11 Loyal Friends in 8 Months

Sometimes one line or a sentence or a quote can remind us of our blessings and bring a smile on our face.

Few days ago, I came across the quote ‘There is no Friend as loyal as book’ and this reminded me what has happened since Jan 1, 2018.

In last 8 months in 2018, I have been blessed to have 11 loyal friends. I have spent time with each one of them and learnt so many things. My best friend continues to be the book ‘The One thing’ and this made me reflect ‘What is the one thing I learnt from each of my 11 loyal friends’

My 1st Loyal Friend: Book-The One thing

One Learning : Focusing question

What is the one thing I can do such that by doing it everything else would be easier or unnecessary?

I used the focusing question on Dec 28 , 2017 as part of bringing sanity to my new year resolution.

‘What is the one habit I can develop in 2018 such that by doing it everything else would be easier or unnecessary?’

And I joined the 5 am club and this one habit changed my life…

My 2nd Loyal Friend: Book-The 4 hour work week

One Learning : You don’t need to be a millionaire to live a life of a millionaire. You can live that Life now.

Businessman and Fisherman story featured in the book reminds me of the above learning and is a refreshing read every time.

My 3rd Loyal Friend: Book-Start with Why

One Learning: People don’t buy what you do ; they buy why you do it .

This one learning has helped me look for ‘why’ in everything I do personal, professional and spiritual.Asking ‘Why’ does make situation a bit uncomfortable but the answer makes it very fulfilling 🙂

My 4th Loyal Friend: Book- From Impossible to Inevitable

One Learning: Customer Success is 5X more important than Sales ( Pg 52)

I can absolutely relate to this because new sale requires customer success stories, references, testimonials and software adoption.This is an awesome book for SaaS Companies.

My 5th Loyal Friend :Book-The Seven spiritual laws of Success

One learning: This books has 7 laws and my one learning is Law of Detachment : To achieve anything in Life have intent , have Desire, take action and just give away attachment to result.

This law also reminded me of famous verse from Bhagvat Gita.

karmaṇy-evādhikāras te mā phaleṣhu kadāchana

mā karma-phala-hetur bhūr mā te saṅgo ’stvakarmaṇi

Translation: You have a right to perform your prescribed duties, but you are not entitled to the fruits of your actions. Never consider yourself to be the cause of the results of your activities, nor be attached to inaction.

( Source : https://www.holy-bhagavad-gita.org/chapter/2/verse/47)

I have often wondered

How can we apply law of detachment and above Bhagvat Gita verse in corporate world ?’

My 6th Loyal Friend:Book-Change your questions Change your life

One Learning : Choice Map highlighting learner and judger mindset

Judger mindset : Asking question that are blame frame and win-lose

Why am i such a failure?

Why do they don’t understand?

Learner Mindset: Solution focused , Win – Win Focused

What can I learn from this?

What else is possible?

What can we do now?

My 7th Loyal Friend: Book-The Power of Habit

One Learning :Habit Loop

Any habit works on three steps Cue , Routine and Reward.

I used the habit loop to change my habit of drinking Milk Tea( Doctor advised to avoid tea and Milk)

Cue: After Morning Break fast , Evening 4:30 pm to 5 pm

Routine : Drink milk tea in office , home or while travelling

Reward : A feeling of warmth and relaxation.

I noticed that I was not craving for milk or tea but for a feeling of warmth and relaxation.

So I changed my routine from ‘Milk tea ‘ to ‘ non caffeine herbal tea with Honey and lemon’.

It is one month and it is working very well 🙂

My 8th Loyal Friend: Book-Awaken the Millionaire within

One learning : To become financially free, first step is to Crush your debt

My 9th Loyal Friend:  Book-Zero Debt

One learning: Title of the book explains the learning .. Zero debt

Author experiences of getting hospitalized due to Debt from 8 loans is an emotional and a deep learning experience.

My 10nth Loyal Friend :Book: Crushing IT !

One learning : Using all Social platforms for customer engagement and Online branding is critical . Social platforms include FB, LinkedIn, Instagram,Snapchat, Musical.ly, Youtube, podcasts, twitter,Voice Assistants like Alexa.

My 11nth Loyal Friend : Book-Ho’oponopono Secrets

One learning : An ancient Hawaiian technique containing 4 sentences for acknowledgement , forgiveness , gratitude and love

I am Sorry

Please forgive me

I thank you

I love you

I have been practicing this simple technique for last few day and I found it be very simple to use and very effective .

 Last 8 months have given me 11 loyal friends , I hope that I can bond with 2 to 4 loyal friends every Month.   A big ‘Thank you‘ to the authors and publishers of these awesome books. Because of them I got 11 loyal friends.

I wish all of you to win many many loyal friends.

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