Success Rules By John Maxwell


John C. Maxwell is an American motivational speaker and author to many bestselling books on leadership. Some of his most famous books are ‘The 21 irrefutable laws of leadership’, ‘The 15 invaluable laws of growth’ and ‘5 levels of leadership’. He served as pastor for many years before making a shift in his career to be more devoted in public speaking. We have listed below some of his most valuable lessons:

1. To Value Today

As John puts it, success in anything is more of a daily thing. It is decided by the daily agenda you follow. Keep in mind that today matters. Decision making and managing that decision daily are altogether different things. It is good that you visualize tomorrow, that offcourse is your goal but important thing is to value today. Consider what efforts you put in daily that take you toward your goal. Your daily schedule will decide whether you are repairing yesterday’s mistakes or preparing for moving towards your goals. Remember your every step is a progressive realization of your goal. You work all life to become overnight success

2. Attitude is difference marker

Many people say that attitude is everything but John says that it is important but not everything. He believes that attitude basically is the difference marker between two people with equal capabilities and caliber. It is the main thing when competence is equal.

3. Work Smart

You have two different aspect of your personality. One aspect is in the area of choices in which you can make big difference by working on them. For example attitude, you can change massively in this area just by changing your choice to improve. In such areas it is better to work on your weaknesses. But the other aspect of your personality where your growth will be slow even when you make big efforts like in giftedness, you need to work on your strengths.

4. Make Trade-Offs

John says that at every step of your life, you need to trade-off something. You need to give something to receive something better or of your liking. As you move higher and become more successful you will need to have higher trade-offs. You will need to trade-off your comfort for growth, office hours for family time and so on. You have to give up in order to go up.

5. Add Value To People

Adding value to people can be the best contribution that a leader can give. One should become a leader for this rather than for just getting a position in hierarchy. To add value to people you are required to make yourself more valuable. Always keep learning and increase  your capabilities because you can’t give what you don’t have. Best leaders will get to know their people and relate through them what they value.

6. Lead By Example

To be successful and a leader in your circle you need to lead by example. If people see that you do what you preach, then they surely will follow you. People do what they see and not what they are told. They want to see that if any difficulties come their leader stand in front and face them first. They want you to guide them and give strength to the organization. If a leader doesn’t do so there will be loss of morale and enthusiasm in team.

7. Ask More Questions

There are few bosses who want to give the impression that they know everything and are in command on every issue. But a true leader is pretty good at asking questions. Your vision increases when you seek answers to these questions. You  will be learning a lot once you start asking more intelligent questions. If you don’t ask questions, there will be no new ideas.  Be very curious and remain on path to learning

8. Now Is The Time

Understand the importance of being in present, don’t procrastinate and never leave a task that you start unfinished. Your goals may be difficult to achieve but leaving them midway will hurt you for long time to come. Don’t settle for comfort to avoid the rigors of today. When challenge arises, face it and never sell your mission for comfort. Don’t fail to realize the importance of present because you will never get back the wasted time.

9. Connect And Communicate

For success in personal and professional life the skill of effective communication will always give you a very decisive edge. You should Communicate to Connect. The most significant requirements in a leader are vision, consensus, charisma and trustworthiness. All these are qualities that give you ability to identify and relate to people and increase your influence with them. Getting along with people and connecting with them is the one must have skill if you want to be a good leader.

10. Find Your Purpose

Finding your ‘why’ and knowing your purpose is very important because the knowledge of purpose gives you immense confidence and become your anchor. It is said that those who have a strong ‘why’ will definitely get to their goals. Any task that is worth doing will have it’s own share of hurdles and only those who are driven with a strong sense of purpose will be able to overcome them.

11. Self Discipline

Nobody can overlook the importance of self discipline. All the qualities described above will be wasted if the leader doesn’t have self discipline. As Elbert Hubbard said, “Self-discipline is the ability to make yourself what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not”. Just do it.

12. Find Mentors

Nobody has all the knowledge. Find mentors, those who have already traveled that path prior to you. The guidance you will receive from them will save you years in learning by yourself. There is no shortage of knowledge rather a shortage of people who want to be educated. John advises, “One of the greatest values of mentors is the ability to see ahead what others cannot see and to help them navigate a course to their destination.”

Follow these few golden rules for success and happiness in your life.

Also read: Golden rules by Warren Buffet

8 Things You Must Give Up


To be successful in life we make so much of efforts in our own personal development. But most of the time we keep our focus on the qualities and skills that we need to acquire and ignore that a very important self improvement philosophy is to cut down on our negative qualities that we might not even notice. The baggage of these negative traits or experiences prevents us from reaching the pinnacle of success that each of us can achieve.

With very little efforts we can remove these things from our life but the first step towards this is to take note of these negative baggage of ours. Once we thoroughly learn these, getting rid of them will not be very difficult.

