Posted by Mush Panjwani on May 17, 2013
Today is a celebration of Buddha’s birthday in Hong Kong. And here’s a collection of the shortest but very inspiring quotes by Buddha. Each one seems so simple, yet is so deep.
- You have no cause for anything but gratitude and joy.
- What you are is what you have been. What you’ll be is what you do now.
- Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.
- Until he has unconditional and unbiased love for all beings, man will not find peace.
- We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think.
- Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.
- Always be mindful of the kindness and not the faults of others.
- It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.
- Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.
- Live every act fully, as if it were your last.
Do you have a favorite Buddha quote, or any other short inspiring quote to share?
[Photo of a wall hanging in a store - probably unauthorized]
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Posted by Mush Panjwani on May 10, 2013
I just finished reading this wonderful book by Paulo Coelho, and recommend to anyone looking for inspiration. Some excerpts:
“Losing a battle or losing everything we thought we possessed will bring us moments of sadness. But when those moments pass, we will discover the hidden strength that exists in each of us, a strength that will surprise us and increase our self-respect. We will look around and say to ourselves: ‘I survived.’ And we will be cheered by our words. Only those who fail to recognise that inner strength will say: ‘I lost’, and be sad.”
“Defeat ends when we launch into another battle. Failure has no end; it is a lifetime choice.”
“Stay close to those who sing, tell stories, and enjoy life, and whose eyes sparkle with happiness. Because happiness is contagious and will always manage to find a solution, whereas logic can find only an explanation for the mistake made.”
“Anxiety was born in the very same moment as mankind. And since we will never be able to master it, we will have to learn to live with it – just as we have learned to live with storms. For those who cannot learn to do so, life will be a nightmare.”
What’s your favorite Paulo Coelho’s book? Or any inspiration book. Please share through comments.
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Posted by Mush Panjwani on May 7, 2013
Dinchack completed its first week today. Few modest achievements:
- Dinchack website shows up in the top three search results on Google! Very exciting indeed, considering so many other dinchacks out there.
- Dinchack website has been viewed 1,937 times during the week. That’s fantastic, without any online marketing.
- Dinchack Facebook page now has 2,389 fans, in less than three weeks since launch! Overwhelming.
- And here’s what I am most thrilled about… Dinchack got it’s first client!
I have my first speaking assignment at the ’4th Annual Summit for Leaders and Managers’ on 31st May in Manila, organized by ‘Ariva! Events Management’. Hoping to get at least one more in May.
I am happy with the progress, and looking forward to a dinchack future ahead. Thanks to everyone’s encouragement, support and good wishes!
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Posted by Mush Panjwani on May 1, 2013
First, a confession: I am very scared, though I keep telling myself ‘failure is an option, but fear is not’.
When I lost my job, I had two choices. On one hand, there were bills and mortgage, and the need to quickly start earning a stable income. I had been used to the comforts and securities of a ‘job’ for 27 years, so looking for another job seemed like the obvious choice.
But on the other hand, there was a dream and an option to finally pursue it. An opportunity to use my training skills to make a difference in many more lives, outside of one company. And to increase my income to match my dreams.
I chose risk, insecurity and uncertainty. I launched my training company, Dinchack. And today is officially the first day of operation. I started working at 0600 this morning, and I am very tempted to take the rest of the day off
What a great day to start a new venture. 1st May symbolizes a change of season in most countries – either the start of spring or of summer, depending on where you are. For me, it’s the beginning of the much awaited new chapter in my life!
1st May is also known as Labor Day, May Day or International Workers’ Day that’s celebrated in more than 80 countries. What better way to celebrate workers’ day than to start working for yourself!
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Posted by Mush Panjwani on April 26, 2013
My new Facebook page just crossed 1000 fans in the first week! Check it out for latest news on Dinchack (my new company) and tips on happiness, motivation and success.
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Posted by Mush Panjwani on April 13, 2013
I turned 48 today, and this e-book is a small gift from me! This is part of the first section of my book, Dhinchak Life. If you already have the book, this may serve as a reminder of the principals that can make you happier, and in full color. And if you haven’t got the book yet, this may inspire you to buy a copy.
