I found this on tumbler, ANd I THINK IT’S A PERFECT picture to show!
I found this on tumbler, ANd I THINK IT’S A PERFECT picture to show!
Breakfast: 200 soup + 100 bread + 200 bowl noodle
Lunch: 250 Yogurt cup + 1 bowl of rice (250) + fish (100)
DInner: 1 bowl of rice (250) + 1 whole fish (200) + 1 bowl soup (200)
Total: 1750 * not including FRUITS:.. WHICH IS .. quite a lot
Bad: Gosh, I think I eat to much. Before dinner, I drank 2 large cup of water, yet, I STILL FIND MYSELF EATING A LOT.. and I was eatinG SOUP TOO! I was trying not to let myself eat so much, but I ended eating a lot for dinner. Usually, I don’t eat as much. The reason for this is I have been exercising and my metabolism has just increase and my leg and stomach are so soar from the gym work-out that I’m eating like crazy. I need to constrant on the amount of food I’m eating. I need to remain constant on the amount of in take in order to actually see some result. (I’M NOT Starving myeslf, NO WAY, I can’t do handle that.. and I am not willing to hurt myself) So, I’m just going to try to eat like normal, and if I get hungry, more fruits & water. Usually, I just turn to water.
I’m trying to eat an apple a day.
The Good: I went to the gym.. almost completed my lab report which I dread so much these days.. arrgh.. hate lab reports.. but hey, I manage to accomplished it b/c I realized that hardwork is HARDWORD. And.. that I’m not as hardworking as I think I am … I am actually quite lazy… so I need to get better.
Other than that, I’m proud. 🙂 BTW, MY DAD and I got my mom the most AWESOMEST PRESENT EVER FOR CHRISTMAS 😀 I’m so happy, I can’ wait till my mom open it!! ^__^
Continue: HArd work:
Success literature going back hundreds of years espouses the benefits of hard work. But why is it that some people seem to feel that “hard work” is a dirty word nowadays?
I define “hard work” as work that is challenging. Both hard work and “working hard” (i.e. putting in the time required to get the job done) are required for success.
A problem occurs when people think of challenging work as painful or uncomfortable. Does challenging work necessarily have to be painful? No, of course not. In fact, a major key to success is to learn to enjoy challenging work AND to enjoy working hard at it.
Why challenging work? Because challenging work, when intelligently chosen, pays off. It’s the work that people of lesser character will avoid. And if you infer that I’m saying people who avoid challenging work have a character flaw, you’re right… and a serious one at that. If you avoid challenging work, you avoid doing what it takes to succeed. To keep your muscles strong or your mind sharp, you need to challenge them. To do only what’s easy will lead to physical and mental flabbiness and very mediocre results, followed by a great deal of time and effort spent justifying why such flabbiness is OK, instead of stepping up and taking on some real challenges.
Tackling challenges builds character, just as lifting weights builds muscle. To avoid challenge is to abandon one’s character development.
Now it’s natural that we’ll tend to avoid what’s painful, so if we see challenge as purely painful, we’ll surely avoid it. But in so doing, we’re avoiding some very important character development, which by its very nature is often tremendously challenging. So we must learn to fall in love with challenge instead of fearing it, just as a bodybuilder can learn to love the pain of doing “one more rep” that tears down muscle fibers, allowing them to grow stronger. If you avoid the pain, you miss out on the growth. This is true both for building muscles and for building character.
While a common philosophy says to go with the flow, the downside to this belief system is that you must yield control of your life to that flow. And that’s fine if you don’t mind living passively and letting life happen to you. If you feel you’re here to ride your life instead of drive it, then you’ll have to accept where the flow takes you and learn to like it. But sometimes the flow doesn’t go in a healthy direction. You can go with the flow and end up in a pretty screwed up situation if you don’t assume more direct control when needed.
On the other hand, there’s the alternative way of looking at life with you as the driving force behind it. You create and control the flow yourself. This is a more challenging way to live but also a much more rewarding one. You aren’t limited to those experiences that can only be gotten passively or painlessly — now you can have much more of what you want by being willing to accept and take on bigger challenges.
