Don’t Quit Before You Reach the Tipping Point

first_imgThe great Aikido master, Ikeda Sensei, says: “Aikido works. My aikido works. Your aikido may not work.”His point is simple and profound (and all you have to do is get close enough to him on the dojo mat and you will feel its profundity as you fly through the air, landing on your back). Ikeda Sensei has spent a lifetime on the mat mastering the fundamentals of his art. He has worked to gain a deep understanding of the principles of aikido. Ikeda Sensei’s aikido works because he didn’t quit, he didn’t give up, and he didn’t walk off the mat. He worked on his aikido, and he gave it time (In his case, a lifetime. You don’t need that long for the results you want).Why “It” Isn’t WorkingThe reason that whatever you are trying isn’t working is not because it doesn’t work. It’s that you haven’t given it enough time to work. You haven’t stuck with it long enough to begin to get results. It takes time for you to get a feel for things and to gain enough competency in “it” to get results.The reason what you are trying isn’t working is because you are giving up too soon.You’ve decided to work with a new approach to making cold calls. You try it for a couple days and find no change in your results. So you quit and quickly fall back into what feels comfortable.You adopt a new sales process. You go all in and do your best on a couple opportunities, but you can’t tell that it’s making a real difference. You set it aside and go back to doing what you have always done.Your company has a new offering. You don’t know if the market is right, if your market is ready. You go out and talk to a few customers and a dream client or two. No one seems overjoyed, so you go back to selling what you have always sold.Anytime you start doing something new, you have to give that new initiative time to reach the tipping point, the point in time when you have done it long enough to start getting results. But most people quit long before they get to that point. They never give themselves time to learn and to gain the competencies they need. They never give the new initiative a fair chance.Aikido works. But your aikido may not work.QuestionsWhat did you try and give up on before you should have?Why does it take some time before new things start to produce results?How much time should give something new before you write it off and go back to what you have always done?What should you be giving more time to now?last_img read more

BJP, allies hope to bag most of Northeastern Assembly Seats

first_imgGUWAHATI: The BJP and its regional allies hope to bag most of the nine Assembly Seats across four northeastern States where byelections will be held on Monday. Rival Congress, on the other hand, is keen on regaining lost ground.Four of these nine Assembly Seats are in Assam followed by Sikkim with three and Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya one each.The four Seats in Assam – Jania, Rangapara, Ratabari and Sonari – fell vacant after their representatives were elected to the Lok Sabha. In the 2016 Assembly polls, the Congress had won the Muslim-dominated Jania while the BJP had won the other three where Adivasis or “tea tribes” are the decisive factor.Upbeat about the Congress’s chances in Jania, former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi hoped the voters would see through the BJP’s neglect of the tea plantation workers in the other Seats. Once behind the Congress, the Adivasis have gravitated toward the BJP over the years.“The BJP did not field tea garden leaders despite enjoying the community’s vote. They should realise the BJP does not want their community to be politically strong,” Mr. Gogoi said.The Congress fielded “tea tribe” candidates Kartik Kurmi, Keshab Prasad Rajak and Sushil Suri for the Rangapara, Ratabari and Sonari Seats. The BJP’s candidates – Rajen Borthakur, Bijay Malakar and Nabanita Handique – do not belong to the community.“The Party matters more than candidates to our supporters,” State BJP president Ranjeet K. Dass said, defending the choice of candidates.Consensus candidateIn Arunachal Pradesh, the BJP and the Congress brushed their political rivalry aside to back independent candidate Chakat Aboh, also supported by other national and regional Parties, for the Khonsa West Seat.Ms. Aboh is the widow of Tirong Aboh, who had won the Seat in the Assembly election on a National People’s Party (NPP) ticket. Suspected extremists had gunned him down with 10 others on May 21, two days before the election results were declared.Ms. Aboh’s sole rival Azet Hamtok is also an independent.Regional allies in the coalition government have posed more of a challenge for the BJP in Meghalaya than the Congress. For the lone Shella Assembly Seat, which fell vacant after the death of Speaker and former Chief Minister Donkupar Roy, the BJP is up against two coalition partners – United Democratic Party (UDP) and People’s Democratic Front.What left the BJP leaders red-faced was that the NPP, the largest coalition partner, threw its weight behind UDP candidate Balajied Kupar Synrem.Test for Sikkim CMMonday’s bypoll will decide the fate of two heavyweight candidates – Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang, popularly P.S. Golay, of the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) for the Poklok-Kamrang Seat and former footballer Bhaichung Bhutia of the Hamro Sikkim Party for the Gangtok Seat reserved for the Bhutia-Lepcha communities.The SKM has concentrated on Poklok-Kamrang, leaving the other two Seats – Gangtok and Martam-Rumtek to the BJP.Former Chief Minister and rival Sikkim Democratic Front leader Pawan Chamling said the State might not witness free and fair election. “If people vote without fear and there is no booth-capturing, the Chief Minister will be knocked out,” he said.last_img read more

