09 June, 2011

Day 4 – Saying YES to GOD

Today I am saying Yes.  I am saying Yes to God and to His plans for me.  I am entrusting everything to the Lord.  I am surrendering my life to Him.  For without Him, my plans are nothing, my desires are empty, my soul is lost.

I am certain that everything that is happening to me right now has perfectly good reasons.  And in time, in God’s time, all of these will be revealed.  God has planted dreams in my heart and I knew that God has likewise given me enough resources to fulfill it.  I am on the right track, as long as I follow God’s guiding light.

Choosing a part-time teaching career over a large-paying corporate profession has been a very difficult decision to make.  However, after too much pondering, I ended up letting my heart decide on what it truly desires.  Many have warned me that I won’t earn as big in the academe.  And it scared me.  I have always been used to the security of having a stable job.  But I heard God’s calling.  And with great joy in my heart, I fearlessly heed it.

God knew that I wanted to be wealthy.  And perhaps he knew too that I won’t grow as much if I will stay in the comforts of a high-earning job.  I will just be dependent in its false security and be less striving.

God calls me to come out of my comfort zone – to expand and grow my potentials to the maximum.  And I am saying YES.  God calls me to become more creative in terms of generating money machines – to be wiser in using his gifts and blessings.  And I am saying YES.  God calls me to serve with more passion – to be dedicated and focused in achieving the true desires of my heart.  And I am saying YES.

Today I am saying YES to GOD.  And today I am also saying YES to the fulfillment of my dreams.

Day 3 – Death and Physical Wealth

If there is one thing certain about every man’s existence on earth, it would be that one day it would end.  Death, like the sunset, is a natural occurrence – a part of the cycle of human life.  Each one is expected to undergo through it one day.  Yet, most people (me included) would often find talking about it too morbid.  It normally generates an unexplained fear and resistance.  But, if death is certain and we expect that one day it would happen (today or tomorrow perhaps), instead of running away, shouldn’t we be preparing for it?

I love how Paulo Coelho shared how awareness of death creates an impact to men.  He says, “An awareness of death encourages us to live more intensely.”  If today you were given a chance to know the exact day and time of your death, would it change how you would plan to live the next years or months or days or hours of your life?  I bet it definitely would.  But how different would it be from how you planned your life today?  If you see significant differences between the two, I suggest you reassess the way you are living your life right now.

If you will ask me today if I am ready to die at this very moment, I would answer you with a “yes”.  I won’t deny that there would be a little trembling, but I would humbly tell you that I am happy with how my life has gone so far, how proud I am with the courage I have gained and how content I am with the relationships I developed with people.  I know I still have dreams in my heart that I still would want to fulfill.  But what truly makes a man is not the prize he gets from achieving his dream, rather the journey he took and the people he met along the way.

I have always tried to live every single day of my life as if it was my last.  And because of that, I try as much as possible to avoid harboring regrets and what-ifs.  I seize every opportunity that comes my way and uphold every decision I make.  Whatever is done is already done.  Some things may have turned out not quite as planned, but there is nothing much left to do about it.  What I have in grasp is my future.  I could only sharpen my skills, do better than the last time and hope for the best outcome.

From today, I would see to it that I exert all my efforts to seize every single moment of every single day towards achieving true happiness, towards gaining true wealth.

I often play badminton with my friends as a hobby.  However, in the past months, we have restricted ourselves from this recreation and put more focus on the demands of our jobs.  But from now on, since I am developing healthier habits, I am committing myself to playing this sport as an exercise once a week.  Further, to develop more discipline, I will schedule a jogging session for at least an hour thrice a week.  (This is yet to fit my schedule; perhaps after I get unhooked with my current full-time job.)  I have registered myself to a fun run (5K) on June 19.  I need to practice my running skills prior to that.

Developing a healthier lifestyle does not automatically shield one from death.  But too much abuse of one's body by giving in to harmful human desires could increase one's risk of ending his life rather much early.

03 June, 2011

Day 2 - The Power of 28 Days

Today is Friday.  I woke up early, thus I was able to arrive at the office early.  I was lucky that when I reached the shuttle terminal, a van bound to Taguig was readily available.  This has been my usual routine for the past six months.  However, lately, I noticed that I was slightly gearing out of this routine as I tend to get late in coming to work the past few mornings.  Yesterday was worst- arriving an hour and a half late.  But now that I have regained my hope and commitment to becoming wealthy, I would also want to commit to healthier habits.

