How to Say, I WON

At certain points in our life, we want to be able to say, “I won!” If possible, we want to be able to say it everytime. Of course, we won’t be able to do this. But we want to be able to do so in appropriate times.

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Today, let us look into two ideas embedded in these two words: own and now.

OWN. You have to own your roles, responsibilities and your feelings. Don’t relinquish them to other people.

Role. Oftentimes, you are given a role that you have to own. You have to take charge. If you are given the role of a supervisor, then own the responsibility as a supervisor. If you are given the responsibility of a staff member, then own the responsibility as a staff member. Do your task. Contribute. Share your ideas.

Sometimes we lose because we don’t own our role. We try to own another role that is not ours. When we do this, we lose.

So what is your role in the company now? In your community? Own it!

Responsibility. In life, there are three circles. (I learned this from Stephen Covey.) There is the circle of concern. It is a big one that encloses all the things that you are concerned of. Within this circle is a small circle which is your circle of influence. And within this circle is a smaller circle called circle of control.

Of the things that are within your circle of control, you take charge. Plants seeds of hard work and smart work. Make the decision. Take control.

Of the things that are in your circle of influence but outside of your control, simply influence them with your words and works. Of the things that are within your circle of concern but outside of your influence, plants seeds of prayer. When you do this, you will be able to own those that you can.

Yes, work on those that you can control. Speak words of influence to those you can. And pray for those you cannot. Do not interchange these things. When you do, you will lose.

Feelings. We feel something brought about by circumstances going on around us. But nobody will ever make you feel that you feel other than you yourself. You feel the way you feel because of you, where you are coming from, your background, your orientation, your attitude, your mindset, your map. Thus, do not blame someone else if you feel something that is not good. You decide to feel that way because you choose to focus on something that is making you feel that way.

To own your feelings and take charge, be mindful of what you are focusing on. Are you focusing on the things that will bring you joy, energy, hope, faith and love? Or are you focusing on the negative that will bring you feelings of blame, despair and sadness? You don’t want to have the latter. You have to focus on the good.

How you view the outside world dictates how you feel. So nourish yourself with wonderful things, words, music, and wisdom. This will help you experience more joy and happiness.

NOW. There is magic in the now. There is a present in the present. It is the gift of chance.

Now is the moment to finally do what you need to do. Now is the time to act and do something. Now is the time to read that book. Now is the time to sing that song. Now is the time to finally put into action that plan. Now is the time to sign up to that learning event. Now is the time to join that organization that you build you up. Whatever that good thing to do is, now is the time!

Even consider the area of personal finance. Investment experts would ask, “When is the best time to invest if you haven’t been investing?” The answer is, “NOW!” Now is the time. Not yesterday. Not two years ago. Not tomorrow. Now is the time.

What is that thing that you need to do? What is that field that you want to win in?

Remember that today is the moment, the present, the gift that you need to take advantage of right now. Do it now!

What is that thing that you have been delaying?

Sometimes what chains us is the aspiration to perfection. The longing of perfection is ok. But if it is used to delay your projects, to delay your products and services, to delay your way of serving the people around you, that may be a mistaken desire to perfection. Stop trying to perfect things and start aspiring for progress. Serve now and grow in the process.

Is there a project that you need to start? Now is the time to finally take action. This way, you can also take charge. This way, you are able to own.

With these two big ideas in this two seemingly small words – own and now – you will be able to say I WON in due time. Today, make that decision. Go do it!

 

Live your life, young mind!

Chris Dao-anis

(Chris Dao-anis, CPA, ACG, ALB is a trainer and speaker on communication and personal leadership. His latest book ‘Living Large in the Little Things’ is available at Mt. Cloud Bookshop, Casa Vallejo, Upper Session Road, Baguio City. For talks and trainings, email him at chrisdaoanis@gmail.com or visit his website www.chrispoweracademy.com. Watch his daily videos: #ConfidenceCode on www.fb.com/chrisdaoaniswriter. Get a free PDF report titled ‘7 Money Manners’ on www.chrispoweracademy.com/7free.)

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Dreaming Has No Age

A man was sitting at the porch and watching his grandchildren playing in the park. As he sips his hot cup of coffee, he thinks about his dreams and asks himself how he can better further his plans to expand his business and give back to the community. At the age of 77, he is still dreaming for something big.

