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Dream Collage

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. – Harriet Tubman

Robin Sharma talks about building your dream collage.

To most of us, we know it as our vision board.

What is this dream collage?

It is basically everything about your dream. What do you want to achieve?

It could be your dream car.
It could be your dream house.
It could be your dream vacation.

It doesn’t have to be about materialism only.

It could be your dream spouse.
It could be your dream weight.
It could be your dream of giving back to society.

A human’s mind works best through visual. That is how vision boards, or dream collage, work.

Put pictures of your dream car there.
Put pictures of your dream house there.
Put pictures of your dream vacation there.

Our mind only works 5% consciously. 95% works subconsciously.

And this is how we train our mind to look for. Through the dream collage. To condition our mind to focus upon what should we focus on.

What would be your dream collage?

Meng

There’s Still Time

Better three hours too soon than a minute too late. – William Shakespeare

An illusion that we keep on telling ourselves is also the most fatal of all. There’s still time.

We believe we are all immortal.

We believe that time stands still.

We believe there’s always tomorrow.

Because of this mis-belief, we postpone what is important to us.

We delay our happiness.

We push out our dreams.

We hold ourselves back from saying “I love you”.

Minutes turn to hours. Hours turn to days.

Weeks passed by and months replaced by years.

Before you know it, you are at your deathbed pondering, “Where has time passed by? Why did I land myself in this situation?

Time and tide waits for no one.

What is important to you? Do it now or you would forever regret it.

 

Meng

Joseph Schooling

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. – Harriet Tubman

Storm was brewing at the Rio 2016 Olympic. The scene was the swimming pool.

Michael Phelps had already won gold medals in all the events he had participated. That was already a big storm.

A bigger storm was what was coming up later. The event in contest was the 100m butterfly. He was looking set to winning his fourth consecutive Olympic title in the games, with strong competitors such as Chad le Clos and Laszlo Cseh. And of course, the youngster from Singapore, Joseph Schooling, who had set the fastest time during preliminary.

After all is being said and done, Schooling clinched the gold medal with a time of 50:39, setting a new Olympic Record along the way. Singapore roared with pride on its first Olympic gold medal ever in one of the biggest upsets seen.

And this picture told a legend in the making. An impressionable Schooling met with his idol, Phelps, back in 2008. With encouragement and hard work, Schooling worked his way up to Rio Olympic, fulfilling his dream of racing his idol.

Don’t ever let your dreams be just a dream. Let it be a spark to your dedication to work hard and achieve the success you have been dreaming on. The difference between successful people and the not so successful people is the willingness on taking the action needed on their dreams.

 

Meng

Commitment vs Passion

Once you have commitment, you need the discipline and hard work to get you there. – Haile Gebrselassie

People always said, you need to follow your passion.

But is this always THE right decision?

What if you aspire to be an artist, and yet you are struggling to feed your family?

Always remember your commitment. What are you committed to? Is it supporting your family? Giving them a reasonably comfortable life? Even if it means taking mundane desk-bound work?

Passion is important. It would make your journey in being committed a whole lot easier. But what if you didn’t have the passion in your work? Could you still do a good job?

The answer is yes. Passion makes it a whole lot easier. Without passion, the work would be more difficult. Difficult, yes, but it is not impossible. Always remember what is your commitment. What is the end result that you want to achieve?

Be responsible. Be a responsible adult. One who knows what he needs to do, at appropriate timing.

Going back to the struggling artist. What should he do? Should he be committed and forget about his passion?

No! He must first understand that he is committed to his family, to provide a living to them. A mundane full time job.

At the same time, he must be committed to his dreams. He must pursue his passion without fail, at the time outside his working hours.

Would it be tough? Yes! No one ever said it is going to be easy. It will be an uphill trail.  Twenty years on. Would you be more regretful of the difficult tasks that you have taken or the dreams that you have let go?

Meng

7 Lessons from This Year’s Oscar Nominated Movies

Question everything. Learn something. Answer nothing. – Euripides

Saw an article by Entrepreneur on lessons learnt from Oscar-nominated movies.

Movies do inspire us. They teach us to be resilient. To be strong. To stand up for what is right. To chase after our dreams.

It’s not about what we can do individually. It’s about team-work. It’s about cooperation. It’s about synergy, creating a better world together.

It’s about empathy. To understand how others feel. To communicate effectively. To show our love.

It’s about the impermanence of time. But an everlasting legacy. Material wealth doesn’t last. Wealth in spiritual and love does.

It’s about getting your priorities right. And going all out to make them happen. Not to be distracted by other temptations or shiny objects along the way. Be focused of the things that you need to do.

At the end of the day, you have but one life. Make it count. Let it burn like a selfless candle, lighting up the dark room.

Movies are great way to inspire us, to teach us of values that we have long forgotten amidst the busyness of time.

What movies are you looking forward to? Take some time to watch movies that would inspire you.

 

Meng

Find the Different Skate

Clarity affords focus. – Thomas Leonard

Can you find the different skate? This is one of the more difficult puzzle for me.

