Thank You Day

Thank-YouIn life, no matter how much you have succeeded, do not forget that there are people who have helped you at each step of the way. And the best way to look back is to return to the people who have cared and supported you and say “thank you”. Taking this action allows you to pause and reflect to see how much of the good things in life have been given you by way of trust, support, and help from others.

Receiving expressions of gratitude makes us feel a heightened of self-worth, and that in turn triggers other helpful behaviors toward both the person we are helping and other people, too. – Francesca Gino (Author, “Sidetracked: Why Our Decisions Get Derailed, and How We Can Stick to the Plan”)

Assign a “Thank You Day” schedule in your calendar. Reach out, send that “Thank you” card, reconnect or arrange a simple coffee meet-up with someone who has played or currently playing an important part in your life. They could be your former teacher, former colleague, mentor, business partner, your staff, your parents, high school friend, your wife/husband, your costumer…This simple habit is also a powerful way of nurturing your established network.

If you are in business, expressing gratitude to your loyal customers will do good for you. Study after study reveals that when you say “Thank you” to your customers, they both spend more money and tell their friends about the exceptional service and products you deliver, increasing your profits. (http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/220770)

P.S.

To my community of bloggers, who are following this blog and constantly hitting that “like” button, thank you so much! You keep on inspiring me to write and giving me a meaningful blogging experience. I wish to meet you all someday – and personally express my sincerest gratitude.

Make a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it. -Ralph Marston

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Cover design of my E-book (plus short & extended description)

My manuscript is currently being reviewed by Smashwords and hopefully will be published by March of this year…

I and my graphic designer are working hard to meet the criteria of Smashwords – and for them to place my ebook under premium catalog…

I’ll be glad to know your thoughts on the cover design –

THE COVER DESIGN

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SHORT DESCRIPTION

It’s The Snail, John! is an attempt to help you look back from as well as forward to your life. The author discussed 5 simple lessons that can guide each of us to stir success and happiness straight to our own doorsteps.

EXTENDED DESCRIPTION

How to discover the right career path and be successful? How to live a life and be just happy?

These are John’s questions a year ago. Confused and feeling lost, he turned to his former High school Social Studies Teacher in the hope to be enlightened.

The questions stimulated John’s former teacher to start an account of his life’s journey and of those people whom he met and worked with. After putting together all the lessons he uncovered (from his and other people’s lives), the teacher suddenly had a dilemma on how he could present it to John in a way that would tickle John’s imagination and trigger his interest to do his own reflection.

Thanks to the unruffled snail! Yes, a snail! The teacher had found out that the lessons he wanted to share with John and alike about life and success at work were hidden beneath the intriguing characteristics of snails that he saw and observed closely one morning at the garden of his office.
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The life lessons that this book aims to teach its readers revolve around the snail and its five characteristics which the author found from his research. As he ventured deep into the comparisons, he discovered the “parallelism between the life of a snail and that of a human being searching for success” to be simply amazing.

It’s The Snail, John! is an attempt to help you look back from as well as forward to your life. The author discussed 5 simple lessons that can guide each of us to stir success and happiness straight to our own doorsteps.

After reading It’s The Snail, John! like the snail, you will realize that true success and real happiness lie within you.

So, just move and grow the snail in you!

ABOUT SMASHWORDS

Smashwords is a global ebook distributor serving authors, publishers, readers and major ebook retailers. Smashwords is ideal for publishing novels, personal memoirs, poetry chapbooks, short and long-form fiction, and non-fiction…Smashwords distributes books to Apple iBookstore (50 countries), Barnes & Noble, Kobo (which powers the bookstores of multiple other retailers such as FNAC in France and WH Smith in the U.K.), Sony, Baker & Taylor (Blio.com and the Axis360 library platform), and the Diesel eBook Store. (https://www.smashwords.com/about/supportfaq)

7 Life Lessons I Learned from “UP” (plus my 2013 Vision Board)

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“Up” was a wonderful 2009 American 3D computer-animated comedy-adventure film directed by Pete Docter! Once again, the revolutionary minds of Pixar Animation Studios have done a masterpiece along with their Finding Nemo and Monsters, Inc.
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Determined to reach the Paradise of the Falls, old and nostalgic of his wife, Mr. Fredricksen tied thousands of balloons in his house and took his last chance of realizing his dream to set foot to the lost world of his childhood dreams. However, unknown to Mr. Fredricksen, Russel, an overeager eight-year-old Wilderness Explorer who was never ventured beyond his backyard, was with him. The two reached new heights and met Dug, a dog with a special collar that allows him to speak, and Kevin, a rare 13-foot-tall flightless bird. Stuck together in the wilds of the jungle, Mr. Fredricksen has realized that sometimes life’s biggest adventures aren’t the ones you set out looking for.