You are not too young or too old to be bold for your goals.

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Don’t settle! Life is excited for you. You may be a teenager, in your 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, or even older.

One Sunday, I met with five youth leaders – Gemma who just finished her doctorate studies, Jim and Jane who are in college, Gary who is in Grade 9, and Betty who is planning to come up with an event for the youth. These five youth leaders are in varying ages – three of them are young while the two are not so young.

These five are busy with their personal lives. They are in different endeavours in different levels and in different areas. Oh yes, they also have different eyes, different styles, and different smiles. But there is a commonality in them: I sensed that they have big dreams and they are on fire with aspirations.

Gemma who has been teaching for five years did not settle. She pursued further studies and now she just got her PhD. Jim, aside from studying in school, has been active in his youth organization. He has been going around the country and abroad to help further the cause of young people. He has been to Thailand, Korea and Africa. This young man is learning and contributing a lot to his group.

Beside Jim is Jane who said she was taking up BS Chemical Engineering. I asked her, “Is being a Chemical Engineer your childhood dream?” She smiled and thought for a while. Then she replied, “Not exactly but I love Science!” Gary, who is seated next to her, was all ears and wearing a full smile. He is the amiable yet silent guy.

We asked him some questions but he did not utter a thing. But with his smile and the sparkle in his eyes, I sensed that he is thinking about something grand. He wasn’t able to articulate it at that moment but I like to believe that there is something great in him – a potential waiting to be unleashed.

At the end of the table is Betty. We turned our attention to her, “How about you?” She just said, “That’s a wonderful question… difficult to answer!” Then she blinked like a baby and fell silent. To that particular question, she did not answer a thing. But what was good about her is she exerts effort to organize an event for the welfare of the youth. Now that speaks loudly of a dream she has in her heart.

Different ages, styles and personalities do not deter someone from firing up a dream. So regardless of your age, you’ve got to reignite the fire of your dreams.

What are your dreams? What have you done to achieve them? What will you do to achieve them? Or have you stopped dreaming? Maybe, it’s time to reconsider. The past year, what have you done to fulfil your dreams?

Reassess. Evaluate your daily and weekly schedules. Do they lead you to the achievement of your dreams? If yes, congratulations! If not, get back on track.

To dream is for everyone. To the not-so-young, don’t say dreams are just for the young. To the young, don’t say that achievements are just for those of old age.

Have you heard of that old man (in his 60’s) who took the Philippine bar exams in 2014? Have you heard of the young teenage boy who spoke on the famous stage of TEDTalk? Have you heard of that man who started speaking at the age of 13 and is now a bestselling author and a widely sought-after speaker?

These people had dreams regardless of their age. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “The time is always right to do what is right.” Jumping off from this solid statement, Jim Key (2003 World Champion in Public Speaking) went on to say, “If it’s right for us to dream as children, then it’s just as right for us to dream as adults.”

If you think you are too young or too old to start dreaming and achieving something, think again. You are not too young or too old to aspire for more. Yes, you too can dream!

 

Live your life, young mind!

Chris Dao-anis

(This is an excerpt from the book Living Large in the Little Things by Chris Dao-anis. This book is available at Mt. Cloud Bookshop, Casa Vallejo, Upper Session Road, Baguio City. Chris is also a trainer and speaker on communication and personal leadership. For talks and trainings, email him at chrisdaoanis@gmail.com or visit his website at www.chrispoweracademy.com.)

Wait, Who Is He Again?

Mrs. Ayala put on a party for his only son. It will be the first time he will be introducing him to his friends. During the party, the guests would approach the little boy and ask his name.

He would reply, “I’m Mrs. Ayala’s son.”

His mother, who is standing nearby, approached him and said, “Son, don’t say you are Mrs. Ayala’s son. Say, I’m James Ayala. Ok?”

Then came another guest and asked, “Aren’t you Mrs. Ayala’s son?”

The boy replied, “I thought I was. But she said I’m not.”

Just like that innocent boy, I was once a boy. And in my innocence, I once misunderstood my mother. “Once” in this sentence means “many times before.”

I’m Mrs. Dao-anis’ son. (Belated Happy Mother’s Day to my mother.) For some, that’s hard to read or spell. The other week, they wrote in my nametag “Danao-is.” It might have been worse had I used my full first name, Cristito, which some would change to Cristitutu.

