Dare To Be Bold

Dare to be bold!

Yesterday, while we are on our way to Quezon Avenue for our practice with the rest of the PICC Feast Chorus, Bro. Rod shared about boldness.

He said, “I think the group needs to learn about boldness, too.”

I nodded to express my agreement then I asked, “What do you mean by boldness?”

He went on to explain and cite examples as we went through.

I understand that we should be bold in goodness. But often times, even when I do something good, I shrink myself. It is still a struggle for me to be bold.

But now, allow me to challenge you and myself to be bold.

I concur with Bro. Rod in saying that we should also learn to be bold – to be bold in the Lord’s light.

As ‘worshippers’, we should be bold in expressing our feelings everytime we are with and in the awesome wonder of God – that if you are high in the Lord inside, express it out. You let it out to the Lord because it is not about you and those watching you. It is between you and the Lord. And through your “communication” with the Lord, you share with the people around the enthusiasm you have inside.

And this is not just in singing songs of worship.

It is also true in our day-to-day walks in the achievement of our goals.

It goes with our daily encounters with other people.

When we arrived at the studio, the girls were talking about the Journey’s lead singer. It was at that moment that I realized that Arnel Pineda was standing by the door-side. I sensed, they wanted to have a picture taken with the famous guy. I, too, wanted to.

But nobody was trying to approach Arnel for such favor. I also thought he can’t be interrupted while he was chatting with the lady in blue.

And there came, Bro. Rod, in his boldness, approached Arnel and asked if the group can take a picture with him. Without hesitance, Arnel came in and we had the coveted photoshoot with him. Haha!

Now that is boldness. Pretty simple but not easy for everybody.

And I have a guess – boldness is a big factor that catapulted Arnel Pineda to the top.

By the way, all the while I thought he was that tall. But I was wrong. He may not be so tall physically but his boldness on stage and in his craft made him so tall.

Yes! One of the X-factors we have to live by to be great is BOLDNESS.

Boldness brings ordinary people to extraordinary performances.

In the middle of the traffic, Bro. Rod was sharing about boldness in the act of worship. And then there he went. He presented a demo in another field –

In the midst of the group’s restrained excitement to take a pic with the artist, he took the lead and what we wanted at that moment – we got it!

That is boldness!

Boldness helps you achieve your goal in any area of your life.

In relationships.

In business.

In your career.

In your own craft.

In life.

You don’t want to regret when you get old so act now!

Dare to be bold!

Chris Dao-anis
theYoungMind, www.youngmindgroup.com
…helping young minds live life!

Delegate Your Weakness

Delegate your weakness.

Brilliant managers of gigantic businesses do this. And you should, too.

This results in a wonderful team play or say – powerful synergy.

Two months ago, I designed a T-Shirt that we will be launching this July for the second project of the YoungMindShirts.

I can say that I have a sense of art. But I know I lack something when it comes to creating things with artistry and creativity. I sometimes create something good but not “cool”.

And so I seemed to have a problem – I want to produce something that is good and cool but I don’t know how to make it “cool”.

Then the thought came to my mind. I knew someone who does a great job in the area where I do bad.

I asked. She agreed. (Thank you, my friend.)

I am so happy that my friend Rowze Orteza agreed to recreate my design for our upcoming project.

And wow – she did it her way. It is fantastic!

I had to let go of my design. And I’m so happy. The concept is retained but what was once good is now “great and cool”.

Now, we are good to go for our project.

So again,

You don’t need to work on all your weaknesses, no way! We don’t have all day to work all the way.

Instead of spending hours to develop your weakness, spend the same number of hours to further develop your strengths.

I agree with Bo Sanchez when he shared this – that it is God’s invitation for us not to work on our weakness but to work with people whose strengths are our weaknesses.

That’s the way of life! He also declared:

Life does not reward you for being good in everything, but for being awesomely great in one thing!

Hours fly so fast. Instead of spending additional seven hours to develop your weaknesses, spend additional seven hours rather to improve your strengths.

The latter will yield seven-fold while the former may yield just one-third.

You don’t need to do it all.

Work with partners. Let them complete the dish!

Take charge of the tasks that correspond to your strengths but delegate your weakness.

Yield and be great!

Chris Dao-anis
theYoungMind, www.youngmindgroup.com
…helping young minds live life!

