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Getting into the ‘corridor’ November 12, 2007

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Time to say goodbye with WordPress.COM. I’m moving my blog to:

www.reason4smile.com

This is about getting into the ‘corridor’ as I put it in my post few days ago. Getting into the ‘corridor’ …

It means entering the arena where you want to be in the future, in any capacity, to get started.

T. Harv Eker

Blogging with WordPress.com is simple and enjoyable, but many things are limited, such as plugins addition, themes, and opportunity for blog monetization. It does limit my creativity on what I can do with this blog.

Initially I thought of waiting for few more months before getting my own domain, prepare more, to get more readers and subscribers. Yet, some statements that Harv Eker mentioned in his book, Secrets of The Millionaire Mind woke me up:

Rich people get started. They trust that once they get in the game, they can make intelligent decisions in the present moment, make corrections, and adjust their sails along the way.

Rich people see an opportunity, jump on it, and get even richer. As for poor people? They’re still “preparing”!

What Eker emphasizes always in his book was that everything start with your mindset. What he means by the rich people here are not necessarily those rich financially but they’re rich in their mindset, even when they are in the middle of struggle. Rich financially, not everyone has right now, but everyone can start with having rich mindset.

What does it mean by getting into the ‘corridor’? Check my new blog for more @ www.reason4smile.com.

Thank you for all your support for this blog and see you at my new blog!

Inside out or outside in? November 9, 2007

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A trap for us who likes a lot about self-improvement, we might be trapped of thinking constantly about inner-side of us, character and self development. Why? because we think that it’s the most important thing, the best thing of a person. That’s what we look for to become our friends and companions, that’s what we look for a good if not perfect spouse.

What are the traps?

First, we forgot that inner side should have an impact to outside, good inside must be able to be seen by other people. Not only verbally, but also the NON-VERBAL sign (which a lot of people forgotten). Just an example, consider how you sit? Are you able to sit upright when you’re talking? Good inner being must be expressed, verbally and also non-verbally. Learn to sit, stand, walk with more confidence, not like a defeated or sloppy people. How you speak will have much impact on how people will listen to you. That’s really a bite of wisdom, reminded by a good friend of mine Yoseph during our conversation yesterday.

Secondly, we forgot about the importance of good outfit and dressing well, etc. Yesterday, Yoseph also emphasized what he has learned about good outfit. Good outfit may not be the most important thing to many of us, however, it has an impact to your confidence. Dressing well gives great impression to other people and it does really boost our confidence to other people.

So, inside out or outside in? The answer is both, and we have to make a balance between both of them. Remember! What we are inside should be able to be seen from outside!

Last but not least, credit to the wisdom of my friend, Yoseph! Thanks bro!

Don’t Play Small November 8, 2007

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You’re a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Marianne Williamson (A Return To Love)

The quote was taken from the Secrets of the Millionaire Mind book, wealth file #4:

Rich people think big.
Poor people think small.

T. Harv Eker

For the full article of Don’t Play Small, please check the article in my new blog here.

Best way to Make Money November 5, 2007

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The best way to make money is to stop selfishly looking to make money. Instead, be trusted—by being trustworthy.

Charles H. Green

 

Making money just for the sake of making money can make us easily falling to the trap of selfish purpose. The quote above is taken from an article in Slow Leadership, describing another perspective of making money, which is the value of trustworthiness or integrity.

 

The articles emphasizes on the negative sides of sales contest. In the short term it can looks good, considerable as impressive performance, but most likely people will fall into the trap of selling for his/her own benefits.

 

On the other hand, pursue integrity to gain trust from our bosses/customers. That will benefit more in the long-term.

 

For the full article, check here.

Price of Obedience November 4, 2007

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Christians habitually weep and pray over beautiful truth, only to draw back from that same truth when it comes to the difficult job of putting it in practice. It appears that too many Christians want to enjoy the thrill of feeling right but are not willing to endure the inconvenience of being right.

A. W. Tozer

 

I read this quote from a message from Rev. David Wong on Steps of Obedience, started from I hear, I understand, I remember, I decide, I do and finally, I persist on doing.

