4 Habits That’ll Help You Thrive in 2019

“And suddenly you know… it’s time to start something new and trust the magic of new beginnings.”

~Meister Eckhart

 

2018 has been a roller coaster with multiple 360-degree loops and 90-degree drops. Don’t worry, this ride is almost over, and 2019 will be a whole new one.

You’re changing. You’ve become a different person from what you used to be and you’re growing more mature, wise and beautiful. Please remember that even when things are hard, it’s always for the better. Look at how far you’ve come, you should be proud of yourself.

You have new goals for yourself now, goals that you set to make yourself happy. You no longer feel the need to do something to meet another’s standards because there is no one more important to please than yourself.

Your anxiety has minimized, your smiles are wider and above all, you laugh more often. You can meet your own reflection without the need to hide.

Congratulations, you survived another year! Here are some things to keep in mind for the year to come:


1. Start with being really honest with yourself.

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The only way to change something is to first acknowledge it. To look at the situation exactly as it is but not over-contemplating it. Look at your fears, limitations, and obstacles right in the eye.

What’s working and what isn’t? What do you want to do that scares the crap out of you? Give yourself credit for what’s working and then find ways to change what isn’t in 2019.

As they say, the truth will set you free. But before, it might hurt or piss you off. Allow the same.


2. Experience is the best teacher, so learn something new every day.

Nick Jonas Quote - 2019

“Obstacles do not block the path, they are the path.”

The first time I heard this Zen Proverb, I didn’t get it. How could obstacles be the path? This idea of obstacles- of not blocking the way but actually being the way- sounded like an alien language to me.

But, here’s what I discovered: desires are powerful. Life is always guiding us towards what we want, but in that process, fears and failures will surface so that they can be seen and healed.

It’s okay if you’re scared of the future and you often fail at trying new things. Breathe, and remember that you are a work-in-progress. Don’t be embarrassed. Be empowered by the fact that you tried and that you are managing to grow!

Be a sponge, and take in as much as you can. Hold the mistakes and the successes close to your heart, and don’t be afraid of the people who have shaped you differently.


3. Embrace vulnerability.

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Vulnerability is scary. Yet, it’s the gateway to growth, change, and connection. It’s the last thing we want to practice, but the first thing we look for in others. We cannot shut out pain, shame, and disappointment by blocking love, growth, and connection.


So, have the courage allow your deepest and most fragile parts to be seen. Allow your heart to crack right open and something beautiful will happen: you’ll be able to transform difficult feelings into love, strength, and compassion.


Few months back, I met a girl in an open space at a conference. It was the second time we met, yet I felt the urge to suddenly share the fear I had at the time of not being enough and other things  I was scared of.

Apparently, she was experiencing similar sentiments. I felt relieved, empowered and more connected to her after the conversation.


4. Continue to grow

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The most important lesson I’ve learned this year is that unmatchable growth happens when we are ready to face discomfort. I have voluntarily taken up so many roles, changes, scenarios that scared me but through them, I conquered my fears and allowed myself to truly grow!

 

Start small. Identify your fear. Let it into your life, just a fraction of it. Allow it to sit there awkwardly and watch as the person you think you are-sniffs it out, backs away, circles it warily.


Go slowly. Allow yourself to feel intense discomfort, as well as the pleasure personal growth. Approach obstacles with an attitude of personal development, not as failures.


Try a language course online. Search out a volunteer position that’s similar to your desired career. Practice writing, reading or anything that will lead you closer to your goals. Celebrate small victories with a divine piece of chocolate. 😉


And then, plan your next move knowing you’ll take care of yourself every step of the way.

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It won’t be easy, but it’ll be worth it.  

You’ll grow out of all the things you are going through.

In the process, get some sleep. Take care of yourself. Do yoga. Read every book you can get your hands on. Listen to your favorite music. But most importantly, don’t ever give up.

 

Let us know in the comments sections below what promises you are making to yourself at the end of the year and how you intend to keep them in 2019.

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Studying bachelor’s in biotechnology, Aayushi is a really passionate person, who loves to read and travel. She believes people, places, and stories have the power to change anyone and help them understand the purpose of life.

