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Pay attention to your emotions

We all have highs and lows surrounded by ordinary living. We'd go crazy if we would always stay in either highs or lows. But many times, wouldn't it be great to be able to simply switch to your happy state, or focused state?

There are techniques for that. But before you can use any techniques to bring back any state or emotions, you first need to know how it feels to be in that state. You can't make this up. No matter how hard you try, you'll never really know how it feels to stand on the top of Mount Everest until you stand on top of Mount Everest.

Here are three things everyone should start to do

  • Experience more
  • Pay close attention to how you are feeling, especially when you feel great
  • Take notes about those great experiences so that you can remember them and come back to them

For example, in my last article I discussed how passionate I was about my woodworking projects. This is a state I want to remember and will most probably come back to later.

Jul 20, 2017 | comment Comment

Don't take it personally

The moment you step out into the world and interact with others your actions and you will be judged. Both positively and negatively. Either way, there's not much you can do about it once you hear those comments afterward. What's done is done, right? Yes, but why do we get defensive when faced with negative comments and worry so much about what people may think?

The need to justify yourself is a bad feeling which only affects you in negative ways. It creates conflicts with others and increases anxiety level. Why do we feel the need to justify our actions?

There are many reasons but the biggest contributing reason is low self-esteem. If you find yourself being defensive, try to see why and most of the time you'll find that need to be understood and accepted by others. It's a very common reaction and in fact, acceptance is sought by everyone.

The cure is simple in the case of low self-esteem when facing reactions from actions you have done. Simply do the following...

Do your best with good intentions. Then forget the rest.

If you know you've done your best, no comments on your efforts can bother you because you've done all you could. Remember a time when you became very defensive and chances are that you defended something you know you could have done better.

Next part is with act good intentions. Same principle as above, if you know that within your knowledge you did all you did with good intention then no comments on your motives or plan can touch you.

Finally, forget the rest. The important thing is to act, no action is going to please everyone. From the start, know this truth. It will liberate you from anything that may arise later.

As a final word, remember that others are allowed their opinions. Most of the time these opinions are not meant to harm you but to help you become better. Remember they're just that, opinions. You decide what to do with them. One thing's sure, they won't bother you anymore.

Jun 22, 2017 | comment Comment

More on blank canvas

If there's one skill everyone should work on consistently is to learn to start from a blank page. We all have the required creativity in us to create outstanding things but we are scared to create. Instead, we use templates or copy from somebody else (with minor adjustments of course) because it feels safe. Safe because if what we produce fails then it's not really our creation. Our fault.

The problem is that it cannot truly succeed either. In order to make a difference, you have to create. And the best way to create is to start with a blank canvas.

Gather information, read, watch, and observe from as many sources as you can and then put it all together in your own personal way.

Set forth on your own journey.

Create your own life, not someone else's life.

Jun 19, 2017 | comment Comment

Your narrative is up to you

The story other people tell about you is none of your business. It's never going to be a true story because no one knows you like you do. But...

May 4, 2017 | comment Comment

You are enough but...

...but you can be so much more.

Such a bad advice to tell someone they're enough.

What a waste it would be to stop where you are because you think you are enough.

Apr 24, 2017 | comment Comment

Passion of how

There are many ways to find passion in your life. Not just what you do.

One sort of passion which can be found in anything and everything you do is the passion of how.

Apr 4, 2017 | comment Comment

You First

f you love those around you, take care of yourself.

How best can you serve them other than by being the best person you can possibly be?

Apr 1, 2017 | comment Comment

Books vs Summaries or Blog Posts

Why read a book that can be summarized in a few paragraphs?

This is a very good question considering we all have a very limited amount of time. Why read a book when you can...

Mar 29, 2017 | comment Comment

Philosophy of Excellence

A philosophy of excellence is when a person seeks excellence in themselves and their environment.

Seeking excellence is to consciously be aware of the small details which makes everything a little better.

Mar 28, 2017 | comment Comment

Willpower is not needed for success

Do you need will power to succeed?

The answer is no.

It's a common mistakes for people who struggles to reach their goals to think those who succeed do it because they have willpower.

Mar 22, 2017 | comment Comment

#MyWeeklyGems 23 - Little Things - Good Life - A Clown

A small reflection... yesterday (a.k.a. Thursday) morning, I came across a co-worker and we started the usual chatter but he goes on saying- I'm good but I just found out we're not Friday, that kidda killed my good mood. Like I said, just a reflection. How happy can you be when you're disappointed to find out you have one more day to live than you thought?

