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Sunday, 15 March 2015

Google Adsense Alternatives

Google Adsense Alternatives

 How to earn money online

If you are looking for different ways to make money online, you are at the right place. If you are searching for Google Adsense No doubt, Google Adsense is the main source of income for lost of content rich websites and bloggers. When we talk about how to make money online from a website, the first thing that comes to our mind is monetizing it through Google Adsense. But there can be situations when we need to look at Google Adsense Alternatives. Here are some situations when we want to give a try some Adsense Alternatives –·       Your publisher account with Google adsense is not accepted for some reason.
·       Your account is disabled for reasons that are beyond  your control.
·       You are not happy with Google Adsense earnings and no more interested in using Google Adsense on your website blog.
·       You want to try some other monetization methods with Google Adsense on your website and blog.
·       Minimum payout and mode of payment don’t suit you.
The real problem with lots of of Adsense Alternatives is that they are no way near Google Adsense when we compare our earnings potential with them. There are some money- making Progarms, but they are good for high traffic websites. I have compiled a list of best 10 plus alternatives to Google Adsense that are ideal for small as well large websites and can be used in combination with Google Adsense to earn lots of extra money from our blogs and websites in 2015.

Alternetives, this detailed guide is a treat for you have where you will not only learn how to make money through Google Adsense Alterntives, but you will also learn what not to do.


Top Google Adsense Alternatives for your website or blogger
1. Chitika



Chitika is very similar to Google Adsense. Chitika is a CPC product oriented program. I like Chitika because of two reasons. Firstly, it always places relevant ads based on the content, which helps you to get more click. Secondly, you can edit text colour, Url colour,

Monday, 16 February 2015

PLANNING IS THE KEY OF SUCCESS
Depending upon the position one occupies in a workplace there will always be people wanting to meet you for quicker disposal of work, for paying homage or for seeking clarification. At work, it is desirable to have some fixed time or hours for visitors. There will always be unscheduled and unexpected visitors who drop in beyond the scheduled timing. If you are a boss, it is best to notify some guidelines about what matters and for whom you will be willing to interrupt your work for and whom you will meet later on.
Before seeing an unexpected visitor, get information regarding how much time the visitor will need. Do not hesitate to ask the time frame, for an unscheduled but an important meeting, so that you can it in  your other schedule. There was no way I could say no to any demand on my time. I would calculate how much time a visitor wood need. Most of them would ask for five or ten minutes. I would set apart one hour for meeting visitors close to my chambers, which included five small meeting rooms. The visitors would normally arrive a few minutes earlier for the appointment. They would be served tea, coffee or cold drinks. I would walk into the meeting room and put on my stop  watch and tell  a visitor that his time started then. Exactly at the end of the time requested I would get up to leave. If the visitor said that he had no finished what he wanted to, I would give him a minutes more to listen to him. This would be apart from the written brief of request  the visitors were requested to bring with them. I would ensure that if I had promised that the visitor would have some reply sent to his communication in seven days, he would have a reply personally signed by me. I avoided unscheduled interruptions. In some cases, I would delegate the tasks to be done but kept a tab on them so that my own credibility was not affected. Instead of asking the visitor to go out the end of interview, I would myself walk out of the room. This did not hurt the ego of the visitors as they were never asked to go away. Instead, I would get up and shake hands pleading that I had to see the next visitor. If at all I had to see somebody in my office room which was rare, then I would receive them at my office door and great them. This would give me control over the length of  the time I wanted to spend with them as they would already have been softened by my politeness. If some problem came to my notice, I would decide to handle it right there and then. Only if I could not completely handle it, would I plan to take care of it a later time, but definitely, within the self-imposed time frame. In government offices in Indi, senior executives let the visitors know that  they are busy and are not to be disturbed by placing a red light, at the top of their door which is a kind of ‘Do not disturb’ sign. Everybody has his or her reasons to busy. He or she need not be afraid to say ‘NO’ to people to protect his or her work time. One does not have to be apologetic or need an excuse to be too busy. When interruptions occur, use a system like a bookmark to remind you where you left. Have a definite system of jogging your memory so that it will be easier to pick up where you left off.
SAVE TIME
If you are right-handed, put your phone on the left side of the desk so that you can hold the phone to your ear and take notes at the same time, if required. It is not necessary to answer the phone every time it rings, if you are busy with other urgent work or cannot take the call for some reason. Have a system where all such calls automatically go into the answering machine or into voice mail box. This is also one way to avoid interruptions. The message on your answering machine should be clear and to be the point.
Let people know through your answering machine when you will return their calls. This will also enable you to filter your calls so that you can avoid unnecessary high pitched sales calls, irritating or crank calls. This is also a way to save time. My own method is to let every call go into the answering machine even if I am sitting next to the telephone. Only after the caller has identified himself and stated his purpose I respond if I feel that I should. I use the voice mail as a time saving tool.  Alternatively, you can tell people through the answering machine or the voice mail exactly what you need to know or how they should contact you and the best time to reach you. When leaving messages, ask the person who has received the call to repeat your message back to you to make sure he has go it right. If you are going to be out for a long time or the subject is dealt by somebody else you can also ask if some other person can help the caller. Give the name and contact number of the other person with his prior consent who can help the caller quickly. Respect your own time as well as other people’s time. Collect all the information you need to take care of a request before returning any phone call.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