How to Confront Problems and Take Bold Decisions

During the course of life, it wouldn’t be surprising to find yourself in the middle of situations you consider too hard to deal with. We consider not to confront problems and escape facing them.

These circumstances can be sudden and unpredicted or probably something you were aware of since the beginning.

Be it family, studies or job, friends, other commitments or responsibilities, we’re bound to be put in a loop of expectations.  And this, at times, becomes even more pressurising.

Here is when the relevance of taking the right decisions comes in, an art we all are trying to master.

It can be for an opportunity you’ve come across and need direction for, or a difficulty or complication you’re trying to find a solution for. Anyway, know that you’re not alone.

We’ve all been there, and as difficult as it may seem, it’s just a matter of understanding and prioritizing. Always think beyond giving up.

Understand yourself, the context, the consequences. Once you have that clear, it’s easier to make a decision. Maybe it won’t be the best one, but that’s the beauty of making mistakes: you learn from them!

This is a space to help you.

Let’s step into how to confront a bothering problem, one thing at a time:

1. Know your situation well

Having complete knowledge about what’s bothering you should be a priority to improve understanding and reduce the complexity of the situation.

It can be done by asking self-reflection questions and introspecting in the right manner.

You may also try sitting down to journal or do a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis.

Understand that you hold all the answers within, you just need to seek them.

2. Be bold enough to try

Gaining a clarity on your problem can settle in most of the issue since you know the topic.

Every individual has their own way of thinking, which can make them have a unique perspective on things that matter to them. Despite the generalisation of the situation, they know that their instincts are calling out for something to act upon.

It’s here when most people fall out, by not taking a challenge and remaining too cosy in the comfort zone.

Trust your instincts and take the bold move. You never know how strong you may become, when you may inspire someone or build a movement.

3. Consider the consequence of not acting

achieve heights - how to confront problems and take big decisions

The best manner to approach a difficulty is to use your skills to deal with it.

During the time of introspection, you already came across what works best for you. Now use your willpower and imagination to keep up with the motivation and manage stress.

Having strength is not an option, it’s a necessity to confront problems.

Not acting upon a problem can make you stay stuck in it till the consequences hit hard from the back. This can only worsen the situation and make it even harder to work upon.

So don’t stall it! Taking a decision to do something about it can guide you to resolve it.

Now, let’s understand some strategies to take big decisions for these problems:

“You’re never going to be 100% ready and it’s never going to be just the right time, but that’s the point. It means that every moment is also the right moment. If you want it, you just have to do it.

– Unknown”

4. Explore -Exploit trade-off

While making a settlement, we’re usually left with a number of options to choose from.

Be it deciding to pursue higher studies, go in for a job, or something as basic as choosing which topic to study first for the upcoming exam.

It’s advisable that you explore the opportunity, given that it’s new and you have a long duration of time to go for it. And you must exploit the information, given that it’s something you already have an idea about, or know that exists. Then you’re bound with a short time to take the decision.

Also known as the explore-exploit trade-off strategy, it helps to execute the analytical side of the brain and take calculative resolutions.

5. The idea of minimalism to confront problems

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We hold on to a lot of materialistic possessions, be it tangible or mental, thinking that someday they might be of some good use to us. So we store these items in the drawers, cupboard, wardrobe or hold these memories in places, objects, fragrances and don’t wish to let them go.

The idea of minimalism is to give your life a positive revamp, decluttering things that are of no more worth to you.

Speaking of the mind, it helps in situations when we hold ourselves back, or probably when we carry baggage in our hearts.

The approach is to dispose-off anything that hasn’t served your purpose in the recent six months, for might never be relevant in future as well. Removing the least used items makes space for the important things, which become easily accessible to you.

Speaking of the mind, it helps you do what makes the most sense in the least amount of time, and confront problems.

6. Being fearless to make mistakes

“And now go, make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes.”- Neil Gaiman

Sometimes, putting in fewer efforts for a critical decision, can help you release stress, relax more and take a calm, more self-aware and practical move.

Taking risks and chances at times can take you to another journey of adventure and might bring out the hidden parts of you, you never thought existed.

It’s alright to eliminate options that are not a priority, so the ones which are getting more attention and focus.

Being fearless to make mistakes can help you gain mental stability and courage to become brave and bold, even when life hits hard.

