In Good Company.

Today, I learnt a wonderful lesson about having good company.

What does it mean to have good company?

Is it to have people that you can have fun with, do mischievous things with, people that support you in everything that you do?

For me, I think, to have good company is to have a people that I am able to click well with, people that are on the same frequency as me, people that are of good influence.

As far as I can remember, I have never been comfortable with people that are rowdy, people that are rude, people that are bad. Maybe it is because of my good upbringing (thanks to my mom and dad), or maybe I just hated the way they view the world in short bursts of adrenaline. Maybe, it can even be because of my hatred for uncertainties.

Oh well. I’d rather be alone than mix with bunch of rowdy, lawless kids.

Anyway, today showed how important it is to have a group of people that can work hard and spread good vibes together towards a common goal.

I’m going to work with them for a few more weeks and I’m sure that I’ll sorely miss them once this event is over.

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What should be our Goal?

Happiness.

Just that, happiness.

It really doesn’t matter what our careers are, what our level of education is, where we live or even how rich we are, all that matters is whether we are happy with where we are currently.

This is also a reminder for me.

As I get swept away with the pains and disappointments of school, I tend to forget what truly matters. I get carried away with the things that should be a priority.

And happiness should be the priority.

Romantic About the End Goal

I think most people including myself are romantic about being successful. We want to be successful but most of us are not willing to put in the work.

I mean, look at our work. Does our work reflects that of a multi-billion dollar entrepreneur?

Or does our work resembles closer to that of a lazy office worker?

Stop dreaming about the end goal and start falling in love with the process!

 

Nothing is Linear

I just watched this video by Chase Jarvis:

It is about finding your passion or your calling.

Most of us, including myself, struggle to find our calling, our passion, our interests. It can sometimes be frustrating. No matter what we do, the things we are doing just don’t seem to satisfy us.

However, I believe that finding your passion is not something that is straightforward. It requires twists and turns, endless searching and experimenting. Young people like myself, we lacked the experience of the outside world, the different jobs, career paths and activities.

What we can do is to go out and experiment, go out and try loads of new things, do your many firsts because I believe that only through trying can we find what we are really passionate about. You wouldn’t know that you’re passionate about photography until you try it, you wouldn’t know you’re passionate about volunteering until you try it.

Life is never linear, successful people go through many paths, through many jobs and through many failures, but they continue to trudge on trying to find their passion until they did.

I hope that this would be a reminder to all of us that finding our passion might sometimes be an arduous task but will pay off in the end.

Feeling Your Best

There are always those days where you feel horrible and when you thought that nothing else could get worse, and it did. So, you ended up hating the day for what it had become and hope that the next day, the planets will align and everything will be perfect.

Unfortunately, a perfect day or a day that you feel your best will not come without a little effort. We cannot sleep a bad day off and hope for a miracle that the next day would be better. Instead, there are certain tasks or routines that we need to do so that the day will turn out as perfect as possible.

This is a trick that I learnt from Chase Jarvis that I have been applying it to my daily life and it seems to work. What you would need is just a simple list of tasks or habits that you think would help you achieve your perfect day โ€” a checklist of sorts. The list that you will be having is unique to you. There is no one size fits all checklist. It has to agree with your lifestyle and your life in general.

For me, I am testing out the following list:

  1. Sleep for at least 8 hours
  2. Write an article
  3. Read for at least 30 minutes
  4. Exercise
  5. Work on an idea
  6. Drink at least 8 litres of water
  7. Brainstorm 10 ideas
  8. Spend an hour with family
  9. 30 minutes of alone time without being connected
  10. Research an emotion and write a short story on Instagram

It has only been a week and I realised that there are some changes that are needed to be made. Therefore, this process is a continuously changing and continuously experimenting one.

I am doing this because I want to feel my best every single day and the list will help me accomplish that. ๐Ÿ™‚

Do try it out.

Monthly Challenge #2

  1. Fitness:
    a) Bar Brothersโ€™ Requirements
    b) Deadlift 140kg X 5
  2. Read:
    a) Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
    b) Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk
    c) The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson
    d) Landline by Rainbow Rowell
  3. Produce eight videos
  4. Take a photograph and post a mini story on Instagram every day

The above would be my Monthly Challenge for the period of 1st June – 1st July 2016.

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A Month is Over, A New One Begins

In the past month, I have challenged myself to a monthly challenge so to speak with the aim of forming useful habits and motivating myself into achieving short-term goals that would play a huge part in the long-term. Now, as we draw close to the end of the 1st Monthly Challenge, I would like to take the time to evaluate my successes and failure and to also plan the next monthly challenge.

Previously the goals for the month of May was to:

  1. Complete the Bar Brothers’ Requirements:
    a) 7 Muscle Ups
    b) 25 Parallel Bar Dips
    c) 10 Wide Grip Pull Ups
    d) 20 Pistol Squats
    e) 10 Full Leg Lifts
    f) 7 Muscle Ups
  2. Read:
    a) The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson
    b) The Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson
  3. Produce three videos
  4. Post an article/blog post a day

So, I achieved most of the goals that I have set for the month except for the Bar Brothers’ Requirements as I am still trying to do a muscle up. I have actually expected this to happen as training for a muscle up would take a lot of time for the first one. However, eventually, once I am able to do the first one, it would be easier to progress from there.

For my reading goal, I was actually very much surprised at my ability to read those two books in the span of 5 days. I actually felt that I underestimated myself. I would take that into account for my next monthly challenge.

To boost my creativity and skills, I had decided to produce three videos and write an article every single day and I am proud to say that I managed to achieve both! Producing those three videos was a pretty exciting project. I was completely engrossed in making them and had fun too. One of the videos was about opening up ourselves to the criticisms of others and I have to say that that project allowed me to see myself in the perspectives of others. Apart from that, I have uploaded vlogs and even making them were exciting to me and I really want to captivate the viewers by making aesthetically-pleasing vlogs.

By posting regularly on my blog, it has helped me to think more creatively about the world and to question so many things. Ideas churn out from my brain smoothly and I believe that that would be a crucial skill in life. Furthermore, I can say that my writing has improved and hopefully, the improvements will continue. With the combination of frequent reading and writing the past month, I feel myself drawn to the wonders of creative writing or fiction. I am drawn to the beauty of how fiction authors write their stories along with the way they are able to describe a scenario so vividly, like that of a kiss or an argument. So, I have started writing mini stories on my Instagram testing out my abilities.

To be honest, the past month has been a month of creativity and self-awareness. A month where I discovered myself loving creating in the forms of writing and video, a month where I seem to be progressing in my journey to be self-aware and a month that I felt that actually mattered.

The lessons that I have learned are valuable ones that cannot be taught, they are lessons that can only be gained through experience. I hope for more valuable months ahead.

In the next month, from 1st June – 1st July, I hope to push myself:

  1. Fitness:
    a) Bar Brothers’ Requirements
    b) Deadlift 140kg X 5
  2. Read:
    a) Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
    b) Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk
    c) The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson
    d) Landline by Rainbow Rowell
  3. Produce eight videos
  4. Take a photograph and post a mini story on Instagram every day

This is the tentative list, it might change by tomorrow. ๐Ÿ™‚