He Knew But He Didn’t

QUICK NOTES ON PERSONAL FINANCE_7.9:

Some say this is a cliché but why use it not – wisdom still rings in it!

Disagree?

“Shoot two birds with one stone.”

The once skeptical Carl disagreed with this once upon a time in his struggle with his financials.

Carl knew about savings and investments but he said that he is not earning much that he can have something to save and invest. He says that he earns P10 but he spends P15. But funny if you try to review how he spends to what he calls, “Well, they are not wants; they are just ‘extra needs'”.

He puffs two sticks a day. He drinks a bottle or two of beer once a week on Saturday nights. He spends just some bucks for coffee and latte at the classy café.

Carl says, “I just do the ordinary. Well, I am not like those that puff packs of cigarette a day, those who drink half a case on a Saturday, and those who buy his favorite latte everyday!

Carl is not bad after all. He is just like any other man in town. But check again…

He knew that he needs to save and invest. But he says he cannot do it.

How about the those that he spends in his “extra needs”?

Cigarette? – Uhmmm, how much is one stick now? I remember P1 can buy 1 when I was a little boy. (A bully at the basketball court once ordered me to buy one for him.) So let’s say: P2 a week, P8 a month.

A bottle of beer? Say, P30 x 2 bottles x 4 weeks = P240.

Coffee at SB: P150 x 2 days x 4 weeks = P1,200.

Total: P1,448 a month.

Note, the amounts are even understated. A lot!

Not that big, eh? But hey, Carl can save that. And once he has enough for his emergency fund, he can go on with his investments.

So why can’t Carl just hit two birds with one stone. Quit his extra spending habits so he can save and invest and yeah – I bet, he can even lose his fat belly!

It did not happen overnight. But then,

One day, Carl did the right way and then shared with me, “I shot two birds with one stone – I’m now healthy financially and physically!

Call it a cliché, but it is not a passe!”

The best time to start is not tomorrow, but today!

Chris Dao-anis
theYoungMind, www.youngmindgroup.com
…helping young minds live life!

Declare Your Dreams

There is power in declaring your dreams, your goals, your desires in life!

Last year, I had this crazy idea of running the 21K – that’s half marathon! Just because I wanted to have the 21K medal and the finisher shirt! Haha.

Why crazy? Because it was my first time to join a fun run. I haven’t been running for years. What? I’m not even a runner!

OK. I may say that I am a hiker. But that’s a different thing. And I haven’t gone to the boondocks at home in Kibungan for so long now. The last time I climb the mountains was — I can’t even remember!

But there I go! I signed up. I told the manager that I was in for the 21K.

I told my friends about it. Not only that, I talked about some basic running tips in one of my speech projects in Toastmasters. My main audience was actually myself! And I told my audience that I am going to run the 21K.

I posted my 21K ‘project’ on Facebook and on Twitter! I was crazy.

After declaring it insanely in public, every other day, when the dark approaches and/or before the day breaks, I run the treadmill, I run around the block, I walk around the big posts of our building, I told my friends to come run with my at the park. I told myself, I had to prepare. I will finish the half marathon. I also researched about the average time a beginner finishes it – some say it took them 2 hours while the others say 2 hours and a half.

A week before, I thought of retreating. I told one of my friends, I think I won’t go for the 21K. He said, “No. You already told everyone about it. Even here on Facebook. Haha!”

I thought he was just kidding around. We’ll, I had the choice to cancel it. I had the choice to just run the first kilometers and can just quit after some. Some ‘concerned’ friends even told me that! Don’t stretch yourself, you don’t need to finish it. I thanked them and smiled.

“Maybe, it would have been better if I just registered for the 10K or 5K,” I told myself.

But then it happened.

That bright sunny Sunday morning, after 2 hours and 59 minutes of running (and walking), I jumped lightly toward the finish line. I was smiling to the ears. A lady approached me, awarded me my medal and gave me my 21K-Finisher shirt! (I know, that was too long but then again…)

I did it!

I thought of it. I told people about it. I exerted the effort for it. And then I accomplished it!

I am not telling you to register for 21K and tell people about it, just run some meters and then miraculously accomplish it. Wishful thinking is a different thing!

The point that I’m driving is that, there is power in declaring your dreams.

