Thursday, January 19, 2006

2006 Goals: Vocational

  • Earn $1,000,000.

  • Get $5M in funding.

  • Launch product by August 8, 2006.

  • Get Associate Project Manager Certification. (mental goal)

  • Be a toastmaster. (mental/social goal as well)

But It's Not Me!

One barrier to change that I encountered was the thought that if I do change, people will think what's wrong with me. That I'm weird, that I'm faking success, that I'm being a sham or something like that.

But the thing is change can be done in an instant. Because a decision is a binary choice, either you do choose to change or you choose not to change. There isn't a half-success and half-failure choice. Either you choose continual success or remain mediocre.

Once you have made your choice, you next align your patterns of thought and behaviour towards your choice. This is where it appears to people that you have made a half-choice. No, you made a full choice, it's just that it takes time to steer your habits towards it.

The thing is, you can actually accellerate your changes of what you want from years to months to weeks to days to even minutes when you imagine how you will think, walk, behave, talk and make decisions.

It's not faking it, it's being it.

This is how method actors put on their best performances, they aren't just acting it, they are it, and they did the change in an instant.

For some who complain that it isn't them, they are right, because they haven't made the choice to be a new person, they want to remain the same person as before. They've only agreed that it's good to be a new person but not made the decision to be that new person.

It's just like a person who agrees that some product is good but still doesn't buy it. They may know it's good, even intellectually and emotionally, but as long as they didn't make the decision to shell out the cash for it, they will never own it nor know its benefits.

Jesus said:

"The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it."

(Matthew 13:44-46)

Are we willing to sell away our old self, to give up all that we are yesterday and become what God intended us to be?

We each go through change everyday, except for a lot of us it isn't seen easily with the naked eye. The person we are today isn't the same yesterday, we have new thoughts, new ideas, new actions made by us everyday. LIke the Zen proverb, "You cannot cross the same river twice."

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Don't Be a Braver Frog, Turn Into a Prince

In order to change ourselves and make a quantum leap in our development, we must change our entire identity.

That's why as some commented that Jesus told us that we must be born-again, that we take a whole new identity upon ourselves leaving the old self and its self-destructive patterns behind.

Each day, we must be ready to realize our new identity. It isn't just adapting new behaviour, it's changing our entire behaviour to suit our new identity.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Verse of the Week

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. Four our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

(2 Corinthians 4:16-18)

Mental and Psychological Benefits of Running

I went for a jog last Saturday around Champions Way (that's the road around the Singapore Sports School).

This time I went 7 times round. That's about 6.2km. The longest yet. I'm on my way to complete my first half-marathon on the December 3rd and after that my first marathon.

Jogging really does help you feel more alert.

But you do get really tired and want to rest your limbs in the afternoon with a nap.

But the thing I've found about jogging is that I now walk faster, with more determined steps. I'm more inclined to straighten my back and less slouching when I'm sitting. (Even my butt feels firmer!)

Even when I walk, I look ahead farther to where I'm going, I don't just look anywhere, my focus is directed on where I'm going. I'm starting to get conscious of my timing, on how's my pace.

The other thing is that the feeling of giving up is the same whether you are jogging or doing work. Work and jogging are both tasks that can be difficult at times.

I've learned to push myself a little further despite the feeling, and because of that it even helps in work. The emotional and thought association with difficulty is being replaced with perseverance.

Thinking about it and extending it, exercise and sports do help you to be all rounded, the benefits are not limited to the physical realm, it helps to build yourself up mentally and psychologically.