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Understanding Needs

Well let’s begin with this question. What is that one word which comes naturally when you read this statement?  Life for me is all about _____________

The word which you just wrote is closely linked to a need you are trying to fill in your life. The needs which you are trying to fulfil will be reflected in the word you chose. Let me give you an example, for someone whom life is all about money is actually trying to fulfil his/her need to be rich & powerful. For those who say life is all about happiness there number one need is to feel joyful & avoid stress and for the ones who believe life is about love, have an underlying need to be liked and connect with others at a deeper level.


Once you understand this, you will also notice that the life you lead and the choices you make are built around the need you are trying to accomplish. It’s also important to note that if you answer the same question 5 years down the road, your answer might be different and so will be the need.

Discovering Purpose

Discovery of the purpose of your life could be the most incredible thing that can happen to you. One of the key questions you could ask yourself: What is that one thing I would do joyfully, even if I didn’t get paid for it? Do remember finding your life’s purpose takes time and sometime you don’t find your purpose, your purpose finds you. So be patient as you embark on your own journey to uncover your life’s purpose and when you do find it, time will just flows beautifully. You will neither fight nor flight but instead you will float.

Boosting Energy

In Chinese culture it is called as “chi”. In Japanese culture it is called as “Ki” and in Indian culture we call it as “prana”. Strong energy force makes a person fully alive while weak from of energy results in lethargy. Sources of energy could possibly come from: diet, sleep & exercise (Physical energy); read, interact & experience (Mental energy); respect & express freely (Emotional energy) and purpose, belief and connection (Spiritual energy). I personally believe that all the four dimensions of energies are equally important.

Simplifying Life

Believe it or not but it’s more complicated to make things simple. It takes a lot of effort and immense clarity when you are trying to simply things. Some of the powerful tools you could possibly implement are: learn to say NO, cut back on time wasters, limit your media consumption, build an uncluttered mindset and most importantly always ask: Will this simply or complicate my life?

Being Grateful

You woke up this morning with a heartbeat, so be grateful as you take your next breath, because somewhere, someone is taking their last. Some of the things which you can be instantly grateful about: air that fills your lungs, roof over your head, refreshing walks, clean bed, sunshine & sunsets. Be grateful to the challenges and the difficult phases of your life, as it helps you build your strength and character. Find a reason to be thankful and see your troubles turning into blessings.

Growing Stillness

A still body will lead to a still mind and an outer stillness will lead to inner stillness. The “blank” space which you might create within yourself when you are no longer associating with your body, your breath and your thought – that space is stillness. Increase that space naturally and you are close to self-discovery. Stillness is indeed the foundation for self-discovery.

Solving Problems

Well the simplest way to describe a problem is one which needs to be solved. Although patience and persistence both are extremely important traits while solving any problem there is one more tool which can help in problem solving. That tool is called as “stacking”.

Goal is to find and create a neat stack of actions in order to solve everyday problem. Once done, the vital point is to implement them in a way that every activity complement and take you closer to your desired outcome. The key for stacking is to find those complementary activities which will help you solve your problem. Since every human being is different and every problem is unique the focus is to find out what is YOUR stack.

Building Focus

Focus is not same as concentration. Concentration could be divided unlike focus which is undivided attention. When the mind is in complete touch with reality and disconnected entirely with imaginations that’s when you are fully focused. Listed here are 3 key steps to stay focused:

Kill NOISE: First obvious step is to build a list of all distractions that sidetracks your mind. Once they are identified the next task is to disconnect with them completely

Start SMALL: The idea is to break up the big task into smaller do-able chunks in order to build focus. Another important thing is to stay fully aware of your present environment and let go off any resistance.

Do Rejoice: Taking a brain break after every hour of focus will certainly help you revive your energy levels. It’s equally essential that you celebrate your small FOCUS wins.

Dissolving Fear:

If you observe closely the mere utterance of the word “fear” creates ‘fear’. That’s the power of this emotion. Allow me to propose an alternate word to fear, confusion. How does that sound?

The words which you use has a biochemical reaction in the body. If you say, I always feel fear, you have different biochemical reaction then when you say, I always feel confused. Fear is simply a heightened dimension of “confusion”. Take for an example; Claustrophobia – The fear of small places like elevators. Although it might feel like you have a fear of enclosed spaces, it actually might be that you are confused about how you will deal if you get stuck in such a place and feel disoriented. Consider another example; Glossophobia – The fear of public speaking. Could it be possible that it might actually not a fear but simply a feeling of confusion on how would to deal with a possible embarrassment if you are unable to remember everything or fail to answer every question asked?

With gratitude,

Anish Baheti

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