When you tell someone of your dreams, your plans, your desires, you make yourself accountable to that someone, to your dream!

This then pushes you to accomplish your dream.

This pushes you to exert effort.

This pushes you to prepare for it.

And before you knowing it, you accomplished it!

Start declaring your dreams!

Conquer!

Chris Dao-anis
theYoungMind, www.youngmindgroup.com
…helping young minds live life!

Declare Your Dreams

There is power in declaring your dreams, your goals, your desires in life!

Last year, I had this crazy idea of running the 21K – that’s half marathon! Just because I wanted to have the 21K medal and the finisher shirt! Haha.

Why crazy? Because it was my first time to join a fun run. I haven’t been running for years. What? I’m not even a runner!

OK. I may say that I am a hiker. But that’s a different thing. And I haven’t gone to the boondocks at home in Kibungan for so long now. The last time I climb the mountains was — I can’t even remember!

But there I go! I signed up. I told the manager that I was in for the 21K.

I told my friends about it. Not only that, I talked about some basic running tips in one of my speech projects in Toastmasters. My main audience was actually myself! And I told my audience that I am going to run the 21K.

I posted my 21K ‘project’ on Facebook and on Twitter! I was crazy.

After declaring it insanely in public, every other day, when the dark approaches and/or before the day breaks, I run the treadmill, I run around the block, I walk around the big posts of our building, I told my friends to come run with my at the park. I told myself, I had to prepare. I will finish the half marathon. I also researched about the average time a beginner finishes it – some say it took them 2 hours while the others say 2 hours and a half.

A week before, I thought of retreating. I told one of my friends, I think I won’t go for the 21K. He said, “No. You already told everyone about it. Even here on Facebook. Haha!”

I thought he was just kidding around. We’ll, I had the choice to cancel it. I had the choice to just run the first kilometers and can just quit after some. Some ‘concerned’ friends even told me that! Don’t stretch yourself, you don’t need to finish it. I thanked them and smiled.

“Maybe, it would have been better if I just registered for the 10K or 5K,” I told myself.

But then it happened.

That bright sunny Sunday morning, after 2 hours and 59 minutes of running (and walking), I jumped lightly toward the finish line. I was smiling to the ears. A lady approached me, awarded me my medal and gave me my 21K-Finisher shirt! (I know, that was too long but then again…)

I did it!

I thought of it. I told people about it. I exerted the effort for it. And then I accomplished it!

I am not telling you to register for 21K and tell people about it, just run some meters and then miraculously accomplish it. Wishful thinking is a different thing!

The point that I’m driving is that, there is power in declaring your dreams.

When you tell someone of your dreams, your plans, your desires, you make yourself accountable to that someone, to your dream!

This then pushes you to accomplish your dream.

This pushes you to exert effort.

This pushes you to prepare for it.

And before you knowing it, you accomplished it!

Start declaring your dreams!

Conquer!

Chris Dao-anis
theYoungMind, www.youngmindgroup.com
…helping young minds live life!

Declare Your Dreams

There is power in declaring your dreams, your goals, your desires in life!

Last year, I had this crazy idea of running the 21K – that’s half marathon! Just because I wanted to have the 21K medal and the finisher shirt! Haha.

Why crazy? Because it was my first time to join a fun run. I haven’t been running for years. What? I’m not even a runner!

OK. I may say that I am a hiker. But that’s a different thing. And I haven’t gone to the boondocks at home in Kibungan for so long now. The last time I climb the mountains was — I can’t even remember!

But there I go! I signed up. I told the manager that I was in for the 21K.

I told my friends about it. Not only that, I talked about some basic running tips in one of my speech projects in Toastmasters. My main audience was actually myself! And I told my audience that I am going to run the 21K.

I posted my 21K ‘project’ on Facebook and on Twitter! I was crazy.

After declaring it insanely in public, every other day, when the dark approaches and/or before the day breaks, I run the treadmill, I run around the block, I walk around the big posts of our building, I told my friends to come run with my at the park. I told myself, I had to prepare. I will finish the half marathon. I also researched about the average time a beginner finishes it – some say it took them 2 hours while the others say 2 hours and a half.

A week before, I thought of retreating. I told one of my friends, I think I won’t go for the 21K. He said, “No. You already told everyone about it. Even here on Facebook. Haha!”

