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By Shiv
Career and personal empowerment coaching to help working professionals break out of the monotony of an unsatisfying job and re-discover their mojo so they can enjoy a sense of achievement and fulfillment in their careers and lives.
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How can you overcome procrastination and dramatically improve your productivity?
This episode is a continuation of the previous episode on questions raised by listeners of this podcast. However, what makes this episode very special is that the whole episode is dedicated to just one question! I felt that the question asked was of such significance that it needed an in-depth analysis of the issue.  "What is the root cause?", "What might be your specific variation of this problem?" and "How can you break through this problem and achieve success?" are some of the things I address in this episode.  If you have ever struggled with taking timely action, this one's for you!! If you wish to contact me, you can message me through my website or you can email me at
March 27, 2022
Time for a Q&A session - tackling questions that many people are grappling with!
This is a very special episode - the first (of many, hopefully!) Q&A on this platform!  I have taken up some of the questions raised by people in my connection list. I believe these questions would resonate with many of the listeners of this podcast. Whether it be retaining positivity in an increasingly challenging world or getting better at rejection handling, we all at some point in our lives need these skills to navigate life successfully, don't we? So listen in, and hopefully, some of the tips offered in this episode help you in your own lives. If you have any questions you'd like answered, please send them through to me (via email or through my website) and I'll be more than happy to answer them in future Q&A episodes. Email: Web:
March 10, 2022
Failure is fantastic - bring it on!!!
FAILURE - does that word scare you? I know it used to scare me one helluva lot!!  I hated failing as a school kid, so I chose not to try out anything that I wasn't 100% sure of succeeding in. The result? I became cocooned and stayed stuck in a tiny little comfort zone. The sad part was that I never tried to figure out why I was scared of failure. I mean, failure didn't have a physical form that looked terrifying.  If you are nervous about failure, have you wondered why that is so? Have you looked under the covers to find the root cause so you can address it? This episode is all about changing your mindset towards failure so that you can start to change your life. After all, it all begins with the thought process, doesn't it? #thinkbelieveachieve  So dive in!
February 08, 2022
Conversation with Life Coach Vicki McCauley
Featuring my friend and fellow coach Vicki McCauley from Arizona, USA as a guest. Our conversation is centered on the ways to overcome life's challenges. The past two years have been historic in terms of the challenges posed to over 7 billion people across the globe. Each individual might have had their own struggles to contend with, but the fact is that hardly anyone has got through unscathed. I believe that the two most important lessons for every one of us to learn from this pandemic are: 1. You are not alone. 2. You are more resilient than you think. Join us in this conversation and please share your thoughts. If you wish to get in touch with Vicki or me, here are the contact details: Vicki - Shiv -
January 17, 2022
Do you worry too much?
In a life where we face untold tragedies and stresses that are often outside our control, how can we at least avoid letting small things affect us and hold us down? What if we could develop internal fortitude that helps us tackle worries like a pro? In this episode, I talk about the "intellectual immune system" existing within each one of us that can counter any positive change that we might try to make. 
December 09, 2021
Is your job one of your life's greatest miseries?
In this episode, I talk about the hottest trend in the labor market over the past six months - people quitting their jobs. The Great Resignation (as it is known in the U.S.) is a phenomenon that sees millions of people leaving their jobs every month. Not all of them leave because they've got better jobs lined up. A large percentage of those quitting are so sick of their jobs that, one fine day, they just QUIT! No other job to go to, and yet, they walk out the door with a sense of relief!  What could be the reasons that are driving people to take such risks, opting for uncertainty over a lousy but certain career?
November 18, 2021
Dream the impossible - is it a cliché of self development?
This episode is about dreams, possibilities, and success. Do you believe that you can achieve anything if you set your mind to it? Are you a person who believes in the power of dreams or are you more oriented towards reality? Sharing some of my thoughts with you on this subject and inviting you to share yours by messaging/commenting. I believe that success cannot have a one-size-fits-all model as we're all unique in our own ways. There are however certain elements of success that are universal.  Listen in to find out my 3P formula for success!
