Your Aim

“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” -Lao Tzu

Do you like what you are doing? Are you achieving what you want? Are you moving towards your dreams? Are you succeeding?

If not, you may want to review what you are doing then because if you don’t, you will continue to drift away.You don’t necessarily need to make giant leaps but at least take small steps to redirect yourself.

Want that dream job? Are you skilled for it? Is your resume built for it? Are you talking to people in that business? Are you blogging know-how about it? Are you studying materials to get you closer? Or are you just doing what you have always been doing and your self-talk is “I hope”, “I wish”, “My dream is”?

Take action. The clock is ticking.


The Pursuit

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” -Dale Carnegie

Times get tough. Real tough. You are thinking to yourself WTF. You start to compare yourself to others and  try to figure out what you are doing wrong or what you aren’t doing enough. You may think about your past, where you F-ed up. The list goes on.

These thoughts are likely to add to the fire of your stress and situation. Get a grip, focus on what needs to be. Sort your priorities. Break them apart and start taking simple steps towards the goals. Slow and steady wins the race. Stay the course and you will get to the finish line. Then you may look back and go wow, I feel good.


Decisions

“Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach.” -Tom Robbins

Lately I have been finding myself floundering around. Each time I side with one choice, I find myself moving towards another one. In this variating state, it is unlikely I will find success. Making a choice that can impact your future and your family’s is never an easy one but never making a choice has an even greater impact and it is probably not for the better.


Frustration! ARGH!

“Speak when you are angry – and you’ll make the best speech you’ll ever regret.” -Dr. Laurence J. Peter

There are always problem. It never ends. Just when you think you can get some piece of mind, wham! another issue comes about.

Take it all in good stride. Be thankful for the problems. With problems, there are opportunities and then solutions. Remind yourself. There is a gem in there somewhere. You may even be able to turn it into a fortune if you put some effort.

A person without problems is a dead person. Enjoy the struggle as my mentor said.

– BE –

“All you need is ignorance and confidence and the success is sure.” -Mark Twain

  • Be curious.
  • Be eager.
  • Be ambitious.
  • Be determined.
  • Be confident.
  • Be disciplined.
  • Be consistent.
  • Be open.
  • Be honest.
  • Be clear.
  • Be

Misery turned to Power

“Extreme hopes are born from extreme misery.” -Bertrand Russell

Tony Robbins talks about pain and joy as drivers in our lives. For some, our situation is so awful that it pushes us to do something about it. You take those awful or extremely joyful moments and turn them into fire to push you a long.

If you are finding yourself too relaxed but wanting more, then find that fiery moment to push you ahead. Remind yourself daily or when your energy is low of that time. Strengthen that thought to drive you.

The Power of Reading

“You’re the same today as you’ll be in five years except for the people you meet and the books you read.” -Charlie “Tremendous” Jones

Reading is absolutely essential to your daily living. A book can stimulate your imagination so much and also give you insight into so many new ideas or concepts. Then you have a choice to apply these ideas into your daily life to open new doors.

You Know Nothing

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” -Socrates

What if your attitude was that you didn’t know anything, like a new born baby who was experiencing the world for the first time, what would your take on life become like?

Curiosity is the key to fighting boredom and learning is the key to growing. If you were always open to ideas, perhaps you would be more willing to experience things in a new light. Remind yourself from time to time that you really don’t know anything so you open your ears a bit more.

Concentration

“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” -Bruce Lee

This has become one of the most precious quotes to me. In a HBR research study, they found that a person who studies/focuses on a subject for 10,000 hours tends to master that. Some people may disagree but I think there is some truth to it.

If I put effort towards, say, learning about developing applications for forex trading, I am certain that I will become quite an efficient programmer in this field with quite an understanding of the subject. This will make me more valuable to the market or rather help me to start my own business.

The Fallacyof Being Consistent

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

I encountered a situation this morning where my opinion rivaled with my colleagues. We were at both ends of the spectrum. To make matters worse, we were both unwilling to give up or compromise. What we created was unnecessary tension between us.

Is that tension worth it though? My understanding is you should be open to ideas and willing to try something new as long as it leads to the results you (the team) desire(s). If it takes you away from the goal, then perhaps you should stay your ground.