Choosing Cheery Paintings

Le Vase Bleu de MadridPaintings reflect our personalities and so when we choose paintings, the type of art we go for tells others about our inner thoughts. People who choose bleak paintings might be going through a rough patch of isolation and despair, while others who choose happy paintings appear to be more optimistic. Hence, if you want to lift your spirits, go for paintings that are cheery.

Currently, Park West Art Gallery presents Jean-Claude Picot’s paintings. These Post-Impressionistic paintings are cheery and I love the vibrant colours he has used in these pictures of towns, nature. There are many types of medium used, including oil, watercolour, acrylic, ceramic and etching. I’m not an art connoisseur but I certainly know how to appreciate good paintings.

There are many other paintings at the art gallery. Go and take a look!

Ultimate Success Formula

I’ve introduced this Ultimate Success Formula to many people, and they found it useful to achieve success. I first learnt about this model from a course I attended at AKLTG. I used it to apply to my fitness plan, and I reached my goal of running in a race.

First of all, you must believe in something. Perhaps you believe that you can succeed in this field, or achieve something in some area. It could also be a universal belief. Perhaps you believe that you are going to a great success in your work. For students, their beliefs could be something to do with their academic success and their ambitions.

Next, what we do is shaped by our values. Do we do something out of passion, or out of fear? Perhaps, some people fear being looked down by others if we do not make a name for ourselves. Or we could want to work hard in order to support our families as it is our responsibility to do so. We could also do something out of love or fame.

The next step requires setting a goal. The goal should be as specific as possible. Stretch yourselves and move forward. Perhaps you want to get promoted to a specific possible within two years. You could also want to publish a book by the end of this year. It would be great if you could decide what type of book you are going to write.

After setting the goal, we have to come up with strategies to ensure we take active steps to achieve our goal. The strategies must be specific. It should not read like New Year’s Resolutions which we know we seldom keep due to its vagueness and ambiguity.

Finally, we have to take action. Don’t end up like NATO – No Action, Talk Only. You can incorporate the Magic Rule of 21 and work on each strategy for 21 days in a row.  If we achieve success, then we can move on to other Ultimate Success Formulae. If we do not achieve success, then we have to take a second look at our goal. Is it something achievable? Strategies may have to be fine-tuned. Get a pen and a piece of paper, and start writing your Ultimate Success Formula.

Cruise Away To Greater Heights

One good way to have time to nourish your soul is to go on a trip. It can be a camping trip, which I had just come back from, or you can go on a cruise to relax. Staring at the sea and sunbathing on the deck are some good ways to relax. You are far away from your work, and this is one of the best times to read a book.

If you are interested in cruise, there are many cruise specials to choose from. Some of the more premium cruise packages may cost an arm and a leg, but there are also special deals if you know where to look. If you are interested in sailing around Latin America, then you can check out the deals at this website. They will tell you the dates to make your booking when it is the cheapest.

There are many other deals as well. Luxury cruise vacations allow you to relax and sip the wine and you get served. As you reach interesting exotic destinations, you get to experience other cultures as well.

You can also use this chance while on a cruise to think through your goals. Do you need to improve your strategies in order to reach your goals? What beliefs do you have that shape your goals?

By going on a cruise instead of taking the plane, you have more time for yourself. I always find staring at the sea calming, and the cruise liners are huge enough to ensure a smooth ride.

Take Action, Don’t Regret

I retook an exam last year after being hung up about my results many years ago. I did not need this exam result at all, but it was more to prove to myself that I can succeed. I got the best grade possible which was a huge improvement from my previous grade.

While results are not everything, the reasoning behind taking the examination is important. When we want to motivate ourselves and succeed, we have to set out a clear action plan to succeed. Some people may talk about doing something constantly, such as learning French, learning driving or going on a dive trip, but do not take any action to see it through.