1. Give Up Excuses

Biggest gift that you can give yourself is to eliminate the excuses from your life. Cut them out and move towards success, always take full responsibility of every aspect of your life. Most people fall back on excuses may be of difficult circumstances, their upbringing or other hardships that they faced. But the crux of the matter is that they don’t have any significance. Life is not about resources, it’s about resourcefulness. Your challenges that you may view as excuses can turn into your strongest motivation, just by changing the way you see them. Take responsibility, work hard and design your destiny.

2. Give Up Self-Doubt

Self doubt is one of the biggest enemy you may be carrying inside you. Your fear of failure, that you are not cut out for the upcoming challenge will render you impotent even before you start your journey. Nobody is perfect and the biggest learning comes when you get involved to do the task at hand. Does the small child, who is taking his first steps, thinks in his head, whether he can learn walking or not. The capabilities you have will reveal them to you only when you start on the task. Remember in a foggy night keep walking and the road will emerge.

3. Give Up Fear Of Failure / Success

Let’s accept the fact that fear is only an illusion. We create fear in our mind and it can get converted into a very big obstacle in our path to glory. Failure as such may turn into your greatest teacher and make you try even harder next time. Most often people think there is fear of failure, I will say people fear success also. Some people fear that success will create a divide between them and their people. But if someone is close to you and really thinks well of you then he or she will never feel insecure with your success and rather motivate you to reach greater heights.

4. Give Up Procrastination

As they say journey of a thousand mile starts with the first step. Learn this philosophy, this is extremely powerful and will take you long way ahead. Most of the people keep waiting for a perfect opportunity to start, they will wait endlessly for that perfect business offer, or that day when they will start on their fitness regimen. Whereas the successful people have a very contrasting approach. They have a tendency to start and make the opportunities perfect. They will learn on the job and create more resources to help them complete the work. Always keep in mind that the most difficult part of doing something is to start, once you commence the task, you will get a number of ways to complete it.

5. Give Up People Pleasing

Most people want to get the other’s affirmation on their point of view so in general they try to please all. There is a always a possibility that people, being as diverse as they are, will have different opinions and you will not be able to please all of them every time. This is perfectly normal and you should not fret over it. Don’t waste your energy in pleasing everyone rather remain authentic and true to your vision and you will see most of them start  understanding you. At the end of the day there will always be some ‘haters’, just don’t give them too much of importance and carry on with your tasks.

6. Give Up Negative Thinking

We are only physical manifestation of our thoughts. Indulging in negative thinking can be the biggest roadblock in your journey of life. When you give importance to negative thoughts, you will make a mountain out of a hill mole. You start looking at the problems bigger than they are and loose your confidence in tackling them. Negative thinking will severely reduce your optimism and hope for the future and in that state of mind you will take very inappropriate decisions. This in turn impact your productivity negatively.

Another closely related thing to negative thinking is your indulging in negative self-talk where you start doubting your own capabilities. Stay away from these things if you want to be successful.

7. Give Up Judging Others

Another negative trait found in many people is the propensity to judge others. We don’t have any idea about the struggles others might be going through and still we judge them based on our own perspectives. Biggest problem about judging others is that we don’t give them the opportunity to explain their point and make up an opinion about them or their work solely based on our own stand point. When we judge people, we close our eyes not only to the wonderful gifts they might have been endowed with, but also to our own shortcomings.

8. Give Up On Negative People In Your Circle

We are most influenced by our peers and social circle. For success in life you need to be good at networking and making connections. But keep in mind that you also need to keep a close eye on the negative people who get into your circle. It is said that if you are the most successful person in your group, time is ripe that you change your group. The effect of qualities that your peers possess will rub on to you. Now it is up to you what you want to attract, positive and progressive qualities or the degrading ones.

With slight alteration in our views and by taking care to minimize or better still remove these few things we can grow into the individual, we have always desired, and to our complete potential.

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How To Have A Winning Attitude


You are the only person who will determine the outcome of your life. Whether you carry on in your life with a positive attitude, with hope for the future or with a negative attitude of complain, self doubt or hopelessness, it is entirely up to you. See yourself at peace with yourself, visualize your success even when you are striving towards it. As Zig Ziglar said, “If you don’t see yourself as a winner, then you cannot perform as a winner.”

For success in business or life one requires a lot of hard work and dedication, but for me a positive and winning attitude is the most important requirement. When temporary failures and obstacles comes our way only with a strong positive mental attitude we will be able to march forward towards success and the majority will succumb to the difficulties and loose site of their goals. To reach the pinnacle of success in you life, starting today develop these qualities and attitude of winners:

1. Ask Powerful Questions

When hard times comes many people start wondering and get in a downward spiral of self pity and start questioning, why it is happening to them, why after all efforts they are unable to get what they want. Winners on the other hand ask different questions, what are the short comings in my efforts, what more can I do to achieve my goals, how can I improve  it further and when they ask such constructive and powerful questions, they come across new ways to get what they desire.

