Money and true success, the same thing?

Success is not solely defined by money alone, it has several definitions, which most importantly is self defined and changes as we go through life. Having a fulfilled financial aspect of life yet a poor fulfillment in areas of health, relationships and contentment does not make one truly happy and thus not truly successful. When success is looked at holistically, and all of life’s aspects and not just finances are balanced, then one truly lives a life of success and happiness.

Self Mastery and True Success

True success can only begin to manifest when looked at holistically rather than in monetary terms alone. At the core of true success is self mastery and at the core of self mastery is self awareness, which is being consciously aware of the workings of one’s own mind and exercising mastery over it to truly achieve success in all realms of life than just finances. Ancient Eastern techniques like Yoga, Meditation, QiGong are excellent in cultivating self awareness and mastery, which is at the root of true success and balance in life.

 

Why do so many people fail in life?

Entrepreneurs often fail at their efforts because the opportunities they engage with do not match their innate personality traits, and therefore cause a lot of effort, resistance, difficulty and failure in their endeavors. Assessing personality traits and then designating a profile or role in which their personality traits can easily and effortlessly fit, allows the individual to excel at his role by simply displaying the traits that come naturally to him. Your personality traits are the blueprint to your success and in that solely lays the importance of assessing what traits and their combinations are unique to you and your personality.

 

You and your Emotional Intelligence.

Our emotions are not the result of external forces, rather a conscious reaction to life’s circumstances. Emotional intelligence is the ability to recognize, manage and understand our emotions and the emotions of those around us. Cultivating the ability to control our thoughts and feelings is done by simply coming to a quiet awareness of them, through techniques like meditation, where the mind is silenced and not flooded or overwhelmed.

 

Why it is important to align with your life’s passions.

passion 2smallWhat are passions?

Passions simply refer to activities that you love doing, activities that pump you with joy, excitement, and energy. Passions can range from your love to help people, or your love for tackling challenging situations. Simply put, anything you love to do is a passion.

Why live a life of passion?

You can connect every part of your waking reality to the things you love to do. With finding your passion you discover your life’s purpose. There is a song being sung in everyone’s heart, and to follow its melody is what brings you to your life purpose and the seed of joyous existence.

Passion is the foundation of all success. Do what you love, love what you do, and when you live a life in alignment with your purpose, you begin to live a path of least resistance.

Live the life you love and love the life you live.

Is it important for you to get unstuck, to gain clarity on your purpose, direction and visions to create the life you want?  If yes then gaining clarity of what excites you is the starting point of manifesting all your desires.

When flowing in a path of least resistance, obstacles as in any path will still appear, except it becomes easier to flow around it, and move on because an irresistible force drives you on.

Can my passions be found out?

Indeed there are many who find that they have no clarity on if they have passions or a purpose or not. Everyone has a purpose for which their personality is best suited, things that comes very naturally to them, the things they love to do, however a lot of people lack clarity of what these might be. To gain clarity of passions and purpose there exist tools that are designed to reveal to you what your top passions are and how you can align your life path with these passions, in living a passion filled life.

Know your passions, live your passions.

Can you imagine what it would feel like to live everyday doing the things that bring so much joy to you, minimizing stresses, keeping you in a constant state of joy and creating a life that is transformational not just for you but to all those who witness your joy and success?

Passion is a guarantee to a good life, and aligning with them can take you to never before fathomed highs in life, attracting the right people, events and circumstances in your life.

Your life literally begins to shift the day you decide to align your life with the things that give you the greatest joy, and then you fulfill that life’s purpose that you spent so many years pondering over.

In conclusion, you can live a life of passion as soon as you make that commitment to do so. The time to gain clarity on your passions and life purpose is now, make the most of this time and give your heart’s song a listen.

Beejal parmar.