For you not to give me a wrong name, you can just call me with my nickname: CHRIS. Yes, I’m Chris and I’m cool! I can only say that because you are a cool reader.

I have been writing in this blog  since 2010. You may have known me already. But today, I felt the need to reintroduce myself for you not to say, “Wait, who is he again?”

I’m Chris. And each letter of my nickname says something: C-H-R-I-S.

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That’s me (3rd from left) playing gongs with my folks!

C is for CORDILLERAN. I’m a pure Cordilleran. And we don’t call ourselves Igorot (I-gorot, with the stress on the first syllable). We call ourselves, Igorot (Igu-rut, with the stress on the second syllable.) And we even say it with our thick accent with an addition at the end, “Igurut adi!” No, I’m not angry. That’s just how we enunciate it!

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C also means CONTRIBUTING CREATOR (with a small c). I create books, blogs and articles. But at first, I was a selfish creator. I would write but I keep them to myself. Only after being wheedled several times to share my works did I decide to do so. In 2013, I published my first book; the second in 2014; and the third in 2016. I thank our Creator for helping me become a small creator in my own ways.

H is for HUMBLE. But they say, when you are humble, you don’t claim it. Or you are no longer humble. Since I am humble, I don’t have to mention it. Oh wait, did I just claim that I am humble? 🙂

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H also means HANDSOME. Yes, I know it’s hard to imagine that but what you see is what you get. When you see me, you see my face. Handsome? Neither did I believe I am handsome until my girlfriend said so. Thank God for my supportive girlfriend. I hope she won’t wear eyeglasses to correct her vision. Or I should start teaching her to sing, “You will always be handsome in my eyes.”

R is for ROMANTIC. But before my girlfriend protests, let me change it.

R also means REPEATER. Here’s what I have learned: Repetition is the mother of skills. Since I know that I have a lot to learn in the fundamentals of public speaking, I am going for my 5th run on my Competent Communication manual in Toastmasters.

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I is for INTERESTING. Let’s leave it that way to make you interested. 🙂

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I also means INTROVERT. Yes, I am. I process my thoughts inwardly. And I gain and regain energy in solitary quiet moments. (Read my other more serious articles for the explanation.)

S is for SIMPLE. Although I can go complicated sometimes, so maybe I’m not that simple. But I am! Wait, I sound complicated right now, do I?

S also means SINGLE. But taken. Not taken for granted, but taken seriously.

But seriously, S stands for SERIOUS. I was a serious writer and speaker. I was also seriously shy. But seriously, I’m not being serious here. I’m trying to learn to be funny. But seriously, yes. I realized that being funny is a serious skill. So this year, I am doing my 5th CC with a new battle cry: #SeriouslyHumorousSpeaking2017. I will try!

I hope you will journey with me and support me as we continue to support each other. Do drop by in one of our Toastmasters meetings.

Once again, I’m CHRIS. Creator. Handsome. Introvert. Repeater. Serious. In other words, I’m CHRIS and I’m cool. And I can only say that because YOU are a cool reader.

Stay tuned for more empowering articles. Til next week!

 

Live your life, young mind!

Chris Dao-anis

(Chris Dao-anis, CPA, ACG, ALB is a trainer and speaker on communication and personal leadership. His latest book ‘Living Large in the Little Things’ is available at Mt. Cloud Bookshop, Casa Vallejo, Upper Session Road, Baguio City. For talks and trainings, email him at chrisdaoanis@gmail.com or visit his website www.chrispoweracademy.com. Watch his daily videos: #ConfidenceCode on www.fb.com/chrisdaoaniswriter. Get a free PDF report titled ‘7 Money Manners’ on www.chrispoweracademy.com/7free.)

 

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Stop Stuffing

When you are happier, you can be more productive. And you won’t have to manage stress because stress is nowhere. As we have talked about in the previous weeks, we need to deal with those necessary stresses but get rid of the unnecessary ones. Two weeks ago, we talked about Simplifying Your Joy. Last week, we talked about Sharing Your Stock. Today, let us talk about this: Stop Stuffing!

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(Have time to be away from the busyness of the city. Have also the consciousness to stop stuffing. This will relieve you of the many stresses that unnecessary stuff brings.)