Simply because, I have no ideas what is it that I am looking for.

Just as in life, we want to make changes in our lives. For the better.

But if we do not have the clarity, of what is it that we are changing for, we will forever be grappling in the dark.

Be enlightened. Know what is it that you are looking to change.

Know your dreams. Know your goals.

Chase after your success!

 

Meng

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you’re living? – Bob Marley

I went to watch this show once with a dear friend of mine. And now it’s showing on TV. How time flies.

To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life.

We’ve all been living our lives like Walter. A normal life, yet we yearn and dream of spectacular fireworks.

Nothing out of the ordinary, but we all knew that we are destined for more.

Unless we step  out of our comfort zone, it would forever remain a dreams to us.

We must have the courage to pursue what makes us alive.

With actions, the boundary between dreams and reality will be fuzzy.

With beliefs, dreams will become reality.

It’s good to daydream, especially when our lives are mundane. But there is more to our lives than to just daydream.

We have the magic within us to make our dreams come true.

The question is, would you take the plunge?

Meng

Act on It

I stand for freedom of expression, doing what you believe in, and going after your dreams. – Madonna Ciccone

 

It seems that everyone is chasing after their dreams. Chasing after their happiness.

A friend has started up her own business.

Another friend has just bought a newly-launched condo.

A friend was keen on going on blind date.

It seems that everyone is chasing after their dreams. Chasing after their happiness.

And what have I done? It seems that I have been doing nothing.

Am I moving closer to my dreams?

Am I staying stationary and being drifted away?

Or am I even heading in the opposite direction, moving further apart from mine?

If you are not consciously moving towards your dream, you would be moving further back.

Identify your dreams in life. Choose the top three.

Instead of beating around the bush, chasing everything under the sun, choose only three that would make the most impact. The three that would make your heart beats. The three that would make you jump out of your bed, every single morning.

Know the price that you have to pay to achieve your dreams. What are the things that you must do? What are the things that you must not do?

Knowing the price is as important as resolving to do it.

I am stuck in my dreams, not because of what I do not know.

I am stuck in my dreams, because I do not courageously pursue what I know. I know the step 1, step 2, step 3. I know what I should be doing.

And yet, I am still at step 0. Why? Fear stops me.

How far are you from your dreams? Know your dreams, know what you have to do, and have the courage to do it.

 

Meng

Dreams Pursuit

Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. – Langston Hughes

 

Everyone has a dream. A vision. Something they felt that they should be doing all their lives.

And yet, there is the demand for your time. The demand for your energy. The demand for your attention.

You’ll be swamped by other things in life. And your dreams take a back seat.

It is frustrating for not able to do it.

Must we live our lives like this? To admire those who can chase their dreams, while beating ourselves up for not being able to follow ours.

We can break this cycle. We are as worthy as others in achieving our dreams.

First, we must determine the priority in our lives. Does our dream have priority in the midst of our other commitments in life?

If yes, put your dreams into schedule. If nothing is scheduled, nothing is done.

How about your energy? A person’s energy is limited. No one person can be master of all trades.

Don’t waste your energy unnecessarily. Choose your activities wisely.

Does ADHD sound familiar to you? Bombarded with advertisement on TV, newsfeed in Facebook, cat pictures on Instagram, how could one be possibly be sane in a chaotic world.

How do you keep focused? To keep concentrated in your dreams?

Cut out the non-essential. Learn to meditate. It isn’t so much as to what you have in your plate as to how much you have consciously choose to leave the others out.

Raise your chance, raise your fighting chance, in achieving your goals. It is all about increasing the probabilities of success.

How would you choose to chase after your dreams? How do you manage your time, your energy, your attention?

 

Meng

What to do when you’re uninspired?

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. – Thomas A. Edison

 

It is Friday night. I was thinking what should I write here. A little uninspired. A little lost. A little restless.

Why? That would make a nice blog post. What to do when you are uninspired.

You know there are things that you need to do.
The dreams that you are pursuing.
The career you are in.
The homework or housework staring at your face right now.
The exercise, the lunge, the deadlift, the run.

And yet, there you were. Staring at the ceiling, thinking how should you proceed.

Start small. You have probably overwhelmed your poor little mind. Don’t overstress it. Let it cope with the demand.

Win small. Get consistent small win. Small win is a confidence boost. It improves your ego and make you take upon future challenge.

Just do it. Start anyway. You may lack inspiration. You may lack creativity. Just start it. While you start doing the work, start writing, you may find that the inspiration may come back to you.

It’s hard to explain but you would know it when you are trying it.

Or you can just simply rest. Let your mind calm. Unstressed mind is the best to come up with creative solution. Get a cup of hot green tea while you are at it.

Inspiration comes from doing other things too. The reason is same as above – unstressed mind. Keep your mind occupied on the fun stuff.

Look at the reasons of achieving the things you lacking in inspiration. Is it for your family? Is it for your future? Is it for your pride? It would fuel your actions to act.

What do you do when you are feeling uninspired? What works and what doesn’t work for you?

 

Meng