 ORGANIZING FOR SUCCESS

Goals and Vision:-
Every event, every incident and, in fact, everyone has a purpose in life. Each one of us has a unique or special talent. When we blend this unique talent with service to others we experience an ecstasy and exultation in our lives. This may be expressed or unexpressed and is the goal which we cherish. When you work, you are just like a flute through whose heart the whispering of time turns to music. What is it to work with love? It is to weave the cloth with threads drawn from your heart as if your beloved were to wear that cloth. By a conscious effort you should train your mind to look for something bright instead of being morose. You should view your problems as challenges and opportunities to prove your mettle. You have to devise your own skills to tackle your problems.

It is specific goals
You have to plan solutions based on your intellect and intuition. You should learn from the experiences of others rather than learn the hard way, that is to say, by making and repeating the mistakes made by you and others. You should divide your difficulties and problems into easily manageable segments. Then tackle each segment separately. Conceive all possible solutions for the problems and weigh the pros and cons of each. Do not hesitate to use your intuitive and reasoning power to decide the best possible solutions. Always have a goal in front of you as it is the goals which keep you going. Keep up your momentum in fixing and achieving one goal after the other. Develop yourself and grow up with your goals. Remember that nothing in life is achieved without a few setbacks and disappointments. Get back to your goals after doing mid-course as all ships, missiles and rockets do Goals-setting should be as essential as preparing the list of things to do or the shopping to be done. It is specific goals which take us where we want to go. Setting goals is the same thing as making a shopping list. One you make for your day-to-day living, the other you make to become what you want to become. Henry ford used to say, ‘‘whether you think you will succeed or not, you are right.’’
A successful man never imposes nor even dreams of limitations on himself by doubting whether he will succeed or not. A successful man looks at the problems facing him as opportunities to learn and to move forward. He makes a commitment to himself to do his best. On this subject it has been tightly commented by W.N. Mury, ‘‘Until one is committed here is hesitancy, the chance to draw back always, ineffectiveness concerning all acts of initiative and creation. There is one elementary truth. Ignorance kills countless ideas and splendid plans. The moment one definitely commits himself then providence moves, too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would otherwise never have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision rising in one’s favour. All manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamt of then come your way.  A successful person knows that only when he is serious and committed will he achieve his objective. The very fact of desire to achieve unlocks his genius and energy to achieve his definite main aim. It is only the decision to achieve which leads to achievement. He does whatever it takes to achieve. To be successful you should enjoy whatever you are doing or have set your mind to achieve. Doing well is a reward in itself. Learn to work for the love of work and get involved. The only road to success is through clear and unambiguous purpose. The Gita says that you have the right to work but for the sake of word only. You have no right to the fruits of the work. Desire for the fruits of work must never be your motive in working. Never give way to laziness either. A successful man is generally happy because he likes what he does. Failure hurts but it is more hurting when failure comes your way because you did not give your best. Things improve when we ourselves improve. There is no magic wand to make things and circumstance better. It is a fact of life that despite doing your best sometimes you cannot eliminate failure and disappointments. Doing your best itself is rewarding in boosting your own self-respect. You have to be persistent in your efforts to succeed. It has been right said that persistence is at the back of success. Calvin Coolidge said:
‘‘Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not. Nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not. Unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not. The world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
The slogan: ‘press on’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.’’
Persistence is the main input for success and winning anything that one undertakes. Thomas Edison, the inventor of bulb and the gramophone,  said ‘‘Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. I never did anything worthwhile by an accident nor did any of my inventions come by accident. They came by work.’’ Another great achiever said, ‘‘if people knew how hard i have worked it would not seem wonderful at all.’’ ‘‘ A man with half a volition goes backwards and forwards and makes no way on the smoothest road; a man with a whole volition advances on the roughest and will reach his purpose even if there be little wisdom in  it. The man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder, a waif a nothing, no man. Have a purpose in life and having it throw such strength of mind, muscle into your work as God has give you,’’ says Carlyle. A firm purpose is at least half-equal to the deed itself. Success lies in the constancy of purpose. For joy, happiness and success the bests way is to have a small baggage of needs, moderate expectations coupled with high aspirations and ambitions. Inaction should never be allowed to dominate your intellect. If you do so, it is almost like iron which rusts due to disuse. Aristotle said, ‘‘moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just act, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.’’ You may to learn about the past but do not wallow in it. One way to be happy and successful is to get a job you love doing. Alternatively love whatever job you are to do. You should never feel that you are just working in your job. You should enjoy doing it. To be a success you have to take charge of decision-making at whatever level you are working no matter how painful that may be. Feelings should not matter. Sys W.M. Thackeray: ‘‘the word is a looking glass and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face. Frown at it and it will in turn look sourly at you. Laugh at it and with it and it is a jolly kind companion.’’ Every man has some quality which is unique in him. We can always learn something from every man. That man is most happy and infuses his life with joy who thinks creatively with new and interesting thoughts. There is everything in his life and world to make you happy. The only condition is that you yourself must be willing to accept it.

