How To Hold Yourself Accountable | Developing an action plan

How To Hold Yourself Accountable | Developing an action plan

In any situation, personal or professional, don’t we often wish that tasks would magically just get done? Figuring out a way to beat procrastination and making a habit of staying accountable to yourself isn’t easy, but it is possible. So where do we begin and how?

We are all guilty of making a list of goals with all the ambition in the world the night before. Then we tell ourselves “5 more minutes” after the third snooze the next morning because rest is important after all.

All in this together

What you should know is that you are not alone in this. Many of us have the tendency to give in to laziness and excuses.

There are many reasons why motivation and good intentions fade:

  • The pressure of deadlines doesn’t affect you
  • It’s unclear what you need to do to get the results you want
  • You may not even know what you want
  • There may be so many things you want to accomplish that you don’t even know where to start

The possibilities are endless. One thing is for sure, however: Whatever you decide to think on and whatever you decide to act on, will have consequences. Therefore, you need to take responsibility for the decisions you make.

Act to make change happen

So, what do we do to change this? Well, first of all, congratulations! If you have noticed and are keen to address the need for improvement, you have already achieved the very first step to making the change come true.

As for the next stage, here are some ways to ensure you stay accountable to yourself:

Start being brutally honest with yourself.

Put together a checklist for yourself, much like creating an inventory, but on the subject of yourself. Ask yourself what you’re struggling with. What are the things you always seem to overlook, things you know you have to do but never seem to get done? What other areas could you improve? List all of them down as the areas that you need to deal with on priority.

Avoid looking at faults negatively.

The attitude with which we approach an issue is an indication of how we see ourselves. Self-sabotaging will only further delay the completion of a task. A positive mindset motivates us to see more solutions than problems in every aspect of life.

Prioritise your tasks.

There may be days when everything will seem urgent and immediate. To avoid attacking tasks at the last minute and manifesting confusion, make a clear and concise list of tasks in order of priority. This allows you to focus on one task at a time and gives way for clear thinking.

Set time limits.

Every action plan needs an action plan of its own. If you are someone who gets easily distracted, the best way to tackle a task would be to set a time limit to accomplish it, even if it is done in parts. Strictly dedicate this time only to the completion of the task and nothing else. Taking dedicated breaks in between can help encourage and re-energize the mind and body.

Celebrate the small wins.

Rewarding yourself is a critical part of growing out of procrastination and avoidance. It not only motivates us but also allows us to assess our progress and what’s next.

Review yourself.

Much like what managers do in organizations, check in with yourself at regular intervals to evaluate your performance. Each time, allocate a new set of SMART(Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant & Time-based) goals. Review your progress to see if you have met these goals. If not, review what went wrong and what can you do to fix it going forward.

Build a plan

All of the tasks above may seem exhausting and overwhelming. At the end of the day, no matter how many motivational articles, self-help books, or informative articles you read, you have to get the job done. While there are times when things are out of your control, how you react to those circumstances and how you decide to approach any situation that is within your control is entirely up to you.

Make small changes to start with & make every small change a habit, rather than a short-term goal.

Our team at Tattvamassi wishes you all the best in this endeavor. We hope our few suggestions help you achieve your goals. Reach out to us for more guidance or schedule a 1-on-1 with our coach at www.tattvamassi.com

Motivation & Perseverance – Climbing the Corporate Ladder

Motivation & Perseverance – Climbing the Corporate Ladder

David Ogilvy once said, “The way up the ladder is open to everybody”. But what does it actually mean to ‘climb up the corporate ladder?

The ladder is a metaphor for the advancement or directional path of an employee within an organization. Based on internal hierarchies and industry type, the corporate ladder varies with every company, and more importantly, every individual. 

In today’s world, the larger part of the workforce is occupied by millennials and hence the lessons that were taught to their seniors may not stand valid. Why? Millennials enjoy and appreciate flexibility and convenience. They value having stable mental and physical health and like to learn in their own new, experimental ways. They are a group that’s unafraid to try new things, even if it means changing their career paths multiple times. Therefore, something that would be looked at negatively in the past is seen as an indicator of more personal growth and maturity today. 

With so much competition around, how does one start climbing the corporate ladder? 

Before taking the first step on the ladder, it is important to set one’s career goals. In order to do this, ask yourself a set of questions that will guide you to your answer and also act as the motivation to take on the challenge. 

  • Where are you now, and where do you wish to be?
  • Where do your interests lie?
  • What are your key takeaways from previous reviews?
  • How can you better yourself to achieve your goal?

Now that your BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) has been determined, time to climb up!

Step 1: Create a Blueprint

This blueprint will act as the ultimate guide to success. It allows one to create their own path to the top and sheds light on the big picture, motivating one to stay focused and draw up an action plan to achieve one small goal at a time instead of getting overwhelmed by the size of it all.