2. Take Responsibility

You will agree that most of the times majority will point the reason of failure towards outside . They will blame everything from bad season to weak economy, from high competition to unethical practices. But the winners have the attitude of accepting failure. They will take it as their responsibility. Once you stop whining about the reasons about which you can not do anything, you start looking for solutions. That is the path to success.

3. Focus on long term goals

Let’s accept the fact that no business or for that matter, the conditions in life remain constant or move in single direction. There will be time when you will be facing difficult circumstances and go off track. An important point to remember here is that you need to focus on your long term goals even when facing short term hiccups. If you focus on long term and work on solutions according to the larger vision surely you will be able to make amends and will not be side tracked. Vince Lombardi once said,“It’s easy to have faith in yourself and have discipline when you’re a winner, when you’re number one. What you got to have is faith and discipline when you are not a winner.”

4. Be a life long learner

In today’s competitive world the half life of any profession is not more than 3-4 years, meaning it requires continuous learning and innovation in the way you perform your functions. Fact is that 80% of people stop learning anything new after they get into their profession. Learn from every opportunity. Learning even a single new skill will offer so much of advantage to you that you may not even imagine right now. Don’t waste your time in unnecessary chit-chats or social networks, join some related course or go to a seminar and sharpen your saw. Winners have a habit of continuous learning and will possess bigger libraries than bigger TVs.

5. Learn to take risks

Many people are so averse to taking risk that they forfeit their chance of growth. They fear failures without realizing that there is no bigger teacher in life than failures. Taking calculated risks is a winner’s attitude that can take you a long way.

6. Always be Enthusiastic

To have a great positive outlook for the future is definitely a winner’s attitude. Many people surround themselves with negativity because of their failures of the past. They lack optimism in their vision and once someone loose hope for the future, they will never be able to achieve anything of consequence. To do our tasks with great enthusiasm with a belief that we will achieve our goals, and looking at the future with optimism is an attitude that only winners possess.

7. Appreciate the intangible

In the daily grind of things people start relating success with money or position alone. It is very important for you to notice the intangibles like peace in life, your health and family. People with the winning attitude realize that life is not all about money making and they understand what their real assets are.

8. See the gain, not the pain

Winners will always have a strong laser like focus on their goals and the gains that they are after, and they will leave no stone un-turned to design their destiny. On the other hand majority will get frightened with the sheer amount of hard work they need to put up to reach the top and will slip into mediocrity. There simply is no substitute of hard work. To stand up to the challenges and discipline of consistent hard work is a winner’s attitude.

James Allen in his book ‘As a man thinketh’ has gone in detail how our thoughts affect us. It is said we become what we think. So to be a winner in life we require to think as a winner. With full faith in our capabilities, a laser like focus and determination we should continue on the path of progress and success.


Personality Traits Of Aquarius


The eleventh house or the zodiac sign of Aquarius commences on January 21st and remain in strength until February 19th. From January 21st till  January 28th it remains overlapped by the cusp of the previous sign and comes into full strength only after that. It is known as the house of dreamers and friendship. Aquarius born are shy and quiet but they are very energetic. People born under this sign are humanitarians and remain quite active for social cause. They readily give to relieve distress of others.

The ruling planet Uranus give these people great intuitive skills but may also give them some eccentric side. They love to socialize and are pretty good at networking. They love to be surrounded with people and are devoted friends. At the same time they read character instinctively and thereby can ‘see through’ people easily.


They are very good reasoners and have a scientific turn of mind. They have great vision and imagination. These qualities allow them to become great inventors, scientists, researchers or to be good in the field of business and finance. Because of intellectual bend of mind they are successful in debate and have great interest in public meetings.

Aquarius people require their freedom at work and they want their work atmosphere to be intellectually engaging where they could have satisfaction of application of their abilities. They typically are not suitable for a routine 9 to 5 job. If there is no mental stimulation they are not motivated at the job.

But because of their being oversensitive and temperamental nature they are inclined in normal circumstances to let opportunities slip by or realize when it is too late. In general they are more successful for others than they are for themselves.


Aquarius are free spirited and they get tremendous stress if they do not get adequate space and liberty. In family relations Aquarius person will be quite frank with their children and give them complete freedom. Same way with the older generation they will be quite sincere,  but will demand their fair share of freedom and equality. They are not very demonstrative in affection but from the inside they are very faithful.


Relation for Aquarius is as much a mental thing as much it is physical. Intellectual stimulation keep them interested. They are very honest and sincere in relation. If you are in love with an Aquarius person then it is important that you take interest in their pastimes and interests. Do not push the relation and allow it to mature over time. Aquarius develop trust slowly over time that is why till they don’t feel comfortable they may seem just cold and detached.


Aquarius have a unique social charm and have a lot of friends. In general they are amiable and cheery. Because of their nature to help others, they will always stand by their friends in the time of need. Aquarius friends are extremely faithful and compassionate. From the outside most of the times they seem quite frank and jovial but inside they are quite oversensitive and many a time they feel lonely in life. They get comfortable and compatible with people born under the sun signs of Gemini or Libra.


