Do You Often Wonder What Others Think Of You?

Quite some time ago, I posted this quote on my Facebook status which got many of my friends talking and commenting:

“When you’re 18, you worry what others think about you. When you’re 40, you don’t give a darn what others think about you. When you’re 60, you realize that nobody has been thinking about you at all”. ~ Daniel Amen

I learned of this 18/40/60 rule from one of Jack Canfield’s audio programs. It brought a few chuckles just by thinking about the quote, but hey, it’s probably true! Do you realize how many times you’ve wasted precious time thinking about the opinions of our parents, partners, friends and colleagues when surprise, surprise, they’ve also been busy thinking about what you think of them all these while!



Oh, really??

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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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Saving The World? Save Yourself First!

I used to say, “If you will take care of me, I will take care of you.” Now I say, “I will take care of me for you, if you will take care of you for me”. ~ Jim Rohn

Whenever the flight attendants brief the onflight safety procedures, the first thing they’d say is to first put the oxygen mask on yourself before helping the people you’re sitting with. It doesn’t matter if the person next to you is your suffocating spouse or child, you’ve gotta take the oxygen mask for yourself first. It doesn’t matter whether you’re on the air, land or underwater, you must always take care of yourself first.

Save yourself first

You're not a superhero, you need oxygen.

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Choosing the Path of Personal Power (Part 3) – Terry Fox

In my last post, I wrote that many people who see themselves as failures in life tend to have the victim’s mindset and surrender their personal power to circumstances and people around them. Today I’ll write on one exemplary story which is of the total opposite.

This is the inspiring story of Terry Fox.

You may have heard of the Terry Fox run, an annual charity non-competitive marathon event held in numerous countries around the world in commemoration of Canadian cancer activist Terry Fox, and his Marathon of Hope, and to raise money for cancer research. Do you know how the Terry Fox story began?

 

Marathon of Hope

Terry Fox in action

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Choosing the Path of Personal Power (Part 2)

‘Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom.’ ~ Viktor E. Frankl

The above quote by Viktor Frankl is one of my all-time favorite and best describe what Personal Power means. I had to read it several times to fully digest its meaning when I first read it years ago.

In yesterday’s post, I defined Personal Power as the ability to choose and act. Everyday in our lives, we’re bombarded by tons of stimulus that trigger our habitual actions. Many times we react automatically to those stimulus without consciously choosing our response or choice of actions.

power to choose

Space = Power to Choose

 

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