If I only went with the perceived easy flow of my life, I’d never have learned to read, write, or type; those were all challenges where I felt I was going against the flow of what was easy and natural. I wouldn’t have gotten any college degrees. I wouldn’t have started my own business. I certainly wouldn’t have developed any software. No way I would have run a marathon — one doesn’t exactly flow into such a thing. And I most certainly wouldn’t be doing any public speaking. This web site wouldn’t exist either; it was definitely an entity created more by drive than by flow.
I do believe there is an underlying flow to life at times, but I see myself as a co-creator in that flow. I can ride the flow when it’s headed where I want to go, or I can get off and blaze my own trail when necessary.
When you step up and learn to see yourself as the driver of your life instead of the passive victim of it, then it becomes a lot easier to take on big challenges and to endure the hardships they sometimes require. You learn to associate more pleasure to the character development you gain than the minor discomforts you experience. You become accustomed to spending more time outside your comfort zone. Hard work is something you look forward to because you know that it will lead to tremendous growth. And you eventually develop the maturity and responsibility to understand that certain goals will never just flow into your life; they’ll only happen if you act as the driving force to bring them to fruition.
When faced with the prospect of saying to yourself, “If I always avoid hard work, I’ll never in my life get to experience X, Y, or Z,” it’s a little easier to embrace the benefits of hard work. What will you miss out on? You’ll probably never run a marathon, marry the mate of your dreams, become a multi-millionaire, make a real difference in the world, etc. You’ll have to settle for only what going with the flow can provide, which is mediocrity. You’ll basically just take up space and die without really having mattered. The world will be pretty much the same had you never existed (chaos theory notwithstanding).
If you want to achieve some really big and interesting goals, you have to learn to fall in love with hard work. Hard work makes the difference. It’s what separates the children from the mature adults. You can keep living as a child and desperately hoping that life will always be easy, but then you’ll be stuck in a child-like world, working on other people’s goals instead of your own, waiting for opportunities to come to you instead of creating your own, and doing work that in the grand scheme of this world just isn’t important.
When you learn to embrace hard work instead of running from it, you gain the ability to execute on your big goals, no matter what it takes to achieve them. You blast through obstacles that stop others who have less resolve. But what is it that gets you to this point? What gets you to embrace hard work?
When you live for a strong purpose, then hard work isn’t an option. It’s a necessity. If your life has no real purpose, then you can avoid hard work, and it won’t matter because you’ve decided that your life itself doesn’t matter anyway. So who cares if you work hard or take the easy road? But if you’ve chosen a significant purpose for your life, it’s going to require hard work to get there — any meaningful purpose will require hard work. You have to admit to yourself then that the only way this purpose is going to be fulfilled is if you embrace hard work. And this is what takes you beyond fear and ego, beyond the sniveling little child who thinks that hard work is something to run away from. When you become driven by a purpose greater than yourself, you embrace hard work out of necessity. That child gets replaced by a mature adult who assumes responsibility for getting the job done, knowing that without total commitment and lots of hard work, it’s never going to happen.
Desire melts adversity.
Show me a person who avoids hard work, and I’ll show you someone who hasn’t found their purpose yet. Because anyone who knows their purpose will embrace hard work. They’ll pay the price willingly.
If you don’t know your purpose yet, then in the world of mature human beings, you don’t yet matter. You’re just a piece of flotsam on the flow created by those who do live on purpose. And deep down you already know this, don’t you? If you want to make a difference in the world, then hard work is the price. There are no shortcuts.
Purpose and hard work are buddies. Purpose is the why. Hard work is the how. Purpose is what turns labor into labor of love. It transmutes the pain of hard work into the higher level pleasure of dedication, commitment, resolve, and passion. It turns pain into strength, eventually to the point where you don’t notice the pain as much as you enjoy the strength.
Once again it all comes down to purpose. Create a purpose for your life, and live it each day. And many of the other success habits like hard work and working hard will fall into place automatically. Figure out the why. Why are you here? Why does your life matter? That is the ultimate test of your free will.
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The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.
– Oprah Winfrey
Hard work — yet another dirty word.
Hard Work Defined
My definition of hard work is that which challenges you.
And why is challenge important? Why not just do what’s easiest?
Most people will do what’s easiest and avoid hard work — and that’s precisely why you should do the opposite. The superficial opportunities of life will be attacked by hordes of people seeking what’s easy. The much tougher challenges will usually see a lot less competition and a lot more opportunity.