Yes, you have to stop stuffing. A lot of times, we gather things. We buy stuff that we do not use. And we stock them. What we don’t realize is that this costs us money for its acquisition, maintenance and storage. It uses up space, time, effort and thoughts. It uses up bandwidth of the mind and at times, add stress. So stop stuffing.

Quit buying things you do not need, even if they are on a bargain (unless you are in a buy-and-sale business). Some people would buy items on sale with the thought that they are buying on a discount. In Tagalog, iniisip nila na nagtitipid sila. But it is not actually the case. The truth is, when they walked out of that mall after purchasing that item, even if it was 70% off, they still spent money away. If that is worth P1000, their P1000 bill is now gone!

Thus, do not buy because it is on sale; buy because you need it. On the financial side, this will lessen your expenses and you will have more money to save and invest. On stress management, it is a preventive measure because you will not have to think where to stock them in your room or closet. It will prevent you from having stuff that you do not really need. Hence, minimizing the cost and the possible stress it may caused.

Currently, I am in a project which I call #StopStuffing. Just this morning, I was trying to fix things in my room. There are a lot of stuff that I needed to fix.

Aside from sharing some stuff (which I talked about last Sunday), I also started telling some of my clients to stop giving items.

Let me give you a background: There are three kinds of speaking or training engagements that I have: those with a fee, those which are free, and those where I receive small token.

Last week, I started telling those groups who give tokens that while I appreciate those gifts, they don’t have to bother. I already have a problem where to stock those plaques and certificates. If they still want to give me a certificate, they do not have to put it in a frame. And if they still want to give an item, they do not have to, or if they insist, they better convert it to cash instead. I made this decision because as I look at the items in my room, I have been stuffing things that I do not use. (For them not to feel bad, they can express their love and appreciation to me by their words of affirmation. Simple written notes would also be great!)

#StopStuffing is a project that you may adapt to simplify your life and relieve yourself of unnecessary stress. This applies to clothes, shoes, bags and the like. If you want to buy shoes, buy something that is durable that you can use for several years so you don’t have to buy regularly. This is will even save you money, contribute to environment protection (less garbage), and it helps in relieving you stress.

Today, start living a life with less stress. Get rid of those unnecessary stresses brought about by unnecessary items in your life. Get rid of those unnecessary stresses brought about by unnecessary desire to stock things up in your life. After all, life is not about things. It is about thoughts. It is not about luxuries. It is about love.

 

Live your life, young mind!

Chris Dao-anis

 (Chris Dao-anis, CPA, ACG, ALB is a trainer and speaker on communication and personal leadership. His latest book ‘Living Large in the Little Things’ is available at Mt. Cloud Bookshop, Casa Vallejo, Upper Session Road, Baguio City. For talks and trainings, email him at chrisdaoanis@gmail.com or visit his website www.chrispoweracademy.com. Watch his daily videos: #ConfidenceCode on www.fb.com/chrisdaoaniswriter and his weekly video: #MindShift on www.youtube.com/chrisdaoanis. Get a free PDF report titled ‘7 Money Manners’ on www.chrispoweracademy.com/7free.)

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Share Your Stock

You can be happier if you know how to manage stress, or better yet, get rid of the unnecessary stresses of life. Last week, we talked about the first idea: Simplify your joy. Today, let us focus on the second idea: Share your stock.

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You have to share your stock. One of the roots of stress is having a lot of stuff that you have to stock, at times, you even have to buy some stuff to stock your stuff. That’s silly. And yes, stressful! How can you get rid of this? Simple. Share your stock.

Here’s what you can do: Look at those stuff in your life that you are not using anymore. And share them rather than waste by letting them just sit somewhere there.

If there are stuff that are stock in your cabinets or rooms that are not being used for 6-12 months already, maybe you want to dispose it.  Either you donate it or dispose it. Share it to people who may be able to use it. Are there clothes, bags, and other items that you are not using? Consider sharing them.

In the past years, I have been receiving magazines from Toastmasters and Kerygma. These are wonderful magazines. After reading them, I would stock them in a box because I want to read them again in the future. But two years ago, I realized that I am wasting them because I am not actually re-reading them. They were just there gathering dust.