I read on Bo Sanchez’ 8 Habits of the Happy Millionaire that to change one’s beliefs (or unconscious habits) it would normally take 28 days of constant action.  28 days.  I thought this sort of declaration is worth giving a try.  I would greatly benefit from it if indeed it was true.  After all, I have too many bad habits that I want to change; and, not to mention, a ton of good habits that I want to absorb.

Aggressiveness.  Today I also read how aggressiveness relates to one’s commitment to being wealthy.  If I assess myself truthfully, I would say that in the past years of my life, I have given just the right amount of aggressiveness relative to what I demand from God’s universe.  However, since now that I am claiming more of God’s abundance, it is only but necessary that I be more aggressive.  I must be more determined in creating and striking every opportunity I would get.  And that is one belief that I wanted to imbibe from now on – that I am very aggressive and passionate in becoming wealthy.

My Wealth Beliefs.  Here are some of the wealth beliefs that I want to incorporate in my subconscious.  Actually, most of which are lifted from Bo Sanchez’ 8 Habits of the Happy Millionaire.  But I want to make them my beliefs too.  I want to let these unconscious habits flow naturally in my system.  Thus, I will be reciting this daily for me to be able to accomplish that:

1.       I’m God’s beloved and it is His great happiness to bless me.
2.       God’s river of blessings is flowing to me at every single moment of my life
3.       Everything I need comes to me.
4.       I’m a blessing magnet.
5.       I’m guided by God at every moment.
6.       I am blessed with great relationships.
7.       I’m always meeting wonderful people that bless me and make me grow.
8.       I’m anointed by God to serve and bless the world.
9.       I inspire millions of people.
10.   I’m a brilliant entrepreneur creating wealth for God’s purposes.
11.   Money flows to me in great abundance
12.   I can earn any amount of money I choose.
13.   I’m a fantastic communicator and teacher sharing God’s love to my audience.
14.   I love God with all my heart, soul, mind and strength.
15.   I love others as Christ loves me.

It was a fine day.  I feel excited as I get closer and closer to being rich.

02 June, 2011

Day 1 – Defining Wealth and Happiness

I was on page 31 of Bo Sanchez’ 8 Habits of a Happy Millionaire when I finally decided to declare how much I wanted to earn after a certain date.  I wrote, without hesitations, “P2 Million” and “December 31, 2012”.  And it read:

“I will earn P2 Million by December 31, 2012.”

And just like that, I felt committed in achieving this goal.  As I continue reading the book, I began to understand that I need to define my emotional hunger, my emotional why – the need to be wealthy.

I pondered over all the reasons I have.  Why do I need this wealth?  Why do I need to be wealthy?  Why do I need to get rich?

I thought of all the beautiful things that I could do once I have this immense amount of wealth and the list in my head seemed endless – local travels, international travels, photography class, driving lessons, cooking class, luxurious cars, huge mansions, investments, constant date with my mother and my father, helping out the poor, establishing charity organizations, etc.  Afterwards, I felt ashamed of myself.  I realized that my desires are all very selfish.  Prior to wanting to give and share, I immediately thought of the material wants that seemed unreachable at the moment.

I quickly searched through my soul for the deepest desires of my heart –the things that will truly make me happy.  I knew that a lot of the things I thought as my emotional hunger were self-serving.  They will make me happy.  But the kind of happiness these things will bring is not the kind that forever lasts.  When I thought of the one thing that gives me true happiness even when I was a child, I just thought of one thing: relationships.

Right then and there, I categorized in my mind all the stuffs in my head and properly classified each according to priority.  And I was able to narrow down my list of why I need to become rich into three:

·         I wanted to develop and grow my relationship with my Family
·         I wanted to enjoy my relationship with my Friends and Others
·         I wanted to reward Myself for fulfilling my dreams

I felt happier after being able to define what gives me true happiness.  And being wealthy will help me achieve these things.

I passed my resignation as Finance Manager today.  If things go out as planned, it will be effective June 27, 2011.

I received a text from our director a while ago telling me to reconsider the decision I made and ponder over the advice she gave me two days ago.  The truth is, I still am not 100% sure of what my life would become after I resign.  I do not even know if I will survive without a stable job.  But right now, I’m staying positive.  I know God is with me all the time.  So I don’t have anything to worry.

I am filled with great hope and optimism.  I am looking forward to a life outside the comfort zone.  I know I will face greater challenges ahead.  But I will not fear.  For God is always here.