Short-Term Perspective, Long-Term Success

I get quite disappointed in myself the moment I realize that I have passed hours, or sometimes days or weeks really, without sticking to my goals and making any progress that I can feel good about. It is a sad, frustrating, restless moment that does not always translate into improvement for me. Continue reading “Short-Term Perspective, Long-Term Success”

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Power Posts

Today, I bring you another collection of excerpts from some great blogs, wonderful writing, and thought provoking ideas. Do check out the full posts and browse through more of their work.

Khairil Sianipar

Knowing something means nothing if it is not followed by a disciplined course of action. Just by taking that extra effort, putting in the additional work will get you more than those who do what is enough.  Continue reading “Power Posts”

Unremarkably Average

I see my unrealized dreams and ambitions reflected in this story. I know that I do not want to be this person but I cannot confidently tell myself that where I stand in life is very different from the position depicted here.

Continue reading “Unremarkably Average”

I Have Today

Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending. – Marie Robinson

Even if you cannot change your past, everyday is an opportunity for you to change how to carry forward the past, what you make of it, and how you let it affect yourself. Those opportunities could be just as good towards changing your future.

Continue reading “I Have Today”

The more you sweat…

A wonderful motivational cartoon by ZenPencils!

The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in battle. – Armed Forces Motto

Continue reading “The more you sweat…”

My Favourite Tweets

Twitter is a great space to share ideas fast. In the few months that I have been using it, I have created my own space there to check in for quick inspiration. So today, I thought I would share some of my favourite recent tweets and users that I have regularly followed. They serve as advice, reminders for my goals, sound reasoning, positivity, and more. Click on the twitter handles to see more from these users. If you are sharing inspiration on Twitter, WordPress or elsewhere, I do not want to miss out so leave a link below. 

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Take a Dose Daily: Motivation

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily. – Hilary Hinton “Zig” Ziglar

For a long time after I first heard this quote, I liked it but did not know how to express its validity or act on its message. But one day, it hit me. After a streak of unremarkable and unproductive days, I had an amazing day:

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Live Your Values

​It always seemed strange to me that the things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self interest are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first, they love the produce of the second.
– John Steinbeck

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Join the Conversation

Matters of Living has launched a Facebook group and wants you to be a part of the conversation. The group, Life’s Like This, is a call for you to share the ups and downs of life and, more importantly, how you thrive and survive it all. Put your heads together with other people who are just as interested in life as you are.

Yes, so far, it is just an empty page and Matters of Living wants to see it filled with your ideas. Make it come alive. Come and initiate conversation, participate in discussions, share your latest blog posts or thoughts, or pass on interesting things you have seen or read. The more the merrier!

Please share, re-blog or forward the Facebook group to others who would enjoy participating. Hope to see your voice join the discussion to share and find new ideas for learning from, loving, and living life.

Power Posts: Quotes and More Quotes

These quotes I discovered are just what one needs to inspire a better way of life. Continue reading “Power Posts: Quotes and More Quotes”

Have a Vision…

Vision is the starting point of all high performance. You create things twice; first mentally, then physically. The biggest barrier to high performance is not the physical manifestation but the mental creation. You will never outpace your mental models.

Quote from The 12 Week Year by Brian P Moran and Michael Lennington

Hmm…I think I need to keep adding more detail to my mental models. What do I see myself doing?

Power Posts: Quick Inspiration

Here are some quick inspiring words and images from my wonderful fellow bloggers to help you stay upbeat for the week. Enjoy, share and pay a visit to see more great work featured on these great blogs.  Continue reading “Power Posts: Quick Inspiration”

Draw Your Future

Watch this video for a very interesting proposal on better goal setting and achievement by Patti Dobrolowski.

She challenges participants to draw out what they do not like about the status quo of their lives and how they imagine a more ideal future. Continue reading “Draw Your Future”

The Paths We Choose

The lady sitting in the back of the taxi anxiously and repeatedly tells the taxi driver to hurry. The taxi driver points out that he is unable to progress any faster than he already has, as his way is blocked by long rows of traffic. She looks up and is alarmed to realize that the taxi driver is indeed helpless.

