positions, awards & such thing. The education system has changed into the examination system & now it is becoming an information system; pushing back the value system that the earlier system used to emphasize.

This is the outer scenario, but what about the student?
       Students are obliged to rely on private tutors.
       They require depending so much upon their memory that they have no chance to cultivate their imagination & thinking power.
       They resort to socially destructive and personally devastating ways of coping this stress as evident by increased rate of crime, alcoholism, drug addiction, suicides, accidents, self-harm, running away from home, depression, low self-esteem etc..
           
Ultimately what this mean is that there is a general decline in the quality of life and total absence of moral creativity, which could raise a great voice and summon us to the finest ideals of our ancient tradition.
           
A UNESCO report of Education for the 21st century entitled ‘Learning : The Treasure Within’  also pleads for an education which is rooted to culture and committed to progress.


Indian heritage, culture & values need to be thoroughly studied, analyzed & incorporated comprehensively in the education system.