They many a time overlook health, remaining concerned with what the world requires of them. They should take time out to fulfill their emotional needs. Aquarius rules the calves and ankles. They are prone to have arthritis and have weak bone structure. They need to take care against fractures or other bone injuries. They suffer most from stomach, often through the nerves of the stomach. Aquarius may also suffer with bad circulation issues and the resultant problems like hypertension, peripheral artery diseases or heart diseases.


Aquarius Overview

Element: Air

Ruling Planet: Uranus, Saturn

Symbol: Water glyph (The water bearer)

Lucky Colours: Light Blue and Grey

Lucky Number: 4, 7, 11, 22, 29

Lucky Day: Saturday

Lucky Stones: Saffires, Pink Topazes

Some Famous Personalities: Abraham Lincoln, Bob Marley, Oprah Winfrey, Cristiano Ronaldo, Michael Jordan, Thomas Edison, Charles Darwin

Positive Qualities: Leadership skills, Scientific temperament, Cooperative, Faithful.

Negative Qualities: Inconsistent, Detached, Eccentric, Unemotional.

Aquarius see world as full of possibilities. They believe in innovation and intellect of people. They have pleasant personality and have a large social circle. They have good vision to see into the future and to do the deep thinking, so required, they relish there alone time. But Aquarius can also be very sensitive and thus rarely get attached to their relationships. They are rebellious in nature and remain uncompromising for their freedom and liberty. Frequent change is not to their liking and they prefer the company of people who are intelligent and witty just like them.

Also read: Personality Traits Of Capricorn


Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Leader


“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, YOU ARE A LEADER” – John Quincy Adams

Leadership is social influence on the people that motivates them to put their efforts in achieving common goal. It is setting a vision for growth, empowering people and increasing their worth. Leadership is not a position or a title, it comes to those who choose to help their people and do things that help all those who are involved.

One could be a leader at work or in neighborhood, for the country or his family. What people can not see in themselves a real leader will make them believe that they have it. If you have been wondering whether you have what it takes to be a leader or not, read on our take on a true leader and his qualities.

Position Is Management

In company or businesses, people usually think they have become a leader when they start by getting a position in hierarchy by promotion. But they need to understand that they have become only a positional leader because of their title. This is only management and not leadership. At this level of gaining positional leadership people follow them because they have to. At this level the subordinates will be giving the least amount of energy and commitment.

Understand Your People

If you are at this place take care that to go up the ladder of leadership you need to start developing relationship with your subordinates. You will need to understand them well by listening to them and their concern. You will be required to closely observe them and learn about them. Only then you will be able to truly represent them and be genuinely liked by them. Lot many people are not likable by staff because they feel that just because they hold a higher designation or office, they are automatically superior to others.

Develop Relations

You need to understand that all leaders are particularly good at developing relations and relations can be developed only when we give respect to others and gain their confidence in us. No relation is possible without a sense of trust. To develop trust believe in them, their capabilities and competence. Once you listen to them, their difficulties and their opinions you will be better placed to understand them. Learn from this and get close to your people and soon they will start feeling more committed to you.

Make Them Feel Secured

A very important requirement of leader is to make their people feel secured under his wings. People are able to contribute only when they have full sense of security. Leaders are those who stand with their team during adversity and more importantly face it first. Leaders need to protect their people and make them feel that they belong to common group. They need to be more like a tour guide who show you the way and tell what lies ahead rather than behaving like a travel agent who sends you to places where he himself might not have gone. Leaders don’t cross the finish line first, they take their team along.

Take Responsibility and Give Credit

If there are any any difficulties or challenges a true leader will stand first in line. People follow, as they see and not what they are told. Leaders need to lead by example. When people see the commitment you are having they give their all to the purpose. It is said that ‘an army of sheep led by a lion can defeat an army of lions led by a sheep.’ On having a great leader among them people become highly energetic and give maximum contribution. This is the level from which you start getting high production and results. You develop momentum. Problems solve at this level because momentum is a leader’s best friend. It allow you to break through all barriers which were earlier not possible.

The leaders get privilege in all things but they need to understand their responsibility that they are here to serve. Pass on the credit of achievements to your team. This will increase their morale like anything. True leader will be last to take credit because he understand that leadership comes from moral authority and not from position. Leader need to have support of his people and a deep conscience. Remember you are because of your people, so enjoy their respect and allow them to take credit.

Define Purpose And Vision Clearly

Another very important role of the leader is to clearly define the purpose. When the vision of the company, it’s values and the goals are clear to people and they themselves are involved in it, they feel they are the part of whole process. This sense of ownership will unleash their talent and creativity. Their resourcefulness will be much better utilized.

