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How Curious are you? Da Vinci Technique

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All of us enter into this world curious. Curiosity builds the natural impulse and it is the same impulse brought you here to this article too.

Great minds ask great questions. The questions you ask influence your quality of life.

One activity I am continuously involved in my life from the time I acquired language is questioning. I was very curious to know everything around me, including me. I have been scolded many a times by my school teachers, adults and family members not to ask crazy questions (I think they were struggling to answer my questions)

Why, What, How, When are the most prominent questions.

One statement which I had imbibed as a way of living is, “It is not the questions that you ask, but also the questions you fail to ask also determines your life”.

Today in all my workshops, I encourage people to ask lots of questions.

Before I share with a technique to enhance your curiosity quotient, tell me Are you curious? How do you know you are curious?

Complete the self-assessment checklist below; your answers will tell you how you are already using it—and where there is room for improvement. Then try your hand at cultivating your own Curiosity through the simple exercises that follow.

  • I keep a journal or notebook to record my insights and questions.
  • I take adequate time for contemplation and reflection.
  • I am always learning something new.
  • When I am faced with an important decision, I actively seek out different perspectives.
  • I am a voracious reader.
  • I learn from little children.
  • I am skilled at identifying and solving problems.
  • My friends would describe me as open-minded and curious.
  • When I hear or read a new word or phrase, I look it up and make a note of it.
  • I know a lot about other cultures and am always learning more.
  • I know or am involved in learning a language other than my native one.
  • I solicit feedback from my friends, relations, and colleagues.
  • I love learning

Based on the above checklist, how would you rate yourself on your curiosity quotient on a scale of 1 – 10 (1 being poor and 10 being excellent). There is nothing called right or wrong. This is how you feel now.

Now, let me share with you a very simple exercise to boost up your curiosity. This technique was first shared by Leonardo Da Vinci.

100 Question Technique: 

Find yourself a quiet place where you can relax with your journal for a good 45-60 minutes of uninterrupted Know Thyself time. Take a notebook & in your notebook, make a list of a hundred questions that are important to you. Your list  can include any kind of question as long as it’s something you deem significant: anything from “How can I save more money?” or “How can I have more fun?” to “What is the meaning and purpose of my existence?” and “How can I best serve the Creator?” Do the entire list in one sitting. Write quickly; don’t worry about spelling, grammar, or repeating the same question in different words (recurring questions will alert you to emerging themes).

Why a hundred questions? The first twenty or so will be “off the top of your head.” In the next thirty or forty themes often begin to emerge. And, in the latter part of the second half of the list you are likely to discover unexpected but profound material. When you have finished, read through your list and highlight the themes that emerge. Consider the emerging themes without judging them. Are most of your questions about relationships? Business? Fun? Money? The meaning of life?

Top Ten Questions 

Review your list of a hundred questions. Choose the ten that seem most significant. Then rank them in importance from one to ten. (Of course, you can add new questions or change the order at any time.) Do not attempt to answer them right now; you’ve done enough just putting them in writing in a place where you can easily find them.

The following questions are drawn from different people’s “top ten.” These questions are powerful catalysts to personal growth and fulfillment. Copy them in your notebook for contemplation:

  1. When am I most naturally myself? What people, places, and activities allow me to feel most fully myself?
  2. What is one thing I could stop doing, or start doing, or do differently, starting today that would most improve the quality of my life?
  3. What is my greatest talent?
  4. How can I get paid for doing what I love?
  5. Who are my most inspiring role models?
  6. How can I best be of service to others?
  7. What is my heart’s deepest desire?
  8. How am I perceived by: my closest friend, my worst enemy, my boss, my children, my coworkers, etc.?
  9. What are the blessings of my life?
  10. 10.What legacy would I like to leave?

POWER QUESTIONS

I have created my own list of power questions. Ponder/ journal on these if you feel so inspired:

1. How can you use your strengths in greatest service to yourself, your family, your community and the world?

2. How can you get paid to do what you love?

3. What 5 things are you most proud of ? What 5 things will you be most proud of ?

4. If you had all the time and all the money in the world, what would you do?

5. What’s your ideal day look like? When do you get up? What do you do? With whom? For whom? Imagine it in vivid detail!

6. Who are your heroes/mentors/role models? Why? How are you like them?

7. What would you do if you weren’t afraid?

8. If you were guaranteed to succeed, what’s the #1 thing you would do? What else?

9. What is it that you and only you can do for the world?

10. How can you live in more integrity with your ideals? What’s the #1 thing you could start doing that would have the most positive impact in your life? What’s the #1 thing you could *stop* doing that would have the most positive impact in your life?!

You can increase your problem-solving skills, at work and at home, by honing your question-asking ability. For most people this requires shifting the initial emphasis away from focusing on “the right answer” and toward asking “Is this the right question?”

