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Habit Keeps You Going

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” Jim Rohn.

Monday and Tuesday passed me by just like that.. I mean, I didn’t spend time writing this daily blog in the past two days. I am not trying to justify myself with my ‘busy-ness’. There should be no excuses. If it’s my priority to build my writing capability on a daily basis then writing this blog should be at the top of my daily to do list to be completed.

One more confession.. I haven’t been climbing the stairs (the usual twice a week 25-floors-climb) in the past two weeks. In my defense, I have been training for my 10K run instead.. Still, this should not be near to a good justification.

Just now, I have completed my stairs-climbing.. and I am writing this blog again. Boy, the two activities are way harder compared to the time when I was having the ‘momentum’.

So, as I quote from the mentor of Tony Robbins above, we just need to keep going by making the priorities as our habit. I did have a strong motivation in the beginning of the year.. Let there be no doubt about it. However, as the year unfolds, we tend to be swamped again by our ‘busy-ness’. This is exactly the time when you need to hold to the good habit.


How To Be a Good Listener? (Tell the Difference Between Noise and The Voice To Be Listened To)

We often hear that we need to be a good listener.

The wisdom goes that the reason that you have two ears and one mouth is that you need to listen more than you talk. Simple enough. right?

The fact of the matter is the reality is not that simplistic.

Every single day, from the moment we wake up there are all sorts of sounds, noise, voices etc that you hear…

The space or time between receiving the ‘input’ in the form of those ‘sounds’  and trying to make sense of it is mostly very limited; hence we tend to react naturally (or at least we think we react naturally).

Do we ‘process’ the ‘information’ first before we actually ‘plunge’ into action(s)?

It’s for you/us to reflect..

Now, let’s take it to a lot more specific context..

Workplace. A place that we love to hate or hate to love or love to love.. Pick your own preference 🙂

There all sorts of customers there — at the office..

In general, we have both external and internal customers. There are authors who argue that ‘customer is King’ (the external customers); at the same time there are also proponents of the idea that ‘we need to put our employee first’ (the internal customers)..

I believe that this is the role of a great leader — someone who can bring clarity amidst the ‘ambiguity’. She/he needs to listen well (and be able to discern the unspoken words too).

Perhaps, I am thinking so much about ‘ambiguity’ and ‘clarity’ due to our Asian Culture which is less ‘direct’ in comparison to a much more ‘direct’ western style of doing business.

So, perhaps the wisdom can go counter-intuitively here.. You should not listen to be a good listener for the sound that you hear is ‘merely noise’. Time will tell (whether your presumption is right.. or not)

Too Tired (?)

There are those days when you feel too tired or too busy or basically either so ‘lethargic’ or not in the ‘mood’.

If only there’s a ‘magical’ well or ‘fountain’ that we can always revisit to get the ‘magical’ water which does its wonder in re-energizing our tired or lethargic body (or soul).

Imagine drinking that ‘magical’ liquid.

Imagine the fluid replenishes all the ‘parched’ organs..

Not only that it hydrates our physical being, it also ‘fires up’ our spirit.

How does that feel?

I am no Tony Robbins or anywhere close to being an NLP certified trainer.

However, I do believe in ‘mind over matter’.

Now imagine your ‘energy water’ of choice.

‘Drink’ it up.

No.. Gush it down your throat. That’s more like it 🙂

And we’re ready for more challenges. Bring it on! Or in the word of my favorite tennis player “Vamos!”

A Great Start of Q2 2012!

It’ s been a ‘ritual’ in the past 2 years that I spent the 1st to 3rd of April in a neighboring country to go through our annual plan.

To be fair, it was a great learning experience on the process to develop corporate strategy and construct the operational plan which supports the execution of the strategy.

This year, it’s totally different. I got to spend the entire 1st April with the beloved family.

They went to my 5K run race  ( in the morning and gave a huge moral support.

I got to see my wife and son after reaching the finish line. Then we had a nice breakfast afterward.

This is the Life!!!

After all, we are working to live, right?

To live with our loved ones.

(…and to contribute and create impact the society as well of course.)

P.S. I was late in starting the race due to some hiccups in the morning (Oh, well.. It was a great run nevertheless). I only started runnning when the first runner reached the finish line.

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Why I Like The Sports (Yes, It’s About 5K and 10K Run)

The thing about running long distance (i.e. 5K and 10K) which makes it so fun and enjoyable is that it is quite ‘cerebral’ and it is such an ‘egalitarian’ sports.