Develop Other Leaders

A primary task for a leader is to develop other leaders. There is nothing as bad as an unsecured leader who fears from developing other people thinking his importance will decrease. A true leader is one who recruit other people, train them well, equip them even better and then in true spirit of leadership pass on the mantle to them.

For most of the people leadership is only hierarchical position, a position of authority or simply a designation that they use for organizing other’s efforts. But for true leaders it is the chance and a choice to serve people, empowering them, maximizing their potentials, creating new landmarks and most importantly produce great results by developing great teams. Leadership is a lifelong journey of learning and experiencing, and for me the sole end purpose is to gain other’s RESPECT. 

Related article: 3 Qualities of an Effective Manager

Why You Should Never Skip Breakfast


Eat breakfast like a king, Lunch like a prince and Dinner like a pauper is an old saying, and how true. Our body has gone without food for 10 to 12 hours during our sleep. To kick start our system and provide for depleting reserves of energy our breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It increases our metabolism and improves the alertness levels.

It is advised that breakfast should be consumed within 2 hours of waking and should meet around 20 to 25% of our daily calorie needs. However care should be taken that our breakfast is healthy and does not contains empty or sweet calories. The nutritious first meal of the day restores glucose level and provide for energy for the day.

People who skip breakfast start their day in low BMR, high fat storing way. They feel deprived of energy and eat disproportionately high calories in lunch or worse at dinner. As most physical activities are during the day time, if they would have consumed breakfast, it could have been burnt properly. They feel unable to concentrate on vital tasks and are irritable.

Healthy breakfast offers many advantages like it improve memory, concentration and lifts the mood. In addition to these there are many other health benefits like weight control, diabetes risk reduction, improvement in performance and in heart diseases. Here is a brief look at some of the studies discussing the benefits of breakfast:

1. Weight Reduction

According to a 1992 study published in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition done on moderately obese women, it was found that after 12 weeks treatment the breakfast eaters lost 8.9 kg compared to the breakfast skippers who lost 6.2 kg. This suggests that eating breakfast helped reduce dietary fat and minimize impulsive snacking and therefore may be important part of a weight-reduction program.

In addition to healthy breakfast see other Steps to Easy Weight Loss

2. Diabetes

American Diabetes Association suggests eating the largest meal of the day at breakfast and the smallest at dinner may help people with type-2 diabetes to better control their blood glucose.

Research has shown that glucose levels rise in response to food differently at certain times of day. Blood glucose levels will rise higher and remain so for longer period than if the same meals are eaten in breakfast.

3. Heart Diseases

In a large study with 16 years follow up, published by National Institute of Health, it was found that men who skipped breakfast had a 27% higher risk of heart diseases as compared to men who did not. Thus concluding that eating breakfast was associated with lower risk of coronary heart disease.

4. Memory

A research by Department of Psychology, Tufts University examined the effects of breakfast on cognitive performance of school children. Results suggest that performance on most measures was enhanced by breakfast consumption and that the composition of breakfast also influenced cognitive performance in children, like short term memory and auditory attention. Results also suggest that breakfast composition may affect younger children more dramatically.

In addition to the above there are countless studies that indicate the benefits of healthy breakfast that is high on nutrient. It will give more strength and endurance for physical activity during the day. It has been observed that people who skip breakfast are most prone to snacking and usually eat more lunch.

Healthy breakfast should be low fat, balanced in carbohydrates, but rich in protein as it easily blunts hunger and keep you energized for long time. It may also contain both refined cereals and whole grains. Some of the good healthy breakfast ideas could be:

  • Oatmeal – Rich in fiber, omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Yogurt smoothies – Add some fruits. Loaded with calcium and proteins.
  • Bananas – Eat on the go. High protein, rich in potassium
  • Eggs – Boiled, scrambled, poached or omelet. Protein rich, low fat.
  • Watermelon – Good to hydrate in morning. Negative calorie food.
  • Whole-wheat bread – Rich in fiber.
  • Poha, Upma or Steamed Idlis – Rich in fiber and tasty to eat

Also read: 10 Best Super Foods

It’s understandable that in today’s fast pace life we don’t have time for lavish breakfasts and usually people are quite rushed in the morning so they skip the first meal of the day some times out of busy schedule. But these few breakfast ideas that we have listed above won’t take much time to prepare and will be highly nutritious.

Start your day with high energy, more ability to concentrate and with low stress by making a habit to never skip this most important meal of the day. Don’t make any excuses and jump start your day with a power packed breakfast.

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2 Circulation. 2013 Jul, 23
3 Physiology & Behavior 85 (2005)

The Power Of Faith


Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 

“Faith can only grow from within, it can not be acquired vicariously. Nothing great in this world was ever accomplished without a living faith.” – Mahatma Gandhi

The belief in invisible and intangible power that hold control over everything including the body and mind is the supreme intelligence. The believer will call it faith in God whereas for the non believer that is miracle. The mysteries of this world and beyond are difficult to be understood by mere mental speculation. One need to surrender completely to the higher power, God or Universe whatever we may call him.

