Personal development

Quote of the day -6

credits from : freehdpic.com

credits from : freehdpic.com

If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your lovely face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely – Roald Dahl

Have you ever accurately guessed someone’s personality and tendencies of being just by looking at them? They say the camera doesn’t lie, I think the face doesn’t lie. The snapshot of a camera merely captures a moment in time, where the face is frozen in a state of emotion that is predominant in that period of a person’s life. In other words, we are what we think about most of the time. If we think good thoughts of joy, giving, gratitude and love, then we are happy, generous, appreciative and content. If we think about all the things we do not have and wish to have in life, we will operate out of a space of frustration, anger, envy and greed.

By all means aim high and work hard towards your goals, be your own competition and seek to grow and improve, but also remember to be thankful of all the things that you have around you and celebrate your wins. Think good thoughts and be kind to others, and you will see and experience greater gifts in your days. Life will reveal to you abundance in everything you do.

 

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Personal development

How to choose to work in your passion

My name is Sarah Phang and I was born in the year 1987. I belong to a generation called Gen-Y where most of us grew up in a relatively comfortable time of less war and surrounded by increasingly accessible technology and information. Many of us have been given opportunities that our baby boomer parents id not have whilst growing up. Consequently we dare to dream big. We believe in possibilities and want to pursue our passions.

So is it really possible to live our passions and yet make a living or better still, make a fortune whilst doing it?

   I discovered a very important concept from the statement above in that living our passions: Previously, I had an idealistic view of a comfortable path in my work if I chose to work based on passion, that the journey would be cushioned because I loved what I did. In reality, I now see that ALL journeys are never easy. Passion just gives us the will to get back up again after being knocked down. This is crucial because as Gen Ys expect to enjoy our work, many of us quit once the going gets tough thinking that it is not the suitable field of work for us. Maybe this is why we are coined the ‘difficult’ generation in the current workforce due to low retention and engagement levels.

   I also learnt that passion can be cultivated. Passion is easier cultivated in the presence of competence. In other words, the more we like something, the more we do it, the better we get at it which then increases liking and ultimately breeds passion.

Eunice Hii (founder of the passion project) in the TED talk video below believes strongly in following our passions has since learnt a few lessons about getting it right. Her lessons are :

1) follow your passion but remember to work hard too

2) you can follow your passions even if it is not your work (or job)

3) your passions could surface much later in your life

4) to be able to follow your passion is a privilege. Follow your passion with gratitude.

It does not mean anything to follow your passion if it isn’t in the service of others – Eunice Hii

    I also found an interesting read on Chris Guillebeau’s blog( blog link) on views for following your passion and career success. Most comments on there suggests that there is certainly a direct correlation between passion and success but it all still requires some action taking. The good news is that with the current level of connection the internet provides, following our passions without major disruptions to our current commitments is perfectly doable!

I am saying : ” Lets go for it and live happier and stronger! “

             Choose to live better!

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Personal development

What to do when you feel stuck – the Tim Ferriss Way

You don’t like what you are feeling right now because you don’t like what you are doing. But you have no idea how to change it. You feel STUCK and it is horrible.

Would you like to get UN-stuck?  If so it involves doing something, changing something. No, really, if you are not tired enough of being stuck to want to do something about it, please do not read on.

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Personal development, Workouts

How exercising has created more time in my life

Everyone gets 24 hours a day. What do you mean by creating more time? Time is an illusion, yes, but what I am saying is I have been able to increase my daily productivity and get more out of the waking hours in my days.

The classic reasons for exercise are simple : to lose weight, look better, train or an event (race, competition etc.) ,or  feel better.

I exercised and I got all 4 but one thing I did not expect was to increase personal productivity throughout my day by increased endurance and a better psychology. I started going to the gym thinking I will tone up and lose weight, but after 2 months, not only have I achieved that, I am also physically stronger, able to think and act quicker and feeling happier in general. Continue reading

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Food and nutrition, Personal development

How to reduce temptation and stay on track

In life, we want to win to feel good.We set goals, we strive for excellence, we achieve our goals, we feel good. We have big goals and little goals, and tools to monitor our progress in the process of getting to where we want to be. But what happens when we don’t get there?

We become angry, frustrated and often resentful. We blame. Everyone and everything. Including ourselves. We begin to doubt the goal. We begin to doubt ourselves.

But you are competent and you can do what you set out to do. You see, it is all in the mind. The process of manifestation says that our thoughts leads to feelings, which then leads to actions and finally all those produces results. So with that in mind, everything begins with a thought. Henry Ford said and I quote, “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you are right.”

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Personal development, Workouts

Michael Norton on how to buy hapiness

Recently I took part in a half marathon race and raised money for cancer research in memory of a good friend I lost to cancer early this year. I began fundraising shortly before the race and have been incredibly touched by the generosity shown by some of my amazing friends. I believe what goes around comes around and by giving to others you are coming from a place of personal abundance, so you will receive abundance in another form. Continue reading

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