There’s an African gold mine two miles deep. It cost tens of millions of dollars to construct, but it’s one of the most lucrative gold mines ever. These miners tackled a very challenging problem with a lot of hard work, but ultimately it’s paying off.
I remember when I was developing the PC game Dweep in 1999, I spent four months full-time working to create a design doc that was only five pages long. It was a logic puzzle game, and I found it extremely challenging to get the design just right. After the design was done, everything else took only two more months — programming, artwork, music, sound effects, writing the installer, and launching the game.
I spent all this time intentionally working on design because at the time, I believed this was where I could get the competitive edge I needed. I knew I couldn’t compete on the basis of the game’s technical attributes. Before I started on the game, I surveyed the competition and found a lot of games that I considered “low hanging fruit.” Most of the market was flooded with clones of older games, the kind of stuff that’s easiest to make. And most of my early games were short on design as well, mostly aim-and-shoot arcade games.
It was much, much harder to design an original game with unique gameplay. But it paid off handsomely. Dweep won the Shareware Industry Award in 2000, and an improved version of the game (Dweep Gold) won that same award the following year. As a result of the success of that game, I was interviewed by a reporter for the New York Times, and my interview along with a nice photo appeared in the June 13, 2001 edition (business section). First released on June 1, 1999, Dweep is now beginning its 7th year of sales. It can’t compete with today’s technology. It couldn’t compete on technology when it was first released. But it still competes well on design with the best of the other competitors in its field. I discovered there are a lot of players who prefer a well-designed game with dated graphics than a shallow light show with the latest technology. The long-term success of this game brought home the lesson that hard work does pay.
There’s no way Dweep would have been able to hold out this long if I had taken the easy way out during the design phase. I dug for gold two miles deep, so it was much harder for anyone else to unseat the game from its position in the market. In order to do that, they’d have to outdig me, and very few people are willing to do that because creative game design is excruciatingly difficult. Everyone says they have a cool game idea, but to actually turn it into something workable, fun, and innovative is very hard work. When I look at other games that are successful over a period of 5+ years, I consistently see a willingness to take on hard work that others aren’t willing to tackle. And yet today the market is even more overcrowded with cloned drivel than when I started.
Strong challenge is commonly connected with strong results. Sure you can get lucky every once in a while and find an easy path to success. But will you be able to maintain that success, or is it just a fluke? Will you be able to repeat it? Once other people learn how you did it, will you find yourself overloaded with competition?
When you discipline yourself to do what is hard, you gain access to a realm of results that are denied everyone else. The willingness to do what is difficult is like having a key to a special private treasure room.
The nice thing about hard work is that it’s universal. It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in — hard work can be used to achieve positive long-term results regardless of the specifics.
I’m using this same philosophy in building this personal development business. I do a lot of things that are hard. I try to address topics that other people don’t and bypass the low hanging fruit. I strive to explore topics deeply and search for the gold. I do lots of reading and research. I write lengthy articles and give my best ideas away for free, so I’m constantly forced to better my best. I launched this business in October of last year and have been working on it full time for essentially no pay.
Meanwhile I’m working hard in Toastmasters to build my speaking skills (my one-year anniversary was June 2nd). I belong to two different clubs and attend 6-7 meetings per month. I became a club officer about a month after joining, and I was just elected to a second officer position. I’ve given many speeches, all of them for free. I’ve competed in every speech contest since I’ve joined. If I had put all this time into my games business, I’d have a lot more money right now. It’s a lot of hard work, and I’ve probably got at least another year of training before I’m ready to go pro. But I’m willing to pay the price whatever it takes. I’m not going to take the easy path to a shallow position where I will only come crashing back down again. I won’t get up on a stage and spout a bunch of fluffy self-help sound bites that still garner applause and a paycheck but which don’t ultimately help anyone. If it takes years, it takes years.
I’m taking the same approach to writing my book. It’s a lot of hard work. But I want this to be the kind of book that people will still be reading 10 years from now. Writing a book like this is at least 10x harder than the kinds of books I see dominating the psychology section of bookstores today. But most of those books will be off the shelves in a year, and few people will even remember them.
Hard work pays off. When someone tells you otherwise, beware the sales pitch for something “fast and easy” that’s about to come next. The greater your capacity for hard work, the more rewards fall within your grasp. The deeper you can dig, the more treasure you can potentially find.
