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Having the eye of faith

“Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” Hebrews 11:1

[One of the most important qualities of a leader is being able to visualize the future. In Christian terminology, I call it the eye of faith. In secular or religiously-neutral language, I call it “visualization power,” the ability to see what can be as opposed to what is. If you can see barely in front of you, how can you lead others to the promise land? Below is an excerpt from a sermon I preached during the occasion of a youth day. I hope the language is accessible to everyone whether you go to church regularly or you’ve never set foot in one. Be blessed!]

Visualization starts with dreaming. But many people don’t know how to dream. For some it is because others have told them that they are good for nothing, that they will never get a good job or they will never find a good person to marry. When you have God, though, you have to learn to shake negative things off. When I was young, kids said very mean things to me. Fortunately, I learned to shake it off. They could only see my present whereas I could see my future. Don’t let other people stop you from dreaming.

One of the main qualities of a leader or a high achiever is that he or she has a good ability to see beyond what things are now to what they could be in the future. In business schools, they might call this quality “having vision” or “being a visionary.” In fact, I believe that what distinguishes many successful people from others is that they have dared to have bigger dreams! Joshua was a visionary. When he went to Canaan as a spy, 10 of the other spies saw the giant soldiers who they thought could not be defeated, Joshua on the other hand saw the beautiful land that God was going to give them as a country. David did not focus on Goliath, instead he saw the easy victory that God was about to give through Him. While his servant was focused on the army around them, Elijah instead could see thousands of angels protecting them. When you have vision, you’re not limited by your present conditions because you know with God, things can become better.

What I call vision for the Christian is simply the eye of faith. Hebrews 11:1 says that “Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (NIV)

The Bible tells us that God says that he will be with us with whatever we undertake, whatever we initiate, whatever enterprise we embark on, wherever we go. That is a license to dream. Because of God’s promise, if I want something and I have asked Him for, I can already see myself having it. Someone said that if you’re going to dream, dream big. I encourage you today to dream big.

June 1, 2011 at 6:08 pm Leave a comment

On the Way to Being a Centenarian

A few months ago, I decided to go for the goal of being a centenarian.

It’s one of those things you don’t think about when you’re young. Everyone wants to live long or just assume they will. But how long? Most people would answer as long as possible. Since I believe in applying business principles to my personal life, I’ve decided to go one step further by stating a bold goal and taking the necessary steps to succeed in that goal.

Originally, I had set my goal at 90 years. But then I decided why slack off here? Why not go all the way to 100? So, here it is I am going for the full century.

I have a few good things working in my favor to start. The first is good genes. Both my parents are still alive and in relatively good health. My father is close to 80 and my mother isn’t far behind. Both my maternal grandparents lived past 80 years old. The second statistic working in my favor is that I have never smoked in my life.

However, I have a couple of big obstacles. The first is that when I stated my goal of being a centenarian, I met the definition of being obese—literally (which is a euphemistic way of saying that I was plain fat). Being obese is defined as having a Body Mass Index or BMI over 30. The second obstacle is that I have a lot of stress in my life, but I am working on reducing it by working smarter (more about that in a later post). There is a third obstacle which I believe will be easier than the other two to conquer. That is to increase my social interactions and connectivity. (Running a growing company doesn’t leave you much time to hang out with the guys).

I’d like to talk about my first obstacle to become a centenarian which is being overweight or obese. With the exception of those with certain medical conditions, most people are overweight because of poor nutrition and physical activity behavior. In other words, the reason I was obese was because I wasn’t eating right and I wasn’t spending enough time exercising.

During a talk I attended by an inspirational speaker Joe Dillon, he remarked that you will not find too many 90-year-olds who are overweight. I certainly couldn’t think of one 90-year-old who was overweight. This was probably the start of my quest to engage in better nutrition and physical activity behavior.

So, what am I doing now? For starters, I am watching my calorie intake. I don’t really walk with a calorie counter around me. But I know based on measurement done by a physical trainer that I need about 2,000 calories, and I try not to exceed that intake.

The second thing that I started is to exercise about five days a week for at least 30 minutes. To get me going, I set a goal of running a 5K in 29 minutes by December of this year. Originally, my goal was 25 minutes for the 5K but this would not leave me much time to work on my tennis or golf game. Re-evaluating this goal and adjusting it to realistically meet my desires and expectations was important to helping me succeed.

So, far I am on track. Since setting my goals I have lost about 25 lbs. In terms of exercise, when I started running a 5K, a few months ago I was huffing and puffing to make it close to 35 minutes.  This morning, I finished a run of 3.03 miles in 30 minutes and 28 seconds. With some positive determination and willingness to work, meeting this goal was easy.

Won’t you join me in being a centenarian?

May 31, 2011 at 8:32 am 2 comments

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