So I resolved that instead of letting them sit in the corner, I decided to give them away. I shared them to some friends and members of my audiences every time I give talks and trainings. Through this, there will be more people who will benefit from them as they read those educational, inspiring, and empowering articles and stories.

I also started giving away some key chains that I have been collecting, even some of those that were given to me. In the past, I would not give away things that were given to me because of the sentimental value attached to them. But then I have to have this mindset shift: While I treasure these things and I value the person who gave them, if they no longer serve life as they stay with me, I’d better share them to extend the benefit of the gift.

Last year, I also gave out shirts that no longer fit me. As a child, I was a beneficiary of those “pre-loved items” and I remember happily using them because they are still good and even enhanced my good looks (at least, as what I thought). Sharing your stock is not just a way to be free from stress but it can also be a means to pay forward.

With less stock comes less clutter, and thus, less-stress. You are able to put away those extra items that are disturbing you whenever you work and be in your creative sessions. You will be more efficient and organized. You will be free from the stress of having to think where you should pile them up so they won’t disturb you or utilize spaces in your room or closet.

Share your stock. Create that needed blank space for enhanced efficiency and creativity. Dispose or donate those that you are not using and relieve yourself of the unnecessary thoughts and time to tidy things up. Go, live a vibrant life!

One last thing: stop stuffing. We will talk about this idea next week. De-own and discover more joys of life. Enjoy!

 

Live your life, young mind!

Chris Dao-anis

(Chris Dao-anis, CPA, ACG, ALB is a trainer and speaker on communication and personal leadership. His latest book ‘Living Large in the Little Things’ is available at Mt. Cloud Bookshop, Casa Vallejo, Upper Session Road, Baguio City. For talks and trainings, email him at chrisdaoanis@gmail.com or visit his website www.chrispoweracademy.com. Watch his daily videos: #ConfidenceCode on www.fb.com/chrisdaoaniswriter and his weekly video: #MindShift on www.youtube.com/chrisdaoanis. Get a free PDF report titled ‘7 Money Manners’ on www.chrispoweracademy.com/7free.)

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Simplify Your Joy

People are getting sick because of stress. Hence, you and I need to have a lifestyle that is free from unnecessary stress. While there are necessary stresses that we need to face and manage, there are a lot of unnecessary stresses that we need to get rid of.

Here are three big ideas on how to get rid of those unnecessary stresses: (1) Simplify your joy; (2) Share your stock; and (3) Stop stuffing. (We will focus on the first one today and the other two in the coming weeks.)

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You have to simplify your happiness. My book Living Large in the Little Things talks about appreciating the magnificence in the mundane, the sweet joy in the seemingly small things. It furthers the call to appreciate the gift of the ordinary. If you are going to review the events in your life, it’s like 99% are small things, are ordinary things, are little things. And if you want to be happy, you need to simplify your joy and appreciate the goodness, the beauty, the treasure in the tiny things of life.

Be happy when you wake up. Be happy when you eat your breakfast. Be happy when you have snacks, drink water, walk to the ground, run outside. Embrace the sunlight. Experience nature. Have that joy. Simplify your joy.

As you are able to do this, you will be happier in life. You don’t have to spend tons of money just to be happy. You don’t have to wait to become a millionaire to be happy. You don’t have to wait for that coveted vacation in Coron or Boracay. You don’t have to wait for that big dream you have been aiming for. Yes, be happy when you will reach those points. But be warned that if you allow achievements to define your happiness, it will be very difficult for you to be happy.

Yes, dream big dreams. Aspire for greater things in life, but be happy today as you go along.

So simplify your joy. Be happy in the large things but also be happy in the small things.

When you do, you will have less stress. You don’t have to worry about a lot of things to be happy. You are happy just because you are happy. You made the decision to be happy, to be joyful. And even in the midst of struggle, you can still be happy like a peaceful warrior because joy is something that is within you and it is something that you experience even in the small and simple things. Including struggle.  Because you know that struggle will serve you to reach your dream, your goal, your aspiration to serve others, yourself, your loved ones, your customers, your clients, your employers, your employees, the people around.

Find the joy in the small things. When you simplify your joy, you will live a happy and stress-free life. Go, live a vibrant life!

To add to this, you also need to ‘share your stock’ and ‘stop stuffing.’ We will talk about these two ideas in the coming weeks. Today, be joyful.

