Saturday, 9 January 2016

Run your own race

I was jogging this morning and I noticed a person about 1/2 a kilometre ahead. I could tell he was running a little slower than me and I thought, good, I shall try to catch him. I had about a kilometre before I needed to turn off. So I started running faster and faster. Every block, I was gaining on him just a little bit. After just a few minutes I was only about 100 metres behind him, so I really picked up the pace and pushed myself. You would have thought I was running in the last leg of an Olympic competition. I was determined to catch him. Finally, I did it! I caught and passed him. On the inside, I felt so good. "I beat him" Of course, he didn't even know we were racing. After I passed him, I realised I had been so focused on competing against him that I had missed my turn. I had gone nearly six blocks past my turn and I had to turn and go back. Isn't that what happens in life when we focus on competing with co-workers, neighbours, friends, family, trying to outdo them or trying to prove that we are more successful or more important? We spend our time and energy running after them and we miss out on our own paths to our God-given destinies. The problem with unhealthy competition is that it's a never ending cycle. There will always be somebody ahead of you, someone with a better job, nicer car, more money in the bank, more education, a prettier wife, a more handsome husband, better behaved children, etc. But realise that "You can be the best that you can be, when you are not competing with anyone." Some people are insecure because they pay too much attention to what others are, where others are going, wearing and driving. Take what God has given you, the height, weight and personality. Dress well and wear it proudly, you'll be blessed by it. Stay focused and live a healthy life. There is no competition in Destiny. Run your own race and wish others well!!

Happy weekend 😊

Friday, 8 January 2016

The fish story

The Japanese have always loved fresh fish🐠 🐟🐠🐟

But the water close to Japan has not held many fish🐠🐟 for decades.

So to feed the Japanese population, fishing boats got bigger and went farther than ever.

The further the fishermen went, the longer it took to bring the fish🐠🐟🐠🐟

If the return trip took more time, the fish 🐠🐟🐠🐟 were not fresh.

To solve this problem, fish 🐠🐟 companies installed freezers on their boats.

They would catch the fish 🐠🐟 and freeze them at sea.

Freezers allowed the boats to go farther and stay longer.

However, the Japanese could taste the difference between fresh and frozen fish🐠🐟 and they did not like the taste of frozen fish 🐠🐟

The frozen fish🐠🐟 brought a lower price.

So, fishing companies installed fish tanks.

They would catch the fish 🐠🐟 and stuff them in the tanks, fin to fin.

After a little thrashing around, they were tired, dull, and lost their fresh-fish taste.

The fishing industry faced an impending crisis!

But today, they get fresh-tasting fish to Japan.

How did they manage...?

To keep the fish🐠🐟🐠 tasting fresh, the Japanese fishing companies still put the fish🐠🐟🐠 in the tanks but with a small shark🐋🐋

The fish🐠🐟🐠are challenged and hence are constantly on the move.

The challenge they face keeps them alive and fresh!

Have you realized that some of us are also living in a pond but most of the time tired and dull....?

Basically in our lives, sharks 🐋🐋 are new challenges to keep us active.

If you are steadily conquering
challenges, you are happy.

Your challenges keep you energized.

Don’t create Success and revel in it in a state of inertia.

You have the resources, skills and abilities to make a difference.

Put a shark 🐋🐋 in your tank this year and see how far you can really go....

Saturday, 2 January 2016

You can be your best investment

New year, new me. Is this the thought doing the rounds in your head?

If it is, great, although I would suggest “new focus on me” as your mantra. Why? Because I believe that you are your greatest asset, and anything that will keep you functioning, healthy and happy is worth every dirham spent – as long as you clearly define what it is you’re investing in and how you are measuring returns.

Here’s what I mean. Chances are if you ask anyone what they’re investing in, they’ll rattle off all manner of things – property, stocks, bonds, start-ups – but I bet they won’t say the single most important thing: themselves. Saying it is one thing and living by it is another – and it’s so very important.

If I don’t work, I don’t earn. Plus, I’m becoming less valuable with time – my earning years are declining, and I’m at greater risk of various health problems. So anything that will keep me functioning well is a good thing.

This is one reason I invested in time with a personal trainer a few months ago. Unfortunately my fitness regime didn’t last – a change in my family’s routine means that I’d need to spend an additional hour and a half on the road each day if I want to hit the gym I joined

This is self-defeating – I can’t justify the additional stress of driving that much and the hours lost to my life to see my paid-up trainer, who hasn’t seen me for months now. Instead, I’m justifying joining a different gym that fits into my current daily circuit – and writing off the money at the previous one. Ouch. But if that’s what I need to do to keep myself in tip-top shape for decades to come, then I need to bite that bullet.

To be clear, there is a giant difference between real investment in your own human capital and justifying expenses. Going on a trip for some downtime or to explore a new part of the world can count as an investment in your well-being and continuous learning, but opting for 5-star luxury all the way is an expense. Or in my case, paying for time with a private trainer is an investment, but kitting myself out in the latest fitness apparel is an expense.

You don’t need to spend big or make giant changes to take better care of yourself. Self-care is mostly about adopting great habits.

Here are other ways you can invest in yourself:

• Build your human capital by developing your knowledge base. Taking courses is one way of doing this. Another is simply setting time aside to read, learn and explore ideas and concepts. To get yourself excited, watch the video on the home page of the Oxford University Summer School for Adults. I want to do all their courses on offer.

• Adopt healthy habits. Include flossing. Here’s one reason why: scientists believe that gum disease releases potentially harmful bacteria into the bloodstream, which significantly increases the risk of heart disease.

We each have our own life, aspirations and talents. Spend time looking at your habits – your way of living, eating, and being – and figure out how you can work towards a better you by improving your self-care. Do you sleep well? Does your diet include green vegetables and fruit? Something as simple as steamed broccoli is thought to prolong life, or at least help have a better quality of life, because it’s packed with nutrients that stave off cancer, tackle chronic inflammation and have many other benefits too. Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable, and luckily for me, brussels sprouts are too – I love them and eat them any time of year. What about avocado? Again, it’s packed full of health and self-help.

Going back to your human capital, it’s not only about learning. It’s also about being able to earn more, or earn for longer. For many this is a must, as retiring at 60 or 65 is no longer an option. The good news is that studies find people who work into their twilight years are happier and have more disposable cash at hand.

The bottom line is that investing in yourself is your most profitable venture. You reap future returns and get a payoff right now.

Plus, your well-being will ensure the well-being of those who depend on you.