Being healthy is hard work. Finding and maintaining a successful relationship is hard work. Raising kids is hard work. Getting organized is hard work. Setting goals, making plans to achieve them, and staying on track is hard work. Even being happy is hard work (true happiness that comes from high self-esteem, not the fake kind that comes from denial and escapism).
Hard work goes hand-in-hand with acceptance. One of the things you must accept are those areas of your life that won’t succumb to anything less than hard work. Perhaps you’ve had no luck finding a fulfilling relationship. Maybe the only way it’s going to happen is if you accept you’re going to have to do what you’ve been avoiding. Perhaps you want to lose weight. Maybe it’s time to accept that the path to your goal requires disciplined diet and exercise (both hard work). Perhaps you want to increase your income. Maybe you should accept that the only way it will happen is with a lot of hard work.
Your life will reach a whole new level when you stop avoiding and fearing hard work and simply surrender to it. Make it your ally instead of your enemy. It’s a potent tool to have on your side.
PJ PARTY: 😀
SO, I know how I’m suppose to dress up when it comes to digital update. But, I just want to do something different today 🙂
The picture came out a little yellow b/c of the lighting, but hey, it was better than nothing.. and be lazy xD
First off, before I hit the episode on my laziness.. I want to do a calories count:
BreakFast: Yogurt cup + Soup = 250 + 400
Lunch: Rice + fish = 250 + 50
Dinner: 400 + 200 + 100
Exercise: none + 2.5/4 glass water
Total: 1650 calories:
Breakfast: 300 + 200
I must say, I’m getting lazy. I have been going to the gym lately.. and I have also been avoiding. It’s because I’m lazy. I just don’t want to do it. I don’t know why.. maybe I’m lacking inspiration.. maybe because I’m just .. lazy. How do I combat against laziness? Against those days where I don’t really care much.. ARRGGGGGHHHH!!!! Frustrated with myself. I have a goal.. yet, I”m no where near it.. and I don’t need his laziness!!! >:((( ANd.. THIS also reflect my school work too. I’m not doing great on productivity. I’m very slow with my Ochem studying.. and i don’t even want to think about touching that book anymore.. ANd I still have to do my lab reports.. ARRGGGH i hate lab reports. T___T GOSH. i’M JUCH A COMPLAINING, LAZY, GIRL!!! ARRGGH!!
I need to get back on my feet now.. and start working it again. I NEED TO BEAT MYSELF!! ARRRRGGHGHGHGHGHGHG!!! FRURSTRATED AGAISNT MYSELF!!! T____T
I AM SO BADD!!! I need TO MOTIVATE MYSELF AGAIN!
–so, i posted a motivation picture up there. I didn’t find it. I actually got off another person who once posted this picture onto their 3fatchicks blog. I just repost this one because I think this picture iS EVERY INSPIRATIONAL!
THAT’S IT, I’M TAKING MY BUTT TO THE GYM!!!
-sorry for the rant! 🙂
So, Finals is finals is finally over, AND for the last 3 weeks, I did not even look at my weight or even bother exercising.
It was all about school, study, and more school. And.. I tried the best I could to eat healthy and not eat fast food. However, there where occassion when I had no other choice, so I tried ordering a salad at a fast food store. It was still around 400-500 calories, but hey, it was better than dishing it out an a hamburger.
So, I still remain to eat healthy during my studies, which was a big improvement from last time.. (when I had bunch of midterm, and I was eating like crazy) ..
but now, I have enough sleep and rest because of the new study habit that I have come to adopt. 🙂
So, now, I’ m going back to the gym. I still have a 2 year membership at the 24 fitness, and I have been going for the last weeek, ever since my break begin. It was not until recently have I started trying to get back in shape. I still have a goal of reaching 115, amd I’m still trying.I’m going to be more active on this site b/c I know that I need to start living a healthy lifestyle for myself….and for my family.
WHat I noticed, is that ever since I started healthy living, it changed dramatically in the way my family eat. I my mom no longer dish out greasy food on the dinner table, and MY dAD actually reduce the number of candy and sweets that he buys. He’s even started drinking milk and eating salad! 🙂 Haha, I’m so proud of my parents. I’m glad that they are also working with me to promote a better living style in the house hold.
As of now, I have 1 important goal that I want to meet again: which is drinking 8 cups of water a day, and exercising every single day, and study to prepare for the upcoming quarter.
Thank you 3fatchicks 🙂