 

Blogging is easy, it’s just stating the principles that I read from bible or books, I heard from pastors, teachers, or friends, songs or movies. It does really help me in the third step, I remember. But comes to the challenging part is really in doing, walking the faith and obeying God.

 

I read Mother Theresa’s letters today, how she struggled with feeling the absence of God’s presence, in the midst of her ministry. But the greatest thing is that she’s still doing the right thing even when she is not feeling right, she is still following the faith and the call and passion God has put in her life.

 

This is what the last step Rev. David Wong is trying to emphasize, I persist on doing.

Obeying the Lord does not guarantee relief and ease. On the contrary, we may meet opposition, face inconvenience and suffer loss. That is when we pay the price of obedience.

Rev. David Wong

 

 

God-given Opportunities November 3, 2007

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It’s really amazing that God can talk to us through various people in many ways and media, His wisdom indeed is calling us.

The post today is inspired from the movie Evan Almighty, especially when the “God” is telling Evan’s wife to return to her husband. It really does reflect how God answers our prayer.

If someone prays for patience, you think God gives them patience? Or does He give them the opportunity to be patient?

If they pray for courage, does God give them courage, or does he give them opportunities to be courageous?

‘God’ @ Evan Almighty

For the full version of this article, check the post in my new blog here.

Declaration vs. Affirmation November 1, 2007

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Do you dream of becoming a better you? Can you start affirming that you have the character that you have dreamed about? It’s okay if you can’t, most of us can’t make affirmation toward ourselves because we know that we are trying to lie to ourselves, deep inside we know that we’re not there yet, and hence our affirmation is kind of in-sincere statements we make towards ourselves.

T. Harv Eker in his book, Secrets of the Millionaire Mind, encourages declaration instead of affirmation, what’s the difference?

The difference between a declaration and an affirmation is slight, but in my mind, powerful. The definition of an affirmation is “a positive statement asserting that a goal you wish to achieve is already happening.” The definition of a declaration is “to state an official intention to undertake a particular course of action or adopt a particular status.

T. Harv Eker

And why does he encourage declaration instead of affirmation?

Check the answer in my new blog here.

Rewards of improving October 31, 2007

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Again from the book from John C. Maxwell, Be A People Person, John discusses about one of the important characteristics of a winning team, that is “keep improving”. What will be required to keep improving? We need to change, we need to take risk, we need to give up past success and failures to keep on improving and winning.

And something that interests me, is what John mentioned about the rewards of improving.

The highest reward for man’s improvement is not what he gets for it; it’s what he becomes as a result of it. Ask yourself why you are trying to improve. Is it to receive something for it? If so, that’s the wrong motive. Try to improve because it makes you a better person.

John C. Maxwell

Faith in others October 30, 2007

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Today I’m reminded of so many people that I have met in my life that has so much faith in me, even when sometimes I don’t. Some is just a sentence, and some is in a long conversation, but something similar between them is that their statements of their faith in me really encourage me a lot, and it’s something that I will remember all of my life.

 

 

For ways to express your faith to others, check the full article in my new blog here.

 

Keep Ticking October 27, 2007

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“Don’t think hierarchy, think journey”
Brian Kim

Many wise people think that life is a journey, what characterized a life as a journey?
Joyce Meyer mentioned about enjoying your journey as you enjoy every day of your life,
Anthony Robbins mentioned about his term CANI (Constant And Never-ending Improvement) think that each day is our chance to grow.

Somewhere in the world (I can’t remember where) when you were in a travelator, some sound will keep on telling you, “keep walking, keep walking…”. Why is that so, because the travelator is very long, and it tells you to keep on walking, otherwise it will take you very long to reach the end.

Similarly, my sister mentioned today about an illustration about the second hand of a clock, each time it makes a very small movement, a move that represents only a second, its life seems very insignificant. But wondering about that, it’s that move that give us a minute, an hour, a day, a week, a month, a year, and the list goes on…

It’s the small step that counts big eventually. Choose to do your best today, choose to grow better today, that’s a small step that you can choose today.

Keep growing! Keep walking! Keep ticking!