My Zen Habits

I give lot of importance to retrospection and over the years have creates set of rules for myself which act as guiding principles for me to live my life with. These are various quotes, dialogues or articles I have read over the years so I do not have their sources.


Principles to live by

  • Appreciate what you have, while you have it. #beGrateful #everythingIsTemporary
  • Que Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be) #futureIsInevitible 
  • Don’t Doubt. BELIEVE #mostIMPORTANTSkill #selfBelief
  • You already have whatever you need to be happy #beGrateful #beContent
  • Accept that in order to get something, you may have to let go of something else. #opportunityCost #focusOnWhatYouHave
  • Love Yourself, Self Esteem
  • Slow down, enjoy simple pleasures. Enjoy the journey (specially during bad times). #beGrateful
  • Do what you love, love what you do. Whatever you touch make it gold #prideInYourWork #100%Commitment
  • Live and Let Live #respectEveryone
  • Never Quit #onlyThingThatMatters #persistAndYouWillGet’Lucky’
  • Live with urgency. Do what you want to, don’t postpone.
  • Take care of health. Make it #1 priority.
  • Treasure all encounters.
  • Give up the need to be liked by everyone.
  • Don’t fixate on right or wrong. Enjoy the grey.


Good Habits

  • Start all projects with Why, What, How #SimonSineek
  • Read often
  • Wake up early
  • Always have goals. Daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, life.
  • Travel Often
  • Surround yourself with good people
  • Return to the community. Help people, do favours.
  • Spend time with family
  • Ask yourself- If you knew success was a certainty, what would you attempt to do? The only failure is not trying, there are no limitations

General learnings

  • Karma is ‘conscious’ and ‘sub-conscious’. 4 dimensions of Karma – Action, emotion, mental, energy.
  • Think and Dream BIG
  • 5/15 min principle
  • Every small thing contributes.
  • Never lose temper.
  • Wherever you are it will be here and now,  live as intensely and totally now otherwise life goes on slipping from your hand like water.#osho
  • Life is a gift. Keep reminding yourself.
  • Introspect often.
  • Relationship – you can only withdraw what you have invested.
  • Gratitude – how to
    • Start a gratitude journal
    • Write one thank you note Every day
    • Create a gratitude ritual
    • Create a gratitude wall
  • Set out time for meeting with yourself on calendar. Agenda: setting strategy, adopting growth mindset, raising productivity. How is strategy progressing, are goals realistic, do i need resources, are there distractions.


  • Learnings from Khalsa
    • Doesn’t criticise anyone
    • Help the needy
    • Fights 5 internal demon – lust, anger, pride, greed, attachments
    • Get rid of arrogance
    • 5k of Sikh (kada kindness, kanga clean body clean mind, kacha calm and ready, kirpan courage, Kesh accepting life)