In the materialistic world we are living today, most of the men are running just after pieces of silver and gold. They take great pride in their abilities and think themselves to be the creator of their world. But there are times when they get entangled in the turbulence of this world and in spite of all their capabilities intact, they are unable to keep a grip on situations. Those are the time they start looking for help and the seed of faith germinates as interest in spiritual activities.

Very few people get inclined towards faith when all is well. Only in the face of adversity they remember their creator. When they face pain, first an interest is developed and which gets strengthened with each passing day as they realize that there are numerous situations they don’t have any control and they could rely only on God. Slowly and gradually they mellow down and start on the path of acceptance and understanding.

The path of developing faith will start from a preliminary desire for self realization. Thereafter people try to associate with spiritually elevated devotees or Gurus and under their guidance process of development of devotional service towards God begins. As the person start getting free from material attachments the transcendental love for God replaces this.

This faith transforms individual’s life and the common activities of yesterday are replaced with the feeling of joy and happiness. Faith becomes the building block of creation. It develops the person’s strength of character. He start to have trust in God and his willingness to help. The person develops patience and understands that God is letting him struggle only to grow and mature.

We get confident knowing we are becoming what we have to. There is no wrong path and the strength comes from understanding that God is guiding us to our destiny. The truth that material things do not produce happiness and satisfaction becomes more clear by the day. God only uses our faith to mold our character. We may not be able to see the reason of the things which are happening but start understanding that it is a purposeful universe and all that happens is for a reason.

Faith gives us the power of humility. We get the knowledge that whatever we are doing we need not worry about the fruitive results. We can control only our efforts and we need to perform our actions in the spirit of service to the God. At all times we should avoid sins and transgression and believe that God will protect us.

If you are facing tough times keep your faith on God who is the source of all strength. You are not a mere body, you are part and parcel of all powerful, all pervading God himself. No matter what you are going through remember no situation is difficult for the Lord and he will never abandon you.

Related article: Happiness and Distress

11 Golden Rules by Zig Ziglar


Motivational speaker and author to many bestsellers, Zig Ziglar was born on November,6 1926 in United States. He started his career as a salesman and went on to become vice president and training director for the Automotive Performance company. We have listed here a few of his golden rules for success:


1. Think Like A Champion

To be successful you need to have a dream. Only your vision of yourself will show you the way when times get tough. It’s an old saying that our thoughts make us who we are. Zig said that you could be number one in your chosen field and all what is required to be at the top, you already have within you. You need to think like a champion and have a deep conviction in your potential. Change your picture of who you are in your mind and visualize yourself achieving all your goals.

2. Be Committed

Successful people have a very deep sense of commitment. He said that when you hit a rough spot, which you will almost certainly do, then only commitment will take you through. Difference between taking a safe road by quitting and trying one more time in face of all difficulties is what makes legends. Only perseverance will make it possible for you to reach your dreams.

3. Do It Right Now

If you give yourself flexibility, you will not be able to get on with your work. At all given times you will have many things to do and as it is said most often the most important things are those which people like to do the least. This will cause the important tasks to be delayed. To avoid this you should never procrastinate. Remember there is a difference between being busy and being productive, you will be always busy otherwise. People who wait for perfect moment to start with something big and important find it very difficult to start altogether.

4. Always Be Prepared

No matter how many times you have done a task and no matter how good you are at it, never underestimate the importance of preparation. Always make it a point to get ready for task at hand. It is highly arrogant when you think that you know it all. Only when one thinks that they don’t need to prepare, that is the time when they are most vulnerable to loose at the hand of the competitors who have been working very hard to win with them on the same front. It is your responsibility to be at your best and your preparations for it is the biggest sign of integrity.

5. Work Hard

For any amount of success to be yours, the importance of being present at the place of action is to be understood with great clarity. Reach where you have to be because no amount of knowledge, preparation or dream will be able to substitute hard work. Keep in mind that hard work beats talent all the time when talent doesn’t work. People say ‘so and so’ got lucky, yes people get lucky when they put in hard labor and efforts. The world of successful people is the world of ‘doers’. Remember if you work for someone you work for them all the way. Leave no stone un-turned in your mission to reach your goals.

6. Set Your Goals

You are today what you have chosen all your life up till now. You are at a place by your choice. If you want to realize your potential then it is necessary that you choose to set goals and write them down. Analyze the difficulty and accordingly put a deadline on the completion for these goals. After all this devise a plan with all the details that you can think of at the moment and then start immediately. Zig said goals don’t care who you are, they just deliver.

7. Evaluate Yourself

Most of the time people are so involved in the daily routines that they don’t evaluate what they have and what they need to do. According to Zig Ziglar, to determine what you want out of life you need to evaluate where you are and this evaluation has to be based on not only tangible but also various intangible things like happiness, health and relations. This will allow you to use your resources properly.