I thought he was just kidding around. We’ll, I had the choice to cancel it. I had the choice to just run the first kilometers and can just quit after some. Some ‘concerned’ friends even told me that! Don’t stretch yourself, you don’t need to finish it. I thanked them and smiled.

“Maybe, it would have been better if I just registered for the 10K or 5K,” I told myself.

But then it happened.

That bright sunny Sunday morning, after 2 hours and 59 minutes of running (and walking), I jumped lightly toward the finish line. I was smiling to the ears. A lady approached me, awarded me my medal and gave me my 21K-Finisher shirt! (I know, that was too long but then again…)

I did it!

I thought of it. I told people about it. I exerted the effort for it. And then I accomplished it!

I am not telling you to register for 21K and tell people about it, just run some meters and then miraculously accomplish it. Wishful thinking is a different thing!

The point that I’m driving is that, there is power in declaring your dreams.

When you tell someone of your dreams, your plans, your desires, you make yourself accountable to that someone, to your dream!

This then pushes you to accomplish your dream.

This pushes you to exert effort.

This pushes you to prepare for it.

And before you knowing it, you accomplished it!

Start declaring your dreams!

Conquer!

Chris Dao-anis
theYoungMind, www.youngmindgroup.com
…helping young minds live life!

QUICK NOTES ON PERSONAL FINANCE_7.7

When investing in the stock market, go long-term. Set up a different fund for emergency.

Great companies have separate funds for the short-term and long-term needs. You should, too.

Don’t wait for huge paychecks to start this. Start now and wait for huge returns!

Start small. Dream big!

Prosper, Young Minds!

Chris Dao-anis
theYoungMind, www.youngmindgroup.com
…helping young minds live life!

Reflections on Jeff Goins’ You Are A Writer, S1

You are a singer. No question about that.
The question is, “Will you sing?”

You are an artist. No question about that.
The question now is, “Will you create art?”

You are a writer. No question about that.
The question is, “Will you write?”

~ Reflections on Jeff Goins’ You Are A Writer

Chris Dao-anis
theYoungMind, http://www.youngmindgroup.com

(Simultaneously posted at https://chrisdaoanis.wordpress.com and http://www.youngmindgroup.com/theyoungminds-blog.html.)

3 Gems For You Today

My friends, here are 3 gems for you today:

1. Always play double. You cannot do it alone. Do it with God, He is your partner; and recognize that your partner is a God that cannot fail.

2. Always give your best shot. You may fail a lot of of times but give it your best shot nonetheless; because God does not care of your failures, He cares about your learning and development toward a fantastic victory.

3. Always trust your partner. God trusts in your awesomeness, He trusts in your capabilities, He trusts in you – His mighty creation. Now, trust Him. He is your partner, a champion partner.

Now rise up. Come to Him because God is in the business of resurrecting dead dreams. He will turn your mess into magnificence. He is a God of love, of unfailing love.

~ from Bo Sanchez’s message at the Feast, 6.24.2012

God bless!

Chris Dao-anis
theYoungMind, http://www.youngmindgroup.com
Live your life, Young Mind!

(Simultaneously posted at https://chrisdaoanis.wordpress.com and http://www.youngmindgroup.com/theyoungminds-blog.html.)

Basket System For Your Finances

In business and accounting subjects, budgeting is being taught. For a company to last, budget is a must. This is why they have to hire brilliant CPAs, financial managers, financial consultants, and a whole lot more to take care of their funds, their budget, their finances – the lifeblood of their business.

Indeed, the need for a budget in business cannot be discounted.

But how about applying this at a personal level – in one’s personal finance?

Maintaining a personal budget can be tiresome to a lot of people, even CPAs (like me) perceived to be good at it are not excluded. Perhaps, it works at first but it doesn’t usually last.

For those few who are good at it, go ahead; keep it up. For those who can’t, try the simple basket system that my mentor teaches: 10% for your tithe, 20% for your savings and investments, 70% for your living expenses.

As you move on to increasing your cashflow, you can add more for to savings and investments, and to your gratitude fund (tithe).

So again, if you cannot do budgeting, do the basket system.

Practice these simple habits toward financial freedom.

Prosper!

(Simultaneously posted at https://chrisdaoanis.wordpress.com and http://www.youngmindgroup.com/theyoungminds-blog.html.)