Three Steps to Modify your Personality for Success

shutterstock_94854292.smalljpgYour success in life is largely tied to your personality. Therefore, the faster you discover yourself, the faster you will succeed. Your personality traits would reveal to you, your areas of strength to concentrate on, and the weaknesses to pay little or no attention to. There is no magical way to succeed other than discovering your unique traits and how you can engage such traits to discover and accomplish your purpose and passion.

Effective Steps to Modifying Your Personality for Success

Step 1: Discover Yourself

You may assume you know yourself until you take a reliable personality test and find out so much about yourself that you never knew. So, instead of spending your time and effort duplicating another person’s personality, discover your own unique talents, natural abilities, strengths and weaknesses. Subsequently, you can create an effective plan that would help you modify your personality for success.

Step 2: Choose your Life Goals or Chart a New Course Based on Your Discovery

Self discovery with the help of a personality assessments and counseling would help you choose your life goals (career, business, course of study, skills acquisition etc) appropriately. And, if you are already on a course, business, career or other life endeavors that do not match your personality type then you can chart a new pathway with the help of an expert. The best way to achieve outstanding success in life is to pursue life goals in line with your areas of strength, unique talents and natural abilities.

You may then ask ‘how do I know if I’m on the wrong path?’ It’s not so difficult, one of the rules of thumbs is the amount of result you are getting from the endeavor compared to the amount of energy or effort you are expending or investing into the endeavor. Does that ring a bell? If it does, then you need to reconsider your present endeavors and seek help. But the first step would be to take a personality test and uncover your unique talents and natural abilities, including your weaknesses.

Step 3: Get Help

The task involved in the modification of personality for success is usually demanding. Sometimes, it may require simple adjustment of lifestyle, while it may require charting an entirely new course or pathway at other times. Whichever way, attaching yourself to a mentor can help you achieve outstanding and quicker results when trying to modify your personality for success. Ensure that such a mentor is someone who has a track record of personal success and has also helped people to succeed through the discovery of their personality.

A mentor can be a life coach, a professional in your desired areas, or someone you look up to. Such persons can help you create an effective plan that would help you modify your personality for success.

In conclusion, the three steps to modify your personality to success is to first discover yourself through reliable personality testing, then chart a new course in life based on your discovery and finally seek aid or guidance from mentor so you attain quicker results than you would without any guidance.

Beejal Parmar.

Role of personality in organizational behavior

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Organizational behavior refers to the study of people (individuals and groups) and their relationship to each other within an organization. Such study is carried out via a systematic approach, which involves the analysis of the entire scale of human relations in an organization. The areas covered include group interactions, individual interaction with others, as well as interaction between social systems. Over the years, organizations have spent a lot of money carrying out such studies, with little result as output compared to the volume of investment made into such studies.

The Role of Personality in Organization Behavior

 As organizations continued to seek improved and less capital-intensive ways of resolving organizational behavior issues, they’ve come to discover through personality assessment programs, that individuals’ personalities play essential role in organization behavior. Consequently, organizations are beginning to achieve more meaningful results with organizational behavior analysis.

Indeed, personality plays a major role in organization behavior. This is because of people’s thinking and behavioral patterns that ultimately affect different aspects of the organization.  People’s behavioral pattern in a group is influenced by their personality traits. Also, such personality traits control their attitudes and decision making process in the workplace. The impact of personality in the workplace is far reaching; it extends to factors such as motivation, performance, productivity, leadership and conflict. Therefore, human resource managers would be better equipped to handle their tasks when they gain more insights on how personality works to influence organizational behavior.

The way individuals act, react and handle situations in the workplace is largely influenced by their personality traits. So, instead of fighting certain actions exhibited by people in the workplace, managers and organizational leaders should seek more effective way to understand personality traits in the workplace and how they can be properly managed for the success of the organization. Personality traits such as agreeableness, openness and emotional stability point to the fact that an individual at workplace would be a good team player, show positive attitude to work and have less conflict at the workplace. The people with these personality traits also have potential for good leadership in organizations. So, by leveraging effective personality assessment tools to analyze employees’ personality traits, any organization would be able to place each member of the workforce on the right job position.

