A simple success formula

A success formula
That is so simple
You can’t believe;
And here it goes:
Go for what is right,
And Keep doing it;
Go for what is good,
And keep doing it;
Go for what is useful
And keep doing it;
Go for what will help,
And keep doing it;
Go for what pays,
And keep doing it;
Go for what is clean,
And keep doing it;
Go for what people like,
And keep doing it;
God for what you love,
And keep doing it;
Go for what gives joy,
And keep doing it;
Go for what God likes,
And keep doing it.
Go for what is correct,
And keep doing it.
Success cannot fail
To crown your efforts
If you do this.


Your golden crown

If you want to win
A golden crown,
The rules of the game
You must learn;
And once you have them
In your palms,
To obey them
In the best way that you can;
The main rule always
To be on top,
Is never to turn back
Without the crown;
To persist until you win;
No matter how weary
Your legs may be,
Perseverance is the word;
Crawl like a baby
To the finishing line;
This encouragement
I give to you,
That you may claim
Your golden crown.
If not for the victory,
That you will win,
For the courage
You have displayed.
Now, you go and bring
Your golden crown.

Put your heart in what you do

Put your heart
In what you do;
Put all your heart
In it;
Be passionate;
When you put
All your heart in it,
God comes in
And gives you
A hand;
And therefrom
Comes your success;
Even outstanding success;
I do advise then,
Which is also
My encouragement,
Whatever you do,
Be committed;
Commitment is the thing;
Have passion;
Put your heart in it.
God will come in
And lend you a hand.
And you will smile broadly
As success will
Smile also at you.

A strong combination of three

Ask me what you need
To become a king,
I will tell you
Without hesitation
unwavering faith;
Belief in yourself;
Belief that it can be done;
And that you will do it.

Ask me what you need,
To build an empire,
I will tell you
Straight away
Unrelenting persistence.
Keep going;
Fight to the end;
Never give up.

Ask me what you need,
To create a vast fortune,
I will tell you
Courage to act
Despite the challenges
On your way.
There will be challenges;
They cannot lack;
Face them, overcome them.

Unwavering faith,
Unrelenting persistence,
Courage to brave challenges;
A strong combination of three
That will lift you to
An ivory tower
Of achievement.

My stand on success

Yes, success is hard
To come,
But still, many succeed,
I will succeed as well;
I am determined.
Yes, not all will succeed,
Some will succeed,
Some will not;
I will be among those
Who will succeed.
That is a resolution.
Yes, success does not come
In one day,
I don’t expect my success
To come in one day;
I am human like others;
I will give my success time
To germinate, grow,
And bear abundant fruit;
Yes, you must work hard
To succeed;
I will work hard
Because I want to succeed.
There’s no turning back
On this.
This is where I stand
On success.
You can’t fold your arms
And succeed;
Or only complain your way
To success;
Or can you?
If you are complaining
Be working.
If you admire those who
Have succeeded,
Emulate them.
No success without work;
No success without the
Determination to succeed.

Success takes time

Success, like riches,
Does not come at a go;
Success takes time;
It comes slowly;
It travels gradually;
You have to try and try;
Falling many times;
Often, discouraged;
At times frustrated;
Yet, fighting on
Fighting hard;
When the desired results
Do not come
You don’t despair;
That is normal in life;
It is not usually
The first knock
That shatters the stone;
At times, you hit and hit,
And no sign at all
To give you hope;
But that does not mean
You should give up;
You have to keep on
You have to keep on
Digging the hole
In the hope of hitting
The oil well
You are seeking;
And what happens is,
Soon it happens;
And you become rich
For life;
That is the way of success.

Change The Story You Tell Yourself, And You Change Your Life

A silhouette in a forest.

“Change your thoughts and you change your world.” – Norman Vincent Peale

Yesterday, I saw this quote by accident in a bookstore near where I live. As I was walking to a bus station, a nostalgic feeling popped up from when I used to think that everyone around me was happier, smarter, and wealthier than me. It was a story I kept telling myself, and as long as I continue doing that, I continued being not enough. It took me a few years until I was able to open my eyes and change my story.

Literally, you become, and you receive what you tell your unconscious mind you deserve and think to be. The present state of your life is a direct result of the stories you tell yourself, and what you really believe to be possible. By changing all limiting stories you tell yourself, you will be able to change your life with time.

I came to realise the fake reality we often tell ourselves and its damaging effect. It took me years to break free from this, but I know there are others who are still stuck in their own made reality wanting to break free as well. So, let me share my five-steps guideline on how to change the story you tell yourself and your life.


1.     What Stories Do You Tell Yourself Right Now?

The reason for this question is for you to identify limiting stories you tell yourself.

