Showing posts with label Motivational. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Motivational. Show all posts


Has this ever happened to you that you have felt as the underdog in any field that you are competing in?

Many times, we will find that we often have the tendency to underestimate our potential because we always believe in the talents of others being more than us…

It’s not just you and me, it is almost 99% of the people in this world who feel the same way…

And that is why I love to write about sports because it constantly reinforces the belief in me that no matter how much of an underdog you or people around you might think of your capabilities, you can still surprise everyone with your results…

And the rise of the team Costa Rica has been no different. For the first time, they have reached the Quarter finals of World Cup 2014.Coming into this World Cup, Costa Rica had just won four of its world matches so far and England, Italy and Uruguay were strong favorites. Still Costa Rica deservedly emerged as the winner of the group of Death convincingly and became the first team to qualify ahead of Italy, Uruguay and England.

Take a pause and think we are talking about two big teams ( Italy and England) in football who didn't qualify and  a small team from Costa Rica who failed to qualify in the last World Cup, who everyone thought was a team that didn’t even stand a chance to score a goal (leave apart think of even winning a match), won two straight matches and now the Round of 16. First against Uruguay,then against Italy, now against Greece. 

Many people were quick to pounce on the fact that since Luis Suarez was missing in the first game, Uruguay was not able to play to its full potential and that’s why Costa Rica was able to edge ahead in the match. But with the win against Italy, Costa Rica has clearly shown to the world that the victory against Uruguay was no fluke. In fact the victory against Italy clearly showed how well planned the game plan was for Costa Rica team. Their high line defense left Mario Balotelli and the Italians clueless and with no Plan B in hand for the Italians, it was clear that in the game of chess between coaches, Jorge Luis Pinto had beaten Cesare Prandelli. 

Pause and think for a moment, a team with no chances, qualified ahead of all the big wigs names of football. How did this happen?

If I have to think about it, I can come up with three things: Hard Work, Planning and Confidence in your own abilities must have been the key for the success of the team.

When you are an underdog and considered as an outsider, it becomes very important for you or anyone to shut out the voices of critics and sit with yourself to think about how you can play to the best of your abilities. Results and outcomes does not matter in this approach because as long as you have given your best, more often than not, results will ultimately fall on your side.

Imagine if Costa Rica would have thought about what the critics had to say about them before the World Cup or if they were to think of all the failures that they have encountered in the past in football and focus on why they don’t even stand a chance…Do you think they would have progressed the way they have done?

Nobody would have actually said anything even if they would not have qualified in this group of death but instead of focusing on the negatives, they completely immersed themselves in what was important: hard work, proper planning and of course execution of the planning.

How can you execute properly under so much of pressure…that’s the next biggest question that came to my mind and the answer that came through was it is only possible when the focus is on giving your best and not on the outcome of the result.

Today’s lesson from the Costa Rica team is a very important one for all of us, because if you can apply their lessons in your life, believe me whether you are giving an interview, facing thousands of people to give your first presentation, writing an exam, starting a business or facing any challenge in your life, you will always emerge victorious.

No matter how much of an underdog you might think of yourself, you always have a chance to ultimately achieve the best of your abilities…Just for once, close your eyes, tell yourself you can do it, immerse in the pool of hard work and go out there with the belief that no matter how many times, I am knocked down…I will always get up because

It's always better to shock people and change people's expectations than to give them exactly what they think you can do’

So what are you waiting for..if you are a sports fan, it’s time to go beyond just admiring the efforts of Costa Rica team …

It’s time to Get up and start thinking about how you can march ahead just like Costa Rica has done in this World Cup so far!

Lessons from the Underdogs in World Cup Football' 2014: The rise of Costa Rica



Has this ever happened to you that you have felt as the underdog in any field that you are competing in?

Many times, we will find that we often have the tendency to underestimate our potential because we always believe in the talents of others being more than us…

It’s not just you and me, it is almost 99% of the people in this world who feel the same way…

And that is why I love to write about sports because it constantly reinforces the belief in me that no matter how much of an underdog you or people around you might think of your capabilities, you can still surprise everyone with your results…

And the rise of the team Costa Rica has been no different. For the first time, they have reached the Quarter finals of World Cup 2014.Coming into this World Cup, Costa Rica had just won four of its world matches so far and England, Italy and Uruguay were strong favorites. Still Costa Rica deservedly emerged as the winner of the group of Death convincingly and became the first team to qualify ahead of Italy, Uruguay and England.

