One of the best books I read this year was called Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg. This book was great for many reasons but what I enjoyed most about the book was the fact that almost all the themes that she touched upon were able to inspire and encourage me.
I’m not sure about you, but I started 2018 with an action plan, a list of goals and the motivation and drive I needed to reach them.
But by mid-year, I along with many others, had lost the drive, the motivation and most importantly focus. Staying motivated and pushing forward is probably one of the hardest things to do in life especially when we experience setbacks.
Before you read this, I want you to ask yourself the following questions:
“Is my life/current situation in life what I expected it to be 3 or 5 years ago?”
“Am I struggling to have good relationships with others because they do not meet my expectation of them?”
When we think of wealth we usually define it in monetary terms. A wealthy person is seen as someone who possesses great material wealth, mainly in assets and cash.
But unbeknown to many research shows that families who have had continuous wealth for over more than 3 generations see it from 4 different perspectives:
‘Knowing is not enough. We must apply. Willing is not enough. We must do.’
― Bruce Lee
I am sure that there is a large majority of people who agree with the above statement. But I am also sure that the proportion of people who successfully put it in to practice is much lower.
When I was a child I wanted to be several things including a corporate lawyer, a script writer/film maker and an entrepreneur.
I was so confident that I could achieve anything and everything and that nothing would hold me back. This confidence was evident in my teenage years as shown in my yearbook where I was described as “determined.”
I thought that my love affair with procrastination would end as soon as I left university but boy was I wrong.
According to Google procrastination is ‘the act of delaying or postponing something,’ but to me procrastination is just another word for being lazy. And for me this is a major problem because it hinders me from being productive when necessary.
Have you ever asked yourself what your biggest fears are?
When people ask us what we are afraid of we tend to think about tangible/physical things or things that are very obvious to us. For example some people have a fear of dogs and others have a fear of heights.
But have you ever considered what it is that you are actually afraid of?
As some of you may or may not know I’ve been living in Shanghai, China since July 2017.
I decided to move to China mainly because I wanted a new challenge. I wanted to do something different, outside of my comfort zone that would help me with my personal development and growth journey. I also wanted to experience a different culture first hand. Most importantly I knew that it would provide me with some great life lessons.
So what have I learnt since being in China?
I was recently asked to write a letter to my 15 year old self as part of a series for The Growing Colours website. I found it quite challenging but worthwhile, so I wanted to share it on my own personal blog.