So, what is the limiting story you tell yourself? Common stories are: I’m never going to find love; I’m never going to be successful; I’m too shy to give a speech in public; I’m not going to college, because I’m not smart enough; or I’m too lazy to go to the gym. Maybe, you’re also thinking you aren’t enough.

As mentioned earlier, the present state of your life is a direct result of the stories you tell yourself. So, your perception of reality is determined by the stories you tell yourself. This does not necessarily make them real, except for the fact that you believe they are. Your story creates and orders what your attitude and how you respond to life. This is what you need to break free from.

The difference between you and the people doing and having the things that you’ve always wanted is the story you tell yourself. Changing that story is one of the most important steps to start changing your life.


2.     Change It To An Empowering Story

When you have identified your limiting story, you have to change your old limiting story into a new empowering story.

Let’s take my old limiting story of not being enough as an example. For me, deciding that I am enough was my new story. As easy as it may sound, it’s not, because a new story by itself is not going to sustain. This new story needs to be fixed in my belief.

When I decided to change my story about myself, I looked around at my life for evidence whether my new story was true. For example, do friends and family think I’m enough.


3.     Support Your New Story With Emotions

Supporting your new story with facts will help you believe it, but what really anchors it into your life is associating it with positive emotions and positive thinking.

What I do every morning is, I visualise how my day would look like. I visualise going to the gym and have a great workout for an hour. I visualise myself setting a cup of coffee with the sun shining brightly through the window. I visualise how I would engage readers this time with what topic and style of introduction.

By visualising and rehearsing in your mind the positive outcome will make you feel joy and look forward to what you plan to accomplish every day.

“Imagine a new story for your life and start living it.” – Paulo Coelho


4.     Make It Happen

Visualising isn’t enough to make change happen. You make it happen by taking action and that’s where you really start to see change happening. Now that you have a new empowering story about your life, you’ll be able to see more opportunities in your life. You’ll also have the courage to try things that you never did before.

You will start challenging yourself more often and see things from a more positive perspective. Sometimes, you might fall back into old habits, but remember that making the effort will get you a step closer to your ideal than you were before.

“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” – Michael Jordan


5.     Don’t Beat Yourself Up

Changes won’t come as fast as you want it to be. What will happen, though, is that you will recognize the opportunities that will get you there.

Don’t be mad at yourself or others if it doesn’t happen fast enough for you, or if you fail to make the changes you want. Making slow but steady progress in the right direction every day will get you where you need to be. It’s important to be consistent.

Don’t beat yourself up if you fall back into old habits. We are often our biggest critics. Just pick yourself up and start again. It’s the ability to continue moving forward that will get you to your goal.

Originally published at ye-chen.com.

  • What story do you tell yourself right now?
  • What do you think of the five-steps guideline?
  • What is the new story you want to tell yourself?

Have your say in the comment section 🙂

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Talking about destiny

adult beautiful blue bouquet
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Who believes in destiny?
Do you believe in destiny?
Many believe in destinuy;
Many don’t believe in destiny;
Here, division reigns;
I believe in destiny;
This is my belief about destiny:
We each have many destinies;
Paths set out for us to choose from;
It’s like in a race,you find many tracks;
You are given a number of options
And you are free to choose from;
It is not just one option
That is open to you but many options;
You have the freedom to choose,
But you cannot go beyond the options
That your creator has earmarked for you
To choose from;
One of everybody’s destinies is failure;
Another is success;
Added to these two are other options
To choose from;
Some people have stardom
As one of their options;
Some people have talent;
Some people have family;
Some people have religious life;
Some have Ministry;
Some people have all of these
Destinies to choose from:
Your destiny may give you room
To get a boyfriend from India,
Europe and America,
And you freely choose India.
Haha! This is my take on destiny.
Strange to many people, I know,
But that is how my mind
Is working.
On the subject of destiny.

The Sunshine Blogger Award

The Sunshine Blogger Award

The Sunshine Blogger Award

To my surprise, Glen McKenzie – from the amazing “justabitfurther” weblog about getting outdoor, discovering yourself, and finding inspiration – nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. I’m really honoured and thankful to be nominated for this award by Glen.

I shouldn’t be the only one to accept this award, because I get my inspiration from the blogging community – especially my dear readers.

If you are wondering what this all means, the Sunshine Blogger Award is given by bloggers, to other bloggers, who inspire creativity and positivity within the blogging community. It’s a great way to recognise and connect with other bloggers within your niche or the blogging world. Also, it means you spread the word about writers you love with your readers. It’s a win-win for all involved, so let’s spread the sunshine!

Here Are The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog, so others can find them;
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you;
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions;
  • Notify the nominees about it by commenting on one of their blog posts;
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or your blog site.

11 Questions From Glen McKenzie

  1. Why did you get into or what motivated you to start blogging?

In short, my life has gone through some major changes over the years in terms of what I value, what my interests are, what my goals are, who I consider my family and friends, and much more. It’s all a bit ironic. You see, I wasn’t really looking to change myself at all, things just started happening. That’s a nice way to sum up life I suppose.