Becoming an everyday leader is not hard, but it’s always a conscious option.

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While you choose to stand tall amidst a storm or take a move nobody expects you to, you become a better version of who you really are.

Know that you’re bold enough to confront problems and take the right decisions!

Did this article help you? Have you ever taken any of these points into consideration when you had to make a decision?

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Vanyashree Chaudhary is a light-hearted Journalism student from Delhi. She’s crazy about her love for graphic designing, Oreo shakes and Daft Punk. Find her the happiest while she’s travelling!

4 Life Lessons from Stan Lee

The ‘Marvel’ of the entertainment world, Stan Lee, passed away on 12th November 2018, at 95 years of age. He has left a timeless legacy about failure, flaws, persistence, and humility. Born as Stanley Martin Lieber, in Manhattan, New York, he became a pioneer and visionary in the world of entertainment and inspired the minds of both the young and the old, with his extraordinary vision for ordinary people. He supercharged Marvel Comics into one of the most relevant, extraordinary and as a strong cultural force of the 21st century, with humor and cameos that appealed to the young and the old.

Here are 4 key lessons to take from Stan Lee’s life and his marvelous creations!

 

1. Acknowledge your flaws 

 

Acknowledging flaws

Stan Lee always developed his characters with flaws. It was through the story (or stories) that they acknowledged and addressed those flaws.

And isn’t it like real life? Even if we’re talking about aliens and superheroes, the ability of learning and developing made these characters more human. And hence, we connected and were inspired by them

In fact, one of the most famous superheroes of all time, Spiderman, was the first one to have issues such as self-doubt and unhappiness.

Hence, acknowledging your flaws and working on them to make them better is an important message, that can be seen in almost all of the Marvel characters.

 

2. Speaking out on matters that matter

 

″Bigotry and racism are among the deadliest social ills plaguing the world today.”

This statement by Stan Lee was made in 1968, a time where speaking on such issues was absolutely uncommon.

The comic book visionary was always ahead of his time and used his platform to speak out on social issues and injustices. It was his way to make a difference in the world and create a lasting impact.

With the creation of racially diverse characters and collaborating with people from different ethnicities, Lee tried to send a strong and powerful message against racial discrimination both inside and outside the entertainment world.

 

3. If you never try, you’ll never know

 

“I used to be embarrassed because I was just a comic-book writer, while other people were building bridges or going on to medical careers. And then I began to realize: entertainment is one of the most important things in people’s lives. Without it, they might go off the deep end. I feel that if you’re able to entertain people, you’re doing a good thing.” – Stan Lee

Back in the 60s, most comics were written at a poor, juvenile level, that most writers found shameful.

It was Lee’s wife who suggested that he wrote a comic in the style he wanted to, with a pseudonymous. That way even if he failed there would be no huge loss since he was not using his real name.

The result was the launch of ‘Fantastic Four’, which he created with Jack Kirby. The comic book later became a huge success. Had he never tried, he would have never achieved such success Our story is made out of trying and preserving, this is one of the greatest legacies given to us by this comic book superstar.

 

4. With great power comes great responsibility

 

You probably heard this sentence a thousand times in your life. But surprise, it’s not originally from Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben, but by Voltaire.

Nevertheless, Stan Lee turned it into a mantra for many comic con lovers, and it serves as a reminder to be accountable for our actions and the power we have. Great power does not always have to be physical strength, but also the power to influence and move people with words and actions.

Making a difference for the better of the world when we have the resources and means to do so is a collective responsibility and we have to carry it out in the right manner for a more sustainable future.

These are only a few of the life lessons from Stan Lee’s celebrated journey.

More than a comic book artist, influencer, editor and producer, he was an inspiration.,

His work brought a ripple of change for the better of the world and motivates the current and future generations to be their own superheroes.

As Lee once said, “another definition of a hero is someone who is concerned about other people’s well-being and will go out of his or her way to help them — even if there is no chance of a reward. That person who helps others simply because it should or must be done, and because it is the right thing to do, is indeed without a doubt, a real superhero.”

Rest in peace, Stan Lee. You’ll be forever remembered and beloved.

Feeling inspired? Check out  4 Leadership Lessons From Captain America too!