Saturday, 7 February 2015

BE HOPEFUL

God has made all human beings alike. At the same time he has endowed each one of us with different qualities. It is up to each one of us to develop higher qualities or to yield to baser instincts. The choice is entirely ours. Be always optimistic and hopeful. Hope even impossible hopes. Dream big dreams. It is this attitude in life, which will fill you  with courage and resourcefulness. Never worry or complain of injustice either  yourself or to others. Instead try to strengthen yourself with right values. A sense of proportion is essential for helping yourself and others whenever any help is required. You should live your life on the pattern of lighthouse. It shows the path to ships and boats as they pass by. Your life should glow so that others can walk on their paths in its light. For success it is essential to have an accurate self-assessment. It is only by assessing yourself correctly that you can increase your competence. You should indentify themes and patterns of your organization clearly. Always be clear and inspiring to your team. It is only by your example that you can effectively inspire your team to work with pride and dedication. As a leader be creative. Praise people for trying even if they do not succeed. Shower praise at every opportunity. Praise is nutrition for the ego. It is a powerful tool. Not only do people want success and material goods they also want these to be noticed. It is only for this reason that people buy clothes and big houses. Everybody wants to be complimented for what he does. Recognition for accomplishments is a great incentive. President Theodore Roosevelt said, ‘‘It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of the deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust, sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if he fails at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall be never with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.’’ There is an inspiring poem on the subject:
The test of man is the fight he makes
The grit he daily show;
In the face of
Fate’s numerous bumps and blows
A coward can smile when to stand up and cheer
While some other fellow stare.
It is not the victory after all
But the fight that brother make;
The man who driven against the wall
Still stands up erect and takes
The blows of fate with his head held high;
Bleeding, bruised and pale
Is the man who’ll win in the by and by
For be isn’t afraid to fail.
It is the bumps you get and jolts you get
And the shocks that your courage stands
The hours of sorrow and vain regret
The prize that escapes your hands
That test your mettle and proves your worth
It isn’t the blows you deal
But the blows you take on the good old earth.
That shows if your stuff is real.
It is a paradox that your society, friends and relatives want you to achieve great heights. But at the same time they want you to confirm to existing values. Conformity is nothing but steamrolling your approach to life as well as to your creative thinking. It closes all doors to new avenues. Thinking and acting creative are synonymous though many may not agree with that definition. A well-conceived thought leads to constructive achievements. You have to tread the path to creativity through hard work and enthusiasm. You have to be prepared to tread on the corns of others if necessary. This approach can lead to problems and dangers. You should not be apologetic if you do something out of the ordinary to fulfil your ideas. Human beings are the greatest assets in the success of any undertaking. It is this asset which turns barren lands, raw materials like wood, cement and steel into buildings, factories, commerce and industry. Every person has a unique character, special skills and attitudes. Combinations of several factors and the proficiency of the individuals only can lead to achievement. Managing human assets is both an art and a science. A manager has to have a total commitment to his work before he can demand it from his employees. The successful leader ensures a high morale in his team. He motivates his colleagues and subordinates to give their best. He should learn to face confrontations, slammed doors and storm warnings with equanimity. At leader leads by accepting mistakes. He does not blame his boss or subordinates. He is strong in mental gymnastics. Imagining as to what will be the outcome of a particular course of action can prevent conflict. A leader has to set long-term, medium and short-term objectives for the organization. He should be able to visualize and communicate the objectives of the organization. A leader needs to keep himself physically fit. Leadership demands emotional, physical and intellectual activity. About the complaint that there is too much struggle in life which takes away happiness, a poet says:-

