My Success Story - My story of Purpose Passion and Personal Power
Who Am I :
With over a decade of corporate experience, I’m a corporate warrior turned Youth Mentor & Happiness Coach certified by Berkeley Institute of Well-being and also a certified NLP practitioner. Armed with MBA ( Marketing) from SIMS Pune and ICFAI ( HR) Hyderabad I’m currently the founder of Your Success Story based out of Pune. I’m also an amateur astrologer, home baker, Employability and Lifeskill’s trainer, Mother and a Military wife. I’m passionate about the subject of Happiness Well-being and Youth empowerment. I work primarily in three areas namely Positive Psychology, Personal Development and Emotional Intelligence. I have impacted close to 22k lives through my venture Your Success Story and my vision is to make Happiness, Clarity and Confidence available to one and all. I wish for these virtues to not be positioned as luxury but bare necessities of life and that’s what drives my vision and mission for life!
How It All Began :
I stated off as a banker right after my MBA. Worked as retail banker for one of country’s premier Private Banks (ICICI Bank). Moved on to Consulting. Worked in a major business vertical of a Big 4 (EY) for many number of years and then I took a nice long and conscious sabbatical.
What made me do that?
While I was working I did not have too many complaints. I was fairly happy. Except for the fact that something deep inside me was screaming for attention. Deep down there was something that was begging to be heard and let out. I often caught myself asking if my next promotion/ financial goal would bring the sense of fulfilment that I’ve been craving for. And the answers often shocked me. That’s when I decided to take a break and start to rework at my life.
During my sabbatical I worked on my own ikegai, my value system, developing my core competence, my key strengths, my ecology - in terms of what will work for me what will not - given the nomadic life style that I have. Most importantly I worked on aligning my Mind Body and Spirit to the work that I do. I wanted my work to be my second nature. I did not not want there to be too much of a difference between who I am and what I do. And that’s how I gravitated organically towards training/ coching and mentoring and found my niche in happiness coaching and personal development.
And that is how Your Success Story was born.
My Non Negotiables :
I was very clear about a few things in my life. For as long as I can recollect, certain core beliefs formed the non-negotiable in my life ever since I was a young adult. Here are are a few of them.
* Happy Corporate Employee - I didn’t just want to be a working woman but a happy working woman. Someone who does not feel the burn out by end of the day. Rather someone who enjoys the burnout and looks forward to it.
* Strong sense of Identity - My identity for me has been a critical indicator of the power within. I wish for people to know me and recognise me for who I am and what I do, rather being known as somebody’s someone.
* Leaving a Legacy behind - I want people to remember me for something good, if not great, when I pass over. I want to to be able to create a difference in peoples life by way of who I am and what I do, so that people feel happier and more sorted remembering our interaction.
* Live life Queen size - I want to be able to explore and enjoy every spectrum, every phase of life. Like Oprah, I believe one can have all that one wants - just not all at once!
These core beliefs gave direction to my sense of purpose and meaning in life. These beliefs also helped me to find my passion and a sense of flow.
What Changed Me :
During my sabbatical, just as I was navigating through the maze of figuring out life, my health suffered a sudden blow and I was bedridden for 3 months. Underwent some major health issues and decided to shift gears and refocus my priorities. Once again.
The next couple of years turned into a journey of building my mental & physical strength with the support of medical science, family, yoga and breath work. I started reading and researching extensively, establishing daily rituals & habits for wellness. This is when I realized the power of mindset and that it’s possible to change our thoughts.
I CREATED A POSITIVE VISION FOR MY FUTURE AND TOOK CONSISTENT SMALL STEPS THAT LED TO REMARKABLE RESULTS!
I emerged from my moments of darkness to find hope and meaning. Today I am a happiness coach and help others to author their own success stories. I believe happiness is the precursor to success and not the other way round. And success without fulfillment is a failure.
Diversity and Inclusivity:
I have changed 10 schools in sixteen years, travelled the country far and wide - lived in destinations unknown and unheard of by most. Have lived in bashas as well as palatial bungalows, have travelled by convoy trucks as well as black sedans - all in the same josh. Made friends with folks from diverse cultures and backgrounds. A world traveller who is a soldiers daughter and soldiers wife, I’m proud of my military heritage and am happy relating to varied geographies and culture. Kindness to me is above all religions. And success without fulfilment is a failure.
Being in control and feeling capable is what translates into your happiness and personal power.
The quality of your life is directly proportional to the quality of the relationships that you have in your life.
You can be either a failure or a success. Both are better than being a regret in life.