 


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Malawika is a Mass Communication student from Delhi. She is an astrophile, passionate about Stephen Hawking and Carl Sagan, and loves to listen to the Arctic Monkeys, her favorite band. Find her at her happiest while exploring new cities and justifying her love for the color orange!

4 Entrepreneurs Who Are Changing The World

Entrepreneurs are people who build, creates and achieves. Those who always searches out for change, react to it and take it as a chance. They start a venture bearing all the dangers, applying their creativity and imagination to pursue their fantasized goals.

We have numerous living examples of youthful and dynamic entrepreneurs who have taken the world by a squall. They are teaching us that a business is not just about money but much more.

Here are 4 of them who are just changing the world with their business:

1. Vibin Joseph BioZEEN (India)

Vibin Joseph is the organizer and Official Executive of BioZEEN, a biopharmaceutical organization that is in charge of vaccinating 33% of the youngsters over the globe. Joseph’s organization bio shares his motto:

“All our activities should benefit society and make our world a better place.”

The immunization manufacturing industry has truly been a niche market hoarded by only a couple of organizations. But Joseph has figured out how to break into the niche in a huge way.

BioZeen will probably “produce lifesaving therapeutics accessible for the entire of humankind“, very soon. They’re well on their way.

He portrays his coworkers as his “BioZEEN family”, where he tries to create an attitude of “we-not-I”.

What’s more? In his extra time, he guides school graduates and teaches science.

2. Dr. Gavin Armstrong Lucky Iron Fish (Canada)

Dr. Gavin Armstrong is helping to win the battle with iron deficiency, a condition that influences about 2 billion people. He’s doing it with the assistance of a lucky iron fish. Well, numerous lucky iron fishes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CM5Dt4YTCkc

Iron deficiency can prompt “anemia, weakness, impaired cognitive capacity, compromised physical development in children, and expanded danger of illness.” But on the other hand, it’s totally preventable.

Armstrong is the founder and President of Lucky Iron Fish – an association dedicated to reducing iron deficiency with the utilization of literal iron fishes.

The fishes are bubbled in a liter of water with a couple of drops of citrus juice. At that point, the fishes are removed and you utilize the staying iron-rich juices to finish your dinner. The fish are reusable and simple to clean.

Not just this, Armstrong’s lucky Iron Fish has a program that pays the fishes forward to those in need.

3. Yaron Gissin Kalisaya (US)

Yaron Gissin Kalisaya entrepreneur changing the world

Yaron Gissin was on a three-day photography trip in the desert when the idea of KaliPAK was generated. He and his colleagues had to stop their excursion after the majority of their gadgets (counting their cameras) came up short on power.

It would have been helpful to have a convenient source of inexhaustible power.

At the time, he didn’t give up and thought of a business plan that could solve the issue. As a result, today Gissin’s organization, Kalisaya (named after an Incan word used to describe energy from the sun), has built up the KaliPAK.

The product is an effectively versatile, portable, lightweight and rechargeable solar powered generator.

In spite of the fact that the thought developed from a longing to have a convenient power source for recreational travel, the KaliPAK’s appeared with the Israeli Air Force Humanitarian Rescue Mission for Worldwide Disaster Areas.

And wait, it’s also great for vacations 😉

4. Enass Abo-Hamed H2GO Power (Palestine)

“Imagine an electric grid powered by 100% renewable energy, and then extend that grid to power the transportation sector.

To achieve this requires innovative technologies that allow renewables to be stored and dispatched at all times, even when the wind isn’t blowing and the sun isn’t shining. This is what we aim to enable.”

H2GO

Enass Abo-Hamed is a champion of the sustainable power source. Her organization, H2GO Power, aims for “bringing affordable reliable energy to millions across the globe in a greenway, for large social and environmental impact.”

Abo-Hamed’s solid state, carbonless synthetic fuel, and simple storage ability enables H2GO to offer inexpensive, environment friendly power for regions off the power grid. H2GO tries to use overabundance renewables to make self-sustaining energy frameworks.

In the long term, Abo Hamed’s aim is to reduce air pollution caused by conventional power sources, provide power to the people who as of now live without, and to battle the spike incarbon dioxidee that is driving environmental change.

Are you inspired by these amazing entrepreneurs?