Tell me not in mournful numbers
Life is but an empty dream!
For the soul is dead that slumbers
And things are not what they seem.
Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal:
Dust thou art to dust return est
Was not spoken of the soul!
Not enjoyment and not sorrow
Is our destined end or way:
But to act that each tomorrow
Find us farther than today.
Art is long and Time is fleeting
And our heats though stout and brave
Still like muffled drums are beating
Funeral marches to the grave.
In the world’s broad field of battle
In the bivouac of life
Be not like dumb driven cattle!
Be a hero in the strife!
Trust no future however pleasant!
Let the dead past bury its dead!
Act- act in the living present!
Lives of great men all remind us
Footprints on the sands of time:
Footprints that perhaps another
Sailing over life’s solemn main
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother
Seeing shall take heart again.
Let us then be up and doing
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing
Learn to labour and to wait.
And let the face of God shine through.
But East and West will pinch the heart
That cannot keep them pushed apart;
And be whose soul is flat – the sky
Will cave in on him by and by.

Most people can be and are about as happy as they wish to be. Very little is needed to make a happy life. It is all within ourselves and in our way of thinking. The spoken word, the released arrow, the past life and the neglected opportunity cannot be retrieved and it does not serve any purpose to  lament over them. The best course is to make the best of the present and be determined to enjoy it.