8. Integrity Is Important

For success to be sweet for you keep in mind that your work has to be honest. Importance of integrity in our job makes success more fulfilling. Do something that brings value to others and then do it again and again.

9. Don’t Quit

Perseverance is one of the biggest requirement for achieving your goals. You have to do your work now and get rewarded later. Rewards are minimal if efforts are least. He used to say anything worth doing is worth doing poorly until you can learn to do it well. Many people don’t realize that they might be so close to success, if they stop now they will need to start over again. He used to give example of a hand pump in this regard. You have to pump long enough and hard enough to get water from the ground but once you get that a proportionately small but continuous effort will keep on giving results. There is no thing like to give it try, If you have to do something go all out and don’t quit you might be so close.

10. Read 20 Minutes Daily

A seemingly insignificant 20 minutes reading daily will make a dramatic difference to your knowledge. Read something which is positive, motivational or about human nature. 1 year of reading 20 minutes daily will result in to reading 20 books with 200 pages. This will give a colossal advantage to you in terms of expertise in your field. One book can give you what you may otherwise learn in five years. Be a constant student. Learn from your mistakes, learn from others and keep trying. Don’t fear failure because more you fail more you will learn.

11. Have Gratitude

He used to say eyes are the window of soul. Being grateful is the healthiest emotion, it makes you sleep better. Gratitude increases your excitement and enthusiasm. Change from a fault finder and become a good finder. Keep within you no stinking thinking. Remember you are not going to change others but only you. Change always begins from self. Change your self talk from negative to positive because change in input will lead to change in output.

After a successful career in sales, training and as motivational speaker Ziglar died on November,28 2012. Today he is not between us but his guiding principles will continue to show direction to the coming generations.

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9 Most Powerful Positive Emotions


“Flowers are restful to look at. They have neither emotions nor conflicts.” – Sigmund Freud

Emotions are the chief driver of our reactions and relations with others as well as ourselves. They decide our behavior in general, how we conduct ourselves. Apart from causing the obvious psychological changes, emotions also have their physical component and we experience the surge in energy or loss of it in accordance to our emotional state. Emotions are both positive as well as negative. We discuss here some of the most powerful positive emotions which we humans express in our life:

1. Gratitude

Gratitude is the most powerful positive emotion for me. It is the emotion of thankfulness and appreciation for someone or something. The focus is on the positive of what we have rather than what is lacking. It has been proven that this attitude of appreciation is associated with higher level of well being in individuals. People who practice gratitude are usually happier, less stressed and much more satisfied in life. Grateful people are more compassionate, feel alive and sleep better as they think less of negatives.

2. Serenity

Calmness of mind and to be peaceful in all ways with your current situation is the biggest wisdom. Serenity is the emotion when one’s mind is completely tranquil and you are at peace with yourself. It is when you understand that everything will just turn out right, you have no cause of worry and relax. Having serenity in life is much more important than just seeking money. Serene clarity and peace of mind are our biggest blessings.

3. Joy

Joy is a common term used for various feelings of pleasure and happiness from mild to intense bliss. Because of delightful and cherished experiences, we have a feeling of contentment and well being. A joyous person feel light and vibrant. Emotion of joy dominate when we achieve our goals or look forward to something which has a desirable outcome. This powerful emotion fills us with boundless energy to continue making progress in life with a bigger purpose. Happiness is related more to the action part.

4. Interest

Interest is a feeling which is directly related to curiosity. We become interested in something or someone when we develop a fascination for it and want to have or feel new experiences. This is the emotion which makes people do what they do. In order to meet some of our needs or to achieve some goals we develop interest in uncovering or discovering some fascinating things. Knowledge seeking and learning are possible only because of interest.

5. Hope

Hope is the feeling of optimism where we look forward into future with great expectation that good things are in store for us. It is an emotion which makes us believe that whatever our current circumstances or problems are, they are not permanent and we enjoy anticipatory happiness. Hope is born out of our imagination often when we are troubled by some crisis. It makes us to expect new solutions and possibilities. Single emotion of hope is the perfect antidote to many negative emotions like fear, sadness and despair.

6. Pride

Pride is an emotion with a dual face to it. It can be negative or positive. Our responsibility is to control the feeling of pride with negative connotation like arrogance or unrealistic self esteem. Whereas pride in the positive sense means taking pleasure in one’s work or their team’s accomplishments. It is an important emotion that makes us feel dignified. To have a sense of purpose in achievements and success increases confidence. One should feel proud of himself on having an expression of competence but only after due self reflection.

7. Inspiration

Inspiration is usually an emotion which comes from witnessing moments of true human excellence. It motivates us to pursue something despite obstacles. Inspiration comes from experiencing something of extraordinary ability or competence and can lead to major life change. When we are inspired, we see possibilities beyond our imagined capabilities thereby developing interest, which is a starting point for creativity and learning.