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This film has thought me 7 life lessons:

  1. Our dreams will make us motivated to act and will bring out the creativity within us.
  2. Our dreams define our adventure. Sometimes it’s the other way around: our adventures define our dream.
  3. It is important that there is always something that inspires us and get us feel excited every day. It could be a person, an idea, or a place maybe.
  4. We must push ourselves beyond our limits to realize our dream. We must make it as our adventure of a lifetime. However, sometimes new adventures (leading us to something else) will come our way and we will find enough reasons to let go of the first one. This is life – it is about making some unanticipated turns sometimes.
  5. Never get easily frustrated and paralyzed by unrealized plans. Keep sailing with a hopeful and positive attitude.
  6. Friends are so important. Always be good to people around you and make friends with them wherever you are. We will never know that they will play a very important role in our different life’s adventures soon.
  7.  It is better to give up your dream along the way than compromise your integrity and self-respect.

Every year, I usually make a Vision Board. I place in this board all the things I wanted to realize/accomplish by the end of the year. I consider all the things in my Vision Board as the version of Mr. Fredricksen’s dream – “Paradise of the Falls”.

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We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

Photo credits

UP photospixar.wikia.com, dvdbeaver.com rantsofadegenerate.blo.

Photos used in Vision Boardnewblood.com, drawingcoach.com, randrtravel.org, acquisio.com, desktoppub.about.com

5 Practical Tips On Practicing A Slower-Paced Life (plus 1 bonus)

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How much of our sprinted life are we willing to give up?  Do we really have no choice? I believe the right answer is NO. Slowing down so that we are able to balance our hurried pace is always an option available for all of us.

Slowing down is one of the concepts I have explored and presented in my upcoming E-book entitled “IT’S THE SNAIL, JOHN! – Five Down-To-Earth Lessons about Life and Success at Work.”

Here’s an excerpt from Chapter 1 of my book on practicing a slower-paced life:

My own guidepost to practicing a slow-paced life is what I call “snailing,” or the act of slowing down productively. To engage in this art, one simply puts the following into practice:

1.    Take a lunch break alone once in a while. Go to lunch by yourself and do not bring your phone with you. (Leave it in your office).

 2.    While inside a train or a cab, wear your earphones and start playing relaxing music. I suggest you stay away for a while from Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga’s type of music.  Instead, play soothing music, preferably music that simulates the sounds and movement of nature. Focus your attention on the sounds and close your eyes for 10 minutes. Think nothing. Just embrace the sound.

 3.    At night, do not take your phone to bed. If you do, the odds are great that you will check your e-mail, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. By the time you are done, it is already past 12 midnight.

 4.    On weekends, try to avoid going to the mall. If you cannot avoid the temptation, go for a short while, eat and just watch a movie there. Then come home, read good books, or just play and laze around with your family.

 5.    Ignore e-mail and phone calls from your boss or supervisor at night, on weekends, and while on vacation. You will not be fired from your work for doing this. The labor law is at your side. In doing this, you are sending your boss an important message: “Learn to respect my private and personal time. I’m snailing.”

These are just five ways of snailing. You can think of some more. I leave the other ways to you, but do not just list them down. Make it a habit to practice them every day. Commit yourself to it. Later, as you engage more and more in snailing, you can fight that person inside you who loves moving too quickly, missing the connection, and making mistakes. Eventually, you will grow the snail in you.

For Christine Louise Hohlbaum, it’s simple:

When working on a project on your computer, close all the windows, with the exception of the one you need to do your job.– The Power of Slow: 101 Ways to Save Time in Our 24/7 World