Thursday, 5 February 2015

CELEBRATE LIFE

Quite often some people belittle the world and its charms saying that all is lost and there is no sweetness in life. This attitude is surprising when there are still sunshine, rain, roses, spring, autumn, stars, honey, good friends and caring families. Good humour and good nature is there in abundance in and about all of us. You can extract the best out of everything. It is only a question of being dedicated about doing what you want to do. It is also a question of understanding  your own behaviour towards others and managing yourself and your relationships with others. You cannot do everything you want to in life. However, you can do some things. That what you can do you ought to do. Each day is too short for all we want to accomplish whether it is reading, writing or meeting all the friends we want to. In fact that I can finish only about fifty percent of the things I plan to do because of lack of time. You should keep a record of your measurements, achievements and setbacks so that you know what you should do and what you should avoid. Life is a series of surprises. It is this element which makes it interesting and keep it going. The following anonymous poem sums up the situation-
This day is mine to mar or make
God keep me strong and true
Let me no erring by path take
No erring actions do.
Grant me when the setting sun
This fleeting day shall end
I may rejoice over something done
Be richer by a friend.
Let all I meet along the way
Speak well of me tonight.
I would not have the humblest say,
I had hurt him by a slight.
Let there be something true and fine
When night slips down to tell
That I have lived this day of mine
Not selfishly but well.
It is the maximum good and minimum friction that is important. Nobody reaches the top without occasionally slipping. When someone stumbles give him a chance and get him moving again. As a person determined to succeed you should establish clear achievable objectives for your performance as well as those of your organization. You should find ways and means to reach and touch everybody in your teams and organization. In any job you will find a number of so-called experts. Do not be overawed or bewildered by them or their expertise. More often than not your own judgement is better than that of experts. Quite often people will complain against you. This is due to the fact that you want to give your best and expect others to give their best, too. If you are a hard worker and a hard taskmaster you will drive people towards high standards of performance and will expect a great deal from them. This approach will not make you popular especially with those who do not work or do not like to work hard but it should not deter you from setting high standards and goals and achieving them.
Ultimately, everybody likes to win. Everybody loves a winner. This can be seen in all the pages of the newspapers. You will be respected as a successful leader if you help others to reach great heights and achieve worthwhile objectives. As an individual committed to achieve success you have to devise your own set of rules and guidelines for successful living. During the course of the day you will come across a number of ideas for efficient working. The problem arises later on when you want to recollect and act upon them. You can determine your own method for storing and recalling them whether it is in a notebook or in a computer or a memo pad. What is important is to have a sound system of recalling and acting of ideas.
Do not be afraid of mistakes and misjudgements. They teach you a great deal and lead you to victory. My own method is to speak the idea or the work to be done in portable mini cassette recorder or jot it down. Even if an idea occurs to me at midnight it is immediately put on tape. (otherwise for the whole night I go on thinking of how to do it but when the morning comes it disappears from the mind.) If I do not put it on record, then it goes on haunting me. ( This way I can get it out of my mind and store it for action next day.) If it is not put in some kind of a memory bank immediately the chances are that it will elude you when you want to act on it.
You should be an active participant in the drams of real life. Face whatever comes your way. Remember that sometimes you may be criticized even for doing just and correct things. Your best defence should be the armour of indifference. It is a very effective shield against even the most biting and sarcastic criticism. In the face of such criticism never lose your zest or enthusiasm for life. The creative power of enthusiasm can do wonders for you. Being enthusiastic can lead you to good health. Depressive thoughts affect optimism, faith and a positive, productive lifestyle. The only way to be enthusiastic, is just to think enthusiastic and act enthusiastic. It is the same for courage. You can be courageous just by being courageous and overcoming your fears. Forcing yourself to be happy will make you happy. You can get ahead in life only by being enthusiastic. Never minimize your work or opportunities that come your way. Never berate yourself and your work. Enthusiasm is a good indicator about the quality of life you lead or can lead or will lead. Avoid giving way to annoyance or irritation.
Destiny is calling each one of us everyday.
Take things as they come. Be urbane and philosophical. Accept the problems that come in your life. Discover the best possible solution to deal with them. If one door closes, another one opens. Do not waste time in regret over closed doors or methods. Regret or guilt does not yield any results. Instead, open another door or find another method for solving your problems. You should clearly view the resources and the opportunities that are available to you. Threat the problems as opportunities. See the best in every situation. Expect the best at all times. Destiny is calling each one of us every day. Every day can be a great day if you do not waste time in futile recrimination. Never even think of, ‘‘If only I had done this or that.’’ This will remind you only of past failures, errors of judgements and mistakes which are best forgotten. Failures and failure-producing thoughts should be cut of your life. Expect the best at all times even in the worst of situations. Cast out of your life all negative and depressing thoughts. Embrace the positive and throw away defeatist concepts. Remind yourself that you are better than what you think you can be. Clem stone says, ‘‘Millions of people in every walk of life have tried to achieve high goals that were achievable. Why? They were told or believed, ‘It  can’t be done.’’ And they never learned or applied the first principle of the art of motivation, that is to say, a positive mental attitude(PMA) could have helped them achieve any goal that did not violate universal laws, the laws of God and the rights or goals of their fellowmen. If only they had motivated themselves to Recognise, Relate, Assimilate and Apply from what they read, heard, saw, thought and experienced....  The subconscious will come up with the answers through repetition and repetition. You have to believe in your own judgement. You have to trust yourself to make decisions without bothering whether others approve of your approach. Never try to be somebody you are not. It is very stressful to be a different person from what you actually are. It is wonder of wonders that most people think that events and things that happen to them happen only to them and not to the rest of the world. Never lie to yourself. It is more pernicious than the lie and untruths you can tell others. Appearances are crucial to success and dressing well is very important. Occasionally, you have to be ready to be cheated by deceptive appearances. For achieving success there are some basic premises which should be kept in mind all the time. One: what are the ground rules of the game or plan? Learn them and master them. Two:  who is responsible for enforcing the same? What can be your role in that? Three: who is the boss? Are you trying to be one or help him? Is it he or somebody else who is responsible for enforcing the same? You must decide your bottom line or ‘ lakshman rekha’ as the scriptures put it and never cross it. You have to defend your honour. If you do not, you will give an impression  that you have none to defend. It  is a paradox that it is not work which exhaust the mind but idleness. Thoughts are fragrant like flowers that sweeten our lives. Whatever we sow in life, we reap the same. It is the higher view which will drive away the baser instincts from life. If you do the right action you will be able to do the greatest good with the minimum of energy and strain. The effort should be to keep the lower instincts under check.
 Say to yourself,‘‘Nothing is impossible for me. I have the strength and intelligence of Gods.’’
They cause chaos in life. With sound character and God’s rhythm in life, order and harmony will come naturally to you. As a high achiever you should have a sense of being a higher self.  You can accomplish many amazing feats by believing in your capacity to achieve anything you wish to achieve. You should not set any limits to your knowledge. Never place a limitation on it. Just plunge headlong into well-thought out activity which will lead to the achievement of your goals. Believe in yourself to the point of being able to control the conditions and circumstances around you. Say to yourself ‘Nothing is impossible for me. I have the strength and intelligence of the Gods.’’  Reducing stress and resistance will increase your efficiency. When you are in harmony with yourself and the universe, all factors in your life will function as one entity. When you are in rhythm, you can have the highest level of efficiency. For a top class performance you really have to be happy individual. Says Thomas Carlyle: ‘Give me a man who sings at this work.’’ It is the deep and vibrant joy which can make you efficient. You can train yourself to live joyfully only by thinking and practising joy. Think regularly and persistently on the things you desire. In this way you can make yourself and type of person whether a great achiever or a courageous or joyful person.