Live your life, young mind!

Chris Dao-anis

(Chris Dao-anis, CPA, ACG, ALB is a trainer and speaker on communication and personal leadership. His latest book ‘Living Large in the Little Things’ is available at Mt. Cloud Bookshop, Casa Vallejo, Upper Session Road, Baguio City. For talks and trainings, email him at chrisdaoanis@gmail.com or visit his website www.chrispoweracademy.com. Watch his daily videos: #ConfidenceCode on www.fb.com/chrisdaoaniswriter and his weekly video: #MindShift on www.youtube.com/chrisdaoanis. Get a free PDF report titled ‘7 Money Manners’ on www.chrispoweracademy.com/7free.)

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Your Mindset Matters

Your mindset matters. If we back to how we have been living our lives, it goes back to our mindset. If we take a look at our actions, we did them based on our mindset, our attitude, our beliefs. What is going on in our minds dictates our actions.

In other words, your mindset dictates your moves, your actions. Your attitude, your view of life, dictates our behavior. And somewhere in between our mindset and moves is a map which commands our decision making, and our decision making moves us to our actions, our behaviors. That map comes from our way of thinking.

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If we are to change our actions, it is important that we are to change our decisions. And if we are to change our decisions, it is necessary that we change our mindset. Our mindset commands our map that commands our moves.

For if we want a better change, a meaningful shift in how we move in life, we need to have that meaningful shift in our mindset.

Go back to how you have been performing in the past 10 to 20 years, they were all guided by your way of thinking.

We have been taught that things start in the mind. Whatever you see out there, it started with an idea. Before there was a thing, there was a thought. And that thought happens in the mind.

You are able to see those wonderful things in the outside worlds because of wonderful thoughts in the inner world.  That is in the mindset.

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If you want to have a better shift in the outside world, you need to have a better shift in the inner world. In our mindset.

This is why we need to regularly feed our minds with nurturing and nourishing food for thought. We need insights and ideas, teachings and sharings to help us have that meaningful mindset shift. When we have a better attitude or view of life, we will be able to make better decisions that will move us to make better actions.

Tony Robbins once said, “It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.” This is so powerful! But again, what commands decision-making is the mindset that commands that map. So if decision-making determines your destiny, you want to go back its core: mindset.

So today, start feeding your minds with better learning, insights and gems of wisdom. Keep growing.

 

Live your life, young mind!

Chris Dao-anis

(Chris Dao-anis, CPA, ACG, ALB is a trainer and speaker on communication and personal leadership. His latest book ‘Living Large in the Little Things’ is available at Mt. Cloud Bookshop, Casa Vallejo, Upper Session Road, Baguio City. For talks and trainings, email him at chrisdaoanis@gmail.com or visit his website www.chrispoweracademy.com. Watch his daily videos: #ConfidenceCode on www.fb.com/chrisdaoaniswriter and his weekly video: #MindShift on www.youtube.com/chrisdaoanis.)

PS: Claim this free PDF report titled ‘7 Money Manners.’

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Grow in Fitness and Farm (2of2)

It is written, “He takes pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.”

Last week, we talked about our commitment to grow in the area of fitness. Today, we will talk about our commitment to grow in the area of our farm – our way of making money (fruits) in the form of business or employment (farm).

It is important that we grow in our farms because we want to continue serving ourselves and others. We need and want to continue making a living as this supports us to make a life!

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What’s beautiful is that Somebody takes pleasure in our prosperity. When we prosper, we will be able to serve more, give more and love more. It extends our way of giving value to the society. Our goodness can be magnified with money being used as a tool to serve the end goal which is service.

To be able to grow in our farm, we have to grow in two areas: money mindset and money manners.

Money Mindset. We have to change our way of thinking saying that money is bad. With this, we shun money automatically. Subconsciously. We have to understand that money is simply a tool. If you use a tool into something bad, then it will be bad. But if you use a tool into its proper use, into something good, then it will be very good!

When we develop a new way of thinking about money, our approach will be changed in a better way. We will now be able to comfortably spot opportunities to serve others and in the process, earning money. We will now be able to look into possible business as we spot problems in the society that need to be solved and in the process, earning comes along.

