Your 2 Great Pains In Life

“We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces and regret weighs tons.” ~ Jim Rohn

Following on my previous post on The 2 Great Teachers, there are also 2 great pains in life. One is SELF-DISCIPLINE, and the other is REGRET. Both pains are something we do not wish to experience and you’d want to avoid them if possible, but like the two great teachers, you have a choice to make. If you do not make a choice, the default pain which will be chosen for you is REGRET.

What are the differences between these two pains, and which is better for you and for me?

Self-discipline

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Your 2 Greatest Teachers In Life

There are, really, only two great teachers in your life. First, is WISDOM. The other is CONSEQUENCE. Neither of them come cheap, but we can learn a great deal from both.

While WISDOM can delight and amaze us, CONSEQUENCE can leave us breathless, but usually not in a good way. We can have either WISDOM or CONSEQUENCE as our teacher at any one time, not both. If we do not choose WISDOM, CONSEQUENCE will be chosen for us by default, and it is by far the tougher of the two, and much costlier.

Now, what are the differences between the two great teachers?

 

The Price Of The Two Teachers

WISDOM teaches us the lessons before we make a mistake. He shows us the mistakes of others who had walked down the paths we’re walking. He warns us where there are dangers ahead. We may not like it but he protects us from harm.

On the other hand, CONSEQUENCE demands our mistakes before he gives us his lessons. And when we do make mistakes, then we’d learned our lessons. Yes, we need to pay a steep price to learn from this teacher. His teachings ring loud and clear, and you’ll not miss the learning, only after you’ve been hurt!

Make no mistake about it, both are extremely effective teachers. Choose this day, which will be your teacher. I’ve learned from CONSEQUENCE that WISDOM is the better teacher for me in the long run. I just cannot afford to pay CONSEQUENCE tuition fees too many times!

As you walk down your journey of continual life-learning, choose wisely who would be your great teacher.

 

 

The Power of Identity (Part 2) – What’s Your Story?

In Part 1, I wrote about the story of the sheep-lion who experienced a profound paradigm shift after he discovered who he really was. A paradigm shift is like exchanging an old, outdated map for a new, accurate one. It’s like a sudden “revelation”, and finally the fogginess disappears and the blur turns into clarity for you.

Have you discovered who you are? How would you redefine your self-identity and rewrite your story to get to where you want to go?

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Unexpected Problems = Unscheduled Practice

We all face adversities in life we do not expect, “accidents” that throw us off our track. We can choose to view them as obstacles that prevent us from getting what we want or we can choose to ‘reframe’ and view them quite differently.

In the film Batman Begins, Bruce Wayne deliberately got himself thrown into a prison to fight criminals behind locked doors. There were many quotable lines in the film, but there’s one part I really liked that inspired me immensely.

 

Bruce Wayne in Prison

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The 4-Step Success Formula

Here’s a post to feed your success-hungry mind. All success formulas that really work boil down to four steps. I call this the 4-Step Success Formula:

  1. Determine your Outcome
  2. Take Action
  3. Monitor your results through Feedbacks
  4. Change your behavior-action until you reach your outcome.

 

Success formula

 

Let’s look at each of the 4-step Success Formula.

 

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