The photos used in the book are from my travels during the last year. I hope they inspire you to go out and visit these beautiful places.
Thanks to Sara Mush, my brilliant daughter, for creating this e-book version. Just click on the image to download, or download from here, and don’t forget to share with friends. Wishing you many Dhinchak moments!
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Posted by Mush Panjwani on April 10, 2013
1. Live as if you were to die tomorrow, learn as if you were to live forever. -Mahatma Gandhi
2. The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot. –Michael Althsuler
3. The way I see it, you should live everyday like it’s your birthday. –Paris Hilton
4. God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well. -Voltaire
5. The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate. –Oprah Winfrey
6. Every year on your birthday, you get a chance to start new. –Sammy Hagar
7. How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are? –Satchel Paige
8. You were born an original. Don’t die a copy. –John Mason
9. There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval. –George Santayana
10. Don’t just count your years; make your years count. –Ernest Meyers
Which one did you find most inspiring? Please share your own inspiring birthday quotes too. Also see 10 inspiring birthday quotes.
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Posted by Mush Panjwani on April 6, 2013
A wonderful illustration from Daily Infographic shows, humans consolidate sleeping time for a long period at night, but we’re designed to feel tired in the early morning hours and mid-afternoon, when a 2 p.m. nap would feel awesome. A 2- to 5-minute nap can perk you up and a 5- to 20-minute nap can improve your motor skills and performance.
Looks like life could become really ‘dinchack’ if we napped every day!
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Posted by Mush Panjwani on April 5, 2013
This post was inspired by the Pakistan Club’s Annual Fair I attended last week. The purpose of the fair is to introduce Pakistani culture – food, handicrafts and other merchandise – to the local community and raise funds for the club. That it does very well! The food stalls selling the most popular Pakistani foods were a reminder of the four most common evils of the Indo-Pak diet, what I’m calling the four fattening “Chs”:
- Chawal (pronounced as Chaa-wul, meaning rice): Most lunches and dinners are incomplete without rice, making it possibly the #1 cause of weight gain. What’s more, most of the rice consumed is white rice; mostly cooked in rice cookers thus leaving all the starch in. What’s worse is the biryani (fried rice) that is the preferred form of rice at all special occasions.
- Chapati (Che-paa-tee, meaning bread): Flat breads consumed over breakfast, lunch and dinner come in many forms. The only good one is the pan-baked bread made of brown wheat flour (roti). However, most of them are made of processed white flour (naan), and many are then pan-fried (paratha) or deep-fried (puri) making them even more fattening.
- Chicknai (chick-nai, meaning fat): Breakfast is fried eggs, with fried breads. Lunch and dinner are curries cooked in oil and often with fried rice. Plus the popular fried snacks in between – samosa, puri, fried rolls – making the diet extremely unhealthy and fattening.
- Chini (chee-nee, meaning sugar): Sugar is also a big part of the Indo-Pak diet. It’s common to take two teaspoons of sugar in tea and three in coffee, and have 2-4 cups a day. Carbonated drinks with lunch, dinner and snacks seem to have become more common, particularly with the younger generation. Then there’s the mithai (desserts) that’s often considered an essential part of any party. The popular deep fried jalebi and gulab jaman are probably the mothers of all evils that combine white carbs, sugar and oil.
Nobody needs scientific evidence that the above are unhealthy; we know that already. The question is how can we change something that’s such an integral part of our lifestyle? One possible answer is: one step at a time. Get rid of one Ch at a time. Think of making tiny, small, easy, simple changes, one at a time e.g.
- Replace white rice/bread with brown rice/bread or boiled rice. Limit rice/bread to just one of the meals. Reduce the portion of rice/bread.
- Use healthy oils like Olive or Canola if you must fry stuff. Avoid deep-fried stuff.
- Try dried fruits, nuts and fruits as snacks.
- Switch to brown sugar. Reduce sugar in your tea/coffee if you can’t completely remove it. Avoid carbonated drinks.