When we have the proper money mindset, we will be more equipped to develop and deliver value. And as we deliver value, value comes back to us.

Money Manners. There are some habits and routines that are incapacitating us to take charge of our farm, our financial life. Perhaps, our spending habits need to be changed. Maybe, our saving strategy has to be replaced.

There are seven money manners that serve as determinants of our approach and results in the field of money or farm. Because of the lengthy discussion, I wrote about it in a separate manifesto. You can access it at www.chrispoweracademy.com/7free.

When we are able to develop proper money mindset and money manners, our way of growing and receiving the fruits of our farm will be improved, enhanced and maybe even hastened.

We are then challenged to commit to grow in our farm as we commit to develop new and better mindset and manners toward money. This way, we will be able to serve ourselves and others more. We will be able to love more. After all, as Bo Sanchez shares, “The ultimate purpose of wealth is to love others.”

 

Live your life, young mind!

Chris Dao-anis

(Chris Dao-anis, CPA, ACG, ALB is a speaker and trainer on communication, confidence building and personal leadership. His latest book ‘Living Large in the Little Things’ is available at Mt. Cloud Bookshop, Casa Vallejo, Upper Session Road, Baguio City. For talks and trainings, email him at chrisdaoanis@gmail.com or visit his website at www.chrispoweracademy.com. Claim the FREE REPORT titled ‘7 Money Manners’ at www.chrispoweracademy.com/7free.)

 

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Grow in Fitness and Farm (1of2)

What is your growth project this year? Have you considered growing in fitness and in farm? Or how about in the other areas of life like faith, family, and finances?

Growth is something that does not just happen. Growth has to be intentional. Growth requires commitment. Are you committed to grow?

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Today, you and I are challenged to commit to grow. We need to set that intention. And if we are to choose two areas to focus on for this quarter of the year, how about focusing on fitness and in farm? (This is not to discount the other areas but it is with the assumption that you are already doing good in them and what you need to do is simply to sustain them.)

Let’s talk about fitness. In fitness, I mean your physical health. Health is essential. We cannot ignore it. In fitness, there is richness.

Living a healthy lifestyle is tremendously beneficial to us. If we have forgotten the fact, then let us be reminded of that. When we live a healthy lifestyle, we will be happier. We can bring joy to our environment. We will have a more pleasant disposition. Our inner beauty will glow. It will show in our vibrant face and in the nutritious words we express. And we will be more productive at work and/or in our business.

Today, we are to consider three health tips:

First, eat right. If you miss to eat right, I am with you and we need to work on this. Eating right means eating healthier food at the right dosage at the right time. We need to go back to the basics. In our elementary grades, we have been taught to eat fruits and vegetables. Less meat. More fish. Drink plenty of water. Less or no soda.

Have your breakfast, lunch and dinner. At their proper times. Don’t say you won’t have to because you don’t feel hungry. But it is better to eat at the proper time rather than eat later and eat anything later in a voluminous amount just because you are famished from not eating two hours earlier. Fitness food is your fuel. So eat right!

Second, move right. I’m talking about exercise. You may want to go to the gym and workout. But you don’t have to sign up to any membership. How about you just go for a run in your backyard, front yard or around the block? If you are not the runner type, take a walk. Go for a trek in the nearby hill or mountain. Or simply take a walk to the nearby church and then back.

We have to move our bodies. If you are working in an office, you need to take regular breaks and take a walk. To the restroom. To the pantry. To the printer. To the meeting room. Or outside to take a breather. And then back to your work area refreshed ready to work again. Your body needs it. You need it. So move right!

Third, sleep right. You cannot disregard sleep. Studies after studies show the importance of sleep. You have to have around eight hours of sleep. And sleep at night (unless you are on night duty). But if you are not working at night, then sleep at night. To those who are working at night, find a way to catch up in the day but even so, sleep during the day is different from the sleep during the night. Look for ways on how you can go back to normal sleeping hours.

In addition, experts say that the body replenishes, rejuvenates and revitalizes during certain hours of the night and it happens in your sleep. You don’t want to miss this very essential process. So sleep right.

Eat right. Move right. Sleep right. There you have the three health tips to help you in your commitment to grow in fitness. We already know the importance of these but we need to be reminded of them once in a while. Now that we are reminded of them, we need to go and act on them.

