Showing posts with label Motivational. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Motivational. Show all posts

Sunday, May 16, 2010

National Achievers Congress 2010

27 - 29 April 2010

The National Achievers Congress is an annual event where prominent speakers gather to deliver their secrets to success with participants. It was held at Expo this year. (Read National Achievers Congress 2007)

This year, the speakers included Robert G Allen, Spike Humer, Loral Langemeier, Christopher Howard, John P. Coutis, Tom Hua, Greg Secker and Jordan Belfort.

Other than sharing their experiences, the speakers would also promote their follow-up courses, with prices ranging from $1,000 to $5,000.

The timing was a little bad for me, given that it's on my exam dates. Nevertheless, I managed to attend the talk given by Tony Blair, former British Prime Minister. He shared some of his candid experiences during his political term, but fall short of discussing politics. I was told the NAC held in Malaysia had protesters right outside of the hotel where he was delivering his speech. Security is so tight that no photography was allowed.

The NAC is a good-to-attend for some dosage of motivation and inspiration. Some speakers clearly provided useful ideas, while some were more concerned with attracting potential mentees to their follow-up courses.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Sometimes More Could be Less, Less Could be More

It doesn't take a genius to say that to reduce weight, one should eat less. On the surface, it might look like a good advice. However, with considerable analysis, the advice wouldn't stand absolutely true. Because...

Sometimes More Could be Less & Less Could be More

While dieting may help to a certain extent, reducing the intake of carbohydrates would certainly not be helpful. By consuming less of carbohydrates such as rice and noodles, the body would receive less blood sugar. With a long day of work, the body could go into hibernation mode as blood sugar level turns low. During this period, the body would begin to get a false signal and reduce its metabolism and start storing fats. = Increase in weight...

Alternatively, to reduce weight you should eat carbohydrates in moderation. This way, you are more energetic (and thus will be more willing to exercise) and reducing weight becomes more possible.

Let's turn to the case of money. The most usual advice when we come to money is to SAVE MONEY. While being thrifty is a good value that one should embrace, it might not necessarily translate into accumulation of wealth. Just look at how many people actually become millionaires because they save prudently. People save but they spend away their savings when big discounts are given and indulge in emotional purchasing of products and services.

On the other hand, we could utilise money in such a way that we can maximise their value. By using suitable investment vehicles (based on individual risk appetite), we could make more with less.

Similarly, it doesn't mean that if you think you are a small speck of dust, then you couldn't achieve big results. Hopefully my message today expands your current boxed and limited mindset!

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Never Allow Devotion to turn into Desperation

Have you ever got yourself so passionately devoted into a certain activity that you become over-obsessive and then desperately seeking to have it fulfilled?

This predicament/syndrome/scenario* usually casts itself upon individuals who just embarked on the activity. The stages of the desperation-poison set in slowly through this cycle:

Upon introduction to an activity that intrigues you, you go through the first process of Information Gathering so as to feed your curiousity. When you finally collated sufficient information, you will then set certain benchmarks or standards (2) when performing the activity. In some cases you might also set goals to achieve a desired outcome.

As and when you have committed yourself to the activity, you devote (3) your time and effort in it. No obstacles could stop you because you have the Passion to complete the process.

Many of us tend to restrict ourselves to achieving such high standards that we over-commit and become overly obsessive (4). We are blinded due to the fact that we are so heavily involved to what we are doing that we get led by the nose. After realising that we are sinking in too much, we then rise up and set new goals and standards(5).

However, we would sometimes fall again into the trap and repeat the process of (3) - (5).

Experience prevents the cycle from repeating endlessly. Recently, it took an individual who had 20 years of experience in the trade to enlighten myself.

So How to Never Allow Devotion to turn into Desperation?

Referring back to the diagram above,

Step 1
Information gathering should encompass the "failure" component of the activity. For instance, find out the risks involved in investing in a certain industry, or what are the possible fallouts if you were to embark on a business.

Step 2
Goal Setting should not just be positive, but must also include the negatives. Knowing what you want to achieve gives you a high standard. However, there must be limits. State down what you would never do i.e. will not sacrifice family time for soccer.

Step 4
Realise that when you set your goals stating down what you would never do for your activity, you have already set the boundaries. You will thus know when you should stop working on the activity so as to not burn the wick of your candle.

Step 5
Certain adjustments of your goals from time to time are beneficial. This will enable you to know where you have reached, yet giving flexibility and adaptability to different situations.

Sharing with your Loved ones about such situations could also help. They would usually give you the very timely reminders...

Friday, August 08, 2008

Questions shape our Life

Whatever we focus on, expands.
Have you ever wondered how questions can shape our life?

Everyday, we ask ourselves a whole lot of questions. It ranges on questions that are task-related such as "How should I process this document?", to questions that are relationship-oriented such as "Why is my superior such a dickhead?"

How we phrase a question will ultimately render how we are going to act. This is because when you ask questions, you cast your focus on the answers. And when you focus on something, it naturally expands. Just like when you focus the light with a magnifying lens on a spot, the light energy gets so concentrated that it releases heat.

There are empowering questions and crippling questions.

When facing a predicament or when feeling down, empowering questions provide a positive outcome. Instead of asking "Why does he treat me so bad?", which will indirectly lead you to visualise all the reasons and factors that lead to him treating you poorly, you should ask instead "How can I make him treat me better?"

Remind yourself to always ask empowering questions when you encounter any issues in your life. Even when you are in transit, empowering questions can generate innovative ideas for you.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Randy Pausch - A Dying Man's Lecture

Randy Pausch, a Professor from Carnegie Mellon, was dying from pancreatic cancer, when he gave his last lecture at the Carnegie Mellon University on 18 Sept 2007, before a packed Auditorium. His speech title was "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams," and Randy Pausch talked about the lessons he learned and gave advices to students on how to achieve their own career and personal goals.

Randy Pausch left Earth on 25 July 2008. He was 47 years old.

12 Minutes Video Featured on Oprah

Original 76 Minutes in Carnegie Mellon University

Randy Pausch showed us how we should always live our life to the fullest.

Life means so much :)