Project 365+1: Which Way?

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Today is all about planning – for tomorrow, for the next few months and even the next few years. It’s not like the plans are set in stone. It’s more of a precaution to be prepared on what’s coming ahead; in other words, “seeing” the future. It’s an exhausting but exhilarating task. It gives you the energy that will last a lifetime.

The best way to see where you want to go is to lay down all of your options. It’s not going to be easy, but  you know that it’s going to be fun. It’s all about the journey.

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Project 365+1: Creating Value

20120116-205623.jpg As some of you already know, I got accepted at the Entrepreneur’s Toolkit Workshops. The first session was scheduled today. There were about 30 applicants who got chosen. As expected, each one brought in their unique ideas. The session was very beneficial in a way that you get different perspectives about your idea or startup from other entrepreneurs and the incredible facilitator. Looking forward to the next two! (Gotta do my assignment :P).

A Hit or A Miss?

This apparently is my annual horoscope for 2011 from Marie Claire:

Leo

Dramatic, dynamic and compassionate Leo starts the year working hard to discover new ways to express practical ideals by connecting to inner wisdom. You will realize how everything you do in your life affects the entire world on some level. Feeling a need to change and re-evaluate your personal values and all that you hold sacred has been a regular exercise for you, both personally and financially. Deep and profound changes and blessings await you as you freely give your energy to help others and take a hard look at your personal values in relationship to your resources. Some of the blocks you may have been feeling in your personal life and not knowing which direction to go will be lifted. By the spring, you will be feeling more grounded and secure, and a little more compassionate and tolerant of others. Comfort, relaxation and being mindful are all very important factors that inspire you to live a healthy life. You enjoy nature, so consider gardening to maintain your sunny disposition. As much as you dream of having a perfect partnership, you have had to work out a lot of your own personal values to know what you really want. It’s good to clarify these wants, so that by summer you will be able to put more of your focus into giving your relationship the time and energy it needs. Things will become much more interesting for you by the end of summer. New and wonderful opportunities to enjoy innovative pursuits will enable you to enjoy your creature comforts in the home that you so proudly feel is your sanctuary.

You idealize having a close relationship and spending time laughing, spending time in the moonlight and romanticizing until the wee hours of the morning. You have been going through a lot of changes in your love life, and not so sure you can deal with the ups and downs that you have experienced in relationships in the past. You may want to enhance your playfulness and creativity by exploring cultural experiences where you can enjoy beauty with your partner. Excitement in your love life and enjoying the high life is very appealing to you now. All these fun and creative activities will help you and your partner to strengthen your communication. Being spiritually connected with another helps you to feel the equal energy of sharing. Your intense desire for feeling connected to your love and taking it to the next step will trigger a need to explore whether your dreams are being reciprocated. Discussions of partnerships and marriage are likely and, through these talks, you gain new insight into your desires. Towards the end of the year you will want to openly share your innermost secrets and passionate nature. The desire to be more connected to home and your nesting instincts will want to be satisfied in this year of new beginnings.

This is a good time for you to evaluate your personal desires and make any changes you feel necessary to the work you choose to do. Because you have a big heart, you will feel comfortable in helping others that are going through difficult transitions. You would do very well working in the healthcare field this year, or other service organization where you can make a positive transformation in helping create good outcomes for others’ benefit and welfare. By putting your energy into helping and assisting others, you will feel transformed and appreciated by the people that you are helping. You will be going through positive changes, aligning yourself more with your higher standards of how you do business. You have been working very hard in creating sources of income and have wondered where the money is going to be coming from to take care of all your needs in the future. You will find that money will be coming in from unexpected sources and partnerships that have not been fruitful in the past, but surprise you when they come through. You’ll feel very energized and focused on overcoming any difficult situations by finding you can direct yourself and recreate your way of doing business. By the end of the year, you may reevaluate how much you are doing and start working on a new personal project that expresses the transformational experiences you have had. Nurturing your own creativity by getting involved in some art oriented projects will help you clear out your mind and renew your focus. You can give out a lot more energy in your work when you are inspired and feeling joyful and optimistic. Your renewal will help you realize that everything your awareness touches becomes a field for your intellectual attainment.

Read more: Yearly Overview, Love and Career: Leo – Marie Claire

A Leader, Reborn

In the light of all the 9/11 tributes for its 10th year anniversary, I feel so grateful when I think of how lucky I am to be sitting here, typing on my Macbook Pro, enjoying a quiet evening in Canada. Not that I was anywhere near New York when the attack happened. In fact, I was half-the-globe-away from NYC at the time. But the risk in living in a “Third World” country, which was battling its own terrorism issues, pretty much qualified me to be as lucky as the survivors of 9/11.

My life is far from perfect. But, in all modesty, I knew that many people out there would give anything in the world to trade places with me right now. Canada is a beautiful country, full of opportunities and great people. There’s a lot to be thankful for, even if it’s simple:

  • I never get hungry – considering the famine that currently engulfs South Africa.
  • I have a bit of money stored in the bank for emergency purposes.
  • I live in a comfortable house.
  • We have a family car that I can borrow once in a while.
  • I have a job that pays (and something else that will pay).

Maybe I do not have millions of dollars to spend on anything I want. But I have enough to buy what I really want. I have enough to make me follow my dreams and turn it into a reality.

In the past, I used to have a “goals” list in place of a New Year’s Resolution list. Listed were the things I wanted to achieve in a year. For the past 3 years, I had been trying to write one and follow it. But I never really got to make myself a manageable list. I said “manageable” because as I started to accomplish almost everything in my previous list, my goals just became even more ambitious (it was addicting to accomplish one goal after another!). Eventually though I started deviating from the list as some were impossible to achieve. I started ignoring it and just went with the flow, picking out a few favourites andseeing if I would be able to do it. It was like being a robot being steered by an invisible hand everyday with no clear direction.

At the start of this year, I endeavoured myself to create another list and make it realistic and promised myself to stick to it. Yet as they say, old habits never die. I felt like an old transmitter slipping in and out of focus. There were days when I had everything going really well. There were days when I just did not know what I should do and I doubt if I should do it. But all things considered, 2011 was a good year. Nothing extravagant yet but getting there.

2011 is far from over. But there are still a lot of things to be done and 3 or so months aren’t enough. So today, I sat down and thought of what I really wanted to still do this year. I narrowed it down to only 4 goals (2 of which are optional marked with *). I think this list is only fair given that we’re almost at the 4th quarter of the year:

  • Launch FundBubble
  • Go to NYC again and watch How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (oh, how ironic: *grins*)
  • Visit Disneyland World or the Harry Potter Theme Park in Florida*(Made a deal with a friend that I would be going before my 25th bday – so no rush)
  • Finally get a car (I don’t really need it but with FundBubble, it will be useful especially during winter)

Taking a new perspective, it has given me strength to pull myself away from that painful struggle with myself and finally see what I really want. It will take hard work. But that’s what I miss: the action. Right now, I know, I’m ready to be a leader again.