How about your commitment to grow in the area of your farm? In farm, I mean in your business or employment. Let’s talk about this in the next article.

Today, let us commit to grow in our fitness. It is a big challenge. But we can cheer for one another and support each other. Together, let us strive to take the little yet necessary steps to be healthier and happier. Be fit!

 

Live your life, young mind!

Chris Dao-anis

(Chris Dao-anis, CPA, ACG, ALB is a trainer and speaker on communication and personal leadership. His latest book ‘Living Large in the Little Things’ is available at Mt. Cloud Bookshop, Casa Vallejo, Upper Session Road, Baguio City. For talks and trainings, email him at chrisdaoanis@gmail.com or visit his website at www.chrispoweracademy.com.)

 

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Community of Confidence

A community that commands confidence – yes, you want to be part of that!

Confidence is an attribute that companies want their employees to have. Confidence is also an element that is required in business. Confidence is something we cannot just disregard. It is something we need to build, develop and enhance.

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But developing confidence can be challenging if it is only you who is working for your confidence project. You need a community – a community of confidence.

A community of confidence (in my book) is a group of people who are supporting each other and challenging each other to become better in their fields.

One example of a community of confidence that I am part of is Toastmasters. I joined one in Makati in 2010 and it is one of the life-changing decisions I’ve made. My fellow Toastmasters has been so supportive and helpful in my growth to become more confident in the area of communication particularly in public speaking.

It is so worthwhile that when I moved back here in Benguet, I looked for a club here in Baguio City. In 2015, I joined Pines City Toastmasters Club (meeting on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Fridays, 6:30pm at McDonald’s Insular). The community is different but the fun, friendly and fruitful environment is also there in Baguio’s best version. I loved it!

There’s even a bonus because as a Toastmaster, I am given the opportunity and privilege to visit or get invited to guest in other clubs. Here in the City, I have been with other clubs like Baguio Funshine Toastmasters Club, Baguio Ecozone Toastmasters Club and Synergy Toastmasters Club. And get this: If I will be somewhere anywhere in the Philippines or in the world, as long as there is a Toastmasters Club there, I can visit any as long as I will communicate with them and if schedule permits. You too can do this!

It is a small community of confidence that I get to join in every club meeting. And it is also a big community of confidence as I join contests and conferences in the country or maybe even outside the continent (in the future).

If you are looking for a community of confidence in the area of communication and leadership, Toastmasters should be on your list. (Visit www.pinescity.toastmastersclubs.org for more info.)

Another example of a community of confidence is The Feast, a weekly gathering or prayer meeting of the Light of Jesus Family led by Bo Sanchez. When I was working in Makati, I get to attend the one he leads in PICC (now called Feast Bay Area; it is by the bay or near Manila Bay in Pasay City). In his talks, I get tons of wisdom and inspiration that helped me gain more confidence consciousness in the different areas of life: spirituality, finances, leadership, career, business.

What’s beautiful about it is that there is also like a network of Feasts all over the world. In Baguio, there is one – a different version – which is called Feast Video Baguio. There is a live music and sharing. A video of Bo’s powerful talk will be played on the big screen while you enjoy the warmth and energy of a friendly community. At present, Feast Video Baguio sessions are held every Friday, 6:30pm at El Cielito Inn.

If you are looking for a community of confidence that is going to help you spiritually and in other practical areas of life, include the Feast on your list. (Visit www.fb.com/feastbaguio for more info.)

Or find one that suits your inclination, style and preference.

The two examples I have above are simply suggestions that you may consider. You can find other communities of confidence. There may be something there that you will find and it will nourish your needs. The point here is that you have to have one. You need to be part of a community of confidence.

You are a social being. And to bring out your potential as an individual, you need to belong to a community. What will help you bring that out is a community of confidence. Find one and exude that confidence that you have inside.

Live your life, young mind!

Chris Dao-anis

 

(Chris Dao-anis, CPA, ACG, ALB is a speaker and trainer on communication, confidence building, and personal leadership. His latest book ‘Living Large in the Little Things’ is available at Mt. Cloud Bookshop, Casa Vallejo, Upper Session Road, Baguio City. For talks and trainings, you may email him at chrisdaoanis@gmail.com or visit his website at www.chrispoweracademy.com.)

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