Procrastination is a Habit

Posted by on Jul 7, 2016 in NLP Introduction, NLP Success & Life Tips, NLP Training, Self Improvement | 0 comments

I have a Plan

I have a plan


Plans and ideas are a dime a dozen. Everyone can come up with plans and ideas. Quite often these are nothing more than wishful thinking. Not that there is anything innately flawed about the plans or ideas – but because, these people don’t go beyond grandstanding.

“I want to exercise.”

Then, they complain about not having the time. But it’s so easy to exercise. All they have to do is to use the stairs, instead of the elevator, to reach their apartment. Alternatively, get off one MRT station or bus-stop earlier and walk the rest of the way home. Once home, they cool down, relax, take a shower and they’re done!

“I have a plan to lose weight.”

Good idea but that never takes off. There are many reasons why one cannot lose weight. Lack of exercise. Too much intake of food and/or the wrong type of food. It could even be one’s genes or a medical situation. Check it out. Identify the root cause and you’re nearer to attaining your goal.

“I have an idea on how to do that.”

Okay. Do it! Do something – anything! Even if you fail, you’re one step closer to success. Every successful person had traveled the path of failure.

And yet, most people – the vast majority, the ninety-nine percent – do not work their plans.  You know such people – people who always “plan” to do something “tomorrow” or “next week” or “next year”.

The root cause is Procrastination.

Procrastination has buried more great plans than bad luck, bad timing, or even incompetence. You see, even if a person is incompetent, if he did something and even if he failed miserably, he would still be one step closer to success than someone who never took that first step.

Here is a little secret.

Procrastination is not a disease – it’s a habit! It is a human condition born out of one’s environment, the company one keeps and one’s learned habits

Here is a second secret.

ALL of us can unlearn debilitating habits as surely as we can learn empowering habits.

You can discard the bad and acquire the good habits.

Moreover, ALL of us are talented beyond what we believe or even dare to believe. All we need to do is to discover what our talents are and exploit them for our benefit, our success.

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NLP and Business Success

Posted by on Jul 5, 2016 in Inspirational Stories, NLP Singapore, NLP Techniques, NLP Training, Self Improvement | 0 comments

In our daily race, many behave like hamsters on a wheel. Doing, doing, doing. Churning, churning, churning. Missing, missing, missing – the angels that enter our lives.

Here is a true story narrated in the first person but using fictitious names. Thanks to the self-made financially free person who shared this story.



Many years ago, I was dragging myself home, my mind filled with dozens of worries. My ventures had failed and we were down to the last dollar…literally!

I bumped into a friend, Heng, an old classmate whom I had not seen since schooldays.

I remembered him as the boy with the scaly skin (Ichthyosis Vulgaris) whom everyone shunned. It did not bother me and we became fast friends but lost touch after he moved (back then, no telephones or social media).

Heng greeted me with a wide smile and we even hugged. We were both in a rush and promised to keep in touch – but never did.

I still recall that fleeting encounter, his brimming smile and the joy in his eyes. Perhaps he was happy to see me but I think it was more to do with Heng – always a happy boy, now a happy man.

I could not fathom then but felt a great unburdening of my heart.

When I reached home, my wife remarked that I looked cheerful – something she had not seen on my face since our troubles started.

There was something about that encounter with Heng and I felt an intense drive and found ways to overcome my problems. It was tough going but I celebrated every small success. Whereas previously, I saw the cups as half empty, now I saw only half full cups.

Whenever I felt myself sinking into despair, I would recollect that pleasant encounter and snap out. It made me feel better and I never looked back. I did this repeatedly. Negative thoughts – snap! I felt more positive and kept going. In time, I managed to rebuild my business.

Years later, in a pensive moment, the thought occurred – an angel had touched me – in the form of my friend. Thanks to Heng, I made it.


The narrator refers to his friend, Heng, as an angel.

Sometimes all we need is a trigger to bring about a certain change in mind-set. What was once relegated to the realms of angels and magic is now fully explained by science.

When the narrator said, he would “snap” out of his negative thoughts and emotions, he was actually resorting to a NLP technique.

For the uninitiated, NLP or Neuro-linguistic Programming is a powerful and secret “mental technique” used by the world’s top leaders in the arts, in the professions and by police agencies, among others.

Trained practitioners of NLP can employ this technique at will. Many of the world leaders – great persuaders – use NLP techniques and so can you.

This mental technique has the ability to pull you out of despair and set you on a positive “can do” path that lead you to become a top performer in your area of endeavour.

