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Last week, I had the opportunity to be a judge at the auditions of a university’s version of “Idols”. Now, if you don’t know what “Idols” is, then I invite you to please extract yourself from the shell you’re living in. Needless to say, it was a night full of cheers and screaming, singing and not-quite-singing, compliments and criticisms. Exactly as it is on television. (more…)

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Once you've crossed it.. You've crossed it!

Over the past two weeks I’ve attended quite a few graduation ceremonies. Seeing all the faces, smiles, photos, families, tears, celebrations, awkward moments, bloopers et al, got me thinking about “finish lines” quite a bit. Everybody wearing the special hat has crossed the finish line of their degree, and that warrants a moments of reflection, celebration…and sometimes even hangovers!

It would be really easy to nullify it all and say things like “Well now you better get a job… It’s just the start of a new race, don’t get too happy… So are you gonna do your honours/masters/doctorate?” and really bring things ‘back to reality’. But doing that too quickly would make you quite a strange person. We deceive ourselves with the fact that since we still have many races to go, we can’t take time out to soak in the current victory.

That’s bull!!!

You should absolutely go nuts!!!! Whether it’s your degree, finishing a book, or just getting your driver’s license, you must celebrate and enjoy every single moment that can when you’ve crossed a finish line. Of course there will be more to think about afterwards…but think about it afterwards. Most people are unhappy just simply because they never learnt to enjoy their victories. No matter how big or small, allow yourself a moment or even a whole bunch of moments where you can hear (from yourself and others) “Well done!!”

A finish line is important and should be recognised. Of course, life doesn’t end there, but life never gives you an opportunity to celebrate it. You’ll need to create those opportunities. It’s your responsibility to enjoy what’s happened in your life. You can invite people; have some wine by yourself; play really loud music… Or if you really deep, look in the mirror for a few minutes and say… “You’re amazing!”, then walk away. (That would make a cool movie scene).

Some finish lines come easy, but most don’t. You’ve probably kicked yourself a million times, dropped a few balls, or even given up and got back into it again. Just like your physical body, you need a kind of “break” from extreme exertion. Our minds need to settle, come to terms with the victories we’ve achieved. They say a highly effective person is always thinking of the next thing… They also say highly effective people are terribly stressed most times and don’t enjoy the psychological/emotional benefits of what they achieve. That’s like being a robot. You’re not a robot.

So stop trying to be one.

Like I said, life won’t give you a chance to celebrate. The reward for hard work, is usually MORE HARD WORK! So take a few seconds, or even a few days, to look at where you are, and acknowledge your finish lines. You’ll realise you’re probably not the loser you thought you were. In fact a person’s only a loser when their failures are more real to them than their victories. Victories are never absent, they’re just forgotten.

The finish lines you encounter might mostly be average in magnitude (like finishing an assignment; reaching a monthly target), but there are a few massive ones as well. Don’t let any go by unnoticed. Don’t allow the habit of not seeing just how truly great you are. You just might end up celebrating each and every single day of your life. You’re the only one running the race of your life, be sure you’re the one that makes a big deal about it.

Just don’t become a robot!

Over.


This idea hit me the other day! I was very ungrateful for the bruise it left, but was otherwise thankful for the impact it made! And before I stumble across more unintentional puns, I will tell you that idea!

I sat there and thought of what it would look like to live the life I’ve always dreamed of. That part was easy. The cool part was what it looked like to other people! You maybe want to drive flashy cars,  have kids,  go bungee-jumping,  play an instrument, or watch someone play an instrument, live in a certain area, have a massive sound system, own a yacht, or learn how to spell “yacht”. These things are cool for you…but for others they could share something else in common: a lot of these things make noise!

He started off as a straight line, then became quite uncertain of himself! Poor lad!

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Recently i was sitting at my laptop enjoying my new adventure of having internet in my room. Being able to check out various sites, work on my blogs, keep my updates up-to-date, amongst other semi-serious endeavours. A chat I’d been semi-paying attention to suddenly turned serious. A friend of mine had gone through some relationship trouble, and it finally hit a climax with the inevitable “break up”. The guy was destroyed! Kept talking about all the things she said, and how he felt so useless. He was totally in love with her, and believed it was all his fault. Then he said, “Maybe I’m not worth it.”

This statement shook me, because it was clear the lady was clueless about what she had (immaturity I guess), but more so I also realised that in light of our Dream and Destiny, there’s a lot of things that we are worth, and to believe otherwise has the impact of blinding us to the precious lessons and opportunities that lie before us, and those to come (LONG sentence!). (more…)


I recently observed a scene of a beach on television (which is the best I’ve experienced so far… I need to travel) that got me thinking really hard about how the mind works, in the context of your thoughts and/or imagination. This is the birthplace of Dreams and Ideas. This scene I observed with all its multiple angles and narrated information on the “ebb and flow” of the tide, sparked a lot of connections in my mind about how our own thoughts work. There are characteristics of a tide ebbing and flowing found right in the way we think or feel. (more…)

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Posted: September 20, 2011 in Motivational Moments, Poetic Paths
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It’s a burglar breaking in!
Safety stolen by greed swollen into action
Perpetrated against comfort created
By dwelling designed and dated seeming to
Crumble under a lack of humble approach
From one believes in boundaries encroached? (more…)


I have lots to say about this topic.