Feb 3, 2017 | comment Comment

#MyWeeklyGems 22 - Change - Advice - Complacency - Weird Tea

I bet you can find a common theme in this week’s post. In fact I know you’re that smart since you’re reading what I have to say! Kidding aside, positive change is something we should all continually seek, see Darren’s video to find out why. But positive change isn’t always easy to achieve on our own and that’s why learning to take advice, which often may seem irrational or strange, is critical to healthy positive growth as you’ll read in Neil’s article.

Jan 27, 2017 | comment Comment

#MyWeeklyGems 21 - Paulo Coehlo - Parenting - Standing Guard - Doodling

Last Monday was blue Monday, supposedly the most depressing day of the year. You know what else it was? Another day in your wonderful life. No matter the day of the week, of the month, of the year. We should always strive to make it the best day we can. Don't wish you were in the future or dream you could go back to the past. Today is where things are happening for you, make the most of it.

Jan 20, 2017 | comment Comment

#MyWeeklyGems 20 - Obama - Create Change - Fear - Neil Strauss

Last fall I’ve set this article aside to read later. I only read it this week and loved the content so much that I’m focusing all this week’s newsletter on it. It goes perfectly hand-in-hand with this week’s quote from former US President Obama.

You’ll see references to the US election. Now knowing the result of the election, the article is that much more valuable.

Jan 13, 2017 | comment Comment

#MyWeeklyGems 18 - Dreams - Habits - New You - Tony Robbins

One week into the new year. I hope you still haven't dropped your resolutions, if you made any. If you didn't, now wouldn't be too late. As you'll see in Tony Robbins' video, making big improvements in your life doesn't necessarily requires big changes. Small habit changes over time will compound into massive improvements. The key here is consistency. I'm also sharing a great app to help with the consistency part. On that, great weekend to all. 2017 will be a great year!

Jan 6, 2017 | comment Comment

#MyWeeklyGems 18 - Smart - Ego - Super Mario

It's the last day of 2016. Do you have your plan ready for 2017? Last week I've shared books I find helpful and today I'm sharing one tool to help you get the most of your new year resolutions. Plus the Canvas Strategy to help you get the right mindset for years to come. Enjoy, and see you next year!

Dec 31, 2016 | comment Comment

#MyWeeklyGems 17 - Books to read in 2017

We’re only a few days before Christmas and New Year just around the corner. What does that mean? First, use this time to spend quality time with your family and friends. Second, this is the time to reflect on what happened this year and to plan out next year.

Yesterday, I re-arranged my whole office library. So I decided to pick 3 books I’d recommend you read. All 3 books serve a different purpose so I’d recommend you read them in the order they’re presented.

Dec 23, 2016 | comment Comment

#MyWeeklyGems 15 - No Excuses - 21st Century - Ideas

All gems from this week can be used in many ways to make 2017 a better year. With 2016 coming to an end soon, it's time to start pondering on how we want to shape our next year. It's important to start thinking about that and not let another year to simply pass by.

Dec 9, 2016 | comment Comment

#MyWeeklyGems 14 - How Simple Changes In Direction Can Alter Your Life

This morning I was pondering over the process of life improvement. When I look back at my life (years and years back), I can see how far I've traveled. Not a round the world but within myself. How much I've improved. I thought about all that I've done to change so much over the years. It's simpler than you think.

Dec 2, 2016 | comment Comment

#MyWeeklyGems 13 - Receiving Feedback - Finance - Friends

As usual, here's a few gems of positive information I've found this week. Or in the case of the catcher's mitt metaphor a gem that I rediscovered. Great weekend to all!

Nov 25, 2016 | comment Comment

#MyWeeklyGems 12 - Jim Carrey - Visualization - Success - Today

Hall of fame coach, John Wooden, is front page of the Success magazine for the month of November, his life philosophy is one of the best you'll find based on passion, harmony, wisdom and love. I've seen a lot on him in the past weeks and like what I'm hearing. I particularly love his definition of success, which you can read below, because it's personal to each individual and doesn't include any reference to wealth or status. His definition of success is applicable to anyone, no matter the circumstance.