Hey, this is not going to be too philosophical a topic… But let me break it down:


Running 5K and 10K requires thorough planning; and as we all know great planning must begin with great strategy: knowing your game-plan to achieve your goals. That is CEREBRAL!!! You have to know where you are right now (by assessing and diagnosing yourself in terms of health, strength, speed of running etc).. Just like in any good projects, you need to know your baseline first (if you have yet to have baseline then you need to build one). In short, you need to know your ‘performance capability’ so that you know which area to be improved. How to improve it? There are all sorts of ways to do it.. Enough time of rest, nutritious diet, the regular exercise in accordance to the mileage buildup so on and so forth… This is where it gets so cerebral! You analyze the area of improvement and you need to perform experiment to test the effectiveness of your recommended course of actions. And hey, this is only at planning stage, we will also face all sorts of ‘learnings’ during the actual execution. How exciting can that be 🙂


The sports is such an equalizer! Why? It does not matter so much whether you’re a man or a woman, young or old, rich or not rich (I don’t think I can use the opposite of rich as poor in this context); you all can RUN. In my humble opinion, as a rookie runner, you just need to build your stamina at your own respective pace.

P.S. I know that if you really think about it..; all types sports can be very cerebral in their own ways and my line of arguments above are quite relevant for any of them. The beauty of it is that since it’s an individual sports, you are against yourself. If you can lead yourself to commit with such discipline to follow the mileage buildup for the ‘run’ then to drive others to do the same will not be as tough..

Hey I Know That.. (What is Original Thinking?)

How many times or how often have you come across a situation when you say,”Hey, I know that..” or “I’ve thought of that..”

So, does it matter whether your thoughts or ideas are truly original?

Let’s take a step back? Has there ever been a truly original idea?

A different way of looking at the same things may even be considered as original.

The way I blurted out  my thought in this blog without substantiating it with empirical data or even anecdotal examples… Would it be considered original?

The more I ponder about it, the more I think that what matters is the ACTUAL impact that you bring about.. by making it HAPPEN.

So, next time that you hear someone explains a seemingly new idea to you, you should be able to tell her / him: “Hey, I have tried that and it works like this…”

Enjoy your long weekend folks (to my fellow Indonesians)

Are You Living Your Dream(s)?

I dare say that I am.

At least ONE of my dreams.

A steady job whereby I have plenty of room for creative thinking.

A loving family.

Nimble mind.

Healthy body.

[the order above does not reflect the level of importance, mind you]

I am living my (modest) dream.

I am nowhere near being a complacent person though.

Life is definitely very short. We simply do not want to be a footnote in the history of mankind. Let alone a mere statistics…

What should we do so that we matter?

Constantly ask yourself why you are here.

Every single person plays a role in this small ‘universe’.

May peace be upon us all… [fight the battle if you must]

Sleep tight [for now….and dream the dreams that you want to live].

Thank You Dear Readers (Awesome Feature by Wordpress)

Fantastic features by wordpress which tracks the country of origin of your readers.

Thank you again folks!!!

On Leading …

“You have to be able to lead yourself to lead others” a thought to myself..

Can you convince yourself to take that cold shower at 4AM in the morning to prepare for that important presentation in the morning?

Can you beat the inertia to lace up those running shoes while everybody is still asleep?

Do you actually ensure every single point in your To Do list gets done today?

Do you beat yourself even harder than you beat others (metaphorically speaking) when your plan doesn’t go as your plan?

Lead yourself.. Lead from within.

How Do You Envision Your Year End?

By nature an introvert is a dreamer.. At least that’s what I think personally..

We’re natural day-dreamers who love to dream BIG. Perhaps that’s one of the main reasons why it comes as second nature to us to be planners. Corporate planner, financial analyst (who build financial model), software programmers, you name it..

Personally, I am using all sorts of models and approaches to have this little ‘exercise’ in envisioning the future.

But somehow the one approach that is closer to my heart is by simply imagining what sort of impact that I will impart to all those people who are close to my heart.

Happier family? Smarter kid(s)? ..from personal perspective

Stronger and more efficient team? Mutual respects? World-class project performance? …from professional perspective

Imagine the pictures inside your head.

Smiles. Laughters. Tears of joy?

Let’s go and make it happen.


In case, anyone is wondering, I ran my first 5K run this weekend. and clocked in 31 minutes. Not bad.. Will run my next 2nd 5K run next month.