Aegon International: Simona Halep awarded wildcard at Eastbourne

first_imgFrench Open runner-up Simona Halep was awarded a wildcard entry to feature at the Aegon International in Eastbourne next week, organisers said on Thursday.Eastbourne will be Halep’s first grass court tournament ahead of Wimbledon after she pulled out of the Aegon Classic in Birmingham due to an ankle injury last week. Wimbledon starts on July 3.”I am very much looking forward to playing in Eastbourne,” the 25-year-old Romanian said in a statement.”The quality of the draw is very high so I’m hoping for some great matches to give me the best possible preparation ahead of Wimbledon.”World number two Halep will be joined by seven other players from the world’s top 10 at Devonshire Park including German Angelique Kerber, Karolina Pliskova, defending champion Dominica Cibulkova and Eastbourne resident Johanna Konta.Halep enjoyed a strong clay court season, claiming the Madrid title and reaching the final at Roland Garros and Rome.last_img read more

a month agoKlopp loving competition within Liverpool squad

first_imgKlopp loving competition within Liverpool squadby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is loving the competition within his squad.The German says his players are fighting tooth and nail in training in order to impress him.Speaking before Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Napoli, Klopp said he had plenty of players available for selection.He said: “And the competition in this team is really big, yes. If that line-up is not performing, they are really there. As an example, Shaq [Xherdan Shaqiri] is brought in in that position where he has been training for a couple of weeks now. He is so creative. He is a real option.”If you have one good game and another good game, the dynamic changes. Dejan Lovren is not in the squad and I have no explanation for that other than two centre-halves on the bench is probably not necessary. Naby Keita is coming, everyone knows that. “When Ox [Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain] played really well at Southampton, for the all others it was ‘ooh’, but you should see training. They all want to make sure, ‘I am ready, you can use me’. “This is a really big club with competition between friends. It is not I have to kill him to play, it is really for the team. That is what the boys did so far and as long as we have that we will go for everything. Then we have to see what we get because we have really good opponents and that is the problem.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Chinmayanand case Student gives pen drive with videos to SIT

first_imgShahjahanpur (UP): The postgraduate student who has accused BJP leader Chinmayanand of rape on Saturday gave a pen drive containing 43 videos to the SIT to support her allegations. The woman was asked by the SIT to submit whatever evidence she had against the former Union minister. The special investigation team questioned the student on Friday and collected evidence from Chinmayanand’s bedroom here, sources said on Saturday.last_img

IMD working at faster pace to issue blocklevel weather forecast by next

first_imgNew Delhi: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) Tuesday said it is working at a brisk pace to issue localised weather forecasting to all 6,500 blocks across 660 districts in the country by 2020 and help as many as 9.5 crore farmers deal with the vagaries of weather.However, the most challenging task would be to enhance the accuracy of weather forecasts and to make agromet advisory services (AAS) more useful and user friendliness, it added. At present, IMD issues district level advisories. In 2018, it tied up with Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) to extend weather forecast and AAS at the block level. “A lot of progress has been made since signing of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) with ICAR. The work is at a faster pace…. We are recruiting and training people,” IMD Deputy Director General S D Attri said on the sidelines of a Ficci event. The pilot study is underway in 200 blocks. The target is to cover 6,500 blocks in 660 districts by 2020, he said, adding that this will help farmers minimise weather-related crop losses. Attri said that the IMD has a network of 130 agromet field units at district level for dissimilating the weather-based advisories. Efforts are being made to set such units in additional 530 districts in the country under the ‘Gramin Krishi Mausam Sewa’ at Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs). As of now, 4 crore farmers are receiving the district level weather forecast through SMS and mKisan portals. “The target is to cover 9.5 crore farmers by 2020 by extending the services at a block level,” he added. Earlier, addressing the event on agriculture extension, the IMD official stressed on the need for dissemination of AAS to farmers on a “wider scale” and convincing them about its positive impacts on a sustainable basis. He also talked about the need to focus on awareness programmes to help farmers to become more self-reliant in dealing with weather and climate issues that affect agriculture production and also assist the farmers to further develop their adaptive capacity with improved planning and better management decisions. -Attri observed that IMD alone cannot reach all farmers and emphasised the need to take private sector and their innovative technologies in this area.last_img read more

