Why they call me the Tea Maker?

It was a cold morning. The bush and trees on that hill were shrouded in mist. His brother,Robert Bruce, had come across these peculiar bushes a while back but wasn't able to fully investigate its value and utility. However, Charles was happy that day because the report that he received from botanists back home stated that this unique type of tea was safe to drink and would create a revolution among Tea drinkers across the world. He named it 'Assam Tea'.

This tea was different from those that he had come across in the past. Growing at sea level, it had wide green leaves and a distinct glossy texture that added to its uniqueness. Its strong, rich taste combined with pleasant aroma made it the perfect beverage to wake up to. In addition, he noticed that the tea leaves plucked during the second harvest were of the best quality and form.

Although this royal and acclaimed tea was discovered many years back, my foray into tea drinking lifestyle was rather slow. In other words, i didn't just adopt tea the first time i drank it. Rather it was a slow process which has made an impression on me that will last for many years to come.

The devil is in the detail

One reason i love drinking tea so much is that making tea is such an Art form. You don't just boil water, add the tea leaves, add milk, add sugar and drink. Well, that's basically what you do. But like they say, its not only about what you do, but rather how you do it.

To make that nice cup of tea you need to keep certain things in mind:

Don't Steep your Tea in boiling hot water!

This leads to the leaves getting burnt and leaving a bad taste. After boiling, leave the kettle for 5 minutes before steeping;This ensures you reach the perfect temperature.

Don't pour the water first and then add the Tea leaves!

Instead first add the tea leaves and then pour the water. This ensures a better spread of flavor and essence.

The time for steeping depends on the type of Tea you are making:

Black tea 3-5 minutes
Green tea 2-3 minutes

If you keep these things in mind , your cup of hot tea will be more stimulating and full bodied.

The more i drink my tea, the more  delicate details and nuances i get to know about my tea.

I know this might sound a bit crazy, but over the years i have become more particular about my tea.

I know exactly how much sugar, water, tea spoons of tea leaves, milk and the type of tea required for the tea that will stimulate my mind and lead to that perfect day when the clouds part, the sun shines, the angels sing and my productivity is maximized.

What is in a Glass of tea you may ask?

Tea to me represents art. If you have you ever tried steeping a bag of rich tea in a glass tea pot, you will notice how the color gradually defuses throughout the teapot in a meditative beauty.

Photo credit: Laurel Fan

Tea represents a persons journey towards success. Like they say, you can never make a perfect cup of tea. In the same way, In man's journey towards perfection, he is never satisfied with his success and always strives harder to reach new levels of achievement and win new laurels.

Tea represents the variety of life. There is no single type of tea. There are many types such green, black, white and herbal among many others, although all teas have a stimulating and pleasant effect on the drinkers mind and body. Similarly, although every human being strives for fulfillment and success in one field or the other, there are multiple ways by which he can reach his/her destination.

So if you aren't already at your Tea table, brighten up, because there is an amazing journey waiting for you right around the corner..

Small but Continuous Improvement can create Empires

Close your eyes..........count till 5.....imagine your goal.....Open your eyes

Close your eyes again...count till 5...imagine you goal vividly...now with sound ...Open your eyes

Close you eyes another time...Imagine your goals vividly...put yourself in it...visualize that you have already achieved your goals and you are rejoicing...Open you eyes

[This little exercise is essential but not enough to attaining your goals]

One thing that makes a world of a difference is to take small but daily action towards your goals.

We all want to create something don't we? Business Empires, Schools, Social networks or maybe just peace of mind and fulfillment. But seeing such a big achievement in front of us can sometimes deter us and give us the jitters.

The Fact is: Empires aren't created in 1 day. 

But like a famous person said, my daily focus would be just to lay a single brick. I will focus on nothing else but laying that one small brick, but i will lay it in the best way that a brick can possibly be laid.

The secret is out: Lay a small brick on a daily basis and you will be surprised to behold a Palace in a few years or in some cases months.

I started my 100 day challenge on January 3rd 2013. I am almost 30 days into the challenge and until now moment has been exciting and exhilarating.

Let me start with the Reasons why i love the 100 Day Challenge:

1) Highly Actionable, Organised and focused Goal setting mechanism: 

This program gives you opportunity to really understand what your goals are. Moreover, it explains to you the importance of prioritizing you goals and finding out which are the ones that matter to you the most, so that you use all your resources to go after it. It dissects your goals in a way that you can actually understand why you want to achieve the goals you want to achieve. This prepares you both mentally and physically for the results that you are going to see over the next 100 days.

2) Accountability Partner:

The idea behind this program is that we can drastically increase the speed, effectiveness and efficiency of our goal achievements if we hold other people accountable. Lets admit it, its really easy to give up on a goal if you know no one is watching right? So one really amazing part of this challenge is the fact that you can sign up your Accountability partner too and email him/her your goals on a daily basis. This really makes it exciting for the both of you!

3) Forums:

This challenge gives you access to an amazing forum where people discuss everything about their challenges, achievements, breakthroughs and Aha moments. Reading this will bring you to speed whenever your rolling in a motivation slump and need someone to bring you back on track. This is something like a mastermind where people from literally over the world come together to take massive action and create the change that they want to see.

4) Daily Motivational video:

Furthermore, like what i said till now was not exciting enough, you get a daily motivational video in your email. Something similar to a morning charge up session, each of these videos have a particular learning in mind with actionable steps read out by Coach Gary Ryan Blair. This combination of energetic music, success quotes and inspiring words will really push you forward.

But we are all concerned with results aren't we?

So here's a low down of the results i have seen till now:

1) Sales increase of 206% at one of my previosly under performing Stores
2) Got in touch with top Application consultants and current professors at these schools
3) Networked with Alums and current students of my target B schools
4) Multiple Best Speaker awards at Toastmasters Meetings (Club Level)
5) Family ties strengthened. More outings, sharing and stimulating conversations.

This is just the start, and i have 70 days to go. In the coming days, i plan to take bigger steps and bolder actions towards my goals so that i can close the 100 days with a Bang :)

Have you heard of the Pareto Principle?

Well it says that the 20% is responsible for 80% of the change. You can apply this to any thing in life.

20% of the people have 80% of the wealth
20% the things you do determine 80% of the result
20% of the work you do is responsible for 80% of the money you make

Therefor i urge you to go check out this page to determine how you can utilize 20% of you energy and convert it into Rocket fuel!

Are You Up For a Challenge?

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