At the same time, it’s weird: although growing and changing is obviously a good thing, it’s also very confusing because you become a bit of a new person. Unfortunately, people hardly talk about what they are going through and are afraid of it, even though there are so many questions. So, I started to write about my experiences in my blogs, hoping to inspire and change people’s lives for the better.

After giving a lot of thought, I found out that I want to positively influence people who find themselves in a tough transition in their lives through content published on this website. I want this website to be our go-to place when we stand face-to-face with adversity – where we openly share the changes we have been through and going through.

  1. What’s your favourite comfort food?

I have to say homemade congee or also called rice porridge, which is a simple classic Asian breakfast dish. I feel nostalgic every time I eat this.

  1. What does happiness mean to you?

I believe that “sharing” would be the closest to happiness for me. To share what I have with the people close to me and just have fun by living in the moment. Of course, happiness is not a destination. Happiness is one of those things that requires consistent effort, similar to love or success.

  1. What do you do in your spare time (assuming you have any)?

Spend quality time with either family or friends. And sometimes, when I have a bad day, I would lie on the couch and watch movies on Netflix.

  1. What do you love most about blogging?

That would be to put my thoughts on paper. It helps me clear my mind and put things in perspective. Sometimes, I have this gut feeling that something I want to do is right, but a gut feeling is just that – a feeling. Once I put it out there, it helps put everything into a relatable context and give me even more reason to trust my gut instincts and carry on with the plan I felt was right all along.

  1. What is one random fact about yourself?

I’m scared of spiders. Not phobic, just scared.

  1. What is one piece of advice you give other bloggers?

“Stop stopping yourself from doing something great.” We hesitate so much with every single scary, bold, and life-changing decision, it’s becoming a nasty habit. I can’t blame anyone since I was the same, until I learned to take action fast before I talk myself out of it again. So, stop overthinking and start doing.

  1. Favourite flavour of ice cream?


  1. Do your family or friends know about your blog and what do they think of it?

My close friends know what I’m doing, and they are very supportive. With family, it’s a bit difficult. I haven’t told all family members that I’m blogging, especially the older generation who are having a hard time understanding technology. Some are sceptical while others think it’s cool. I personally don’t talk openly about it with family members, but they do sometimes ask me about how my writing is going.

  1. Dogs or cats?

I’m allergic to cats. But I love cats. So, cats.

  1. If you could be any superhero, what power would you have and why?

Time travelling would be so awesome! I’m imagining all the disasters I could prevent, but on the other hand, I would not want to mess with causality.

11 Bloggers Who Deserve This Award

  1. Amira at ASelfGuru.com
  2. Jeremy at Intentional Husband
  3. Lauren at Social Media – The L.A. Way
  4. Talisa at that new girl
  5. Joyce at Heavenly Bodies
  6. Anna at My Tenacious Life
  7. Brandy at Conquering Relationships
  8. Michelle at The Perfectly Imperfect Mummy
  9. Lorraine at Snowboard How
  10. Matti at Load Last Save
  11. Peter at The Novel Mindset

11 New Questions For All Nominees To Tackle

  1. What does success mean to you?
  2. What was the best phase of your life?
  3. What’s your favourite book?
  4. What’s an ideal morning for you?
  5. What’s the one thing that people always misunderstand about you?
  6. Where is your favourite place in the entire (fantasy) world to go?
  7. What are your top five favourite movies?
  8. What’s something you can’t go a day without doing?
  9. If you could get away with anything that you do?
  10. What fictional character do you most relate to?
  11. What is your favourite day of the year?

Thank You Glen!

Again, a big shout out to Glen McKenzie for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Let’s keep this community going and give recognition to many more bloggers.

Originally published at ye-chen.com.

An expert who never fails me

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I believe them, but not always,
I really believe them, but not always;
Do you know who I am talking about?
The experts;
I am talking about the experts;
They are good;
They give accurate information;
Accuarate advice;
Dependable facts;
But not always;
Sometimes, they are wrong;
Outrightly wrong;
And in any case, let an expert not tell me
I will fail;
Because, I will not listen to them;
If an expert tells me
I will fail,
I will tell the expert I will succeed;
And I will go ahead and succeed.
That is the controversy;
There is only one person
Who never lies to me;
Who can be trusted fully;
In fact, that I trust with all my heart;
I don’t know whether the fellow
Is an expert or not;
But he never lies to me and never fails me;
That is my inner voice;
If he says follow this expert,
I will, without hesitation;
If he says don’t follow this expert,
I will not follow that expert.
If there is one expert to trust,
That is my inner voice;
I never ignore my inner voice.
Always, I follow my inner voice;
And he always leads me
To the right place at the right time;
And in the right way.