March signifies the start of a hot summer. While the body needs to keep cool to beat the heat, don’t forget to keep your mind cool and calm too!
This is not just for the sake of your happiness and that of those around you. A cool attitude also helps you adapt to any changes in your life. After all, even an engine that’s been running a while gets overheated and requires a coolant to go a long way.
You will come across this theme of staying cool in most sections of this edition of Victory Vitamin. Let’s begin.
People look at January for new beginnings – but February teaches us something too. It renews hope for those who started the year with excitement and remain in control of their goals. It haunts those who feel that they may have slipped into mediocrity and fear that they may not be able to make this year any different. But…
What happens when you polish an old utensil or a gadget at home? It starts to shine. Believe me – February can do that for you too. After all, did you know that February is named after Februa, the ancient Roman festival of cleansing?
Clean your mind of all self-doubts and start afresh this February. You’ll find that fresh starts and second chances are a major theme for this month’s newsletter. Let’s dive in.
The new year has brought new hope. And new opportunities too.
How many people wished you a happy 2023? At least a hundred? I had the same experience. But much like me, I suspect you probably don’t speak with or meet these well-wishers through the year, unless you run into them at some event.
Why not make this, the year of deeper connections? Make your well-wishers realise that you do care for them. When you bid goodbye to 2023, be proud of having valued people who cared for you. Give them a call, start a chat, or even meet them face-to-face. Fostering trust is a big part of this, and you’ll find more about that in this edition of Victory Vitamin.
With that, I wish you an astonishingly amazing 2023!
I am elated to bring you 2022’s last edition of Victory Vitamin with a powerful message. Every year leaves behind memories, brings new people into our lives and adds a new dimension to our experiences in this world. While the world gives a lot to us, how about making the next year memorable by giving something back?
I am not making a social pitch asking you to donate money to the underprivileged. How about giving a little time to make others feel a little more important? That’s the underlying theme of most of the things I talk about in this edition. Here you’ll find loads of practical tips and advice to do so, all spiced with a dash of humour of course.
With that, I wish you a happy end of 2022, and a great start to 2023!
Victory Vitamin is back after a break! And I am delighted to connect with you again.
These last few months saw me conducting book reviews, airing an endearing interview to promote young super achievers, submitting poems to anthologies, finding humour in daily news and creating videos. I felt I was unable to devote the time that this newsletter deserved. But after a break, I am back refreshed – and here on, you can be assured of your monthly dose of positivity and learnings.
I thought Victory Vitamin could do with a little refresh too. You’ll notice some new sections and segments that I’ve added in, and will find more opportunities to interact, connect and share your opinions as you read the newsletter. So dive right in!
May marks the end of hot weather across tropical countries, and growing up, it meant another significant milestone. June would be the month when schools would reopen after the long summer break, prompting us to pack our bags with books, our lunch boxes with yummy treats and our brains with lessons. This year, the reopening is likely to look different again — but even a virtual reopening will thrust our children back into the world of knowledge and learning.
Although most of us have graduated years (or decades!) back, there’s no reason why we cannot embrace the back-to-school spirit and continue this process of learning too. This month’s Victory Vitamin is thus packed with lessons, reflections, hope and positivity. Will you be present?
World Health Day, World Earth Day and Easter were all lined up in April. These holidays signify something to all of us if you think about it — if you take care of your health, anything on earth is possible. So resurrect your hopes, dreams and desires.
With the second wave of Covid, I know that all of you must be anxious and stressed. And all those doom-drenched news clips and gloom-filled Whatsapp forwards only make it worse. Ironically, forwards do not take us forward — they only set us back. So take the mayhem out of May. Prioritize your mental health, as well as physical — think positive and stay negative. That’s why, in this issue of Victory Vitamin, I am focussing on sending you a dose of inspiration and joy. I hope this helps you in these turbulent times.
Vaccines, virus and hope — in keeping with the last year, March has maintained its roller-coaster trajectory too. But when you are on a roller-coaster, you have two options. Squeeze your eyes shut and scream with fear. Or strap in, open your eyes wide in anticipation and enjoy the ups and downs, the twists and turns.
While we can’t control which way the roller-coaster goes, we can always choose our responses and emotions. In this dose of Victory Vitamin, I aim to spread some positivity to help you stay connected so that you can make your choice more effectively. Though delivered late, it is piping hot with useful messages and relevant updates. Ready for the ride?
I am thrilled to see Victory Vitamin reaching your inboxes in February, the month of love. Over the last year, we have all gone through some trying times. Socially distancing from our friends and family was not easy and it was only love that saw us through.
It’s heart-warming to see so many examples of love through the year. Our love for those who are important to us prompted us to stay connected digitally, no matter how far away we actually were. Our love for our immediate family reminded us to take extra care of ourselves. Our love for growth made online courses a huge hit. May this month bring you more moments of love for you to cherish. Remember — the only vaccine that is 100% effective and has proven benefits is ‘Love’.
Load yourself with hope and look forward to leading 2021 like a legend.
2020 got over too fast, much like the fleeting 20-20 cricket match. It was truly a year of surprises. Now let 2021 be the year when you take everyone by surprise! With holistic goals, some effective New Year’s resolutions and a whole lot of determination, you can make it possible.
As for me, apart from work and family, I’m also focussing a little more on my health this year. I’ve got a brand new bike and the time I spend cycling every morning has really been putting me in a great mind space for the rest of the day!
So let’s do this together. Before 2022 arrives, let us meet our goals and show the world what we’re made of. This issue of Victory Vitamin contains motivation, tips and even some simple techniques to stick to your resolutions.
Cheers to a new year!
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