Category Archives: PERSONAL IMPROVEMENT

Six Powerful,Life Changing Lessons from the Movie, Moana

I so much love the movie, Moana. You can have a preview of it on YouTube here if you have not watched it. There are six powerful lessons that will improve our lives, relationships and leadership skills from the movie.

Moana
Moana (photo from Disney website)

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My Self Awareness/Meditation Techniques for Personal Improvement

The importance of meditation is great that ancient priests and leaders who knew created sort of mystery around it; the intention was to keep it away from the ordinary people.  Self-awareness, concentration, problem solving, inner peace, control, gentleness, empathy, healing, gratitude, healthy relationships and connection with nature are some of the benefits of meditation.

Meditating
Meditating

Whenever I cross legs to meditate, though crossing of legs is not compulsory, what happens? Continue reading My Self Awareness/Meditation Techniques for Personal Improvement

How to Take a Walk in Nature and Bring Out the Best in You.

One beautiful thing is that being in the present can heal the past and make the future clearer!

There is nothing more powerful than being in the present, being in now. Most times, we cannot help but either stay put in the past or roam in the future. We believe that experience matters a lot but we, at times, tend to get stuck while going over past experiences, especially the negative ones.

Why We Get Stuck in the Past or the Future

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7 EXCELLENT WAYS TO HACK THROUGH LIFE: LESSONS FROM HACKSAW RIDGE

The movie, Hacksaw Ridge, was a show of the many facts I have been learning, so many facts that we can use to hack through life to become great and achieve excellence. I would love to share them with you.

STAY TRUE TO WHAT YOU BELIEV
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They include:

  1. Believe in something and be willing to stake your life for it in front or behind anybody and anywhere (you’ll end up getting admiration and respect if you stick to the end).

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WISDOM THROUGH NATURE

There is so much wisdom lying around, if only we see them.

I came across this awesome sight of this tree. I never wanted the big guy to die as someone burnt it, yet it surprised me!
Look at the photo and comment your opinion about what you see

 

 

Wisdom
Life and Death

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WHY “NOW” IS THE BEST TIME

AN EFFECTIVE WAY OF MAKING RESOLUTIONS WORK FOR YOU

How much time do we have to live in?

50 years? 100? 365 days?

The truth is that we only have one day to live in. That day is TODAY, right? Yet in today (as the only day we have), we only have NOW as when we have to actually live in. We cannot live our lives beyond now.

Yes, whatever we did in the “now” that has passed has a strong influence in the present now and the things we do in the present now goes to influence our future now.

New resolutions
New resolutions

So the question is: what are you doing now? Sure I bet it is reading this article but what of the other nows? Continue reading WHY “NOW” IS THE BEST TIME

WHY WE FAIL TO GET MOTIVATED

Why motivational books and talks never worked for us AND how to make them work

Have you ever felt awestruck, inspired, energized and impressed by a book or talk? What of Steve Job’s Stanford Commencement Speech? What of others that leave you mesmerized?

Envision such moments!

A lot of us have devoured countless motivational books, spent hours listening to empowering talk shows, podcasts, videos, etc. Yet most really have never ever felt any change or empowerment.

Many of us only feel the empowerment momentarily, maybe as long as three days and yet we return to our original status quo. Wonders, they say, lasts but 7 days.

Does this insinuate that all or most of these motivational speeches and books are hoax and not practical, just like a friend of mine said some time ago?

This challenge has made a lot of people get frustrated with any motivational stuff. Others go from one motivator to another hoping to get the most workable one. It is worthy to note that different motivational books tackle different issues.

 

motivation
motivation

There are three things we do not do and should do after listening to a motivational talk or read a motivational book Continue reading WHY WE FAIL TO GET MOTIVATED

MORE CREATIVE OR MORE TALENTED?

“See a man who has mastered a weapon, he is humble; in creativity lies such steps to mastery”

Razy Hassan, a great friend from Bangladesh was once thinking about creativity vs talent. He asked me “what is the difference between both or are they the same?” “If not the same, how do you define both?” He requested that I should put up an article on the topic.

This drew me into the world of creativity and talent; made me also put up this question to different professionals and friends.

Talent is a natural, it flows so easily. Talent is like a gift handed over to us, a natural skill. Continue reading MORE CREATIVE OR MORE TALENTED?

RESULT VS PROCESS (HOW YOU MIGHT FAIL EVEN AFTER WINNING)

WHY THE MEANS IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE END

 “Without honor, victory is meaningless”

Most at times where we are so focused on the results, we allow the process to suffer.

It is true that results matter a lot. Many people are so focused on getting the results even to the extent that the methods mean so little to them.

You might finally achieve the result but what actually trail the wake of your path? In asset management, there is a particular term called post asset liabilities. Post asset liabilities are debts paid even after one does not own the asset. Did you achieve the result but still pay in terms of failed relationships? Continue reading RESULT VS PROCESS (HOW YOU MIGHT FAIL EVEN AFTER WINNING)

A MORNING ACTIVITY THAT CAN MAKE YOUR DAY GREAT

Decision making is one of the greatest gift to man and is usually far more effective when backed up by willpower/ strong resolution.

Morning exercise that will make your day great
photo by MG Expressions

 Early in the morning is always a special time. It is the time to break the fast of the long night.

Quite a lot of people carry out different activities in the morning which do help them. A lot of activities such as planning for the day, exercising including yoga, jogging, etc., meditating and praying, reading, etc. All these are very good and I do recommend you should try some out

There is one activity that can drive our whole day. It can determine the nature of our day. Continue reading A MORNING ACTIVITY THAT CAN MAKE YOUR DAY GREAT

DEFINING PERSONAL BOUNDARY: A POWERFUL STEP TO PERSONAL IMPROVEMENT

Golden rule and platinum rule: defining personal boundary
Photo with permission from MG Expressions

We are humans and every human, just like other animals, are territorial . Such territoriality in this context is the personal space and the space is surrounded by perimeters we create for ourselves.

There is nothing wrong and there is everything right if one creates a definite personal territorial boundary in life. In sciences and engineering, all successful breakthroughs come with the aid of creating boundary conditions. Well I did not find them funny while learning partial differential equations in school!. Continue reading DEFINING PERSONAL BOUNDARY: A POWERFUL STEP TO PERSONAL IMPROVEMENT