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Rival Opportunities

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in Inspirational Stories, NLP Singapore, NLP Success & Life Tips, NLP Training, Self Improvement | 0 comments

We’re competitors ourselves and face competition in every sphere of our lives. But how do you view the competition?

Unfortunately, most people view competitors as the “enemy”. If you’re seen fraternizing with someone from a competitor company – having a beer during happy hours, for example – your boss might have a talk with you. You might even be seen as disloyal and viewed with suspicion.

We all know in order to up our game, we need accomplished mentors – people who’ve been there, done that. If you’re fortunate enough to attract someone willing to mentor you – great! Your learning curve might be steep but immensely shortened. That said, we don’t usually get to select our mentors – otherwise, every stock investor will be queuing up outside Warren Buffett’s door, every entrepreneur will be hounding Richard Branson, and so on.

However, why stop with a traditional mentor? Widen your net.


Besides a mentor, one of the next best people to learn from is your competitor. But unlike your mentor, you can select which competitor to shadow.

These are some potential advantages of learning from your competitor:

  1. You gather options on how to tackle challenges and opportunities.

Most businesses have a given modus operando; a methodology they employ almost automatically. For example, when orders increase, when workload increases – management adds new headcount. How many people are willing to review their work processes; to streamline and wring out greater efficiencies? Perhaps your competitor is taking a different approach than merely adding head count.

  1. You add to your knowledge and expertise.

Instead of embracing the “I know best” mantra – which most owners of micro-businesses are guilty of – you could evaluate what the competitor is doing, cherry pick and build a more competitive strategy and action plan.

  1. Your competitor will drive you to excel.

Remember during your school days how you used to gamely compete with your schoolmates. Recall how you pushed them and they, in turn, propelled you to do better.

It’s common wisdom – spewed by many luminaries – that you need to compete with yourself and secure incremental improvement. However, do consider the context in which they give this advice. Their advice is valid, provided, you’re already the top dog.

But consider this example: If your competitor is pulling sales of $1 million and you’re doing only $500,000 – would you rather compete with him or with yourself?

In passing, consider this fictional conversation:

Are you a fast runner?


Are you sure?


You’re very sure you don’t have the potential to run lightning fast?

“Very sure.”

Okay, now imagine a fierce dog is chasing you. Are you a fast runner?

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Mind over Matter

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 in NLP 101, NLP Introduction, NLP Singapore, NLP Success & Life Tips, NLP Techniques, NLP Training, Self Improvement | 0 comments

Athletes train to keep their bodies in prime condition.

Your mental faculties – the brain – also needs to be constantly exercised and honed to optimum performance.


<< The biggest differentiator between mediocre and meteoric performance is the ability to work productively for long stretches of time >>

Quite often, and increasingly now, all of us have to work long hours. This could be due to heavy workload, to meet project time targets and a dozen other reasons. Of course, between these spurts of intense activity, one needs to take time out and recharge.

But you need to prepare for the sprints.

You need to intentionally develop your mental faculties and stamina. Only then can you effectively compete with those who have systematically built up their endurance over decades in the business world. Only then can you compete with the best and best them.

How do you build up mental faculties? How do you psyche yourself, discard negative baggage that holds you back and realise your full potential?

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Transform Yourself for the Better

Posted by on Jun 23, 2016 in Inspirational Stories, NLP Introduction, NLP Singapore, NLP Success & Life Tips, NLP Video, Self Improvement | 0 comments

As a young man, Nelson Mandela was a revolutionary firebrand. The apartheid government of South Africa imprisoned him.

Video clip source: Movie – Invictus

Instead of turning bitter and vengeful, in Nelson Mandela’s own words:

“In prison all of my jailers were Afrikaners. For 27 years I studied them. I learned their language. Read their books, their poetry. I had to know my enemy before I could prevail against him and we did prevail, did we not? Our enemy is no longer the Afrikaner. They are our fellow South Africans. Our partners in democracy and they treasure Springbok Rugby. If we take that away, we lose them. We prove that we are what they feared we would be. We have to be better than that. We have to surprise them with compassion, with restraint and generosity. I know, all of the things they denied us but this is no time to celebrate petty revenge. This is the time to build our nation using every single brick available to us.”

Instead of radicalizing him, prison transformed him – into a revered world leader.

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Great Philanthropists | You too can be one

Posted by on Jun 21, 2016 in Inspirational Stories, Self Improvement | 0 comments

What is a philanthropist? Who are the most famous philanthropists? You too can be one.

The Gates (2)

The Giving Pledge lists the names of people – all billionaires – who have pledged to give away more than 50% of their wealth.

Some have more to give; others have less to give; and, some have nothing to give.

Nothing? Is that possible?