Take a pause and think we are talking about two big teams ( Italy and England) in football who didn't qualify and  a small team from Costa Rica who failed to qualify in the last World Cup, who everyone thought was a team that didn’t even stand a chance to score a goal (leave apart think of even winning a match), won two straight matches and now the Round of 16. First against Uruguay,then against Italy, now against Greece. 

Many people were quick to pounce on the fact that since Luis Suarez was missing in the first game, Uruguay was not able to play to its full potential and that’s why Costa Rica was able to edge ahead in the match. But with the win against Italy, Costa Rica has clearly shown to the world that the victory against Uruguay was no fluke. In fact the victory against Italy clearly showed how well planned the game plan was for Costa Rica team. Their high line defense left Mario Balotelli and the Italians clueless and with no Plan B in hand for the Italians, it was clear that in the game of chess between coaches, Jorge Luis Pinto had beaten Cesare Prandelli. 

Pause and think for a moment, a team with no chances, qualified ahead of all the big wigs names of football. How did this happen?

If I have to think about it, I can come up with three things: Hard Work, Planning and Confidence in your own abilities must have been the key for the success of the team.

When you are an underdog and considered as an outsider, it becomes very important for you or anyone to shut out the voices of critics and sit with yourself to think about how you can play to the best of your abilities. Results and outcomes does not matter in this approach because as long as you have given your best, more often than not, results will ultimately fall on your side.

Imagine if Costa Rica would have thought about what the critics had to say about them before the World Cup or if they were to think of all the failures that they have encountered in the past in football and focus on why they don’t even stand a chance…Do you think they would have progressed the way they have done?

Nobody would have actually said anything even if they would not have qualified in this group of death but instead of focusing on the negatives, they completely immersed themselves in what was important: hard work, proper planning and of course execution of the planning.

How can you execute properly under so much of pressure…that’s the next biggest question that came to my mind and the answer that came through was it is only possible when the focus is on giving your best and not on the outcome of the result.

Today’s lesson from the Costa Rica team is a very important one for all of us, because if you can apply their lessons in your life, believe me whether you are giving an interview, facing thousands of people to give your first presentation, writing an exam, starting a business or facing any challenge in your life, you will always emerge victorious.

No matter how much of an underdog you might think of yourself, you always have a chance to ultimately achieve the best of your abilities…Just for once, close your eyes, tell yourself you can do it, immerse in the pool of hard work and go out there with the belief that no matter how many times, I am knocked down…I will always get up because

It's always better to shock people and change people's expectations than to give them exactly what they think you can do’

So what are you waiting for..if you are a sports fan, it’s time to go beyond just admiring the efforts of Costa Rica team …

It’s time to Get up and start thinking about how you can march ahead just like Costa Rica has done in this World Cup so far!
"People forget that their lives will come to an end soon. For those who remember, quarrel comes to an end" - Dhammapada

Such a deep thought, yet something we fail to see in every sphere of life. Look around you and more importantly, look within yourself. Just yesterday did you have a disagreement with you parents, brother, husband, mother in law, colleague or a friend? If yes, pause and think is it worth it to keep on arguing when very soon, we will be a portrait to be remembered by close people or maybe within next 60 years, completely forgotten from the memories of the people existing then..

Think and pause, let me know if it is worth enough to keep on continuing with the argument or just let it go and live cheerfully for whatever time we are alive in this world.
The Most Important Lesson to Remember in Life

The Most Important Lesson to Remember in Life

"People forget that their lives will come to an end soon. For those who remember, quarrel comes to an end" - Dhammapada

Such a deep thought, yet something we fail to see in every sphere of life. Look around you and more importantly, look within yourself. Just yesterday did you have a disagreement with you parents, brother, husband, mother in law, colleague or a friend? If yes, pause and think is it worth it to keep on arguing when very soon, we will be a portrait to be remembered by close people or maybe within next 60 years, completely forgotten from the memories of the people existing then..

Think and pause, let me know if it is worth enough to keep on continuing with the argument or just let it go and live cheerfully for whatever time we are alive in this world.



"Your age is just a number. It should never hinder you from accomplishing your goals."

This is a quote we have heard  multiple times and yet, we don't restrain ourselves from making judgments about our lives and even better, other's lives. Many critics have been vociferous in their opinion about whether Roger Federer should have retired or not at this stage of his life. Many people have already written him off and never leave a chance to downplay his game.

To them, I want to ask a simple question:

Since when have the so called critics started predicting the future of any player or person so correctly?

