“You just can’t beat the person who never gives up.” Babe Ruth
Call it laser focus, unwavering determination, or even ‘stubbornness’ if you will. The sail is set, the wind is blowing, God willing, we are on a ‘Journey’. Does the captain change the course or the destination when the wind blows from different direction? Given the destination is still the same; the logical action to take is to adjust the sail or to roll that sail and row with the oars or fire up the engine (if any).
Why we need to persevere
Clearly what separates the winner from the rest is the resilience/tenacity/that-quality to-stand-on-your-solid footing.
How to persevere
Again, it’s all about your passion.. You might be running on fume and not fuel anymore and you still persist when you do what you’re passionate about.
“A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.” Mahatma Gandhi
To tell the honest truth, I am much more a realist than a pure optimist. Well, most of the time, I keep pushing myself to be an optimistic realist — one who takes both practical approach and outlook towards life itself with some healthy degree of optimism.
Why we need to be optimistic
All projection on macroeconomic indicators point into the same direction: upward. I just got back from a 2 hour talk by one of Indonesia’s well-known economist, Faisal Basri, who gave a very compelling presentation on how positive the outlook for this beloved country in 2012.
How to ride this wave
There are industries which steadily grow positively above average namely: F & B, Properties and Financial Service. (Hey, glad to be part of the growing industry).
Jokingly, the speaker also said that if you want to be a successful entrepreneur then be in a venture which is still un-regulated by government i.e. internet-based service and the like of it.
I leave it with the quote below from Paulo Coelho from his popular book ‘The Alchemist’ “When you something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it”
” In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.” Tony Robbins
Hey, I certainly do not feel like writing anything at the end of this first day of the week (well, actually eventhough it’s past 5 o’clock, the end of the day is quite long to go).
But being consistent is (well..) being consistent. If it’s a blog on my daily two cents than be it rain or shine, snow or typhoon (God forbid), then it should be written and published on daily basis.
The quotes above from one of motivational experts (Tony Robbins) can’t just be any truer; in my own words, we are the product of our consistent actions.
How to be consistent
So, how do you push yourself to that state of being consistent? I guess the underlying motivation could be the engine that keeps pushing you even forward.
Both ‘deliberate practice’ (the concept from http://www.amazon.com/Talent-Overrated-World-Class-Performers-EverybodyElse/dp/1591842247) and ‘10,000 hours of rule’ (the concept made popular by Malcolm Gladwell in Outlier http://www.gladwell.com/outliers/outliers_excerpt1.html) suggested that we need that long and continuous process of practising our trade/skill/etc to reach that ‘world class level’).
In the final analysis, we have to pursue whatever dream/ambition/end-in-mind that we have in a consistent manner.
Flow, a state of concentration or complete absorption with the activity at hand and the situation. (from Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, by Mihaly Csíkszentmihályi ) [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mihaly_Csikszentmihalyi]
..and try to combine that concept with The Project Energy by Tony Schwartz (http://www.theenergyproject.com)
Now, to cut to the chase, I am much more productive in the wee hours or an hour or two before the wee hours. That is when the state of ‘flow’ kicks in to write or ‘pour my thought into words and sentences’.
We all need to find that time or place when we are in the state of ‘flow’. Or manage our energy well by simply having enough sleep, nourishment and exercise. Easier said (or written) than done, I know..
In the final analysis, be in the ‘flow’ or ‘manage’ your energy well and be productive.
“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.”
Lewis Carroll (English Logician, Mathematician, Photographer and Novelist, especially remembered for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. 1832–1898)
How apt.. Yes, I’m talking about the above quotes from Lewis Carol on ‘goal-setting’.
1) Set the goal. 2) Follow through. (Very simple, right? Almost to the point of being ‘simplistic’)
Otherwise, we will roam wherever we feel like to go. Yes, this might sound running counter to the notion of ‘carpe diem’. But, we do need to know what we want to seize to get it, right?
So, to ‘perfect’ the simple goal-setting and execute process above, we cannot overlook #3 step: Evaluate.
So here it goes:
1)Set the goal
..and do not forget to get back to Step 1 as soon as you complete Step 3 (So you can always seize that hidden opportunity).
Let’s seize the day folks!
Words have set whole nations in motion…Give me the right word and the right accent and I will move the world. Joseph Conrad
They say words can move mountain.. Well, I believe in that notion — literally and figuratively speaking.
Therefore, I strongly believe in the advantage of being able to communicate effectively – be it verbal or written communication.
Articulate speaker(s) or prolific writer(s) should be able to move that ‘mountain’ with her words.
All too often execution fails due to lack of or poor quality of communication — when we are talking in professional / business context.
Hey, I know I might be just stating the obvious however I do believe that there’s a HUGE gap between ‘knowing’ that obvious notion and actually ‘doing’ it.
So in the final analysis, to end this work week and to begin this new blog, let us all strive to be a better communicator.
I know that some people can just mince words or communicate manipulatively – that is why I stress upon ‘doing’. We’ll express on ‘doing’ i.e. walking the talk in the next post.