Meng, who worked as a mechanic in a local SME, was reluctant to work overtime and that upset his boss, Sylvester.

When time came to knock-off, Meng was usually the first out the gate and because of this, Sylvester usually marked him down during the annual performance reviews. Meng would complain that he worked very hard and unlike the other mechanics, he was never late for work, never disappeared for “smoke breaks” and always completed his tasks faster. He was quite unpopular with his co-workers.

This year was no different and when Meng saw his low performance score, he protested, “I’m never late, always punch in on time!”

“And you always punch out on time too!” retorted Sylvester.  

“Aiyah, you always give me work at the last minute. See, even that job came in yesterday,” said Meng, as he pointed to a gearbox on the wooden crate. “Now, you tell me the customer wants it tomorrow.”

“Hey, you’re only a mechanic, don’t tell me how to manage my business.”

“Aiyah, sorry-lah, boss, don’t be like that but if you’d told me earlier, I can prioritise my work.”

“You’re so rich, you don’t want overtime, is it?”

“Boss, don’t be like that, I want the money but I’m also doing charity work,” replied Meng.

“Charity? You’re so rich is it?”

“Aiyah, money always not enough, boss, but I do all the repairs in an old folks home,” said Meng, “the electrical, the plumbing, the painting, the grass cutting and everything.”

“Just do as you’re told!”


Who is the rich one, who is the poor?

Giving is more than merely giving money. A person who gives his time to help others is also a philanthropist.

Unlike money, when you give your time, there are no tax breaks. Unlike money, when you give your time, you cannot earn it back. When you give your time, you touch people in ways that enriches the recipient and you, the giver. Giving one’s time to help others – anyone and in any small way – is the greatest of all gifts.

When you give your time – you give away a part of your life. You join the ranks of the great philanthropists.

Perhaps Meng could have handled the situation better but then again, Meng is “only a mechanic”.

As for Sylvester – if he could not give his time, at the least he could help Meng give his.

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When He Was Born, His Parents Knew ~He Was Special~

Posted by on Apr 30, 2015 in Inspirational Stories | 0 comments

However, when they learned about the disabilities Patrick has at birth, they were devastated.

Patrick Hughes is a young man at Univ. of Louisville who was born blind and crippled. He was born without functioning eyes. He is diagnosed with Anophthalmia, a medical term for the absence of one or both eyes. Both the globe (human eye) and the ocular tissue are missing from the orbit.

He is also diagnosed with Hip dysplasia, a congenital or developmental deformation or misalignment of the hip joint. He cannot fully straighten out his arms and his legs, making him unable to walk. In addition, to correct scoliosis, Patrick’s spine needs to be surgically attached with two steel rods.

Disabled Is Not Unabled

However, despite with all his disabilities, he never gives up and never let the obstacles stand in the way of achieving his dreams. He found ways to be an inspiration to us all. When Patrick Henry was asked to describe his disabilities, he replied that “He is not disabilities at all, but more abilities. This amazing guy has taught the world that “Disabled is Not Unabled“. He said: “God made me blind and unable to walk. Big deal! He gave me the musical talents I have, and the great opportunity to meet new people.”

Extraordinary Abilities

Patrick Henry showed extraordinary abilities at a very early age despite his physical challenges. He is an amazing pianist. By his second birthday, the toddler could play songs on the piano after hearing them only once. He was playing request, e.g. “You are my Sunshine.”

His father, Patrick John Hughes sees the talent in him in playing piano, decided that instead of playing baseball, he is going to play music together with Patrick Henry. He was excited about it and wants to see how far they can run with this.

Patrick Henry, despite his physical challenges, now plays the piano beautifully as well as “marches” in the Louisville marching band, for five seasons with help from his father, Patrick John Hughes.

Patrick Henry Hughes at parade

He is not only a university student, but also plays a wide array of musical instruments, is an accomplished singer, and an exuberant trumpet player in the University of Louisville School of Music Marching and Pep Band.

He has been featured on ESPN, ABC-TV, Oprah, CBS-TV, The Ellen Show, Extreme Make Over Home Edition, and many, many others.

This truly Amazing, Inspiration & Heart-warming story of Perseverance is something we can all learn from. And how Patrick`s parents focused on their son`s abilities to help him fulfilled his dreams despite his disabilities.

Ask yourself these questions:

–       Are your obstacles real or imagined?

–       Are you willing to step out of your comfort zone?

–       Are you always giving excuses that you can’t accomplish your dreams?

Just like Patrick, you can accomplish anything you put your mind to. There is no excuse for you to avoid following your dreams and accomplishing them.

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