Sunday, 6 January 2008

New Year 2008: What I’ve learned from ants

Its time to think about resolutions related to work! Anyone having a keen interest in the value and importance of work will by now have read everything and anything related to how to make work life more rewarding and of course interesting. My resolution is to do just that and make work a valued and appreciated part of my life...ba mimang la... lain la kalau ada RM1 million dalam bank..haha.. It’s a big part of our days (8-10 hours, 5 days a week...or some 6 days) and we need to give it a meaning that would be interesting to remember at the end of the year.

As for me..mentally, find 3 things that you don’t like about what you do now, perhaps 3 problems. Write them down in one column. Now make a column beside that one and write down the opposite of that word or problem. You have just given yourself three goals for the year. They are your work resolutions...i believe.... In 2008 resolve to strive for what you want to accomplish.

Share your goals with your spouse/partner or friends and let them help realize those goals either directly or indirectly.

When I was a kid for Christmas...this is just an illustration/metaphor OK... I got an ant farm, it was really just two pieces of plastic with earth in between. After excitedly setting it up, I had to wait until spring to find live ants to see what would happen. I learned about work, dedication, cooperation, persistence, innate knowledge and using all you’ve got to make your part of the universe the best it can be.

Those ants focused on the present, they lived for that moment and obviously for their needs and the needs of those around them...I'd never read any science fact nor story that an ant is a selfish creature though.

We are not too different. Look back at your 3 goals, note them, remember them and stay focused on those 3 words, those 3 opposites of your present problems. Your year will change. Your life will change not because you have made a resolution but because your actions and your work will become what it needs to be to reach those goals. Remember that "Work is action". The ants taught me that! Well..not only the ants but almost all successful people I've met in my life so far.They've never said that, to be a successful person one must be brilliant and highly educated. Least you can do to achieve your goals is work little harder. I did just that in 2007 and I've been rewarded fairly good.

I'd like to wish you success in all your endeavors whether it is caring in the moment with all you’ve got for that child in front of you or whether its building something or tearing down what you’ve started and going at it again. What ever your work, know why you do it, what it gives you and what you give it and then get going on your goals. It’s all about action in the present.

Best wishes for a happy, healthy, prosperous new year 2008!

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