October 20, 2021
The G Word
Enough of the F word, let's move on to the G-word! :) The ability to be grateful for what you have has a massive impact on your happiness.  In this episode, I talk about: - the importance of gratitude,  - things that each and every one of us can be grateful for right now,  - a small gratitude meditation that I invite you to do with me,  - scientific benefits of gratitude - ways to build gratitude Develop gratitude and experience a new perspective on your life!
September 21, 2021
Become a better baggage handler!
What baggage are you lugging around in the mind from your past and your future? How is it impacting your present? This 14-minute episode talks about the need to realize the value of the gift of "now" to live a better life!
August 24, 2021
Handling Negative People
Our lives are filled with interactions involving all kinds of people. Negative people might be unwelcome guests but sometimes having them in our lives is unavoidable. How do we deal with them successfully and not let them drag us down? In this episode, we look at some of the negative traits to watch out for, talk about the most important question to ask ourselves when we encounter negative people, and discuss tips for dealing with people that we can't just wish out of our lives. Hope this episode gives you the dose of positivity needed to neutralize the negativity that some people might inject into your life! Regards, Shiv (
July 29, 2021
Knowledge and Wisdom
Knowledge and wisdom can often be confused for one another as they are two sides of the same coin. In this episode, we look at how they are different and how we can leverage our knowledge to gain wisdom while we go on to live more satisfying lives.  I've come across some wonderful quotes on this subject - "Knowledge helps you make a living while Wisdom helps you make a life" is one such interesting quote. Author Ken Poirot put it this way - "Wisdom comes from making mistakes, having the courage to face them, and make adjustments moving forward based upon the knowledge acquired through those experiences".
July 07, 2021
Conversation with Stephanie Ritter Maat on the importance of Resilience
In this episode, I have a chat with our special guest Stephanie Ritter Maat, who is a Relationship and Transition Life Coach. We discuss the significance of resilience in our lives, whether we are chasing goals or facing challenges. The ability to bounce back from setbacks is one of the key attributes that separates successful people from frustrated ones. The good news is that every one of us can become more resilient and put ourselves on the path to success. Listen in and fortify your mindset to face adversity and failure with courage and confidence!!
June 21, 2021
Handling A Career Crisis
In today's uncertain world, no job is secure. The days of lifelong employment are gone, and all employees need to expect the unexpected. In this episode, we take a look at the types of career crises, and how one can be in a better position to tackle them.
June 03, 2021
The Covid Tsunami
This episode is dedicated to those bearing the brunt of the 2nd wave of the Covid pandemic, especially in the country that is currently the worst hit, India. Even in the midst of extreme suffering, it is crucial to have faith that this storm too shall pass. We discuss some tips for finding succour in these tough times. 
May 19, 2021
Behind the scenes look at the name of this podcast!
In this episode, I take you behind the scenes to explore the reasons for my podcast being named "Think...Believe...Achieve", which is also the motto of my company Think Life Coaching. I talk about the importance of these 3 concepts in the journey from where you are to where you want to be. If you are at a stage in life where you are unhappy about your current situation and are feeling stuck, do listen in to find out what you could do to change things up.
April 27, 2021
Why Do I Never Get What I Deserve?
This episode tackles a societal disease that eats into our happiness, prevents us from enjoying our successes, and is growing at an alarming pace! Listen in to find out what this "monster" is!!!
March 29, 2021
Understanding Employee Motivation
In this episode, the spotlight is on job satisfaction, morale, and motivation for an employee. What do these terms actually mean, are they given the importance they deserve, and how do you currently score on these counts in your job? I talk about a 3-step journey to start scoring high on the three factors under discussion.  I'm sure you're aware that being unhappy in your job or career has a definite impact on your happiness in other areas of life. Work cannot be isolated from the rest of your life, given it occupies such a large portion of your life. If you're unhappy at work, you've got a lot of company - over 70% of the global workforce is your corner! Sounds rather depressing, doesn't it? But the good news is that you can change your situation. It does take effort, but the result is always worth it!
