How does a cohort help?

Currently, I’m a part of two paid cohorts:

  1. June Sweat Challenge (on Instagram by Kanav Vohra)
  2. Power Writing (by Shaan V Puri)

Do you know what is the surprising part?

They share NOTHING new, everything is already there as a free information on the internet.

Do you know what is the more surprising part?

  • I have been getting wonderful results with both
  • The Instagram and Slack communities are wonderful
  • We get to experience the fire of burning and the joy of learning together. That makes it priceless.
  • Not to mention, the time of an expert + the years of wisdom from them makes everything so worth getting into the room
  • When you pay for something, no matter how little or how big, you get yourself into a commitment – and that is the best thing that keeps you moving!

PS: Of these, the Writing course is employer sponsored 🙂

Up-skilling not only takes you out of your comfort zone, it makes sure you create new comfort zones for yourself. And then rinse and repeat.

Are you moving in the right direction?

With WFH in place for almost all of us, how do we know if we are going in the right direction?

Yes there are our coworkers who will constantly give us feedback, support us when we need, and also appreciate us when we perform well.

However, to know if we are on the right track in our lives is a different ballgame together.

Here’s how we can know it: By looking at the best in the world at it. (Online of course!)

When we set our standards at best, we get to know what we need course-correct on, and how we can execute it.

For example, yesterday my cousin and I decided to have a micro workout challenge. One game of arm wrestling, 10 push-ups and 10 jump squats – best of two. Since I have been working out for more than 8 years, I won. That’s not the point, however. Point is, when my cousin was doing push ups and jump squats – he was performing an incorrect technique in both of them. So let’s say he was able to perform only three repetitions, his next step would be to be able to perform four of them – without being aware that the first repetition itself needed course correction.

This wasn’t a remark on his skills at all, because he is phenomenal at a lot of things that I am not. However, I could point this out because I have small bit of understanding around it.

Imagine what would happen if we set our standards in whatever we did – against the best people in the world!

How would that change the trajectory of our learning?

How would that make our learning curve better?

How would we be a better person if we had such high regards for our standards, instead of simply using our previous skills as a barometer – which weren’t remarkable anyway?

I don’t like it that way

Staying in silence is good. Thinking others should also do this way, is too much a burden for them.

Working out is good. Not respecting others when they don’t, isn’t.

Liking Sufi music is great. Expecting others to find it melodious isn’t.

Having choices is what makes us human.

Respecting others with their choices makes us a super human.

Not asking them to change because we want them to, is divine.

About workout

Today morning, I woke up on time, did my meditation and went back to sleep.

By the time I got up again, it was already the time for breakfast. Also, was feeling very hungry. So decided to skip exercise in the morning, and thought to do it in the evening.

Around 12 noon, when I opened up the fridge to prepare for lunch, a different thing happened. I just felt the NEED for exercise.

So I dropped my plan of cooking, and stated exercising. Had lunch around 1:45PM post workout.

Though lunch got delayed too much, learnt a powerful thing about life: we always know what is right.

Our body is also telling us what is right.

All that we need to do, is to listen.