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Set Goals not Resolutions

It’s the time of the year again in which always have that urge to fulfill our desires and wants to happen in our life. Because it’s a new year we formulate our resolutions this year.

What is Resolution? Resolution as per Google is a firm decision to do or not to do something. However, most often than not our resolution ends up a wish and in the trash. Come next year you’ll realize that this resolution that you’re thinking now was the resolution a few years ago. This is what happened to me and I realize that resolution is like a bonfire, in Filipino idioms “ningas-kugon“. It has fire if you keep adding twigs or lumber; mostly after 2 months or the first quarter we suddenly forget it or get tired of it.

So, why or what is the reason behind it, why we get tired of our resolutions? In my own observation to myself, it’s because mostly our resolution is not formatted like goals. If you set a goal, you set a schedule of when it should be completed, if you set a goal you create timelines and identify milestones. The goal’s characteristic is S.M.A.R.T. The S stands for Specific, M for Measurable, A for Achievable, R for Realistic, and T for Timely.

For this blog post, I’m going to share with you my 2020 goals and let us meet at the end of the year of which among my goals I listed here are achieved.

So for my financial goal, I set to have Php 15,000 at the end of the year where I have to save this in GCash CIMB. A major milestone identified will be by June I must have Php 6,000 and then September which I must have Php10,000.

While for my health goal, since I think it will be unrealistic for me to go on a diet this year so I just choose dental check-up twice a year. The first check-up will be this March and the second one will be this November.

For social media goals, I must be able to publish 12 blogs and 12 vlogs this year, at least 1 post per month. Milestones will be this July and September. This July I must have posted 7 blogs and 7 vlogs then the next milestone I must have posted 9 blogs and 9 vlogs.

Then for my knowledge goal, I must finish reading 3 eBook or Audiobook this year with at least 150 pages. No specific genre for now as I am not really a book reader. The purpose of this is for me to train myself to love reading books. I consider this as the difficult one among my goals but the milestone will be this April where must have finished reading 1 book then by August I must finish reading 2 books in total then 3 by December.

I hope at the end of the year most of these goals will be completed or at least at 90% completion, I set reminders on my calendar to make sure that these goals will be achieved. Wish me luck guys and see you at the end of this year for our goals review!

Please comment down below your goals too, I would love to know what you are up to this year. 🙂

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2018 Wrap-up: Self healing

In a few hours from now, 2018 will bid goodbye and we will welcome a fresh year. Everyone’s excited and looking forward to what’s in store for them for 2019. I am also excited for the new year and hoping for new adventure, lessons or learnings, people to meet, opportunities to open. Before that let me share to you my 2018. After 365 days it’s soon to be over and 2018 for me was a year of self-healing.

Self-healing because it was a year when I don’t have any “ganap” or activities unlike on previous years where there’s always travel and exploration. The year 2018 is more of house-office-house kind of life. This year I rarely go outside and I find it a chore or a burden of going out probably because of my schedule being a nocturnal corporate slave. It was boring but I don’t know why I feel the urge to share it, maybe because there’s still a lesson or I still learned something out of it despite the boring year I’d got.


The year was the start where I re-focus myself to my initial goal: to send my brother to college; as my way of showing my gratitude to God Almighty. It was temporarily halted years ago because I was focused or blinded by love-life hahahaha.. and when it’s over (not this year though) it took a while to recover and I think the whole 2018 was the ultimate year for the recovery because in the past years it was like patchy or you know (trying to move-on then recall it again). This year beside my original goal I also redirect my love towards my self, I know it sounds selfish but what I mean about it is I have to love back myself. I read a quote post in Facebook that has a context of: before loving other else, you need to make sure to love your self first and when you are full of it, then that’s the time to share that love to someone else.

This year I invested in my health through supplements since I am working night shift and I feel that it might be getting a toll to my health which will ask the payment soon when I age, so better prepare and if we can extend the schedule of that “payment”, why not right? I know supplements are not enough and exercise is also needed but I’m planning to incorporate that hopefully this 2019.

I started reading books and watching Youtube videos about self-dev and self-care. Those inputs are very helpful for me especially now that my 30th birthday is coming (next year). I feel that my 30th should be a good start to be a true blue mature and responsible person with the right mix of being cool and bubbliness. The 30th year for me is kind of significant because when I was in 4th year high school this is the target age I set to myself that I should have a million in my bank account, a car, a house of my own, and a business. As of this writing, I am 29 and none of it are on me and I only have a year; I don’t have that time anymore, it’s impossible so I guess I have to adjust and recalibrate. Honestly, it’s kind of sad to think that I did not achieve the goal but I need to move on and change the plans. I must be aggressive this time! I can’t wait for the time that I can take the full swing in dealing and aggressively taking the risks.