Do you want to join their ranks and make your own difference in the world? Then now might be a great time to check out our amazing Global Entrepreneur programme to kickstart your entrepreneurial journey.

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Anisha Bhawanani is graduated in Marketing and Finance and loves writing. She usually keeps day dreaming and believes that imagination can create and bring everything into this world. Apart from this, she loves harry potter and is very passionate about traveling and exploring different cultures. One day she wants to win a man booker prize.

From Rags to Riches- J.K. Rowling’s road to success

“We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.”

J.K. RowlingBest known for her mega-best-selling book series of Harry Potter, Joanne Kathleen Rowling is one of those people who managed to make millions of dollars from their creative minds.

Even if you were not one of those who spent hours behind the books, imagining how it would be to live in a magical world, you probably at least watched movies. It’s a story of generations and for all generations.

Her stories have inspired thousands of people to believe in themselves and to believe that everyone has a magic inside them. But there is much more to it, a ‘behind the scenes’ story: J.K.’s story!

In case you didn’t know, she went from being a single mom struggling to pay the bills, and became the acclaimed writer we all know today.

How? That’s what we want to tell you.

Here are some of J.K. Rowling’s life philosophies, which helped her overcome all the challenges she faced and get where she’s now.

1. Ability to see the silver lining and turn ‘lemon into lemonade’

“Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

In 1990, when her mother died, J.K. used the feeling of loss to complete the real-life elements of Harry Potter. That pain was the fuel for her to write about the miserable life of Harry as an orphan.

A few years later, her marriage also fell apart. She was jobless at the time, and raising her first child came to her responsibility, so she started living on state benefits. No wonder she ended up in a big depression.

During this dark time, she changed these miserable feelings to her benefit and made up the Dementor (a creature in her books that suck away any joy when he shows up).

So yes, there are many moments in our life when everything seems hopeless, but just as J.K. did, we can use these moments in our favor.

Channelize the pain and turn it into something good.

2. The crucial significance of imagination.

Is imagination only for the kids? Maybe then we’re all just big kids! 😀

J.K. Rowling believes that imagination is the most powerful weapon on earth. And when you think about it, everything created resulted of our daydreams.

There wouldn’t have been something called ‘pizza’ if, someone never dreamt about the taste of combining sauces with some cheese and vegetables, or would it?

“Imagination is the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we never shared.”

J.K.. Rowling

So, go ahead and daydream. Let your imagination run where it may and imagine a better life, a better world. Imagine magic.

And, If someone complains, tell them that you have Jo’s permission 😉

3. Your qualifications are not your life.

“You are more than the things you do or did not do.”

J.K. Rowling

No matter how many degrees you have, or how many lessons you did not finish, your qualifications (and grades) are not you or your life!

She says:  “Failure gave me an inner security that I have never had by passing examinations.”

Jo believes that failures are all about stripping away the inessential. That’s why we become better with each failure and improvise when we try again.

Does inner security comes from a job, money or getting an A+? The perfect spouse or a relationship?

Jo says that success is, luckily, not measured by the number of qualifications we have.

4. Focus on what work matters the most to you

“I began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me.”

J.K. Rowling

After she finished her degree in 1986, J.K. landed on a job at Amnesty International, as a researcher and secretary. While working there, she kept on carrying her passion: writing.

At that time, her articles were published in a journal of Exeter University.

After a while, she moved to Manchester to work for the Chamber of Commerce. That’s when she began writing her sensational Harry Potter story.

Think about it, wasn’t it pretty cool that she came up with the multi-million dollar idea while working as a regular employee?

While delivering a speech at Harvard, she said that “Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”

By rock bottom, she meant that she had failed on an epic scale. Having an exceptionally short-lived marriage, being a jobless, alone parent and “as poor as it was possible to be in Britain, without being homeless”.

Even we can rise up from our own rock bottom, lay a foundation for our dreams and goals, no matter where we are at this very moment.

All it takes is to have resilience, faith, and to believe in yourself. We all have power inside, we just need to find the best way to channel it!

Share this post with someone who needs some magic in their life right now 🙂

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Anisha Bhawanani is graduated in Marketing and Finance and loves writing. She is a happy go lucky girl with a head full of dreams, very passionate about traveling and exploring different cultures. One day she wants to win a man booker prize.