- Add some fruits to breakfast, some soup and salad to lunch, some baked or grilled fish to dinner.
And what about all the temptations? Make Sunday your Sin-day, and eat whatever you like, as much as you like. Since you are going to cheat anyway, it’s better to have a cheat day that you look forward to. The idea of quitting something just for the next six days is also a lot easier than quitting something forever. Then it’s only five days, then four, three, two and one. Bingo, you did it!
Luckily, the fair was on a Sin-day. So I was able to enjoy some of the chs without feeling too guilty.
For those serious about weight loss, please also read the posts on ‘how to lose 3kg in 3 weeks‘ and ‘Paleo‘.
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Posted by Mush Panjwani on March 29, 2013
What do you think of the company name and logo? What do you think will be the business of D!nchack? Thank you for your fantastic support and encouragement!
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Posted by Mush Panjwani on March 28, 2013
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” -Dr. Seuss
I wrote this within two days of getting fired from my job, but decided to hold it till I’ve completed a couple of weeks. That gave me an opportunity to ensure that I applied all the Do’s and avoided all the Don’ts myself . These tips have not only allowed me to stay happy and motivated, but also focused on the new possibilities and making the right choices for the next phase of my life:
- Don’t deny it. If you aren’t normally prepared for the realities and changes in life, your first thoughts could be ‘I can’t believe it’, ‘It can’t be happening to me’. It’s OK, as long as you don’t remain in the state of denial for days or weeks. Remind yourself that thousands of people lose their jobs daily; it’s beyond your control. The quicker you accept the reality, the faster you can move on with your life.
- Don’t make it personal. Most sudden layoffs are results of corporate decisions, often part of cost-cutting exercises. Don’t make it personal with your boss or the HR manager. The world is too small to make enemies, and life is too short to hold grudges. And what if it is personal? Your best option is still to forgive, forget and move on.
- Don’t beat yourself. Unless you were terminated due to poor performance or misconduct, there’s no point in beating yourself and self-pity. Remind yourself of your skills and strengths that made you successful in this job, and will make you successful in your next venture.
- Don’t get angry. Getting angry with your family, friends, cat, the taxi guy or anyone else is not going to change anything, except adding to the negative emotions. Remind yourself ‘when things seem to be falling apart, sometimes they are actually falling into place.’ So keep your cool.
- Don’t give up your health regimen. Losing a job is no excuse to binge on unhealthy stuff or give up the exercise. That will only make your feel worse, while increased physical activity will boost your motivation. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Mush Panjwani on March 22, 2013
The only reason I posted the news last Friday, within hours of getting fired from my job, was because it was the fastest and most efficient way of letting everyone in my world know what had happened and that I was actually excited about the situation. I never expected to receive 200+ beautiful messages through comments on the blog, Facebook, emails, SMS, whatsapp and phone calls! I can’t express in words how thrilled, excited, blessed and grateful I felt reading those messages. I smiled, laughed and cried. It would be a huge understatement to say that ‘you made my day/week’. You made my life! Thank you.
To those who keep saying ‘is that true?’ ‘how did it happen?’ ‘but why?’ ‘i still can’t believe’ etc., I can only say, ‘get over it, move on’!
To those who think they have lost a leader, mentor, guru, hero (and all those amazing words I didn’t think I was worthy of), I am very much alive and will continue doing what I do best. Feel free to connect with me through this blog, Facebook, or Twitter. I will also continue to post my photos and videos on Flickr and YouTube.
So what am I up to?
- I have freelance work from the company till the end of April, to complete the ongoing projects and fulfill my travel commitments to the distributors. That means I get to see some of you soon!
- I am working on my first CV ever, while also developing certain business plans. Absolutely over the moon about the possibilities!
- I am doing more reading, more writing and more thinking! I’m still following the diet, and have more time for exercise too.
- We have leased a much cheaper apartment at one of the edges of Hong Kong, and shifting in a few weeks. It’s much farther from the city but a bit bigger and right on top of a beautiful beach!
- The family is totally supportive and positive, and we have never been closer!