8. Love

Love is a feeling of strong attachment and affection towards others. Love could be deep bonding between friends and family members or could be feeling of romance between couples. Another type of love is the one for the country but whatever type of love we are in, the purest is the unconditional love where one is totally committed towards other but do not desire anything in return. For some love is like a drive where the goal is to get the attention of others and to win them over but then that will be more of infatuation than love.

Love is the greatest virtue that encompasses all the above emotions with compassion, kindness and unselfish loyalty towards others as well as towards one’s self.

9. Altruism

It is the feeling of disinterested and selfless concern for the others. Altruism is to work for the welfare of others with whom one does not have any relation except for the common feeling of love for humanity. An altruist will be happy helping absolute strangers just like he will help anyone else who is known to him. The feeling of fulfillment and purpose is realized when one makes effort to do something for others without any expectation of reciprocity.

In addition to these we experience a wide range of positive emotions like amusement, awe, desire, empathy and euphoria everyday. Even the negative emotions have their own significance that they act as a survival mechanism for us. In the face of grave danger the feeling of fear makes it possible for one to see the light of another day. Our emotion of aggression has been instrumental in pushing us up the food chain and come up as a superior species.

Positive emotions on the other hand are the driving force that have shaped our world. The development of society and relations would not have been possible without these. Our state of mind dictates what we do. To reach our goals and connect to bigger self, we need to be open minded and try to be carrying the best of these positive emotions through our life.

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Personality Traits Of Capricorn


January people belong to the zodiac sign of Capricorn which is from December 21st to January 20th and cusp of incoming sign Aquarius. The power oriented constellation of Capricorn has planet of tough lessons and wisdom, Saturn as it’s ruling planet. The astrological symbol for them is Goat.

People born under this sign have a strong mental force and have great motivation to succeed. This is the most goal oriented sign of the zodiac and they take everything from career to personal relations as a serious business. Nothing comes to them easily but like the goat slowly and against all odds they climb towards the peak.


January people are great thinkers and make natural heads of business organisations. They are ambitious so either they will lead the group or not be it’s part at all. Capricorns are fiercely independent and normally shoulder the burden alone. They are workaholics and extremely focused on their professional goals. They could single handedly complete any job and because of their extreme capabilities find it difficult to trust others easily. Though they are quite bossy but because they have good understanding of interpersonal relations, they continue to remain quite popular in their circle.

Capricorn have a strong architectural or mathematical ability, because of this they are quite adept in investing. They have a strong affinity for material and financial stability.

Owing to their organizational skills, patience and hard working nature they are suitable for any career but ideal career choices for Capricorn could be either in computers, electronics, banking, finance or managerial consultant.


They have a very strong sense of responsibility right from their childhood. They are keen to own up their responsibilities and fulfill the aspirations of people. If you belong to this sign then you are the ‘rock’ that your family relies on. Capricorn person is extremely protective of his family and friends. They have a warm heart not only for own people but in general towards other’s sufferings. January people are inclined to give liberally to charities.


Love is very important to Capricorn and it is all about bonds, responsibility and stability. They have a soft and gentle side to them hidden inside a hard and stern outer look. They take their own time to open up and show their passion and charm. They are self made, highly ambitious, attracted to power and success and may marry into wealth. They rarely go into some flirtatious relationships.


Capricorn worship intellectual and clever people. They are person of action, not words and make compassionate friends who willingly tackle other’s problems. A Capricorn will remain very sympathetic, caring and helpful to his friends. They get along nicely with people under the signs of Cancer and Virgo.

January people love party and adventure. They crack jokes at the drop of a hat and their sense of humor is a class apart. Capricorn men are among the wittiest people around and they know how to make others happy.


January people tend towards longevity and they seem to defy old age. They retain remarkably youthful appearance and seems to get younger by the day. On health front Capricorn is linked to the skeleton and bones, the knees, joints, skin and scalp. They generally seem to suffer from indigestion, joints and bones problems, tooth decay. If you belong to this sun sign then consume a diet which is high in protein and calcium to keep your skin, bones and teeth in perfect condition.

Capricorn Overview

Element: Earth

Ruling Planet: Saturn

Symbol: Goat

Lucky Colours: All tones of grey, violet and purple

Lucky Number: 2, 4 and 8

Lucky Day: Saturday

Some Famous Personalities: Rudyard Kipling, Stephen Hawking, Muhammad Ali, Benjamin Franklin, Swami Vivekanand, Jim Carrey, Richard Nixon, Oprah Winfrey

Positive Qualities: Wise, Cautious, Positive, Ambitious, Resourceful

Negative Qualities and Traits: Jealous, Selfish, Dictatorial, Discontent, Prone to depression.

Capricorn are very ambitious people and they tend to get what they want because they are very patient and good planners. They like to remain in control of their surroundings as well as their relations. They are hesitant in showing their emotions and opens to others only after taking their time. If you are born under this sun sign then in a nutshell you are responsible, patient, ambitious, resourceful and a loyal person.