Nov 18, 2016 | comment Comment

#MyWeeklyGems 10 - Everest - Passion - Climbing - Miracles

This week, I’m focusing on a single theme. Climbing. I’m no climber and when asked if I’d ever set climbing the Everest as a goal my response was “Hell no! I’m way too chicken for that!”

But I love climbing stories. There are many lessons to learn from mountain climbing and those who attempts to conquer the highest peaks on earth.

Nov 4, 2016 | comment Comment

#MyWeeklyGems 8 - Lying - Forgiveness - Recycling - Routine

“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much” - Oscar Wilde

Oct 21, 2016 | comment Comment

Weekly Gems 7 - Winning - Character - Mental Health

Here's a short list, probably a reminder, of what it takes to build good character. Only 6 simple things but as with everything Jim Rohn teaches, simple in concept doesn't mean simple in execution.

Oct 20, 2016 | comment Comment

Thank You Subscibers

Thank to everyone who subscribed to my Weekly Gems Newsletter. I hope you enjoy the weekly gems of wisdom and fun I share. I know I enjoy sharing them and I love hearing back from you.

Today (and every day for that matter) take some time to be thankful for everything you have. Because fear and anger cannot co-exist with appreciation and thankfulness. Make the choice to live a life of appreciation, it'll help you in difficult time and make everyday better.

Oct 10, 2016 | comment Comment

Weekly Gems 6 - Love - Mindfulness - Comfort Zone - Brand

It's only my 6th newsletter but I have to say the things I share in this one all have the potential of highly impacting and improving your life. It just amaze me the things we get access to, for free, in today's age. Just last Thuesday, I watched a complete Tony Robbins seminar live, for free. I know it's crazy! (I'll probably talk about this next week) But I digress, I hope you'll enjoy this week's Gems, take time to digest each one as they all offer great insights into living a better life.

Oct 9, 2016 | comment Comment

Weekly Gems 4 - Fire - Social Anxiety - Courage - Self Motivation

The weekend is already here! This week’s topics are all about strengthening your inner self. Find courage to have courage and be confident in social settings. John C. Maxwell discuss the need to find motivation within. And finally, I propose an app to set things on fire… which would definitely relieve some stress!

Sep 23, 2016 | comment Comment

Weekly Gems 3 - Courage - Ego - Steve Harvey - Human Resources

This week is all about you, change, success, soaring and human resources. Yes, you read that right. I DARE talk about human resources on a Friday... I apologize for my evilness but read through and you'll see it's not all that bad.

Sep 16, 2016 | comment Comment

My 2016 reading list - What books are waiting in my library

A couple weeks ago I shared my list of favourite books that I read in 2015. I hope you enjoyed the list and got a few reading ideas from it. Now I’m always grabbing reading ideas everywhere. There's a thousand books, at least, I’d love to read.

Jan 21, 2016 | comment Comment

It All Starts With You

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years is that no one will come to rescue ourselves. If you want things to change and get better in your life you have to change.

Jan 17, 2016 | comment Comment

My Top Book Summaries of 2015

I can say that 2015 has been a very rich year in terms of reading for me. I had the chance to read many books which positively changed my life. Some others which didn’t, but I'm going to focus on the good ones.

Jan 11, 2016 | comment Comment

Keeping Your Mind Under The Sun

Negativity will kill your hopes for a better life. Just imagine planting two trees, one with full exposure to the morning sun and the benefit of the rain and a second tree where it’s covered in shadows most of the day and only some water find its way to nourish the roots.

Oct 23, 2015 | comment Comment

Reading Books vs Reading Articles

My Hawaiian friend, Dennis, recently asked me if there were benefits to reading books versus articles or magazines. I thought it was an interesting questions since I read both books and magazines. I enjoy both but each offers me a different experience.

Oct 17, 2015 | comment Comment

Jim Rohn An Inspiration

I want to share one of the most inspiring person I know. Jim Rohn. I honestly don't know a lot about him and his life journey. Only that he was broke at age 25 and rich at age 31 and then went on a journey to share his philosophy of success. But one thing I know for sure is that his life philosophy really resonate with me.

Oct 15, 2015 | comment Comment

Four Destructive Human Needs

When we were kids we all relied on our parents to validate who we were. To tell us our good and bad sides. To love and nurture us. But as adults these needs keeps us from growing further. Relying on others to fulfill our lives will not only slow your own growth but it will also push away your friends.

Oct 9, 2015 | comment Comment