Monday, March 26, 2012

12 Most Life-Molding Basics YOU should INVEST in!!!

Anyone wise and who wished me well always said “Get the Basics Right”. But no one ever told me why?

I figured this out on my own…
Why are the basics so important?
Because the basics never really change
Because with the basics, complexities are built
Because if your basics are strong, you can survive anywhere in the world

In this blog, I will articulate the most important basics that you should invest in – today, tomorrow and in the years to come...

1. Basics of Yourself
It’s vital to be aware about yourself. With self-awareness, the sky is the limit for what you can dream, aim and achieve. While there are several things which encompass and define YOU, the most imperative aspects which you need to identify, appreciate and accept are - your past, your choices, your strengths, your weaknesses, your values, your priorities and most importantly, what inspires you!

2. Basics of Human Emotions
If you understand the basics of human emotions, you can understand accept and deal with any situation. In reality, there are only 6 primary human emotions – Love, Joy, Surprise, Anger, Sadness & Fear. All secondary emotions are built around these primary human emotions. If you can identify and deal with these emotions – either in yourself or others, you are equipped to handle any life situation. After all, it is emotions (and not logic) which really makes the world go round!

3. Basics of Self-Learning
The easiest, cost-effective and practical way to continuously learn is through self-learning. And while each of us has ways in which we prefer to learn – what is imperative is to understand what works in your individual context. And then to focus your time, efforts and energy periodically to learn about subjects on your interest

4. Basics of Human Relationships
Human relationships are core to our existence – They are a necessity, reality and define our existence. And in the journey of life, we all create, nurture and let go of one / many relationships – reasons best known to us. And along this journey, it is important to be sensitive to the dynamics of any human relationship – and give it the respect and due it deserves. If you can master this, you can live anywhere in the world and under any kind of circumstances

5. Basics of Mathematics
As a subject, Mathematics is really the study of quantity, structure, space and change. And if you get your basics of Mathematics right early in life, you are able to appreciate several subjects which are built on the foundational principles of Mathematics – Be it micro / macroeconomic principles or Business or finance or accounting

6.Basics of Personal Finance
Your state of Personal Finance to a large extent determines the quality of your life today and in the future. And if you invest in getting the basics of personal finance right, you will be equipped to make the right choices with respect to your earning, savings and investments

7. Basics of the Human Anatomy
The human anatomy is complex, fascinating and intriguing. If you start to get into the details, it can take eons of dedicated study to come close to “true” comprehension of human creation and how everything within works in perfect balance and harmony to keep you alive. But it’s definitely worthwhile to know the basics – Simply because it helps you understand many dimensions about yourself, your evolution and your future. Not to mention it makes you better equipped to deal with different kinds of related real-life situations – specially related to your own health and well-being

8. Basics of Communication
Communication is one of the most important dimensions to a gratifying, peaceful and harmonious life – Be it professional or personal. Good communication (oral or written) is usually reflective of clarity in thoughts and experience. Everything else being similar, communication can probably be one of the key distinguishing aspects between two human beings which will determine the quality of life, well-being and state of happiness

9. Basics of Mind Power
Mind Power is an infinite continuum. If you are able to harness the power of your mind – purely by the creation, monitoring and control of your thoughts – You will observe a transformational change in your life. The key is to nourish positive thoughts – of abundance, affirmation and optimism, and keep at bay negative, redundant or waste thoughts

10. Basics of Technology
In today’s era, technology is ubiquitous. So either you learn it, use it and adapt accordingly; or run the risk of soon becoming obsolete from where the world is headed. While you need not understand the internal nuances of every singly technology, you should definitely know the basics and more importantly, be able to use the available technology in your personal context. The real value of any technology in your individual context is only in the application – Be it Social Media or a radical Technology Product or Solution

11. Basics of Dealing with an Emergency
The real world is abundant with different kind of emergencies – For e.g: Medical emergency, Life emergency, etc. And the only saving grace in such situations is basic knowledge on how to deal with an emergency and presence of mind. It is imperative for you to spend some time today to upgrade your knowledge on the following – What you need to do immediately in case of an emergency? Whom to contact for help & their contact numbers? Whom you need to inform about the emergency situation?

12. Basics of Planning and Organization
Planning and Organization is a very important ingredient in life. Knowingly or unknowingly we all make different kinds of plans (For e.g.: A daily plan, yearly plan, financial plan, retirement plan, event plan, marketing plan, holiday plan, etc.) – in our mind, on a paper, on excel or other tools. And the reality is the underlying basics of planning and organization are very simple and logical – which can be easily replicated to one / many life dimensions.

You can undergo several transformations in your lifetime, but if your basics are well founded and grounded, then you are insured for life.

Pause and Reflect….
How good are your basics on the dimensions listed above?

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