Jul 042012
 

Fire by Travis Wiens

Have you ever faced a confusing situation where you did not know what to do or how to manage? Have you ever focused on a goal to the point that it compromised your judgement? Have your fears and doubts prevented you from taking decisive action when you should have?

You need inner clarity to manage any challenge you face. Without this inner brightness, it is akin to groping about in the dark, hoping to stumble upon an exit. At key points when you cannot afford to make mistakes, you are likelier to make many that will cost you dearly. How then can you maintain your clarity even in the most trying of times?
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May 212012
 
Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining by Siddhi

When something bad happens, it can seem like the end of the world. This is likelier to be the case when we are emotionally involved in a high stakes situation. Here, the pressure to succeed and avoid failure becomes immense. Every setback is a disaster, every mistake catastrophic. In such cases, it is tempting to focus on difficulties and make them bigger than they really are. It is easy to imagine the worst and to despair because things seem impossible in our minds. But is this really the case?
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May 022012
 
Dark Night Sky by Mr T in DC

The end is just as important as the start, if not more so. This applies to many areas in life especially relationships, where a bad end can have lasting damage. Relationships usually start with great care. Even if there are a few minor hiccups, the start must be reasonably good for the relationship to survive and thrive. But if things sour midway leading to the end of a relationship, the end is rarely as good as the start.

Everything has a start and an end. With each end comes a new beginning. This is the way of the world and the natural order of things. But here lies the problem. If an end is not really the end, then the new beginning cannot really be a new beginning. This is especially so for romantic relationships.

Thus, if things have degenerated to a point where there must be an end, then it is best to end things well. Only by doing so can both parties move on and have a fresh start. Before we look at how to bring about a good end, let us take a closer look at why a good end is important.
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Feb 162011
 
Helping Hand by Lusi

The old saying goes that no one is an island. At some point or other, we will have to ask for help because there are too many things that we cannot know. We will need to rely on the expertise of others. Now, the way we ask for help affects the quality and extent of help that we will receive. If we do so in a half-hearted or off-putting manner, we are unlikely to get the help we need. Even if we did get help, it will not be whole-hearted which can make a lot of difference. But if we ask for help with sincerity, we are likelier to get the help we need. To illustrate this point, I would like to share a favourite story of mine.
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Feb 082011
 
Cloud Forest by Luca5

Nature provides much insight about life if we take the time to notice. Being like water for example can help us to manage the problems we face. Then, there is the matter of gradual development. No matter how much we try to rush matters, everything will only unfold at its own time. If we complete a process through excessive haste, the desired outcome will not occur. This applies to many areas in life. Whether it is the growth of a tree or the growth of a relationship or even the growth of a nation, only gradual development can ensure lasting success.
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Jan 152011
 
Composure by Chris O’Neill

In life, there is only one right way that things should go and that is our way. We want to get what we want when we want it. But life has a mind of its own and seldom conforms to our will. No matter how well we lay our plans, things rarely go as planned. I would know. I have laid careful plans only to watch my world crumble around me when they turned out otherwise. What then can we do to ensure that things turn out well? Here are some suggestions from my personal experience that will help you to manage better.
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Sep 232010
 

If you know why you have to change a bad habit and desire to do so, you can make careful plans to bring about that change. After which, the next logical step is to take action and execute those plans. But the change will not happen easily. You will find yourself up against great resistance and inertia. To succeed you have to proceed carefully and methodically to whittle down the hold that your bad habit has over you. Read on to find out how I changed my bad habit of viewing failure in a negative light.
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Aug 172010
 

Tokugawa Ieyasu was famous for his patience. His patience was so great that he persisted at his goal to unite Japan until he achieved it at the age of 60. In the process, he survived all his fearsome rivals by waiting for the right moment to seize power. It is for his great patience and strength to bear great hardship that makes him one of my heroes. What was the secret of his incredible patience? In the quote that follows, Tokugawa reveals the secret to his descendants.
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Jul 282010
 

I am not a Star Craft fan. But this is merely because I’ve never played the game and so I know little about it. Yet at the request of my brother, I agreed to pick up the pre-order version for Star Craft 2. I knew there was a launch here in Singapore for the game, but I underestimated its popularity amongst Singaporeans. Thus what was originally a simple errand turned out to be a 3 1/2 hour wait. Caught off guard by the length of the queue, I was totally unprepared. I was hungry and thirsty but I couldn’t leave the queue which kept growing longer and longer. Read on to find out how I survived the launch of Star Craft 2 as I waited from 11.30am to 3pm.
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May 032010
 

Waiting by Rachel K

In this day and age most of us are used to instant results. Everything has to be done yesterday. Additionally, many of us lead such stressful lives that the slightest hindrance provokes annoyance and frustration. Since I am the product of my age, I too have struggled with impatience. The 4 minute wait for the next train or long queues at cinemas used to irritate me years ago.

But over time, I have learned to be a little more patient. Being patient allows me to maintain my clarity of mind. It also enables me to see into the heart of the matter, thus finding the best solution or rising above it. Thankfully, patience, like all things, is an art which anybody can learn. The following are some ways that I have used to become more patient:
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