Thanks again for your wonderful support and encouragement!
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Posted by Mush Panjwani on March 21, 2013
Of all the things I have learnt about personal motivation, this is one of the most profound. I learnt this more than 20 years ago from the book Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins, and my life has never been the same:
- English language has over 500,000 words, but our habitual vocabulary consists of 2,000 to 10,000 words. Less than 2%.
- There are over 3,000 words to describe human emotions. About 1,000 for positive emotions and about 2,000 for negative emotions.
- Most words, in addition to their literal meanings, convey distinct emotional intensity. This means our choice of words gives us the power to take the most negative feelings and lower their intensity to the point where they no longer bother us. And similarly, we can take a positive experience and move it to greater heights of pleasure.
- What are some of the commonly used words to describe negative emotions? Now think of new words that help lower the intensity of the negative emotions e.g.
Similarly, what are some of the positive/mediocre words that you can replace with more powerful words to increase the intensity of the positive emotion e.g. Read the rest of this entry »
- Replace ‘depressed’ with ‘not on top of it’
- Disappointed with Under whelmed
- Failing with Learning
- Frustrated with Challenged
- Pissed off with Peeved
- I hate with I prefer
- Insulted with Misunderstood
- Painful with Uncomfortable
- Illness/sickness with Cleansing
- Stuck with Busy
- Starved with Hungry
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Posted by Mush Panjwani on March 19, 2013
Some more iCards (inspiration cards) here.
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Posted by Mush Panjwani on March 17, 2013
Once upon a time, in a far away land, there lived a farmer with his family. This farmer had a horse that one day, ran away to the hills. So the farmer and his son had to plow their fields themselves. Their neighbors watched them working hard and said “Oh, we pity you, what bad luck that your horse ran away!” But the farmer replied “Good luck, bad luck, who knows?”
The next week, the horse returned to the farm, bringing a herd of wild horses with him. “What wonderful luck!” cried the neighbors. But the farmer responded “Good luck, bad luck, who knows?”
Then, the farmer’s son tried to ride one of the wild horses. He was thrown off and broke his leg. “Ah, such bad luck!” sympathized the neighbors. Once again, the farmer responded “Good luck, bad luck, who knows?”
A short time after, the emperor recruited all young men to join his army for battle. The son, with his broken leg, was left at home. “What good luck that your son was not forced into the army!” celebrated the neighbors. And the farmer remarked “Good luck, bad luck, who knows?”
A re-post from Eva Snijders’ blog.
So what’s happening in your life that seems good luck or bad luck?
[Photo of Chinese red lanterns - symbol of good luck - from Guilin]
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Posted by Mush Panjwani on March 15, 2013
I lost my job today! Few immediate negative thoughts:
- How could they do that to me? I’ve been working here for over 16 years!
- What will I do now? There aren’t many opportunities in my specialized field and my set of skills!
- How long can I survive without a job? The mortgage, bills, kids… and the bigger dreams!
- Why did it happen at the worst possible time?
Fortunately, there were a lot more positive thoughts that followed:
- Most dynamic companies go through restructuring, reorganizing and cost-cutting. Nothing personal!
- Thousands of people lose their jobs every day around the world – there are over 197 million unemployed people. This is part of working life and can happen to anyone, any time.
- There are endless opportunities if I look with an open mind, and beyond my current industry!
- It’s an exciting challenge, and I am totally ready for it. I must stay focused, continue to believe and dream.
- The timing couldn’t be better! I’ll be 48 in a few weeks. It’s time to do something even more exciting!
And looking back, I felt even more grateful and excited that my job had allowed me to learn so many new things, develop different skills, almost master the art of training, travel the world, see amazing places, meet wonderful people… and above all, make a difference in the lives of so many people in so many places! My job is gone but all of that will stay with me forever! And all of that has prepared me for the next phase of my life.
“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change. At such moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back…” -Paolo Coelho
Please feel free to share your words of support and encouragement through comments.