Put joyful and glorious thoughts in your mind. You can improve yourself only by controlling and channelizing your mind in the direction you desire. Dwell only on happy, healthy and helpful thoughts. Condition your mind with optimistic thinking and affirmations. The law of reciprocity works in life in all directions and tell the time. In exact proportion to the amount of joy and happiness you spread and the help you give others you will receive those back. Being joyful and dynamic are essential qualities to success. Condition your thoughts to live on the top. With success thoughts saturating you, you will always be on the top. Replace your destructive and depressing thoughts with positive and uplifting thoughts. Dwell only on your victories and successes. Close the door on you past failures, regrets or bitter, unpleasant experiences. Cut out all negative and ugly influences. You should develop a strong motivating force as well as an intense desire and a belief to reach your desired goal. It is true that, occasionally, a lot of life’s problems will gang up against us but you should never give up your positive attitude. Otherwise that itself will become a handicap in overcoming your difficulties. Always imagine yourself as a successful person. You can be what you think yourself to be.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

THE ART OF SUCCESS PART 2  

SECRETS OF SUCCESS:-

Make yourself the star of your workplace. For this you must have clear and precise objectives to be achieved within a definite time-frame. Always respect and value time. Be result-oriented and keep track of the hours. Monitor every minute of your professional and leisure time. Respect the time of other as well as your won. Be always organized and and write down everything you want to accomplish. Keep a list of your objectives, your lists of tasks to be done and your daily planners with you. Prioritize and approach your tasks in a descending order of importance. The most important work should get the highest priority in the days’s agenda. Other items should follow. Always focus on the task at hand. Each task should be given undivided attention. Do not clutter your mind with the things that could be done later or things already completed in the past. Simply concentrate on the task at hand. But before taking up a task make sure that it fits in well within your overall long-term objectives. It should be worth your time and attention. Chalk out a strategy for attaining your objectives successful. Always be on the look out for method to improve your working. Update your skills constantly. You cannot do everything. Delegation of some tasks is one method of accomplishing more. You cannot always be successful. Home your judgement and know when to quit. If you can do this, you will know when to call it quits and move forward without any anxiety, tension or guilt. Flexibility is a great quality. Result-oriented people are realists. Time is not something solid. It is fluid. Like everything in life, schedules change constantly. Achievers get pleasure from shuffling tasks and still meeting their obligations on time. You can develop the habit of getting results from your efforts. It is a question of  developing skills through practice. Check yesterday’s list against today’s reality to assess how close you are to goals have set for yourself. Always make an assessment of yesterday’s ‘To Do’ list to crosscheck how realistic it has tuned out be today. This will help you to avoid or rectify mistakes, if any,in your planning. Keep on visualizing your goals and lists of the tasks to be done. Close your eyes and view yourself doing the activity that you have chosen. Determine how long will it take and assess your odds of success. Do this for every activity on your To Do list. This will enable you to modify, if necessary, your schedule in the light of changing priorities and make it more realistic get into the habit of setting daily goals, achieving them and experiencing the thrill of fulfillment  Shut the door on frequent interruptions and disturbances. Always try to be more productive and have a system to find out whether your efforts are generating an output in proportion to the amount of time you are spending on a particular task or a project. It is best to time your tasks either with a stop-watch or by logging time for each throughout the day. I prefer to use two watches and one of them is always in the stop watch mode so that I am fully conscious of the time I should spend on exercise, a dinner or any other social function. Pay attention to the clock and regulate your timings. Work on your doubts which is another name for buts. We all have them. For improving your results and skills, identify and address your personal buts. The more you can eliminate such angularities, the better and smoother your life will become. Always aim at making a contribution. Self-police the meetings you attend by asking yourself, ‘ How can I contribute more? Am I contributing anything worthwhile to such meeting? Be fully prepared so that you can make a substantive contribution whether it is at meeting or social functions. Remind yourself of your goals. Read them aloud every day to make them tangible and personal. This way you will be able to maintain a high level of motivation.
AIM TO DO YOUR BEST
Most of the time we pressurize ourselves and our life to achieve perfection. We strive to have perfect children, perfect houses, perfect husbands or perfect wives and a perfect work environment, unfortunately, in an imperfect world. It is just not possible to be perfect all the time. This approach can sabotage our life as well as delay achieving our ambitions or fulfilling dreams as we wait for perfect conditions. Absolute perfection exists only in our imagination. On the one hand it can keep us from working to realize our dreams because we are waiting for everything to be ‘just right’. On the other hand, even if we do achieve our dreams we might think that our efforts were not good enough. In our minds we will still feel as if we have failed because we think that we could have done better. It is good to aim at perfection but it should not be pursued to such an extent that it destroys your chances of happiness. It should not prevent you from working towards your, ambitions and dreams. It should be followed in a way that does not strip away your confidence and feeling of achievement of anything you might have attained. Do not allow the quest for perfection to ruin your life because whatever you do you will always feel that you could have done better. Never be harsh on yourself. Make your standards and goal realistic. Always keep yourself alert. Set the bottom lines as to what you can live with and what you can do without. Ask yourself the question whether you are trying to prove anything to yourself or to others? Only self-introspection can make you perfect and rid you of your apprehensions. Do not allow happiness- destroying thoughts to stand between you and your success. Ascertain the reasons why you have not realized your dreams so far. Study your behaviour and the steps you should take to tackle difficult circumstances and your difficult feelings. Once you take concrete steps to face your depressing feelings you can change your life as well as your restricting approach to any stressful behaviour. Always be on the look out to learn about yourself by examining your past performance and actions. This process will enable you to change yours beliefs and behaviours. Remember that life is beautiful. Have faith in it and in your yourself. Keep your faith all the time. Remember that the sun may remain hidden only for a little while and spring will certainly come.
‘‘ Do not allow the quest for perfection to ruin your life because whatever you do you will always feel that you could have done better.’’