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Natural Laws for Happiness, Health, Success & Prosperity

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Natural laws are like electricity. Whether you understand its functions or not, still you receive the benefits of it. Likewise, whether you agree or not, these laws continue to exist and apply in every facet of our lives. They are very simple and yet powerful. Some of the laws are:-

THE LAW OF THINKING – You become what you think about. The Universe will create the circumstances around you and bring people together to manifest the predominant thought in your mind.

THE LAW OF SUPPLY – There is more Supply than Demand – it is just a matter of Tapping into the source and the Supply becomes visible. The demand of travel faster across the globe, created the supply to the airways. The demand of more shops to cater the growing population – created the shopping malls.

THE LAW OF ATTRACTION – This is a secondary Law to the Law of Vibration. Everything vibrates at a particular frequency. It is through these vibrations, we attract things, people, circumstances towards us.

THE LAW OF RECEIVING – What you put out comes back. As you sow, so shall you reap. The Law of receiving explains that you will get (money, health, relations etc) directly in proportion to what you put out.

THE LAW OF INCREASE – This Universe is expanding since the Big Bang and everything is moving in an upward spiral – and so is your desire. As Bob says – Never be satisfied with what you have. You should be happy with what you have, but never be satisfied – as we are designed that way. We are here to GROW.

THE LAW OF COMPENSATION – The more service you provide to others the larger compensation you will receive.

THE LAW OF NON-RESISTANCE – Energy flows to and through you. Any blocks in the path of this Energy will cause a resistance and will stop the good coming into your life. Understand this law and create a channel for the greater good to flow in.

THE LAW OF FORGIVENESS – Forgive others for their mistakes – Forgive yourself for your mistakes. The more you dwell upon the mistakes and criticise others or yourself, the deeper you will be stuck in the problem.

THE LAW OF SACRIFICE – Sacrifice is when we let go something of a lower nature to receive something of higher nature

THE LAW OF OBEDIENCE – If you work with the Laws and respect the Laws, you will be rewarded will all the good that you desired, without facing any difficulty.

THE LAW OF SUCCESS – You will be successful, no matter what you do. Nature knows no failures. You have all that is required within you. All you need is to gain the right understanding of the principles and laws upon which success is based and then apply the right methods of operation these causes until the success is earned.

THE LAW OF CAUSE AND EFFECT – Everything happens for a reason; for every effect there is a specific cause. This law says that achievement, wealth, happiness, prosperity and business success are all the direct and indirect effects or results of specific causes or actions.

THE LAW OF SUBSTITUTION-   This law says that any point in time, the mind can hold only one thought at a time. It means you can either hold a positive thought or a negative thought. You can substitute any negative thought with a positive thought and hold onto this for some time. Successful people are always optimistic and very positive in their life because they always think what they want to achieve and how to achieve it.

 

 

 

STOP and be Happy, Peaceful & Useful

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I’m surprised & thrilled to see my mother-in-law sincerely following all the guidelines recommended by her doctor in the last 15 days so perfectly after the recent cataract surgery(due to chronic diabetes).

She is very particular on the timings of the eye drops (approx 5 times a day) to be administered.

She is very meticulous in not watching TV(strict instruction from the doctor) and thereby missing all her favourite serials/soaps & game shows. She hasn’t watched even a minute for the last 15 days. No crying, No worrying, No violence fed into her mind for the past 15 days through the idiot box. Her body, mind, emotions & life energies are perfectly stable that you can see her happiness flowing all over the place.

Do you know, that if you stop watching TV, you can become happy?

Many will not agree onto this point. Everyone is craving for the TV serials and the game shows. Why?

The mind is so conditioned and glued to the TV right from our early childhood(maybe from 3 months onwards) and the rich visuals and emotions grabs all our attention. Just do a rough math here, watching 30 minutes a day for the past 10 years means approximately 4562 hours of TV watching. If you observe this phenomenon keenly, many of your belief systems you are unconsciously holding had been conditioned by this box which is continuously streaming visuals that gets deeply embedded into your sub-conscious mind.

Naturally, mind is a negative instrument designed to take care of our survival. That’s why, it becomes very easy for us to get hooked to negative information, opinions, emotions etc. You have to use your will-power to exercise your choice of positivism & optimism. A balanced mind will not blame media, because negativity sells, they are in business.

I haven’t watched TV for almost an year now. I’m happy, peaceful & useful to others. Apart from being happy, there are numerous other benefits of not watching TV. By the way, I haven’t recharged my DTH cable service for more than a year and saved lots of money too.

Some benefits of not watching TV are:

1. More relaxed, calm & peaceful living
2. Better clarity in thinking
3. More energy levels
4. Become more emotionally stable
5. More time to spend with your children
6. Become more aware of yourself & others
7. Connect with real people & maybe develop business/relationships
8. Lots of time to read ( 30 minutes of reading, you would have completed more that 200 books in your core area in 10 year, which puts you in a position of mastery over others)
9. Time to explore outdoors & nature
10. Do some active exercise & become fit and healthy
11. Spend quality time with your partner and know each other better
12. Give time to help others(charity, religious or social activities)
13. Last but not the least, saves lots of money

and many many more benefits.

