Investing Your Time in Professional Development is Critical

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you’re all having a great Valentines Day with your loved one. I just wanted to put this quick write up about the importance of investing in your own personal development. A lot of us get into the mode of caring for the ones that around us, which includes family and friends, which is great but everyone needs to cater to their self development as well.  Anything you want to accomplish in life won’t happen without investing in yourself and the desire to improve yourself. If you want to be a better communicator, public speaker, and leader, there is a number of professional development groups out there that has a great support system to support your goals such as Toastmasters International.  Always try to focus on making yourself a better person because life is not about being stagnant, it’s about always adapting to life because nothing every comes easy. If you want to change careers, its easier to do than past years to do that, find your passion and stick with it!. But always remember, you should always make time for yourself, because in the end, you’re one that are responsible for your life and legacy you leave behind, not your friends, family, or even your critics.  You are the only one that can motivate yourself to achieve your best self and accomplish the goals you have for yourself. Go ahead and take a look at the mirror everyday, because that’s your one and only competition. Everyday is a chance to get better so don’t lose that opportunity to improve yourself. Take more risks and don’t worry about what others are accomplishing, everyone’s journey is different  Hope you all enjoyed this post and I hope this write up lit a fire within each and every one of you to not sit around and invest time in becoming our best selves!

_If you wish to achieve worthwhile things in your personal and career life, you must become a worthwhile person in your own self-development.” -(1)

This post was written by David Chau. David is a musician, marketer, and passion chaser. He’s a tenacious young business professional that enjoys helping people any way he can. You can connect with David on Twitter @davidbchau or on Linkedin.

How to Change Yourself in Positive Way

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Have you ever wonder what steps it might take to change yourself? Without change through this journey we call life, you could be sitting there wondering what it might of been. Nobody likes change but its necessary to to have the life we want and in order to accomplish the goals we set out to achieve. Here are some quick steps to make a change within yourself…

    1) Get real with yourself

If you’re having trouble with budgeting your finances, managing your health, live life problems in your professional life, any other areas, go ask for advice and get feedback from those who love you. Don’t take this feedback as criticism, but take it as honesty from people that want you to do better in life.  They’re your biggest fans and you just need to listen to what they have to say with because they probably have valuable insight on what you need to work on in order to have an improved life.  You might not like what they have to say but they mean well because they only want the best for you.

   2) Build a support network

This is critical because you need to be picky about the people you spend with. They should be people that share the same interests and goals as they have a major influence on your life. They say you are the average of the 5 people you spent the most time with. If you hang out with more entrepreneurs, the odds are going to be high that you’ll be starting your own business if thats your end goal. This group are the one that believe in you and want to go through the journey with you. They are your support system and will try to support you no matter how many lows and highs you might endure.

3) Take baby steps

This is important as well because people tends to go fast and you want to enjoy the journey and thats by taking multiple small steps to head to success. Studies have shown by taking the small steps towards anything you want to achieve, the rate of success is pretty high as a string of the correct decisions is key to achieving your goals.

This post was written by David Chau. David is a musician, marketer, and passion chaser.  He’s a tenacious young business professional that enjoys helping people any way he can. You can connect with David on Twitter @davidbchau or on Linkedin.

 

 

5 Steps to Setting & Achieving 2016 Goals

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5 Steps to Setting & Achieving 2016 Goals

We all set goals and all to often lose sight of them all to quickly. As the new year kicks in full effect, I am going to give you an easy tool to set goals & reach them by being SMART.

1.Set Specific Goals

Sit down and write out 10 items that want to achieve this year. Now take a look at each individual line item and write a very specific statement. “I will loose 25 pounds by the end of 2016.” Notice this has a specific point and sets a period of time the goal needs to be reached.

2.Ensure Your Goal is Measurable

You have written down your rough draft of 10 goals you want to achieve but they still need modification (or may need). Ensure every goal is measurable and has a specific piece of information that can be formally proved. A good example is that you are looking to lose 25lbs by the end of 2016. A bad example would be “I am going to be nice to my parents.” If you have what is considered a bad example, ask your self how am I going to do this. Start with actions…”I am going to be nice to my parents by complimenting them once a week until the end of 2016.”

3. Attainable

When writing your goals, you want to ensure your goals are attainable. Now, I am not saying to go easy on yourself, but make sure they are possible. My best recommendation here is to set a good goal you can hit, then a secondary “stretch” goal that may be just out of your reach.