Step2: Get to work

Let your dedication and perseverance towards the job and the goal do the talking for you. Staying on top of your work and working smarter allows you to stand out in the crowd. While you’re at it, draw boundaries for yourself to avoid burnout.

Step 3: Keep learning

Staying motivated every day could seem like a herculean task. Make time to learn new things to re-energize your mind and body. Keep an eye on changes in the industry, follow what the leaders or experts of the industry are saying today. Aim to up-skill and learn new skills as part of your career development as well as personal growth. All of these efforts aid you in becoming an asset to the company.

Step 4: Network, network, network

Reports say that networking is one of the top traditional ways to discover new opportunities, lessons, and people! The stronger your network, the more seamless your growth. Networking with peers is the easiest way to begin, but you can also take it one step further by seeking out a professional mentor. This person can weigh in and provide invaluable feedback and be a part of your journey to the top. Attending networking events and being part of local business clubs could double your chances of getting to know the right people.

Step 5: Be a good team player

Working with a team not only gives your managers and peers an insight to your values as a person, it also adds value to your personal growth. Learning from others is the fastest and easiest way to learn. Nurturing positive relations amongst co-workers builds faith and better results.

Step 6: Initiate more

It is now time to drop all inhibitions about being a follower instead of a leader. With trustworthy peers by your side, take the call to be more initiative and suggestive of ideas to the right groups. One way to overcome any inhibitions about voicing your ideas is to think “as if”. As if you were the manager; What would you do then? With this, you learn to pay more attention to how those at a higher position than you function, manage, communicate and live their day at work. Make notes and devise your own way of working. This little study allows you to think and plan ahead of time. 

Step 7: Keep track of your accomplishments

Build your portfolio. With so much happening every day, it is easy to forget the big achievements over time. Keeping a track of it without boasting helps you prepare for your current and future role, giving seniors the clarity they need on your ability to deliver.

Step 8: And finally Stay motivated through it all.

Climbing the ladder is not an overnight task. It is one that takes and needs patience and perseverance in order to be achieved. When things seem stagnant no matter how much effort is being put in, go back to your blueprint and reflect on what motivated you to take on this challenge. Keep your eyes on the prize and persevere till you succeed. 

While all this might seem simple, sometimes we need help breaking through these plateaus. This is where working with a coach has helped millions across the world set themselves up for success. A coach not only acts as a sounding board but also questions your decisions to help you access the best way forward for you.

If you are ready to succeed and want to work with a coach reach out to us at www.tattvamassi.com


Tattvamassi Turns 2!

Tattvamassi Turns 2!

Dear Patron,

Tattvamassi turns two today.

It began as the quest for the “Ikigai” on Jan 16th, 2020. In over two decades of corporate life, “sales & strategy” had metamorphosed from being a profession to a passion, and had come to be as a vocation. The time seemed right to pay forward and make it into a mission, so the vehicle that was chosen to ride upon was consulting & coaching.

Like any new business, we had our moments of high & low. Our first client signed up on the day we were incorporated! We went full-throttle on the top gear, only to be forced to pause on neutral gear. What followed were months of waiting in the wings, while the world witnessed the first wave of the pandemic.

In hindsight, these were the months when we worked hard at staying relevant. “When fishermen cannot go to the sea, they repair nets”. We did just THAT. It was the ideal time to delve further into defining the work that we wanted, to build networks in the niche that we chose to be in, and to work towards the required accreditations.

Define Substance, Drive Structure. This is our founding philosophy.

We have made every effort to re-purpose and re-align with this intent in our body of work – be it with corporates or individuals. We were humbled that we got multiple opportunities to work with the corporate diaspora wearing the consultant’s hat: Blue Match Impact Solutions, Chaitanya Microfinance, Axis Bank to name a few. Our engagements with The Star In Me helped us to work on bespoke assignments with Infosys, AbInBev, Cognisant, Broadridge. We are delighted to have had the opportunity to work with the giants & the wizards – an interesting foray into the start-up world by associating with 100 Open StartUps, & the incubator cell of Parul University.

Through our efforts and collaborations, we were able to help companies and individuals alike improve internal communication skills, create trust, strengthen the mindset and build processes to drive business and personal growth.

The energy exchange during the 1-1 executive coaching sessions brought us many steps closer to our vision by helping the coachees find their authentic selves and build on them.

Tat Tvam Asi – You Are THAT

It has been exhilarating to coach leaders & teams, co- partnering in their journeys to rediscover their true inner potential, thereby bringing in a measurable shift in their productivity.

We continue to seek your support, your blessings & your wishes as we step up in our journey. We truly believe that we will make a positive difference to the corporate world through our consulting & coaching

We seek your continued patronage as we humbly bow in gratitude.



Why Coaching Works

Why Coaching Works

The impact of coaching was first noticed in the field of sports. In 1875, Harvard and Yale played one of the first games of American Football. Yale had hired a coach, while Harvard had not. In the following 30 years, Harvard won only 4 games. This showed the difference coaching can make on a team. Harvard’s shortcomings led to them eventually getting a coach. Fast-forward many years to today, where having at least one coach has become a norm for any individual or team sport.