How to Optimize Organization Behavior

If organizations are able to adopt the most effective approach to tackle organizational behavior issues, the rate of success at the workplaces would be almost not quantifiable. Unfortunately, it appears that organizations are wasting their money on less effective approaches to handling organizational behavior.

One of the best (perhaps the best) approaches to optimizing organization behavior is the use of personality assessment tools. These tools are known to be highly effective in managing organizational behavior; they are reliable, effective and provide excellent value for the money paid for their services. Luckily, they are the most cost-effective approaches to solving organizational behavior issues.

In conclusion, for the longest time organizations have been investing on the lesser effective ways to solve their organizational behavior issues. Today the role of personality in human behavior is well known, and it is time to invest in ways to understand human behavior within the organization in the greatest detail possible to increase the overall productivity and success of an organization.

Beejal Parmar.

Identify Your Professional Passion

proficiecy 4smallWhat Is Your Passion?

The answer might seem quite obvious, but a passion is something you enjoy doing, something that gives you energy rather than drain you out, something you would do even if you were not paid to do it. Another way to look at this is to consider that you are a multi-millionaire and that you don’t need to work. In such a case what would you choose to do? Think about your childhood dreams. Some people distinguish personal, social and professional passion; however, I don’t believe there is a difference. There are very few personal passions that can’t become professional passions (something that can be made into a living). I have many friends who have made a fulfilling living from taking on a social passion.

Passion for Money vs. Your Passion

I often find when talking to people that their ‘passion’ is biased towards what they feel is going to make them the most money, or their passion is displaced by parental or peer pressure in favor of the career or profession that leads to money and stability. Their choice of passion is dictated by what they can do to make big money.  An example would be Real Estate. A lot of people get into Real Estate not because it’s their passion, but simply because they believe it will be the best way to make money. While this may lead to financial success, many of these individuals live with feelings of regret and a general sense of life being meaningless.

I personally choose to distinguish passion and wealth creation from investment opportunities such as precious metals, shares, real estate etc. Saying this, there are some individuals who are both passionate and gifted about these investment vehicles. They sleep, breath and often teach the subject to others.

Passion & Sustenance

It is possible to work on your passion while ensuring you have adequate sustenance to take care of your day to day needs. However, at some point, you will have to take a leap of faith, quite possibly step out of your comfort zone, your security and dive into your passion. What I don’t recommend is you work on your passion under financial duress. There are some people who have been able to endure this, I can certainly relate, but the stress can be damaging.

Stress & B.S Will Diminish Your Passion

One of my mentors told me, ‘take care of the basics’, focus on creating a financial base first, enough that your basic needs are taken care of and that you are not stressing for money every month. Stress is passion’s enemy.  Another area that seems to kill people’s passion is the daily B.S (bullshit) tasks that have to be done to turn the passion into prosperity. I refer to this as the business of your passion. This is where it is important to embrace delegation and outsourcing. Don’t spend your valuable time on task you can outsource to others that you don’t enjoy.

Can Your Job or What You Are Doing Become Your Passion?

Recently someone asked me this question and to be honest I never thought of it before. My answer surprised me and the audience. “I think your passion can be like a marriage. Sometimes it is like an arranged marriage, you get married because it seems like a good fit, and you learn to like each other, and some even fall in love, and become passionate about each other. So yes, I guess you can become passionate about something. However, the reverse is also true. You find someone you ‘think’ you are passionate about, you fall in love, get married and then the passion and love disappears.”

Beejal Parmar.

5 STEPS TO IDENTIFY YOUR PASSION

passion 3smallYour passion is simply an activity that brings you joy, which adds energy to your day rather than draining you out. It is something that you wouldn’t mind doing even if you were not getting paid to be doing it.

