Isang Malugod na Pagbati sa UP

Noong nasa kolehiyo pa ako, madalas na binabahagi sa akin ng isa kong kaibigan ang mga kuwentong pag-ibig mula sa peyups website. Laging may kurot sa puso ang bawat kuwento – at isa sa dahilan nito ang aking paghanga sa UP.

Bata pa lang kasi ako, sinabi ko na sa aking sarili na sa UP ako papasok para sa kolehiyo. Sa kasamaang-palad, hindi ako pumasa at nilasap ko na lang ang mga kwentong binabahagi sa akin mula sa Peyups, ang tugtugin ng Eraserheads at ang pagkain namin sa mga kilalang lugar sa kanilang campus, tulad ng Mang Larry’s at Chocolate Kiss. Sila at UST lang ang pinapalakpakan ko tuwing Cheerdance Competition.
Naging masaya na rin ako at napamahal sa aking pamantasang aking pinasukan, kaya ba hindi ko na ninais na lumipat sa UP. Pero nanatili pa rin ang paghanga ko sa UP, lalo na sa kanyang sariling kultura. Ngayong nagta-trabaho na ako, tuwang-tuwa akong makakilala ng Isko at Iska at sinasabi ko talaga sa kanila ang aking paghanga sa kanilang paaralan.
Kapag nagkaroon ako ng anak, pagdadasal ko at sisikapin kong makapasok sila dun. (Kung gusto lang nila – pero medyo malayo pa yun :p)
Ngayon, matapos ang ilang taon, nanalo ang UP sa UAAP Men’s Senior Basketball at muling lumabas ang pagkahanga ko sa kanila dahil sa malugod at masaya nilang pagtanggap sa panalong ito.
Binabati ko uli ang UP sa kanilang pagpanalo! Tulad ng NU, makakaahon rin kayo. Mas maganda naman talaga na mas maraming naghahamunan sa ligang ito kaysa iilan.
Nawa’y magharap kayo ng aking pamantasan sa finals sa mga susunod na taon. (Magharap lang kasi kami pa rin ang mananalo) 😀

Challenges and Growth

Positivity - Rising Over the Challenge - Michael Christian Martinez

Michael Christian Martinez rose to the challenge to represent our country in Sochi as the first Filipino Winter Olympian, which helped him grow as a Filipino athlete and an individual. Photo Source: Tempo

When you rise over a challenge, you grow.

I just want to take this opportunity to share the happiness and fulfillment I felt after I overcame a few challenges the past several months and few weeks:

Challenge: Sticking to a routine.

The only routine I had before was to rise in the morning, have breakfast, take a bath and start working. The breakfast, bath and work parts used to interchange until I read that routine boosts productivity and contributes to success. It has almost been a year since I adopted a more streamlined morning routine and now I’ve incorporated a exercising which has boosted my productivity even further. It takes me longer now to prepare for work, but now I’m more focused on it, making tasks easier to accomplish.

Challenge: Being more organized.

I’ve utilized planners over the past couple of years and I vouch for their usefulness, especially for a left-brained person like me who is happy with wandering and whimsical thoughts. Aside from having a routine, having and actually using a hard-copy written really helps me get my job done. But I found organization for work hard beyond the planner. So actually being able to work with a bunch of lists now and not panicking is an accomplishment for me. I’m sure others who are reading my blog can relate. I’ve still yet to learn to really organize people, but I am learning. And I’m looking forward to when I can really manage and organize lists and people.

Challenge: Thinking on my feet.

That’s something that I’ve started learning. I’ve still a lot of work to do in this category, but I’m also confident that I can think faster. Being at the moment is really key for thinking on one’s feet.

There are a lot more challenges that I’ve yet to overcome and experiences I’ll grow from. And I’m excited to jump over these hurdles.

Thanks for reading my blog! How about you? What are the challenges you hurdled that made you feel really fulfilled?

Setbacks and Moving Forward

Setbacks Help You Move Forward

Image from Learn NC

As in anything in life, organizations go through ups and downs. And what makes an organization strong, and what makes it leadership work is the organization and its people’s capability to withstand major challenges and rise up from difficulties.

Numerous books, articles and talks have discussed the power of positive thinking in helping organizations and businesses reach success. Thinking positively and moving progressively is most important after going through certain setbacks, let’s say, incurring losses after a failed business deal, product recalls and legal crisis. To start, it is important to ask questions that lead to forward movement, such as, “What lessons have we learned from this experience?” and “How are we to apply these lessons?”