4. Realistic

This goes on right along side with attainable. You want to ensure your goals are realistic and not to far fetched. The idea is to challenge yourself, but at the same time hit your goals. Setting unrealistic goals not only diminishes self esteem, but it causes failure from the start.

5. Timely

The last point to note when writing your goals is to attach a time period specific to what you are trying to achieve. If you are looking to lose a specific amount of weight, when are going to do that? What is your deadline. I also recommend setting pace markers through out the year to help keep yourself on track. Break it up monthly or quarterly to help monitor your progress.

Now, I can’t promise you success with hitting your goals. However, if you follow this 5 step system, it will help align you to having a successful 2016.

-Sean Gibbons

12 Rules to make 2016 your best one yet…

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It’s a new year, which means setting new goals for yourself to reach within the next 12 months. It could mean working out more and eating healthier, which is everyone’s favorite one, or saving up for that dream house. It could be starting a business, whatever the case it may be, it involves careful planning and execution. But here are some rules to make this year your best one yet!

  1. Choose happiness
  2. Simply be you
  3. Don’t undervalue yourself and don’t worry about what others think about you, what you think about yourself is more important
  4. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Take risks
  5. Chose your circle wisely. (They said you’re the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with)
  6. Don’t compare your life to others. Take a look in the mirror, that’s your competition.
  7. Love yourself first
  8. Invest in yourself, please focus on yourself before others
  9. Follow your passions, whatever that may be.
  10. Don’t be afraid to be amazing
  11. Write your own story
  12. Be persistent and consistent with all you want to accomplish.

We here at the WordsofBalance.com wish you an amazing year full of happiness, prosperity, and great health! Thank you all for being a loyal reader throughout the years. Cheers!

This post was written by David Chau. David is a musician, marketer, and passion chaser.  He’s a tenacious young business professional that enjoys helping people any way he can. You can connect with David on Twitter @davidbchau or on Linkedin.

The 7 Rules of Life!

A quick perspective on the rules of life..

  1. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
  2. What others think of you is none of your business.
  3. Time heals almost everything, give it time.
  4. Don’t compare your life to others and don’t judge them. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
  5. Stop thinking too much, it’s alright not know all the answers. They will come to you when you least expect it.
  6. No one is in charge of your happiness except for you.
  7. Smile. You don’t own all the problems in the world.

Please share if you agree because I’m 99.9% sure that more people need to read these rules. 🙂 Hope everyone has a productive week!! Thank so much for reading!

This post was written by David Chau. David is a musician, marketer, and passion chaser.  He’s a young business professional that enjoys helping people any way he can. You can connect with David on Twitter @davidbchau or on Linkedin.

Live the way you always wanted…why wait??

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It’s a new month and another month until a new year! Can you believe it? This year has flew by! Have you had a huge goal that you think was impossible? Maybe you wanted to lose that 15 pounds or start that business you been dreaming about for years? A lot of us, including myself are scared of taking that first step. We’re waiting for the perfect timing to start on our goals but in reality, the best time is now!! Tomorrow or the next day might not be there for us, so don’t wait and live in the now. Taking risks is scary for a lot of us, but what’s even scarier? Regret. Think long and hard about your goals and what you need to do to attain them. Form that support group so when it gets hard, you’ll have a core group of people that alway’s support you and cheer you on as you continue your journey. So get out there, dream big, follow your passions, take risks, put a plan together, and execute! Don’t be scared to fail!! Life is too short so why not live the live you’ve been dreaming about a reality? Live life to the fullest!

This post was written by David Chau. David is a musician, marketer, and passion chaser.  He’s a young business professional that enjoys helping people any way he can. You can connect with David on Twitter @davidbchau or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/daviidchau

Following your dreams

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Walt Disney is one of the best visionaries that the world has ever seen. You would think success came easy to him, but no, his idea for a Disneyland park was rejected over 200 times, but the man had big dreams. He even got fired from a newspaper! He wasn’t going to give up until he found success, in which he did. Just imagine, there wouldn’t be a Disneyland, Disney world, or all the amazing Disney movies such as Toy Story etc without Walt Disney’s work ethic, passion, perseverance and plan of action.  Walt created something amazing for everyone to enjoy and it all started from a dream.