Premonsoon rainfall deficit drops to 22 Met data shows

first_imgNew Delhi: Pre-monsoon rainfall from March to May, a phenomenon vital to agriculture in several parts of the country, has recorded a deficiency of 22 per cent, according to India Meteorological Department (IMD) data.The IMD recorded 75.9 millimetres of rainfall from March 1 to May 15 as against the normal rainfall of 96.8 millimetres, which comes to around minus 22 per cent. From March 1 to April 24, the IMD recorded a deficiency of 27 per cent. The deficiency this week seems to have fallen over the last fortnight due to rains over east and northeast India. Meanwhile, the southwest monsoon has advanced into South Andaman Sea and conditions are favourable for it to reach the North Andaman Sea and the Andaman Islands in the next 2-3 days, the IMD said. Of the four meteorological divisions of the IMD, the south peninsula, which comprises all the southern states, has recorded pre-monsoon deficiency of 46 per cent the highest in the country. This was followed by 36 per cent in the northwest subdivision that covers all the north Indian states it was 38 per cent from March 1 to April 24, but has dropped by 2 per cent due to rainfall across several parts. The deficiency in the east and northeast region that covers eastern states of Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal, Odisha and northeastern states was seven per cent. There was no deficiency in the central region which comprises states of Maharashtra, Goa, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. However, from March 1 to April 24 the pre-monsoon rainfall recorded in the central division was five per cent than normal. The region has also been witnessing intense heat waves and several dams in the Marathwada region of Maharashtra have reached zero storage level. Pre-monsoon rainfall is important for horticulture crops in some parts of the country. In states like Odisha, ploughing is done in the pre-monsoon season, while in parts of northeast India and the Western Ghats it is critical for plantation of crops. Laxman Singh Rathore, former director general of the IMD, said in parts of northeast India and the Western Ghats, pre-monsoon rainfall is critical for plantation crops. There will be “moisture stress” incase of a deficit, he said. Crops like sugarcane and cotton, planted in central India, survive on irrigation and also require supplement of pre-monsoon rains, Rathore added. “In the forested regions of Himalayas, pre-monsoon rainfall is necessary for plantations like apple. Due to moisture, pre-monsoon rainfall also helps in minimising the occurrence of forest fires,” he said.last_img read more

Egypt judges urged to free jailed female protesters

first_imgby Mona SALEMCairo- The lawyer for 21 Egyptian women and girls jailed over an Islamist protest told appeal courts Saturday there was no evidence of their guilt and urged judges to free them.Wearing handcuffs but holding red roses, the 21 appeared in Alexandria courts in white prison garb in a case that has sparked an outcry. Many bore the word “Freedom” written in Arabic and English on the palms of their hands, and smiled from the metal-caged dock.The women and girls were convicted last month of taking part in a violent protest demanding Islamist President Mohammed Morsi’s reinstatement following his overthrow by the army in July.Fourteen women previously sentenced to 11 years in jail were ushered into the cage in the courtroom as the appeal by the seven girls was heard in an adjacent juvenile court.Their harsh sentences had shocked even supporters of the military-installed government.Lawyer Ahmed al-Hamrawy told the court there was no evidence to convict his clients and asked the judges to release them.“Even in Mubarak’s era there were morals. Egypt’s women and girls were a red line and they weren’t placed on trial,” he said, referring to ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak, Morsi’s predecessor.“This is an oppressive sentence,” one defendant, Salma, told AFP during a court recess.She said her daughter was among the seven juveniles sentenced, and explained that they had both been near the October 31 protest by chance when arrested.“I have the right to express my opinion — this is a constitutional right, and we are currently political prisoners,” said another defendant, Aya Adel.The prosecutor general’s office charged that the women fought with knives and threw rocks during clashes that erupted during the protest in Egypt’s second city.Six men said to be Muslim Brotherhood leaders were tried in absentia in the same case and sentenced to 15 years.They were found guilty of inciting the women to cut key roads in the city during the clashes.There was a heavy police presence outside the court complex in the coastal city, where Morsi’s Islamist supporters have repeatedly clashed with opponents and security forces.During the recess, about 100 friends and relatives of the defendants stood outside the courtroom chanting “Down with military rule.”Hamrawy told AFP he expected the misdemeanor courts to either acquit them or release them on bail ahead of a final ruling.The jail terms, coming in the same week as a restrictive new protest law, re-energized Islamist opposition to the interim government and drew criticism even from its secular supporters.Hamdeen Sabbahi, a former presidential candidate and a leading dissident under Morsi, called on the interim president to pardon the girls and repeal the new law governing protests.The military-installed government has pressed a crackdown on Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood movement that has killed more than 1,000 people and imprisoned thousands.Much of the Brotherhood’s leadership, including Morsi, is on trial on various charges of inciting violence.Courts have also handed out harsh sentences to Islamist protesters, including 12 men imprisoned for 17 years after a violent protest in Cairo.Amnesty International severely criticized the verdicts against the female protesters.It “shows the Egyptian authorities’ determination to punish dissent,” the rights grolast_img read more