The first question reflects the bright side of even the worst types of setbacks. It tells us that setbacks don’t render ourselves, our people or our organization hopeless. It can make us better. A setback could just be the rubber string on a slingshot pointed upward, that pulls us back a bit, but then propels us to greater heights. I also believe that setbacks don’t just happen because of operational or organizational mistakes. There’s a deeper reason for the occurrence of setbacks, and personally, I ultimately believe it’s that Being (in my case, the Christian God), putting us through them to make us into better creations.

The second question reflects our ability to become better by following through and living out the lessons learned. It tells us that we can make the most out of anything, and move with considerable and logical speed to bring ourselves and/or our organizations to greater heights that where we were, complete with wisdom.

Where we land and stabilize ourselves is up to how much we fix ourselves to become a better organization, or person. With the help of God, of course.

What setbacks have helped you and/or your organization become so much better? I’d be glad to hear from you.

Thanks for reading my blog!

Positive Thinking and Enlightenment

One of the things that I learned is that positive thinking brings about enlightenment, and allows for dreams to come to fruition. Clearing your mind of anxieties and worries allows for a person to think things through – including mistakes and negative experiences – and come up with solutions, or at the very least a mindset that tells the self that things will get better. By having a positive and forward-thinking mindset, tasks and challenges are faced and solved easily.

Like in an earlier blog post, I had mentioned the importance of being analytic and critical of our surroundings. Sometimes though, we just get caught up in it too much and fall for the romanticism being part of the counter-culture and the struggle towards professionalism, and political correctness, that we get stuck and forget how to move towards addressing the problems and the fact that even if things aren’t perfect in this world, many things are still good (those are those though, who think implementing solutions is too mainstream – I’ll probably write something on that when I have lots more time).

An example of a good thing amidst the sociopolitical crisis here in the Philippines is the Million People March. Despite the people’s criticisms against the government and pronouncements that the Philippines will never rise again, despite the reality of expert con artists scamming the nation 10 billion pesos worth of taxes, and despite the pretentiousness among some circles when it comes to the arts (ehem hipsters ehem), I saw a people determined enough to unite and change the system, musicians who dished out their songs with much gusto and no care about what other people say and think or if they were “obscure enough” to be called cool.

In general, positive thinking and action bring about needed change. For every problematic business deal, there is a solution to make the deal work or a better business deal that replaces it. For every failed career choice, is an opportunity for someone to live his/her/their passion. For every relationship that didn’t work out, is another chance for love and friendship to bloom again.

Cliches exist because they do happen, and though the quote “for every dark cloud is a silver lining” , is so worn out and cheesy, we still say it or are relieved when we hear it. That’s because at the end of the day, we know that being a positive thinker is a possibility, and that with positive thinking, we win in life.

What’s Your Next Step?

What's Your Next Step

After every meeting that we have with a client regarding a project, my team and I discuss what our next steps would be. Then, we’d undertake these steps in the next few days, weeks or months, depending on the scope of the project. This applies to both good situations and not-so-good ones.

Talking about and carrying out “next steps” or following through after something has happened or realized is equally important in personal life. However, we aren’t always solution-based in dealing with certain situations in our lives. There is a tendency for us to sit back, look at the situation in a narrow view and complain or beat ourselves without doing anything. We recognize something, analyze and then are paralyzed by the simplicity or gravity of the situation. If we see the situation as mundane – say a stack of dirty dishes – we slack off until the sink is full and there’s nothing left to use for eating. If we realize the situation is complex – like an increasing debt, low grades or a family feud – we get overwhelmed and push the problem to the back of our mind until it escalates to the point that drastic measures have to be made. Here in the Philippines, we say “bukas na lang” (I’ll take care of it tomorrow) for simple situations and for more complex ones, we use the expression, “Bahala na si Batman” (“Batman will take care of it”).  I’m pretty sure this superhero was chosen for alliterative purposes.

But we can analyze situations without remaining paralyzed. So many times paralysis happens because we are caught up with our negative thoughts or emotions. This makes situations a lot worse. It doesn’t have to always be that way.

In times of laziness or trouble, these are the things you have to do. For laziness, please start with number 3.

  1. Recognize your feelings and act upon them (without hurting others). Groan, cry, or scream if you must.
  2. Calm down and take a breather.
  3. Look at the situation and think of possible next steps to be taken. If the situation calls for more analysis and weighing pros and cons, take time to do so. If other people are involved in the situation, talk it out with him/her/them.
  4. Weigh the pros and cons of taking action/inaction. Hopefully the pros outweigh the cons. This is important because even if you think of doing something that would improve the situation but not take acting upon it seriously, you might end up doing nothing.
  5. Take action.
  6. Think positively! Don’t think of difficult situations as “problems”, think of them as “challenges”. This has seriously worked for me for the last 11 years.

If you can solve problems at work, you can also solve problems in your personal life! It’s all a matter of applying the work blueprint to your life.

That would be all! I hope my post helped!

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