Overall I am still very thankful to God for the blessings and opportunities that He provided me this year. It helped me grow as an individual, I may not get those material goals I set before I reached 30 but I could say that somehow the character of being a true blue mature and responsible person with the right mix of coolness and bubbliness is on track. Happy New Year!!


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Think and Grow Rich Summary

It took me 2 months to finished reading this book called Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. This book is not a thick book, in fact maybe to some they can read this whole in one sitting, anyway please excuse my novice level. Napoleon Hill is an American self-help author and this book is one of his 10 best selling books of all time. The book was written in 1937 and by 2015 the book sold for 100 million copies worldwide and it remains the biggest seller of Napoleon Hill’s books and listed in John C. Maxwell‘s A Lifetime “Must Read” Books List.

Think and Grow Rich is not a book that tells you about how to become financially wealthy though that’s Napoleon’s let’s just say “vehicle” to help deliver the context of the book in a familiar manner. The “rich” in the title is about creating a consistent abundance of whatever your dream to have about.

In the introduction of the book, it entices the reader of discovering the secret to success and being rich. It covers areas where you can hone or maybe for you to discover in case you’re not familiar with it yet. It tackles desire, faith, auto-suggestion, specialized knowledge, imagination, organized planning, decisions, persistence, mastermind, the power of sex, the subconscious mind, brain, 6th sense, and fear. Most of the areas Napoleon provides stories of famous people to prove how they use the “secret” in achieving their goals or dreams.

Inspiring Quotes

You will learn a lot from this book and I don’t want to spoil you. There are a lot of golden quotes that I like in this book too that inspires me, here are some of them:

Wishing will not bring riches. But desiring riches with a state of mind that becomes an obsession


All who succeed in life get off to a bad start


No man is ever whipped, until he quits— in his own mind.


The man who cannot follow a leader intelligently, cannot become an efficient leader.


Genuine wisdom is usually conspicuous through modesty and silence.


Tell the world what you intend to do, but first show it. Deeds, and not words, are what count most.


What’s my own recipe to success?

After reading this book I think I now know my own recipe to success or the “secret of success” as per Napoleon Hill. A burning desire mixed with discipline and a dash of acquiring knowledge as fast as possible is the recipe that I think works for me. When you have a burning desire you create to yourself a definite goal, a fixed target that you are so passionate to achieve. When you are passionate you can do anything and everything, even beating the odds.

We all know that the journey to whatever your goal is never easy and discipline helps you stay focus and calm. A dash of accelerated acquisition of knowledge, maybe you are wondering why just a sprinkle of it when you can have a large amount, aye? For me, knowledge is a double-edged sword, it is also a source of power;  that’s why it’s the forbidden fruit. When you have so much knowledge life would be boring, no more challenge, and no more fun; I don’t want that to happen. I still want to have that enthusiasm to discover and learn through mistakes, so just a little of acquiring knowledge in a fast-track way is enough, you know just for a quick boost in the journey.


This book was also a recommendation by a well-known Filipino vlogger. I was inspired by his story and achievement so I took his recommendation and he’s right! This book is really a great book and I highly recommend this too, take that from someone who is not fond of reading books.  😉

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Don’t say I WISH, say I WANT

When I was in High School I remember our teacher in English asked us the difference between wish and want and when to use them accordingly. At that time, we thought we can use it anytime we want because they have the same meaning or shall I say they convey the same context.

She said that you may use “wish” if you are thinking of something you want to happen but impossible like for example, you wish to rain a snow in the Philippines (it’s impossible because we are tropical country and near the equator). While you say “hope” if you are looking forward to something to happen that has a high possibility.

So, I’ve been using that learning from then when I write or in a conversation but I never thought that it will also have a different shall we say “meaning”. That’s when I read Napoleon Hill’s book called Think and Grow Rich. There’s a phrase in the book that says:

Wishing will not bring riches. But desiring riches with a state of mind that becomes an obsession.

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Well, it does not directly differentiate the want versus need in the sentence but the context is right there that if you desire something you need to make sure that it does not come from a “wish” but from a want. Because a desire that roots from “wants” are more powerful; you make sure that it’s achievable, you create plans on how to achieve it, and you are persistent that it will happen. If the desire roots from a “wish”, it is bound not to happen, it became a disposable and cheap desire despite its grandiose nature, it may be as good as trash.

