Hi! And how are you all? The World Cup is over and life has come back to normal, and boy am I glad for that! The lasting image I have of the World Cup is that horrible scene of Zinadene Zidane head butting Marco Materazzi. Why! Oh why! did he do it? One moment of madness and a great reputation is tarnished forever!! A good lesson to be learnt from this infamous episode is that emotions must always be kept in check and managed well; When emotions go up, rationality comes down correspondingly!!
Otherwise it has been an extremely busy month. I was conducting a training course in Kuantan for an insurance company down to Port Dickson for a baby food company and then over to Kucing, for a University. Different industries, different problems!! I am having a short break now before it starts again. I am not complaining though. It is always good to be busy. It is when you are not busy that you should complain. That’s life!
This month I want to write to you about a beautiful poem written by Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919), one of America’s greatest poets and it goes like this:
THE WINDS OF FATE
One ship drives east and another drives west
With the same winds that blow.
It is the set of the sails
And not the gales
Which tells us the way to go.
Like the winds of the seas are the ways of fate,
As we voyage along through life
It is the set of a soul
That decides its goal,
And not the calm or the strife.
In simple terms she was trying to tell us that in life we all live in the same environment, face the same conditions and undergo almost similar problems. The people who succeed are the ones who are clear about their destinations, set their sails right, and then sail their boats in the direction that they want to go, irrespective of the direction of the wind. Those who are not so successful, allow the wind to dictate their destinations, and then land in places that they did not want to go in the first place. They then blame the wind for their fate.
Be clear about where you want to go today in your life and then set your sails right. NEVER EVER let the wind choose the direction for you!!! That is the easy way out. Going against the direction of the wind (if that is where you want to go) will be the more difficult option, but that is surely a small price to pay for success. Lead your life rather than allow life to lead you!! You can start on this by doing the following simple things:
1. Write down your career and personal goals (it must be written down that’s commitment)
2. Everything that you do from now on must be in line with those goals. When in doubt, ask yourself this question, “Will doing this bring me closer to my goal or goals”.
3. Persevere as there will always be obstacles in the process of achieving your goals.
4. Be positive. Please remember that great people like Mahatma Ghandi, Edmund Hillary (first on Mount Everest) and Nelson Mandela, would not have achieved their goals, if they had only focused on the problems that they would face. They accepted that there would be problems but were still positive that these could be overcome with a positive attitude.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. I do hope I have inspired you in some small way to make changes in your personal life so that you will be able to attain more success in your life. Until my next newsletter, may god bless each and every one of you. Take care.