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If coaching works so well in the field of sports, can it be applied across other fields as well? Absolutely! The principles of coaching have been applied across fields such as music, acting, business, etc., and the results have been exemplary. Most successful people in a plethora of fields have worked with coaches to understand where they can improve and achieve their goals. This begs the question, “What is it about coaching that helps people unlock growth? What allows them to succeed? Why does it work so well?”

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A coach is an external set of eyes and ears, and one who observes, listens, critiques and gives you feedback on ways to improve. Often, you are too close to the problem to see it objectively, or you cannot understand what you are doing wrong. This is where having a coach’s perspective can be particularly rewarding. A coach breaks down your activities into smaller fragments and examines them with great detail. This helps you find new ways for you to approach the activity.

When you start something new, you notice that you learn a lot initially. But as you get regular at it and set into a routine, the learning and growth deteriorate and come to a halt. If you are looking to improve, the fresh perspective and expertise of a coach can be of great help to you. A coach can identify toxic habits and patterns that may have been overlooked by you, help you break them, and learn from the journey. The difference between a good performer and a great performer is in realising one’s true potential, and one can become the latter with a good coach by their side.

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Coaching is a continuous process. A coach’s role is more than someone critiquing your shortcomings, but someone who works with you as a partner in your journey and helps you develop a system for success. Constantly tracking your performance, keeping you accountable for your effort, and motivating you in the process are just some of the important roles that a coach plays.

The success of being coached is no longer a secret, and the model of coaching has been applied across various fields, which has yielded great results across the board. Whether it is life coaching or business coaching, it makes a positive difference in the lives of clients and is most commonly known to make them better at communication, stress management, and leading balanced lives.

Unlike Harvard, you don’t have to wait 30 years to work with a coach. If you think you or your organization can perform better and achieve more, reach out to us to schedule a free 30 minute 1 on 1 with us so we can identify problematic areas and provide solutions tailored to your needs. 

Contact us at contact@tattvamassi.com to know more!

How a coach can help you climb up the corporate ladder

How a coach can help you climb up the corporate ladder

Climbing the corporate ladder is tough yet achievable. Although a lot of people enter the corporate game at the lower levels and quickly advance to middle-level management, going further up the corporate ladder can be challenging. Apart from the obvious reason that fewer positions of power are available at the top, companies sometimes choose to bring in lateral hires to induce a fresh perspective to their growth story. This often leads to employees feeling ignored, undervalued, or overlooked and can affect their morale and performance. This begs the question – Can middle-level managers and employees be coached for success? Can they lead and perform efficiently under pressure? 

The answer is yes, they absolutely can! 

The process of coaching is a structured journey created to allow one to achieve their goals. In the beginning, a coach works with you to set a specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely goal. Your coach then acts as your partner in this journey, helping you through the ups and downs, keeping you accountable, and motivating you to achieve your goals

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There are a lot of skills one must possess in order to hold positions of leadership. A coach can help you improve your communication and interpersonal skills which will make you a better team leader and build strong relationships with key stakeholders. Developing and possessing a high Emotional Quotient is a key quality that organizations look for in C-suite executives. A coach can also help you manage stress and handle high-pressure situations. This is absolutely necessary if one wishes to sustain their performance in the higher ranks of large organizations. Several successful top-level personnel use coaches as a sounding board before making decisions. These decisions have a huge impact on the business hence it is absolutely crucial for them to make the appropriate call. A coach makes you introspect on your decisions to help you find inconsistencies if any so that you’re absolutely clear about your plan of action.

A coach does not answer your questions, they question your answers

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To climb the corporate ladder, one must understand how departments and the overall business itself function. As one rises up the ranks, they are expected to work cross-functionally and monitor various departments. Working with a coach will help one maximize their strengths while identifying and improving their weaknesses. A coach also acts as an external auditor, breaking one’s actions down and observing them in great detail, identifying mistakes or inefficiencies that one may have overlooked. A coach will provide feedback and keep one accountable for their plan of action. 

For some reason or the other, it is a common phenomenon to see employees’ performance drop after reaching middle-level management. The comfort and security of the current position discourage employees from wanting to achieve more. Employees no longer have the same zeal for achieving success as they once did, and lack motivation when their routine is monotonous. A coach can help break these limiting patterns and behaviors and also motivate one to stay focused on achieving their long-term goals of growth and success.

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The success of coaching in the corporate environment is very evident. Global corporations such as Microsoft, Google, etc., work with coaches to empower and motivate employees and prepare them to take up leadership positions. Coaching helps people boost job performance and lead well-balanced lives.

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Get in touch with us today to begin your journey towards realizing your goals and climbing up the corporate ladder. Work with us to maximize your individual and your team’s potential. Find out more by visiting our website: www.tattvamassi.com