The idea of Wheel of Life has a profound impact on me after my 5 weeks training. This is the first training course which I have attended that emphasizes on the need to work on every aspect in life, instead of just money or relationships alone.
I did Finance in both my undergraduate and postgraduate studies. Just like most of the young finance graduates, I have always wanted to be an investment banker. I was so fascinated by the sophistication of the job, the glamorous lifestyles and, of course, the handsome monetary compensation too.
To me back then, the definition of Success was the number of zeros you have in your bank account, the title of your job and the bank you are working at.
Lucky enough, I had the chance to work in a Swiss investment bank in Hong Kong a couple years later. I was literally working 7 days a week, an average of 90 hours a week. It was a very rewarding experience nonetheless and till today, I am still benefiting from the hours of hard work which I have put in. However, despite the increasing level of wealth, I realized that I do not feel happy at all.
Despite having a great career and being financially healthy, I realized that I do not have the balance in life – I did not exercise as much as I should be; nor did I spend enough time with my wife or my friends; worst of all, being miles apart from my parents, I did not spend enough time with them too.
Due to the fact that we are so busy with work, we often take the most important things in life for granted.
I was very grateful that I was presented with a wonderful opportunity to return to Malaysia, doing a job which gives me great sense of accomplishment. Furthermore, it enables me to live a more balance life now. I must admit that it was not an easy decision to be made, but with a clear vision of what I want in mind, I made the choice.
All these while, I always have the concept of “balance in life” but it was not very clear to me. I was very lazy when it comes to “sit down and write down your goals” because I thought, I know what I want in life, and they can be easily pulled out from my mind whenever I want to.
However, after attending the course, I was told to list down my 7-day goals, my master dream list, goal planning sheets and others, I suddenly realize, and appreciate the power of writing them down.
What I want in life and how I would like to achieve them are much clearer to me now.
“Personal leadership is the self-confident ability to crystallize your thinking and establish an exact direction for your own life, to commit yourself to moving in that direction, and then to take determined action to acquire, accomplish, or become whatever you identify as the ultimate goal for your life”
Writing what I want to achieve in life down on a paper enables me to crystallize my thinking, and guides me to the right direction. I believe, as long as I persevere, and determined enough, I will be Successful in life too.
Today, I can proudly say that, finally, I understand the true meaning of Success – It is the progressive realization of worthwhile predetermined personal goals, and they are my goals to make me a more complete and balanced human being.