These are the steps I use to help people identify their passion:

Step 1: List Your Passions:

Make a list of all the ‘passions’ you think you might have.

Example: author, speaker, actor, dancer, musician, executive in fortune 500 company, working with children .etc

Step 2: Prioritize Your Passions:

List them in order of preference. Compare first to second, to third method to be clear.

Step 3: Evaluate Your Passion:

Evaluate the first passion on your list; make a decision only if this is something you really want to do. Consider and weigh the pros and cons. You can pass and evaluate the next passion. Make a note of each key steps in seeing that your passion turns into possibility, then into profitability, and then, into prosperity!

Ask yourself very honestly if you are willing to take the necessary steps and do the work required?

I have seen many people, including myself, thinking that they had identified a passion, and then after getting into it realized that they did not really enjoy all the steps that needed to be done to make it real. Now through delegation, it is possible to focus on what you enjoy.

However, I caution you that it might take a while, or not, to get to that stage. Often the business duties that go with your passion can very quickly quench the fire of passion within you.

If you realize that the stuff that comes with the passion is not what you really want to do, evaluate the next passion on the list.

Step 4: Declare Your Passion:

If you are prepared to take on the tasks and challenges of pursing that passion, declare it! Post it on Facebook, write about it, and really embrace your decision enthusiastically.

Step 5: Focus On Your Passion:  Once you have identified your passion, stop evaluating and trying to work on the other passions. Turn one passion at a time into prosperity. You can work on a passion while having a job or a business that is your financial support.

If you are not sure if it is your true passion, pick one! Test it and if you find it is not your passion, or you are no longer passionate about it, go ahead and pick another passion! Whatever you do, don’t procrastinate, start today with your list, and by tomorrow you can start the process of turning your passion into prosperity.

Beejal Parmar.

The Theory Of Multiple Intelligences.

proficiency 3“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish my its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing he is stupid”

The above quote in its essence means that in our current world system, we have defined certain fixed criteria of ability and genius, homogenizing the abilities of people. What we have failed to realize is that different people are good at different things, which may not necessarily fit into the world criteria of what qualifies a genius. If an ability is not innately characteristic of an individual, as is climbing to a fish, given that this ability is the standard criteria for genius, how then can we expect set individual to perform?  Our focus on intelligence has limited expression.

Individuals are not stupid because they fail to inherently possess qualities of what the world system considers a genius; he can in fact be more competent in other areas than the one who might typically fit in the criteria of a genius.

Einstein himself failed at reaching the benchmark for the world criteria for genius, along with names like Thomas Alva Edison, Charles Dickens, Leonardo Da Vinci, Pablo Picasso, Winston Churchill and thousands of the likes.  These individuals were naturally intelligent at what they do, these traits were inherent in them. Every individual, much like these, has inherent traits that qualify them as naturally good at one or many things, which deserves due recognition from society, parents and educational circles to hone.

The idea of being naturally intelligent appears in Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple Intelligences in which he postulates that a child who may find it relatively easy to learn to multiply is not necessarily more intelligent that the child who may have difficulty in this regard, rather the child may learn how to multiply easier with a different approach or might be excellent at a whole other skill or ability than that of mathematics.

Gardener recognized eight criteria abilities where a child could potentially be naturally intelligent- Spatial, linguistic, logical-mathematical, bodily-kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal, intrapersonal and naturalistic.

The abilities that we naturally or innately show or are born with is our intelligence.  Intelligence was traditionally measured through standard criteria to form an intelligence quotient, however in recent times, psychologists have come to consider the IQ testing much too limited to truly measure an individual’s intelligence and have begun to establish Gardener’s  multiple intelligences.

In conclusion, everyone displays an array of skills that they are naturally skilled at, and the idea of intelligence having one standard criterion is way too narrow to truly assess the intelligence of individuals. Genius is relative to a variety of skills, and as a result everyone is born with a seed of genius.

Beejal Parmar.