Just one year back, the same so called critics were finding it hard to believe that Rafael Nadal can even make a  comeback after his injuries and now one year later, they are calling him perhaps the greatest player ever in tennis.

It is not only about tennis, if we look at any field, critics and people have always tried to downplay anyone in the society who has tried to defy the norms.

~ When a 75 year old man tried to complete the hottest ultra-marthon of the year, people didn't believe he will be able to do it.

~ When at the age of 38,  Károly Takács tried to win the Olympics Gold Medal with his left hand ( as his right hand was badly injured), nobody believed he can do it.

~ When the first time, it was thought that two people can talk to each other sitting miles away from each other, it was considered out rightly impossible. And yet telephone was invented.


I can go on and on about examples of people defying the norms, going against what people/critics thought as irrational and still in the end coming out victorious and more satisfied in their goals. So people might go on and on about why Federer should retire and stand no chance, I believe the only person that should take this decision is Roger Federer himself and no one else.

The question that we need to ask ourselves is can future be really predicted? No, it can never be but what is more important is that people should follow their own passion and what they believe in. Even in your own lives, people will come and tell you that it is not possible and it is foolish to continue this path. More often than not, it is not about how many people think you can do it, in the end it is only you who is more than enough to make your dream become a reality.

The same is true with Roger Federer. It's his belief that matters at this stage.  Why? Because

"The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen."

This is what the great champion had to say in an interview when people inquired about his retirement ( courtesy a friend who pointed out this to me)


When i was starting my career, lot of people doubted me. They saw the talent but werent sure if i will win any. But he believed in myself. I am almost in a similar place now but i believe that i can win and so i will keep playing and keep trying.



 If Ken Rosewall could have won  grand slams at an age of 35, 36 and 37, I see no reason why Roger Federer cannot go on and win his 18th Grand Slam at 32. 

PS: Yes, people will talk about his failures and disappointments of past year as reasons for his retirement, in my next post, I will address this age old question as to why failures should never be considered as a sign to quit. Stay tuned:).

 

If you have any questions, you can contact me via twitter or facebook or my e-mail: [email protected]

Roger Federer and The Much Hyped Age Factor




"Your age is just a number. It should never hinder you from accomplishing your goals."

This is a quote we have heard  multiple times and yet, we don't restrain ourselves from making judgments about our lives and even better, other's lives. Many critics have been vociferous in their opinion about whether Roger Federer should have retired or not at this stage of his life. Many people have already written him off and never leave a chance to downplay his game.

To them, I want to ask a simple question:

Since when have the so called critics started predicting the future of any player or person so correctly?

Just one year back, the same so called critics were finding it hard to believe that Rafael Nadal can even make a  comeback after his injuries and now one year later, they are calling him perhaps the greatest player ever in tennis.

It is not only about tennis, if we look at any field, critics and people have always tried to downplay anyone in the society who has tried to defy the norms.

~ When a 75 year old man tried to complete the hottest ultra-marthon of the year, people didn't believe he will be able to do it.

~ When at the age of 38,  Károly Takács tried to win the Olympics Gold Medal with his left hand ( as his right hand was badly injured), nobody believed he can do it.

~ When the first time, it was thought that two people can talk to each other sitting miles away from each other, it was considered out rightly impossible. And yet telephone was invented.


I can go on and on about examples of people defying the norms, going against what people/critics thought as irrational and still in the end coming out victorious and more satisfied in their goals. So people might go on and on about why Federer should retire and stand no chance, I believe the only person that should take this decision is Roger Federer himself and no one else.

The question that we need to ask ourselves is can future be really predicted? No, it can never be but what is more important is that people should follow their own passion and what they believe in. Even in your own lives, people will come and tell you that it is not possible and it is foolish to continue this path. More often than not, it is not about how many people think you can do it, in the end it is only you who is more than enough to make your dream become a reality.

The same is true with Roger Federer. It's his belief that matters at this stage.  Why? Because

"The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen."

This is what the great champion had to say in an interview when people inquired about his retirement ( courtesy a friend who pointed out this to me)


When i was starting my career, lot of people doubted me. They saw the talent but werent sure if i will win any. But he believed in myself. I am almost in a similar place now but i believe that i can win and so i will keep playing and keep trying.



 If Ken Rosewall could have won  grand slams at an age of 35, 36 and 37, I see no reason why Roger Federer cannot go on and win his 18th Grand Slam at 32. 