Update (17th March): Thank you for such kind, nice, wonderful, amazing, surprising messages! I am deeply touched by your love. And also under a lot of pressure to do something big I have no issues with the company, and do not wish to hear anything negative.
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Posted by Mush Panjwani on March 8, 2013
I am not a big fan of “days” – New Year day for resolutions, Valentine’s Day to show your love, Clean-up Day to un-clutter or Women’s Day to acknowledge that women rule… But here’s a collection of quotes for all the women in my life and the female readers of this blog. I know you’d love these:
- Man does not control his own fate. The women in his life do that for him. –Groucho Marx
- Women like silent men. They think they’re listening. -Marcel Achard
- Women have always been the strong ones of the world. The men are always seeking from women a little pillow to put their heads down on. They are always longing for the mother who held them as infants. –Coco Chanel
- The average woman would rather have beauty than brains, because the average man can see better than he can think. -Author Unknown
- Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult. -Charlotte Whitton
- Can you imagine a world without men? No crime and lots of happy fat women. -Nicole Hollander
- A man’s face is his autobiography. A woman’s face is her work of fiction. -Oscar Wilde
- When men reach their sixties and retire, they go to pieces. Women go right on cooking. -Gail Sheehy
- Women always worry about the things that men forget; men always worry about the things women remember. -Author Unknown
- Look like a girl, act like a lady, think like a man and work like a dog. -Caroline K. Simon
Please tell me which one did you like best. And share your own favorite quotes about women too.
[Photo of two of the most wonderful, amazing, funny, friendly, beautiful and inspired women in my life.]
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Posted by Mush Panjwani on March 3, 2013
The full collection of my iCards (inspiration cards) are posted on this page, using my own photographs. Free to download and share.
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Posted by Mush Panjwani on March 2, 2013
Paleo has become my favorite diet and lifestyle. Not only it allows me to maintain myself at my perfect weight and size, without regular exercise, there are lots of other benefits too!
I first heard it from Hamza, my son who is a bigger health and fitness freak than I am. Then I read the book, The Paleo Solution. More on that here.
I started following the diet in September, and lost 3kg and 2 inches of belly fat in 4 weeks, as reported here. By week 6, I had lost 3.5kg and 2.5 inches of belly fat, as posted here with a photo in November 2012.
By week 8, I had achieved my target of losing 4kg and 3 inches of belly fat. I was down to my perfect weight of 75kg and waist size of 32.5″. Here’s the best part: I have maintained it for the last 4 months! Want to know what the diet really is? Read it here.
It’s easy to follow. You don’t need to go find or cook anything special. Just remove carbs from your regular meals and add some more vegetables, nuts and lean meat.
While on Paleo, I feel more energized all day long, even during late afternoon and after dinner. Sleep seems to have become more refreshing and it’s easier to wake up energized.
If you are serious about weight loss, you must read more on Paleo and give it a try.
[Photo of one of the best fruit salads I've ever had, during one of my travels to the Middle East]
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Posted by Mush Panjwani on February 25, 2013
“Bonus time” is an interesting concept that keeps me happy when I am supposed to be angry, frustrated or disappointed.
If my flight is delayed by an hour, I consider it the ‘bonus time’ I’ve been granted. Full 60 minutes of no plans, no commitments, no schedules! I can do whatever I like – read, work, think, relax, eat, take photos, call family, or just sit and do nothing for a change. Of course, I have the alternative to get angry at the airline; demand explanations; get upset about the delay; think of the rest of the things that would all be delayed by an hour… but none of that is going to help. Next time you have a delay or a wait, try to think of it as a gift of ‘bonus time’ e.g.
- You have an appointment with a dentist, or with anyone else, but are asked to wait for half an hour when you arrive.
- It takes you longer than planned on the road, due to traffic.
- You queue up somewhere and it seems to take forever.
In each of these situations, you have a choice to get upset or consider the waiting time as ‘bonus time’ in which you can do something positive, productive and unplanned – like making that call to someone special or catching up on the news or thinking some good thoughts or just conscious breathing. Will you try?
[Photo taken during a road trip in Yogyakarta last week]
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