So, next time let us all remember this learning the meaning of want and wish not just in writing or in conversation but also in formulating our desires. Have a happy week ahead!

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What is a Team Leader

Leaders are like shepherds, they tend or guide the herd to keep them away from any danger and to make sure that they are eating well. Leaders help the team or organization do the right stuff by setting direction, inspiring the members, look for opportunities, resolve problems and sometimes they are also a catalyst for change. I read this article from Harvard Business Review about the 5 Critical Roles in Project Management, one of the critical roles is Team Leader.

Team Leader

Large projects may include a team leader, who reports directly to the project manager. In small

projects, the project manager wears both hats. The team leader cannot act like the boss and still

obtain the benefits of team-based work. Instead, he must adopt the following important roles:

  • Initiator. Rather than tell people what to do, the leader draws attention to actions that must be

taken for team goals to be met.

  • Model. He uses his own behavior to shape others’ performance—by starting meetings on time, for

example, and following through on between meeting assignments. Leaders often rely heavily on

this tactic, since they typically cannot use promotions, compensation, or threats of dismissal to

influence team members.

  • Negotiator. He gets what he needs from resource providers by framing the project as mutually


  • Listener. He gathers from the environment signal of impending trouble, employee discontent, and

opportunities for gain.

  • Coach. He finds ways to help team members maximize their potential and achieve agreed-upon

goals. Coaching opportunities are abundant within teams because the skills members eventually

need are often ones they don’t already have.

  • Working member. In addition to providing direction, the leader must do a share of the work,

particularly in areas where he has special competence. Ideally, he should also take on one or two of

the unpleasant or unexciting jobs that no one else wants to do.


The article provided an intuitive definition of the role of a team leader. Sometime in our lives, we will become leaders in one way or another and I will definitely keep this in my mind because I know someday, I will lead the way!

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Lower your expectations or you will be disappointed

Last week I patiently line in a long queue for Comelec’s registration for this 2016 Presidential Election. But based on my observation I think I have to expect that my high hopes for a better election next year will just bring me frustration and disappointment.

I went to the main office of Comelec to register myself but in my disappointment they managed to have it in Ayala Center Cebu. Well, it looks like it was a good one as they thought the comfort of the people. In Ayala Center, it’s wider, air-conditioned and accessible however I wish that they did not make the registration site at one place only like they are having a carnival show but rather simultaneous multi-points of registration sites. In that way, they are serving the registrants from different points of the city and reduce the crowd and long queue.

I’ve heard that the Comelec officials are pointing fingers and blaming the late/last-minute registrants, that if only they register earlier then it would take 15 minutes (the longest wait) to accomplish the said activity. They are absolutely right on that area, but they should also consider this last-minute registrants scenario ahead and made a solution we’ve been doing election before so many times and that trend is very clear that will happen again, plus not all has the opportunity to do it during weekdays for some reasons. The Comelec should have it done 6-day a week registration availability starting at the first date of registration, that means they will be open during Saturdays and cater the working and busy mob, after all they will be on a hiatus for years after the election and still the government is paying them even they are not doing anything anymore.

dismayAnother thing that dismays me is the online application form – it sounds pretty high-tech, right? However, they are not actually honoring it and you will still have to manually fill out the form right there. Yes, you read it right! In other words, it’s useless to fill it online and print it having a thought that your way will be smoother. Do you want to know their reason? They are having this color-coding thing on their papers which I think is so ancient! I don’t know if they forgotten the goal of this whole thing, that the legal Filipino should have a digital record including their biometric specimen because we are moving now to a digital election process and ditching that manual procedure that as we all know is very prone to sham. It was such a disappointment indeed that they still cannot move on! Perhaps because the officials are old and less trendy, they are the cause why we are very sluggish towards the improvement that we are looking forward.

I am still seeing log books and manual logging! Such a face-palm, I really can’t understand why they are still doing it! maybe for reconciliation but I doubt, they are just wasting resources, time, and effort because if the bad guys really wanted to jeopardize the election they will always have ways. We cannot tell they maybe now registering dummy records directly in the database!

I’m glad that I successfully registered and will now ready to vote and exercise my right next year! I am still hopeful for the improvements next coming elections and the Comelec will improve as they have ample time to think for a better solutions and plans to handle the next elections. By the way, bring your own pen because the Comelec cannot afford to buy a service pens for their clients!