THE ART OF SUCCESS PART 3


OPPORTUNITIES ARE KNOCKING ALL THE TIME – GET UP AND OPEN THE DOOR:- Opportunities are never served on a platter. They are there all the time. You have to spot them and use them for your success. Initiative is essential to get you there first. Be ready to take calculated risks if necessary. Many unspotted opportunities are like those flowers that are born to blush and wither unseen. Opportunities afford a chance to display your leadership skills. Developing the qualities necessary for success is not difficult if you will it. You have to commit yourself to your goal. You need to convince yourself that you can do it. You have to be committed to take up the challenge of rising to the top.
BE THE BEST EDITION OF YOURSELF:-
Shakespeare said that nothing is good or bad but thinking makes it so. All joys, pleasures and miseries have their origin in the mind. It is for each one of us to decide whether we wire ourselves for happiness or misery. Happiness certainly does not dwell in a bottle of whisky or in a wad of currency notes. Happiness is an approach to life founded upon certain basic values and plan of living. It is a condition of the mind. It has its roots in human conduct. Generally speaking, a clean life and adherence to ideals of excellence in human conduct produce happiness. This condition in turn is responsible for good health and general well-being. It is the source of cheerfulness and glow in you. Riches cannot feed on luxury goods. Affection does not thrive on luxuries. Human nature is such that if you make up your mind you can be happy anywhere. Half-naked, underfed and undernourished labourers, working on construction projects, men and women carrying loads are happy singing songs.
The real joy of life lies in you work and performance. Never rob yourselves of happiness by postponing it. Happiness is not a destination to arrive at. It is a journey. Any opportunity is a good reason to enjoy the blessings of life. The secret is to live in and for the present. You do not need astrologers, palmists soothsayers and pseudo-saints to tell you all this. Such people simply ‘rob’ you of your will-power and direction by suggesting charms, recitations or some other method of warding off bad luck. They are interested in your wads of crisp currency notes so that they can sell ‘hope’ to you. You have to condition yourself to purposeful living by substituting good habits for bad habits. Create positive patterns of behavior. Find out what is holding you back and what is pushing you into distress and disappointment. Then discard the negative thoughts and situations. This can be done only by changing your thinking and concentrating on the noble and positive aspects of life. This is the only way in which you can transform yourself into a new person. Be objective in examining   your behavior patterns which have been for a long time in your life. Unhappiness is as much a habit as happiness is. Worry needs to be blown out of your life. It can and should be done. You have only to will it. Irritations and tensions blur happiness. They are the results of long held repugnant thought patterns. Understand why you are doing what you are doing. Analyze what is coming in the way of your success. This is the first step in transforming yourself.
There are a number of reasons for ‘fits’ of unhappiness. These include blues, helplessness, timidity and hostile people who would like to pull you down. If you are successful in pinning down the causes, then half the battle in shedding gloom and despair is already won.