And that’s the problem.

Over.


Somebody once told me in a very emphatic way that I should “stop dreaming so much”. I nodded my head in agreement, but unfortunately for them, my imagination had no idea what that command meant! No, I don’t talk to them that much anymore, but I know they’ve subscribed to my blog (I really should fight the urge to brag right at this point).
A dream can be anything from an idea, to a vision you live for. It could be what happens when you go to sleep at night, or the wonderland that you drift off to during a slow period of time. Dreaming should also include the process of getting it done, however most don’t make it that way. In this post, I include the process as part of the dream. Dreaming has received some bad press, but can’t be excluded from the greatest of success stories, so really it’s up to you whether dreaming is a good or bad thing. Maybe one day someone who told you not to will subscribe to your blog! I’m not bragging!! (more…)


Recently I decided I was going to try my hand at poetry. I’m sure some of you have seen my first attempt: ME. The poem itself was a way of breaking out of the fears we’ve had and the possibilities that await us, if we just allow ourselves to BE. However, this is not an article about my poems. This is really about the act of ‘discovering yourself’. (more…)


This had BETTER work!

Have you ever had an idea/desire that just appears ridiculously impossible, or at the very least improbable? Or even just improper? I know I’ve had my fair share of those, and continue to have them. They’re always fun at first. They invade your mind, filling you with all these possibilities and feelings (the warm fuzzy type). In this stage you’re on top of the world and in some cases, you even add a little more bounce to your step! What a beautiful time…until a shocking and unexpected thought hits you: Wait…do I have to DO this? How the heck?

SNAP!

The easiest part of an idea, is having the idea! It just dawns upon you in a moment, with usually little to no effort expended. Sometimes it’s brilliant as it is, sometimes it grows as you think about it; sometimes it scares you, sometimes it uplifts you. Most times however, you leave it long enough, it will plague you with the question: So NOW what? Having the idea is fine, that’s a result of having a working mind! You should be grateful!

The second easiest part, is losing the idea! You heard it! Why? The problem with having an idea, is eventually you have to tell somebody… And that’s when the ‘fit hits the shan’. People rarely see things the way you do, or can fully grasp something that’s so real in your mind. I’m telling you, if you haven’t heard all the reasons why your idea will not make it in your head, then I’m sure somebody will be willing to tell you. Your memory is already against you here. Leaving an idea brewing, doesn’t actually brew it. Ideas don’t brew, they fizzle out. They only brew as you apply more focus, but otherwise, with all the activity you probably already take part in, you’ll lose it! Add the lovely ‘counter-questions’ from the people you may tell, and you have enough ammunition to obliterate any chance you have…

But that’s if you accept it!

My advice to battle negative comments, negative situations, negative possibilities, negative anything, is to DO IT ANYWAYS!!!

For an idea, there is nothing more benefitting, than action. Taking steps towards your desired reality. I have really fallen for the tricks before, and seen how doing it anyways has helped me get more progress and momentum under my belt. You owe it to yourself to do it anyways! After the joy of discovery, you can’t rob yourself of seeing this thing happen. It gives you even more energy to try things out, to look for ways of making it happen; all that’s stopping you is the gap between Conception and Birth!

Once a woman is pregnant, all she has to do is stay alive, like she always has. That baby inside her will grow whether she wants it to or not. How healthy the child is, will depend on her lifestyle (how you nurture your idea, how you get creative with it, what you believe when you think/hear it); yet even then there comes a time the baby has to come out of her! She can’t decide “Nah, I don’t feel like giving birth.” It has to happen. Yet we think somewhere that maybe our plan is stupid, or it’s impossible, or it doesn’t make economic sense, or it’s in a language we don’t understand (huh?)…and so we abort it!

Opposition from yourself or elsewhere is guaranteed. It’s a natural product of how we think: differently. So guess what, that opposition is not proof enough that you’ll fail. It’s just proof that people can exercise their opinion. Great for them.
Do it anyways!

There may be a thought that tells you some people will never accept the new proposal you’ve thought of for a business venture or a project. Guess what, you’re right! Some people will never accept it…and in fact, you’re doing them a favour by leaving that baby in your stomach, because then they don’t even have to disagree.
Do it anyways!

It is quite possible that your idea could really upset some of the systems you and those around you have grown used to. Well, I bet you those systems were old anyways, and you could have the answer that everyone wants to beat the repetitive boredom around them.
Do it anyways!

A legendary ice hockey player named Wayne Gretzky once said “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”! That is such a painful truth! You think you’ll be a loser for failure? Well a loser has done a lot more than the guy who didn’t even play the game! At least the loser tried!

Of course there is a lot of risk in doing something new. As we just read, the chance of missing the mark is 100% when you do nothing! What do you have to lose? Your reputation? If it’s a reputation you built by ‘playing it safe’, then it’s probably not one you’d inspire your children to achieve. Imagine saying “Son, aim for tree-trunks! Go all the way to the middle!
Not very invigorating is it?

Having ideas and doing nothing, is like taking a gun and finishing all your bullets on a target…then realizing your bullets were blanks! All the sound effects, none of the impact!

SO DO IT ANYWAYS!

Over.