The grade I got was not important. It was just a reflection on how determined I was to improve myself after so many years. By going for the examination itself and ignoring what other people said about me (yes, a number of people who found out actually laughed at me), I was challenging myself to get to greater heights. In addition, I did not want to regret things that I did not do so well. It’s futile wasting your time regretting something. By taking action, I attract better things in life as well.

This little achievement helps me to improve my confidence in one area and I plan to use this achievement to help other people succeed.

Heart Pains With Stocks Plunge

One of the papers mentioned a trader crying his heart out with news of possible recession in US. Some of the magazines already suggest that the US is already in the midst of a recession. Whatever the case is, those who had just lost a great deal of money may be unable to take the pressure.

For those with existing heart conditions, they may require some external device, ICD Implant, to help them, just in case their hearts stop. The device will deliver electrical pulse to the heart to get it going. This certainly beats waiting for people to rescue you. Despite calls for having heart defibrillator in buildings, legislation will take a long time to be passed.

It is important more important for people with pre-existing illnesses to strive for positive thinking. It is useless worrying about things that are not within your control.

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Change The Environment To Suit Yourself

Many donkey years ago, George Lam, a famous moustached singer, appeared in an advertisement for Guinness Stout. He said, ‘Some people tell you to change yourself to suit the environment’, then followed by, ‘Why not change the environment to suit yourself’ and he went on to turn the picture upside down to display a glass of stout.

I never gave much thought about that. Many people feel upset with their job and they keep on complaining, but they do not take any action to make things better. While we cannot expect to keep our bad habits and still survive in the working environment, sometimes it may be just easier to change the environment. There is only so much you can change about yourself within a short period of time. It’s just like being a square peg in a round hole. It is really hard to fit in.

Before changing to a new company, I was rather miserable in my previous workplace last year, and I became very negative and demoralised. I thought I was in the wrong vocation totally. However, after making a change to a new workplace, not exactly by choice, I realised that I had been the square peg for the longest time. Despite having to put in longer hours, not that the hours were short at my previous company, I had a greater sense of achievement.

True, it may be too early to tell, but at least I’m happier. That was the same I felt when I went to my previous workplace for the first time. I was utterly miserable at my first workplace, and I had even thought of breaking my bond. It turned out that the environments had simply been not suitable for me.

I made this realisation when I realised that the people in my company were more artistic and cultured. Every time I went for lunch at the cafeteria, there were always people playing the piano. Some were young, but they played the piano extremely well. That’s the type of environment I want to be in. With the Law of Attraction, I’m able to find people who are more like me, and I also start to focus more on the positive side. I do not like to be in a place where basic discipline in the people was lacking.

Because of the new environment, I found myself returning to the piano. I had spent twenty years on the piano, but unfortunately, I have little achievement to boast of. Those talented people simply played extremely demanding pieces on the piano by heart. I dug out my old music books, and started playing over the weekend.

That simply reminded me of my days in my secondary school, where I could play on one of the many pianos that were available for students to play. I liked this type of environment, and I strongly feel that with culture, the world will be a better place.

So, why not change your environment instead of constantly complaining about the current place? Sometimes, it’s not the vocation that’s wrong; it’s simply the environment. It’s also no wonder why Menscius’ mother moved his house three times just to let her son grow up in the best environment.


The Japanese have a philosophy known as kaizen. It has to do with making small improvements to something everyday. If you are able to improve your technique in tennis by 5% each day, then by the end of 20 days, you will have made vast improvements.

As part of my job, I have to repeat my presentations to different clients. Each time I present, I will improve it by a little, and using this idea of kaizen, I find myself being able to grasp the time better, and I am able to link my points better with each presentation.

That’s why parents love to nag at their children to play the piano everyday and practise the scales. The more you practise, and by improving 5% everyday, you get better quickly.

The people at Toyota did the same thing, and their cars are well known in the world. They constantly improve little things that appear to be unnoticeable in short term, but they all add up.

So, think of something you can add incremental changes everyday. It’s easier than making a huge change at one go.