On second thoughts, it’s probably your fault

I was scrolling through Google Photos early this evening to find a particular picture I needed. Couldn’t find it. Instead I found a shirtless selfie taken a couple of years back. And boy, I was in pretty darn good shape. Not that I’m a fat slob right now but the person in the picture is […]

Who will miss you when you’re gone?

It’s a great question and most of us are mortified when asked to ponder over it. The most common excuse is that people want to “live in the moment.” Fair choice. But I’ve personally thought of this question more than I should because it gives me a sense of meaning, belonging and assurance that I’m […]

Close the loop, always

Picture this — you’re out there in a sub-Saharan desert or some country thousands of miles away from home or just at your home in your study working hard to make ends meet, to make it matter and to make a difference in the bigger scheme of things. Everything’s fine until you think of a […]

Want to break free?

Dumb question? Sure, it sound like. Who doesn’t want to break free? But if you’ve noticed we are all in some way or the other chained to prisons of our own making. I call them ‘chains of consequences.’ Because we’re responsible for it whether we like it or not. Yes, there’s an antidote and like […]

Practice the virtues you can show

I stole this from the amazing Daily Stoic! Virtue is one of those words that contains multitudes. If you think about it, being virtuous is not doing one thing all the time, or even lots of things all at once. It’s doing all the right things—the important things—in those moments when they matter most. Which is every moment. Day […]

Are we there yet?

It’s my 3 year-old’s favorite question. And the answer’s almost away, “no, not yet.” Interestingly, my response doesn’t change if a grown-up asks me the same question. Because despite our best efforts, the best intentions and the best possible scenarios, we’re almost always on the way towards the destination. Not exactly what we want to […]

It’s not about getting solutions but discovering them

Almost everyone I know confuses coaching with consulting or mentoring. And when I do try to explain most respond back clarifying, “what’s the damn point if the coach doesn’t have solutions to my challenges?” Reasonable, right? I used to think just that until I started to get coached and then explore, research, study and get […]

The power of momentum

Let’s face it, a vast majority of us (including yours truly) aren’t productivity ninjas nor have the genius of the iconic entreprenuers the world admires and idolizes. We’re normal people with living ordinary lives with ordinary challenges that are hyperbolized for ‘effects.’ One of the most talked about (as in overused, overassessed and over-abused) challenge […]

Classical coaching in action

Here’s a Timothy Gallawey classic training clip that demonstrates the true power of transformative coaching. It flies in the face of modern-day coaches who think coaching is all about balancing mentoring and coaching or acting like a sports coach (like the ones you seen in movies) to be effective. I know that’s BS but now […]