• Career satisfaction,  Happiness

    Career Change – 4 Things Helped Me Make the Move

    Last week I saw two relevant posts on this topic, one in the Forbes magazine and the other in the TEDx talk. I have been wondering where these article/talks were a few years back when I was in this dilemma! I am sure there were many, only that those somehow didn’t come into my radar. I had to do it the harder way. What helped me to make the decision were these few basic points. 1. When I was convinced, I deserve to have more fulfillment It took me a while to realize, I am not here to “do” a lot of things, and I am not here to be a “superwoman” either.…

  • EQ,  Happiness,  productivity,  Success Strategy,  Time Management

    Katherine’s Time Management Dilemma and the Power of TED

    This morning on my way to walk I saw my neighbor Katherine in her signature pink sweatshirt. Both of us were glad to have a company for the walk. The weather was exceptionally nice for a Seattle morning; the temperature was on the upper 40’s and the sky was clear with the golden rays of sun sparkling on the 84th avenue, my usual walking route. After a small talk, I asked Katherine how she was doing in making time for the new part-time job she started recently.  “I am not there yet, I need to start making some boundaries for all my responsibilities, my work, my children, my parents…” she started.…

  • Happiness,  Personal Brand

    Being an Introvert is not so Bad After All!

    Have you ever heard an extrovert having a development plan to become quieter or making an effort to have lone time for them? Probably not too often. But if you are an introvert there are tons of feedback for you to come out of your desk, mingle with people, overcome the fears of public speaking, you name it! Now here is a good news for you (and me). I am reading this article in TIME magazine, The Upside of being an Introvert (and why the extroverts are being overrated); It says, “It takes both introvert and extrovert to make history.  Introverts have less number of friends but those relationships tend to…

  • Happiness,  Stress Management

    Why Does it Bother Me? The Root Cause of Our Reaction to Others’ Action

    A few years ago, I volunteered as a treasurer of an organization. My motivation was to build some skills in accounting work and to get engaged with the leadership team. It was going well for the most part. Although, from time to time, one particular member was giving me unsolicited advice on how to do my job. At first, I tried to ignore her, but eventually, it pushed me over the edge.  I needed to do something about it! Being relatively new to the team, I decided to talk to someone I trusted. Fortunately, this trusted member was a coach. She agreed with me that the other member wasn’t particularly demonstrating…

  • Happiness,  Success Strategy

    There is always more than one solution!

    We are having a record amount of snowfall here in Seattle. My little girl is having the fun of her lifetime, snowball fight, making snowman, sledding, you name it! Though I was a little lazy initially, now I am enjoying it too. Even shoveling seems to be fun. This afternoon when I was trying to clean up the driveway my daughter wanted to do it too. With having only one shovel, taking turns seemed to be the only choice we had. But I was getting a little impatient as it would be hard to finish the work before evening. At first, I thought I will just be the parent and…

  • Happiness,  Success Strategy

    Empowering Language – Change the Word to Change the Outcome

      Language is power.  When we speak, we exercise the power of language to transform reality. —Julia PenelopeWhat, we say and how we say it impacts our own experience and the experience we have of other people in our life.  Our communication has an impact not only on a conscious, mental level but also on many subtle levels.  Words convey underlying messages to our subconscious mind, evoking physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual meaning for others and us. Some words and phrases are less empowering (or useful) than others.  For example, say the following words to yourself: “I have to stop at the bank on my way home”.  Pay particular attention to…

  • Career satisfaction,  Happiness

    Where IS my passion?

    Too often I hear, “I know I hate my job, but I don’t know either what else I would do- I don’t know where my passion is”. I don’t find it surprising at all! As a matter of fact, I have had the same question a while ago; it took me months and years to find out where my passion is. According to Wikipedia, Passion can be expressed as a feeling of unusual excitement, enthusiasm or compelling emotion towards a subject, idea, person, or object. A person is said to have a passion for something when they have a strong positive affinity for it. In my personal definition passion is…

  • Career satisfaction,  Happiness,  Success Strategy

    How I Decided On Career Change- Software Engineer to a Coach

    In 2009 I made this big leap. I left a high paying software job to find what really brings the best in people – started pursuing coaching as a career.  My family, friends, and ex-coworkers were surprised if not shocked. They asked me so many questions – “How did you decide that you wanted to be a coach?”  Someone even asked, “So how did it happen, one fine morning, you just decided on this?” Some commented, “I wish I knew what my passion is”. My short answer, “it took me a few years of dissatisfaction and trying out different activities, and finally one year of rigorous thinking to find out…

  • Happiness,  Success Strategy

    Everyday Creativity: Find your next best answer

    The more I learn about coaching, it boils down to how to make life more satisfying from inside-out, from a higher level of human development. I see Life as our biggest creative pursuit – only if we focus on it with the right attitude, it is on us how we design it. Coaching can empower the client to focus and to design it in his/her own way. Photojournalist Dewitt Jones has described it as how we can discover extraordinary things from apparently ordinary things when we have the right attitude. His Everyday Creativity teaches a surprising truth about creativity: that it’s not a magical, mysterious occurrence, but a ready tool that enables you to look at the…

  • Career satisfaction,  Happiness,  Success Strategy

    Are you living from outside-in?

    “In all of my experience, I’ve never seen lasting solutions to problems, lasting happiness and success that came from the outside in.” —Stephen Covey, Author of “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People“ Attempting to live from the outside is similar to following the wish of others instead of trusting the answers from within you. If you are consistently accommodating yourself to do what others want or expect, you are living from the outside in. Living life from the outside-in takes more effort and energy because it calls for being someone you’re not. Change from the inside-out is more energizing and fun. You begin to experience more ease. As you…