Family, Gratitude, Happiness, Humility, ISA for All, Life Lessons, Love, Most Valuable Things, Relationships, Things Money Can't Buy, Think Positive

Give and Gift

GIVE and GIFT are in the word forgiveness. When I decide to forgive someone who has wronged me, that is a GIFT that I GIVE to that person. And when I have decided to move on without the person with no bitterness at all – though I may remember the offence and the betrayal of trust as a lesson learned; and now with no need to have anything to do with him or her, then that is a gift I am giving to myself.

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. I am sure you are grateful to a lot of people who have helped you. So now go and unwrap the gift and let them know. It’s a perfect time to do that this Christmas season.

And here’s how to bring our actions to the next level according to William Arthur Ward… Do more than care: HELP. Do more than believe: PRACTICE. Do more than belong: PARTICIPATE. Do more than be fair: BE KIND. Do more than forgive: FORGET. Do more than dream: WORK.

Happiness, Love, Purpose, Relationships, Team Building

Humble Bragging

There are those who pretend to be humble yet if you read through the lines and you know for certain that they are bragging. This is called “Humble Bragging.”

And then there are those who try to downplay their achievements and refuse to call attention yet everybody can see how good they really are. I think this always the best.

Being right is a good thing; better than being wrong. But being right all the time is a tremendous burden to carry. Some insist they are right all the time. Not possible. Be willing to accept correction humbly and graciously. It has been said that correction of mistakes is the first step of success.

There are many stars and are overrated. And then there are many role models and they are unappreciated. That’s ok. Role models do not need to bask in the limelight. They have a beautiful and distinctive shine of their own. You do not have to be a star but you will certainly shine through your humility, work excellence and beauty of character.

Don’t brag about yourself. Let others praise you. ~Proverbs 27:2

Personality Development, Purpose

Give It Your Best Shot

To be the best is not possible for everyone. Imagine a world full of 7+ billion best people? Doesn’t even make sense. Life does not demand from us to be the best. But it is good for us to give it our best shot.

Always shoot to deliver more and better than what is required. This concept is called “excellence.” Make this your daily theme.

Life is not a dress rehearsal. The curtain is up and we are on, so let’s go out there and give it our best shot.

For those of you who are working on calendar year, it’s two months before the year ends. If you are exceeding targets, do not cruise; give it all you’ve got to know how far you can really go. It’s called stretching.

And if you are behind target do not despair; don’t give up; not now. Put more intensity into what you do and give it your best shot. Numbers are mere indication but efforts matter. There is always dignity and fulfillment in best efforts. Go for it.

Fight or Flight, Gratitude, Happiness, Humility, ISA for All, Life Lessons, Personality Development, Purpose, Relationships, Think Positive

Self and Selfie

I bet you have mastered the selfie; the question now is have we mastered the self?

There is a difference between an image and the true person. The image should not be a cover up or a pretension of the person but the real person should make the image connect with reality and this is what makes it beautiful.

When an honest and competent person gives us a negative comment we should be grateful and take that as a feedback designed to improve the self. But when a dishonest, unethical and incompetent person accuses us of being hard and stubborn, then take that as a compliment. They are operating on different standards.

There is power in the ability to evaluate the self. The key however is objectivity and we may be blindsided. This is why feedback from people we trust is important and we should be willing to accept correction. Successful people are always evaluating and improving themselves. The ones who do not are are usually evaluating and judging others.

Fight or Flight, Humility, ISA for All, Life Lessons, The Right Choice, Think Positive

Making Mistakes

“Oops!” So familiar an expression of mine every time I make a mistake. Over the years I have made tons of them. Maybe you have too. So here is a lesson I have learned and will share this with you.

Of course we make mistakes. We all do. But some people live with it and others fix it. The thing to do is to own it and stop the blame game. Then reconfigure a way to deal with it. Make past mistakes work for you. We make mistakes. Yes. We all do. And when we do we must be

1. Big enough to admit those mistakes.
2. Strong enough to correct them.
3. Smart enough to profit from them.
4. Wise enough not to repeat them.

Mistakes become lessons and failures become tuition and all these help us do better and be better. Just KISS! Keep It Simple, Stupid!

Fight or Flight, Humility, Life Lessons, Personality Development, Purpose, Relationships

Quiet People

Quiet people are not necessarily lonely, they may actually be enjoying the silence. People who are loud may not exactly be happy, sometimes they are just good in disguising their sadness. Appearance never tell the entire story.

There’s now what is called “disconnection anxiety”. This is when there’s no Wi-Fi or low-batt or no book or no television. And people become so anxious they don’t know how to handle the situation anymore.

Technology does not have a soul. You and I have. Learn to quiet the soul and be attuned to its Maker.

In the workplace, there are people who do not work much but are good in grabbing credit. There are those who quietly do the work and enjoy their accomplished work. One day the deficiencies of the fakers will be revealed. Meanwhile the quiet performers continue to upgrade their capabilities reaping their rewards. There’s no limit to what can be accomplished if it doesn’t matter who gets the credit.

Achieving Dream, ISA for All, Life Lessons, Personality Development, Purpose, Think Positive

Rise and Grind

Wake up early and make things happen. Rise and shine, rise and grind. Be kind. Be honest. The next day, do the same thing. Wash, rinse, repeat!

This is what gets me to produce positive results. And when they come, I stay humble. Pray and always fill your mind with good vibes. Then repeat the process. Routine is key to a disciplined life.

In our quest for personal excellence, the most important question is how do I BECOME better, not just ACCOMPLISH things better.

The journey for improvement is not elegant as most people think them to be. It is the consistent sticking to a set of personal disciplines that forms the process of improvement until progress becomes the natural outflow of the effort. The process is more important than the product.

Gratitude, Happiness, ISA for All, Life Lessons, Love, Think Positive

Good Storms

One of the most valuable lessons I have learned in life is that bad situations may seem bad at that moment but in hindsight they were crucial for positive changes imposed on me that I would not have accepted had the times been good and comfortable.

It is always meaningful and fulfilling when you go through obstacles and experience a hard-won accomplishment. Gives you a feeling of joy able to do a difficult thing extremely well.

Always work for something that is beyond our present gratification. And as we grow in wisdom, we’ll realize that our main goal in life are not happiness but Godliness. Not reputation, but character. Not wealth, but virtue. Not fame, but faith.

For all the things shall fade away but the Love of the Lord stands forever! Not all storms come to disrupt your life, many of them come to clear you path.