PS: Yes, people will talk about his failures and disappointments of past year as reasons for his retirement, in my next post, I will address this age old question as to why failures should never be considered as a sign to quit. Stay tuned:).

 

If you have any questions, you can contact me via twitter or facebook or my e-mail: [email protected]


Once upon a time, there lived a King who, despite his luxurious lifestyle, was neither happy nor content.
One day, the King came upon a servant who was singing happily while he worked. This fascinated the King; why was he, the Supreme Ruler of the Land, unhappy and gloomy, while a lowly servant had so much joy.
The King asked the servant, 'Why are you so happy?'
The man replied, 'Your Majesty, I am nothing but a servant, but my family and I don't need too much - just a roof over our heads and warm food to fill our tummies.'
The king was not satisfied with that reply. Later in the day, he sought the advice of his most trusted advisor. After hearing the King's woes and the servant's story, the advisor said, 'Your Majesty, I believe that the servant Has not been made part of The 99 Club.'
'The 99 Club? And what exactly is that?' the King inquired.
The advisor replied, 'Your Majesty, to truly know what The 99 Club is, place 99 Gold coins in a bag and leave it at this servant's doorstep.'
When the servant saw the bag, he took it into his house. When he opened the bag, he let out a great shout of joy... So many gold coins!
He began to count them. After several counts, he was at last convinced that there were 99 coins. He wondered, 'What could've happened to that last gold coin? Surely, no one would leave 99 coins!'
He looked everywhere he could, but that final coin was elusive. Finally, exhausted he decided that he was going to have to work harder than ever to earn that gold coin and complete his collection.
From that day, the servant's life was changed. He was overworked, horribly grumpy, and castigated his family for not helping him make that 100th gold coin. He stopped singing while he worked.
Witnessing this drastic transformation, the King was puzzled. When he sought his adviser's help, the adviser said, 'Your Majesty, the servant has now officially joined The 99 Club.' 
He continued, 'The 99 Club is a name given to those people who have enough to be happy but are never contented, because they're always yearning and Striving for that extra 1, saying to themselves: 'Let me get that one final thing and then I will be happy for life.' We can be happy, even with very little in our lives, but the minute we're given something bigger and better, we want even more! We lose our sleep, our happiness, we hurt the people around us; all these as a price for our growing needs and desires.
That's the "Club 99"

I wish I had known this.....


If you have any questions, you can contact me at [email protected]

The 99 Club Story


Once upon a time, there lived a King who, despite his luxurious lifestyle, was neither happy nor content.
One day, the King came upon a servant who was singing happily while he worked. This fascinated the King; why was he, the Supreme Ruler of the Land, unhappy and gloomy, while a lowly servant had so much joy.
The King asked the servant, 'Why are you so happy?'
The man replied, 'Your Majesty, I am nothing but a servant, but my family and I don't need too much - just a roof over our heads and warm food to fill our tummies.'
The king was not satisfied with that reply. Later in the day, he sought the advice of his most trusted advisor. After hearing the King's woes and the servant's story, the advisor said, 'Your Majesty, I believe that the servant Has not been made part of The 99 Club.'
'The 99 Club? And what exactly is that?' the King inquired.
The advisor replied, 'Your Majesty, to truly know what The 99 Club is, place 99 Gold coins in a bag and leave it at this servant's doorstep.'
When the servant saw the bag, he took it into his house. When he opened the bag, he let out a great shout of joy... So many gold coins!
He began to count them. After several counts, he was at last convinced that there were 99 coins. He wondered, 'What could've happened to that last gold coin? Surely, no one would leave 99 coins!'
He looked everywhere he could, but that final coin was elusive. Finally, exhausted he decided that he was going to have to work harder than ever to earn that gold coin and complete his collection.
From that day, the servant's life was changed. He was overworked, horribly grumpy, and castigated his family for not helping him make that 100th gold coin. He stopped singing while he worked.
Witnessing this drastic transformation, the King was puzzled. When he sought his adviser's help, the adviser said, 'Your Majesty, the servant has now officially joined The 99 Club.' 
He continued, 'The 99 Club is a name given to those people who have enough to be happy but are never contented, because they're always yearning and Striving for that extra 1, saying to themselves: 'Let me get that one final thing and then I will be happy for life.' We can be happy, even with very little in our lives, but the minute we're given something bigger and better, we want even more! We lose our sleep, our happiness, we hurt the people around us; all these as a price for our growing needs and desires.
That's the "Club 99"

I wish I had known this.....


If you have any questions, you can contact me at [email protected]