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The Triangle Theory of Success! (Part 3)

May 23, 2008

After a long break (yes a very longggg one!), it’s back to my 4 part series on the Triangle Theory of Success which I feel has benefited me in a great way in achieving that balance that I want in life and this balance empowers me with confidence and faith to achieve even greater things.

If you are constantly wondering and envying that featured person in the newspaper (a successful businessman, artist, celebrity, designer, writer etc.. the list goes on), well, frankly you are not the only person who feels that way. You are just wondering “How in the world could they have done/achieved that?” Frankly, I’m one of them.. I always envy those who seem to have achieved success ‘without much effort’, when in fact, the media always creates a rosy picture and not really on the hard work that was put into it.. I know too many cases of such.

Let me tell you, it’s achievable by people like you and me. The success and breakthroughs that you are looking for in life, are accessible by you but it’s a matter of whether you want to push yourself out of the comfort zone to get to it. I know my journey has been rather a sort of “internal battle of ‘what ifs’ and ‘just do its'”. But to me, the Triangle Theory of Success has been some sort of a revelation to me because upon achieving balance in the mental, physical and spiritual aspects of my life, I have seen tremendous things happening in my life in the past year:
1. I have achieved a great balance between school and business, just completing my Psychology degree and have managed IMovators, my start up with Calvin and Munir.
2. I was featured on a reputable local bilingual newspaper, MyPaper together with Calvin.

3. I appeared on a local talk show, Just Shoot 3!.

4. Calvin and I were featured on a local tertiary magazine, Crossroads.

5. We achieved breakthroughs in internet marketing.. Especially for Calvin.. where we must really thank God for generously blessing him and Jonathan and what they are doing. Do check out to check out the wide array of products and services they are providing!
What I’ve seen happening in our lives, specially for me, Calvin and Jonathan, are really outcomes of the Triangle Theory.. Do check out my earlier posts, Post 1and Post 2 on more on the Triangle Theory.
Now, in this post, I’m concentrating on the physical aspect of our lives, which mainly comprise of leading a healthy lifestyle and have a healthy body. Why are they important?

Without a health lifestyle, you won’t have a healthy body and without a healthy body, you are unfit to pursue the things that you want to because you just can’t meet the physical demands of the task. Moreover, a lot of people say, “Money can’t buy health” which is partially true because you may have all the money in the world to pay for treatment etc., but if your health is already in a bad state, money can just buy you more extra time to be alive, but not prolong your health. Sad but true.

Achieving the best of the physical aspect of our lives is not as easy as it seems. Sometimes, we are always tempted to do things that are contrary to living healthily such as snacking on fatty foods like cakes, sodas, fried chicken etc. We may be addicted to smoking or bingeing, which are maladaptive health behaviors (woohoo! i hope my health psychology professor would be proud to see i’m blogging about this.:P) It’s a daily decision to choose to do the ‘healthy’ or the ‘unhealthy’ things in life.

It’s not only just the food that comprises our lifestyle but also the activities that we carry out on a daily basis. For instance, are we couch potatoes who sit in front of the TV all day? Or are we actively working out? A simple activity would be to choose to walk 15mins from place A to get to place B instead of taking the public transport or car. (By the way, Calvin’s such a lazy bum who doesn’twant to walk from my place to the library which takes only 10mins! hahaha..)

You need to start a exercise and diet regimen that will keep you not only on your toes but maintain your optimum health. It’s good to start with a non-ambitious plan of working out 1-2times a week for at least 30-45mins to a more routine plan of working out at least 20-30mins a day.

The activities that I do implement:

1. Cycling

2. Brisk Walking

3. Jogging

4. Playing Ball Sports i.e. Basketball
5. Swimming

It’s all about making the first step towards a healthy lifestyle! As for your diet regimen, it’s good to eat more vegetables and fruits and drink more fluids (fluids meaning water, juices etc. and not sodas!!).

An example of my day’s meals:

Breakfast: 1 glass of water, a bowl of muesli with non-fat milk

Lunch: Seafood beehoon soup with barley water, an apple
Dinner: 2 Vegetables and 1 meat side-dishes with brown rice and a bowl of soup.

It’s better to have proper meals in a day rather than starve in a bid to diet. Also,you need to start putting in effort to eat right and healty whenever you go out to the restaurants or eat out at the food centres. Start exercising regularly too. Find it difficult and need motivation? Involve friends as well to get them to work out together with you or join you in your activities!

Maintaining such a healthy lifestyle and body just helps to make sure that your mind and body are constantly moving and on the go. Moreover, you would also feel that you’ll have more energy each day and can be able to move forward with ease. Plus, exercising releases hormones that produces a ‘feel-good’ and destressing feeling.. It does help in maintaining the mental aspect of your life! So start making a change in your life today!

In my next blog post for this series, I’ll be touching on the spiritual aspect. So do drop by for more!

General, Personal Development

A Way to Health, Happiness and Success

January 5, 2008

Health, happiness and success have been touted as the most desirable items that a person would like to have. Who wouldn’t like to be in the best of health, happy all day and well, enjoying the success of life?

But really, what brings you health, happiness and success?

Many people, including myself previously, have always envied those people who seem to have it all in life. This envy occurs the moment we read a magazine, watch a tabloid piece of news, watch a programme on lifestyles of the rich and famous. And we often envy those who are in the entertainment industry because they seem to live the life of perfection of health, beauty and success.

But can’t we also have health, happiness and success? What creates them for us? Is it our jobs? What about material possessions?

The question is: just what makes YOU feel truly happy, content and alive?
I for sure, have been on this journey in search of ‘growth’ in these 3 aspects of life for a long time. I remember that I wanted to pursue this when I was in secondary 4 (last year of high school) where I realised that my life was heading to a point where I needed to choose a path that will lead me to these 3. Which was why I begun exercising and training myself, putting more effort and attention to myself instead of other people or circumstances.

I realise that people never get to where they want which will bring them health, happiness and success because they simply just go through life without ever taking the time to think about what it is that brings them happiness. They are just simply too busy caring about what other people think of them and of what they should do. Moreover, some people think that having lots of money will make them healthy, happy and successful, yet, once they get lots of money, they realise that something is missing.

So, what is it that will make you happy? This is something that you will need to find out for yourself.

One way for you to start moving towards health, happiness and success is through visualisation. I need you to picture yourself being healthy/ happy/ successful. Now, what are the surrounding things that contribute to the feeling of happiness? Take time to stop and observe these things and ask yourself, “Do I have them now?” 

Your answer will definitely be NO if you feel that you have not attained health, happiness or success. Hence, you will have to realise that, something needs to be changed. And that change is not necessarily bad. Sometimes, changes in our lives can bring us greater fulfillment. 

You need to take the time to create an action plan which details actions needed to change the things in your life that would bring you closer to having it all. Is it having more exercise routines, a healthier diet, more focused attention or a better management of time? 
You need to know what kind of person you are meant to be and not try to be someone you’re not. Don’t waste precious time on things that don’t really bring about lasting happiness for you.  Also know what happiness and success really means to you because only with a clear idea of what you want, can you map out the steps and changes in your life you need to take to achieve them.

Most importantly, always have a positive attitude towards change. It does not necessarily bring about inconvenience or pain. By taking time to think about changing some areas in your life that may need changing, you’ve already taken a big step towards health, happiness and success!