He was very passionate about his dreams and no matter what happens, the pit falls, the failures, he learned from his mistakes. Walt Disney truly believed in himself and his dreams, which made a world of difference because nothing was going to stand in his way. Everyone needs to have some sort of dream (no matter how big or small it is) because we do only live one life and why not make it a life worth living? We should have something that we are working for.  So today, I ask you all, what are you doing today, tomorrow, the next couple of months and years to make your dreams a reality? Be bold, have courage, take risks, believe in yourself and most of all, be passionate about what you do. The world needs more dreamers…so dream big!

This post was written by David Chau. David is a musician, marketer, and passion chaser.  He’s a young business professional that enjoys helping people any way he can. You can connect with David on Twitter @davidbchau or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/daviidchau

3 Steps to Beating Anxiety

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3 Steps to Beating Anxiety

1. Identify the Triggers

The most important thing to know before tackling anxiety is to understand what anxiety is (not just understand the feeling). Anxiety is a form of fear when there is no immediate threat to ones life. Essentially, it is fear of the UNKNOWN. The first step in battling your anxiety is to understand what causes it. I challenge you to carry a notebook for one week. Each time you start to feel anxious, analyze what your day looks like and get a feel of the most challenging topics/subjects/tasks of the day – document it. By the end of the week, you should have a decent amount of notes to reference back on. Where are the trends? What do you see that repeats itself? For example, my anxiety triggers are: getting a call from an unknown number, receiving a challenging email I just don’t have the answer to, and sometimes leading up to an event where I will have to speak publicly. As you can see, when you take a step back and analyze my triggers, it is fear of the unknown! Who is calling me and why? How can I answer this email honestly with the correct information? What happens if I forget the topics I am speaking about?

2. Flip the Script

Flip the script means change your perspective. This is extremely difficult for people due to the need to over-analyze a situation, so I am going to make it really simple. Anxiety is pessimistic, excitement is optimistic. While you may feel fearful about what comes next, try shifting your perspective to a form of excitement. Who is calling me? The president! How can I answer this email honestly with the correct information? Ask for help and give your honest answer – life rolls on! What happens if I forget the topics I am speaking about? I get the opportunity to speak because I have earned it, and I provide valuable information even if I miss a few small points. Life is about opportunities and being excited about those opportunities.

3. Shift Your Energy

Eliminate dwell time in your life. Try turning your TV off and do things you love, preferably active things. I really don’t have much to add other than live the life you want to live. Enjoy your life in a way that you want to enjoy it. Do the things you want to, because YOU CAN.

This post was written by Sean Gibbons. Sean is a visionary set out to challenge the thoughts of today’s generations. You can follow him at:

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The change within yourself

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This quote is great because its really self-explanatory but for most people, it’s definitely hard. Nobody else has the power to change themselves, not your friends, family, or time. Doing nothing about it won’t get you anywhere and well, time is money. The power of change is all within yourself and it’s really important everyone knows that because life truly is all about growth and learning. Life is a journey and if we want to reach our goals such as losing weight or starting a business, change must happen and it all starts with you.  Focus on yourself and not others, because in the end you have to change yourself. Self-accountability is key! Ask yourself, what changes do I need to make in my life currently in order to get where I want to be? Taking risks? What plans of action do I need to take to make my dreams happen?  The only person that knows that answer is you! So the one question I ask you today, is what are you doing today to start that journey to make that change(s) in life?

This post was written by David Chau. David is a musician, marketer, and passion chaser.  He’s a young business professional that enjoys helping people any way he can. You can connect with David on Twitter @davidbchau or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/daviidchau

Follow your passion!

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The most successful people today never set to make a ton of money as you might think.  More importantly, they’re passionate about what they do and they’re driven to succeed because they love what they do! Following their passions made them truly happy, and their many accomplishments should make people realize that we need to follow our passions because it’s one the main reason why they succeed no matter how many times they fall or get rejected.  We live only one life so we might as well find something we’re passionate about so life can be more fulfilling. Once you find out what your passion is and you keep on working at it, the money will come. Be inspired, take a risk, and live your life. Pursue your passions and accomplish things you never thought you could do!

This post was written by: David Chau. David is a musician, marketer, and passion chaser.  He’s a young professional that enjoys helping people any way he can and is a life learner. You can connect with David on Twitter @davidbchau or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/daviidchau