March 10, 2021
Talking Leadership with leadership coach Travis Crutcher
In this episode, I have with me former US Army Ranger Travis Crutcher of Above Average Leadership, as we delve into aspects of leadership that would interest anyone who is either a leader of a team or a team member. We all know that the performance of a team depends a great deal on the kind of leadership that the team experiences, and in our individual lives I'm sure we've all been through the experience of working under a good leader and a not-so-good one! So strap yourselves in and enjoy this ride as Travis talks about his leadership experience within the military and outside it, and also other issues such as the qualities a good leader should possess, the common mistakes leaders make, the significance of delegation for leaders, and if you're an "accidental leader" you don't want to miss the last part of this interview!
February 22, 2021
Challenges Of A Corporate Warrior - Interview with Jeff Meister
This exciting episode features an interview with Coach and Life Strategist Jeff Meister (Virginia, USA). A former corporate executive, he is now helping people who want to break the corporate shackles to find more purpose and meaning in their lives. If you are a mid-career working professional trying to get out of the 'corporate rut', this one's definitely for you!
February 08, 2021
Think Outside The Box (TOTB)
Why is 'thinking outside the box' so important in our lives? How often do we actually try to think unconventionally? This episode address the science behind the concept of TOTB, my own experience with it, and 7 tips to get better at thinking out of the box.
January 18, 2021
Chalte Raho (translates to "keep going" in English)
This episode is a special gift for all Hindi speaking audiences. I believe the topic is very important and relevant in today's times. Therefore, after doing a podcast in English a few days ago, I decided to record this Hindi episode on the same topic using a classic Hindi song from the 70s. This song has been my go-to for decades when it comes to finding the motivation to keep going despite challenges.
January 06, 2021
The ONE common quality of winners
This episode talks about the one common quality of high achievers and successful people across the world. In a year as tough as this one, the importance of this quality has been further highlighted. It is a quality or personality trait that is critical for us to succeed in any endeavor.  And the good news is that it is not something that is inborn. It can be developed, practiced, and perfected. So let's dive in!! This will be my last podcast for 2020 so here's wishing you all a fantastic Christmas and may the year 2021 bring your dreams closer and go on to become an unforgettable year in your life, this time for all the right reasons!! :) Take care, and see you next year!!!
December 23, 2020
Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem
In this episode, we delve into the difference between self-confidence and self-esteem, why these are so important for our mental makeup, and look at some tips for improving self-confidence and self-esteem.
December 03, 2020
Fear is the key
In this second part of "Stepping Out Of Comfort Zone", we look at the fears that keep us stuck and what we could do to overcome them. How can we demolish our limiting self-beliefs that shackle our growth?
November 22, 2020
Stepping out of your comfort zone
In this episode, we look at what "comfort zone" is all about and why it is important for our self-development to be able to step out of our comfort zone. Also a couple of stories of people who dared to step out of their comfort zones...and one of them is sure to surprise you! ;-)
November 03, 2020
It's All In The Mind!
In this episode, we talk about mindset and its importance for success. We also look at the two types of mindsets and I share my formula for moving forward when I feel stuck in an unhappy situation.
October 16, 2020
The Art Of Goal Setting
The importance of getting out of auto-pilot and taking control of our lives is discussed in this episode. 
October 11, 2020
The Magic Of Storytelling
The beauty, simplicity, and wisdom of stories from the past, whether in religious texts or in tales from our elders, holds so much relevance in today's times. In this podcast, I'm sharing with you some of those pearls of wisdom. I also share with you one specific short story that has stayed with me for a long time - love how 3 fantastic pieces of wisdom have been woven into this simple story. Hope you like it!!
October 01, 2020
Zindagi Ka Philosophy
Breaking down the meaning of a classic Hindi song, that holds the key to living life in a happy and contented manner. Lovers of old Hindi film songs, please tune in and join me in celebrating this timeless classic! The podcast is in Hindi :)
September 23, 2020
Think...Believe...Achieve - Four Steps to mitigate a career crisis
How can you be better prepared to handle a career crisis? Here are 4 easy steps to keep you ahead of the game so that when life throws a curveball, you are ready for it!
September 21, 2020