In a panic, she pleads with the taxi driver to figure out another route.

The taxi driver replies tartly, “But ma’am, if we take a different route, we will get at a different place.” Continue reading “The Paths We Choose”

Circle of Knowledge

As our circle of knowledge expands, so does the circumference of darkness surrounding it.
– Albert Einstein

With humility for ourselves and awe for the vastness of the world around us, we have to admit that this quote makes a very good point. What one knows is so small compared to everything that exists. The pursuit of knowledge has always been a key motivation for me as a feat in itself and for the improvements I can make in my life by applying it. I cannot know everything but I can know more and the hobby of learning will surely never run out. Continue reading “Circle of Knowledge”

Sit Down and Read…

Sit down and read;
Educate yourself
for the coming conflicts.

– Mother Jones

Check out this wonderful comic and keep it in mind for your new year’s resolutions!

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3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge: Day 3

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I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road. – Stephen Hawking

The quote from today is another treasure from my journal collection. Continue reading “3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge: Day 3”

3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge: Day 2

Thank you to Letters of Life for nominating me for this challenge.

I picked my quote for today from the journal I keep to collect these inspirational tidbits:

Life is short; live it.
Love is rare; grab it.
Anger is bad; Dump it.
Fear is awful; face it.
Memories are sweet; cherish it.

Continue reading “3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge: Day 2”

3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge: Day 1

I was nominated to complete this challenge by Letters of Life. Thank you! Check out this blog for some great quotes and some unique expressions on life. A Blank Letter is a favourite of mine.

My quote for today is: Continue reading “3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge: Day 1”

Boredom is a State of Mind…

I have drawn the conclusion that this statement is applicable to many things in my life. I have focused my time and perspective on rediscovering the things I need to do or have always chosen to do without much consideration. I did not realize how much I missed. Simple example: yes, chores seem tedious and boring. But it is important for me to create an environment around myself that is pleasant and I want to put in the time for it. Continue reading “Boredom is a State of Mind…”

Power Posts: For the Love of Quotes

I can always use a dose of inspiration. As we wrap up Sunday evening, here are some motivational quotes to make you think and to help you get through the week.  Continue reading “Power Posts: For the Love of Quotes”

Power Posts: Being Better for Me

Blogging is all about the community. I have learned the fun and value in actively participating in that community. So, Power Posts have become one of my favourite post series to highlight some of the amazing work that I have read recently from fellow bloggers.

Today, I feature posts that resonated with me by bringing powerful, unique messages that provide motivation for a better life, no matter what your goal is. Continue reading “Power Posts: Being Better for Me”

Can You Solve the Candle Problem?

I encountered this very telling concept regarding human behaviour at a conference about workplace management. As defined by Google, the Candle Problem, or Duncker’s Candle Problem, is “a cognitive performance test, measuring the influence of functional fixedness on a participant’s problem solving capabilities”. This means that the test demonstrates how unaccustomed we are to thinking outside the box. Continue reading “Can You Solve the Candle Problem?”

From A Thought to Destiny…

Sow a thought, reap an action.
Sow an action, reap a habit.
Sow a habit, reap a character.
Sow a character, reap a destiny.

Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

One of my favourite quotes. It entices me to look at the big picture of life that I want and reminds me that it is the little thoughts and actions that will get me there. I have the thoughts; I just need to sow them well and feed them daily with good action. If I overlook my habits, I may not want to reap the results.

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Power Posts: Shareable Quotes

I love quotes! I have a collection which I love to revisit and add to. It provides me with the needed dose of positivity and inspiration. See my growing list here of the quotes I share from my personal journal. While reading the work of my fellow bloggers, I have come across a lot of new tidbits of wisdom to add to my own inspiration collection. So, I decided to do a post featuring some great quotes shared by bloggers recently. Continue reading “Power Posts: Shareable Quotes”