Every human being knows that daily walking, little bit exercise, eating healthy food is important and good for health. But they do not practice it unless they are inflicted upon a huge pain like an heart-attack, life threating trauma or a situation etc. It should pain them physically, mentally or emotionally. Then they are forced to change by nature.

Knowing this principle, smart people have always learned to lower their threshold of the pain themselves and change. Otherwise ,they know, life will force them to change.
What do you want to choose? Your own intelligent way or a life threatening way like my mother-in-law.

Choice is yours! STOP watching TV & be happy, peaceful & useful.

Now, are you ready to take Action!

Always take baby steps. Start with just one day. Maybe, today or tomorrow. If you were successful, give yourself a small self-appreciation(anything which you like). Then experiment with yourself on Day 2. If you fail in this experiment, it is OK. There are no failure, only feedback or results. Start the experiment next day. Just that simple!

How to create a new Habit – Step by Step Plan

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  1. Come up with a plan. Take 1 week to analyze your behaviors, pick a trigger, plan out how you’ll overcome your obstacles, pick the time of day you’ll implement habit, plan who your support network will be, and decide what your motivations are. 
  2. Pick only ONE small, positive habit — just 5 minutes to start with. You will expand it later, but start as small as possible. This is extremely important. If you can do the first week without missing a day, you can increase it to 10 minutes, then 15 minutes the third week, etc.
  3. Mentally Rehearse your positive habit – Mind cannot be controlled. It has to be tricked. You have to mentally rehearse the new habit once you get up in the morning. If possible, more the mental rehearsal, more is the success.
  4. Do the habit immediately after the next 4-6 weeks. Build in reminders. Try never to skip it. The more consistent you are, the stronger the habit.
  5. Build in positive feedback . Focus on enjoyment, make it a game, create competition, do it with a partner or group if possible. 
  6. Report daily to a social group (blog, Twitter, Facebook, email, or friends at work), use them for support when things get difficult. When you feel like not doing the habit, have one or more people you can call on for help.
  7. Test, Adjust, Iterate Immediately . When you start a habit change, you are testing an approach, and it is very possible it will fail … this is good information, and you should use it to adjust your approach, and retry as soon as possible.

30 Challenges for 30 Days

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Are you ready for a 30 day challenge with me.

We all know that it takes about 30 days to form a habit. The starting phase is the hardest, especially if you want to change an old habit into a new one. This is why giving yourself a challenge for a minimum of 30 days is a great way to improve all facets of your life. Determination and Cultivation is the key to change old habits and yes, it is a gift and a choice. So, take a moment to think ‘Who do I want to be in 5 years?’ What kind of habits would you like to have? You better start now if you want your new habits to influence your lifestyle and consequently your life!

Now pick one or more challenges and stick with them! Keep a log, challenge your friends and stay inspired! Be cautioned, picking too many challenges at the same time can easily result in a failure of all of them.

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1)  Write a “I Like this about you” note/text/email each day for someone (colleagues, family members or friends)

2)  Talk to one stranger each day 

3)  Take one picture each day 

4)  Re-evaluate one long-held belief each day

5)  Take a 30 minute walk each day 

6)  Take a moment each day to practice gratitude, compassion and self-love

7) Try a new recipe each day 

8)  Refrain from any addictive substance, coffee, cigarette or alcohol for 30 days in a row! 

9) Write a 30,000 word novel/non-fiction in 30 days (1000 words a day )

10) Get up 30 minutes early each day

11) Watch an inspiring documentary each day (YouTube)

12)  Read one chapter each day from a self-development book

13) Study a topic you’d like to master each day 

14) Walk/Drive/Run a new route to work/home each day 

15) Plan your next day tonight itself and prioritize your list

16) Media-fast for 30 days (No TV or newspaper)

17) Pick one bad habit you already have and ditch it for 30 days 

18) Practice breathing exercise for ten minutes each day 

19) Take a cold shower each day

20) Exhibit one random act of kindness each day

21) Practice a random skill everyday 

22) Take the stairs every chance you get 

23) Don’t assume or judge for an entire day

24) Keep a journal 

25) Don’t lie for 30 days 

26) Clean any one portion of your house/garage each day 

27) Do something that scares you every day

28) Don’t complain for an entire day

29) Meditate each day 

30) Practice Silence for 1 hour each day 

20 Life Lessons

  1. Don’t buy stuff you don’t need.20life
  2. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
  3. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
  4. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
  5. When you can’t make a decision, just go with the flow.
  6. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
  7. Even this will pass through
  8. What other people think of you is none of your business.
  9. Time heals almost everything. Give Time some time.
  10. However good or bad a situation is,  it will change.
  11. Your children get only one childhood. Spend quantity time with them.
  12. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you think you need.
  13. There are no failures, only feedback or results.
  14. Come what may, Don’t Quit!
  15. Quality time @ work, Quantity time @ family
  16. Meditate
  17. Eat at the right time, Sleep at the right time.
  18. When you want to understand. ACT
  19. Give More to Receive More
  20. Live the moment