‘‘Unhappiness is as much a habit as happiness is.’’

You have the power to encash your abilities. You should do it by all means at your command. Plenty of money, a palatial house, a fleet of cars and a beautiful wife do not guarantee happiness. There is no amulet which can materialize happiness. Happiness is closely allied with and depends upon our actions. A life of inactivity leads to a life of decay and putrefaction. Action is the only glorious principle of life. It is the only one that saves us from stagnation and unhappiness. Dedicating yourself to a noble cause reveals the highest levels of character in human beings. The grand edifice of civilization is an eloquent testimony to what noble endeavours can achieve. Monuments of civilization have been erected and built by character and hard work. Never be idle. Idleness is the refuge of the weak and the feeble. It leads to misery. Idleness cannot give that feeling of well-being which springs from active participation in life’s activities. Action in life is as essential as time-keeping is to a watch. Action is invigorating. It is a tonic. There is no happiness greater than that which stems from the use of your physical, mental and intellectual faculties. Health and happiness have numerous foes. Worry is in the frontline to destroy happiness. It stimulates morbid and miserable feelings. The solution to this problem does not lie in pushing worry under the carpet. You should enjoy life and not suffer it.
The following suggestions will help in overcoming stress and worries. Review your past to pinpoint the misery areas. Do your best to get rid of them. It is not difficult to throw them out of your life. However, the most difficult part is their identification. Tension and worries are threats signals. Learn to spot them so that when they come you can tell yourself that they are a temporary and a momentary phenomenon. The moment they disappear, unhappiness also disappears. Never give way to moodiness and depression. Depression is the expression of self-dislike  or self-disrespect. In this condition it is not others who are bothering you. It is only your own self wallowing in misery. Address your inner self and you will get amazing results. There is greater happiness in giving than in receiving. We have to face a certain amount of stress in our lives. The trick lies in taking it easy. Life in the fast lane has its own hazards. A major one is stress. Stress and unhappiness always emerge out of what we have done or are doing. They can lead to listlessness and disinterest in life. There can be strange reactions because of stress including overeating and screaming at others. A stressful situation is like a pressure cooker which is about to burst. A job switch may help but not always even thought the new job may be less demanding.
Stress can be and is generally job related. It can also be travel related. But an interesting and exciting work and approach to life can mitigate it. Each one of  us has his or her own level of tolerance vis-à-vis stress. Working in high-pressured jobs, trying to live up to the expectations of your superiors, increasing competition and always living under the threat of being sacked for not performing well is bound to add to the stress. Feeling dissatisfied with one’s work, getting unnecessarily nervous, anxious, angry, unhappy and annoyed at even the most trivial matters are indications of stress. Stress manifests itself from your own self and radiates to those around you.

‘‘Each one of us has the capacity and capability to convert stress into a positive factor to achieve more than what we have done so far.”

Maintaining performance and achievement levels can also be the cause of success. Stress can graduate from nail biting, grinding teeth and tapping  feet to serious illnesses like a heart attack, ulcers, diabetes, depression, asthama, alcoholism etc. when the mind is not able to control itself the stress follows. It has nothing to do with external situations. It is important not to look for stress in the wrong places. In today’s fast paced and dog-eat-dog world, stress levels can assume alarming proportions. A stress- free approach and environment boosts morale, increases productivity and facilities positive lifestyle changes. Stress is a non-specific response of the body to any abnormal demand made upon it. It puts life out of balance. It leads to disequilibrium. It is a physiological phenomenon. It is  also a reflection of  challenges exceeding a person’s ability to cope. It is left to each one of us to determine not to allow circumstances and stress to get the better of us or overwhelm us. Each one of us has the capacity and capability to convert stress into a positive factor to achieve more than what we have done so far. However, each one of us needs to devise his own stress management program to convert the minus into a plus.