Sept 2016 Week 4 Learning


There are many things that I learned this week..

The main takeaway was

Do not complain, criticize or condemn your team member

Negativity only breaks the team’s unity and makes it difficult to move forward.


Some Reasons to Follow Up with Customers and Prospects


To say Thank You (for their time, for a referral, for their purchase, for their attention, for a tidbit of information they may have shared with you, or for whatever you can think of that is logical)

To invite them to a seminar or a webinar they may be interested in

To tell them about an article or press release they may interested in – be mindful of content value

To tell them about a new service you are offering that may benefit them

To ask about a new service they are offering that may benefit you or someone you know – call to learn more, but be sincere and don’t waste their time

To give them a business referral (good one!)

To offer your help or expertise with no strings attached

To enquire about their business growth (be sincere/logical)

To participate in a survey you’re conducting. Let them know you value their opinion!


Some Effective Ways to Follow Up with Customers and Prospects

-Get involved in non-business activities that may also interest some of your clients. The more you have to share with others, the more you have a reason to speak with them.

-Know what’s going on currently with your prospects and clients.

-Use Google Alerts to keep on top of what they’re doing, and respond accordingly.

-Know as much as you can about your client or prospect.

-If you want to be valuable to them, then know what IS valuable to them. The better connected you are to what’s valuable to them, the better response you will have.

If sales budget allows, give them a useful gift, fridge magnet, pen, note pads, etc. with THEIR business info on it, not yours.

Give them an occasional call to ask how everything is going; no pitch.

Send a card or postcard, handwritten if possible, just to say hi and to show interest.

Keep a mindset that “they can either do it themselves, or they can ask you to do it.” If they want to do it themselves, then they’re not your ideal client anyway, and that’s fine.


Planning Ahead to 2017

Planning forward to 2017
Planning forward to 2017

In three more months we will be welcoming 2017. I can’t wait for 2016 to be over.  It has been a real roller coaster year for me with lots of highs and lows.  A lot of unexpected changes have forced me out of my comfort zone and make me re-think about what I want in life. I had to reset my priorities and also make some major changes for myself and the kids.

Many important decisions had to be made and I’m glad that I had made them.  I had to cut of certain relationships that had become too toxic to handle. I’ve realized how important it is for me to set my boundaries and protect my sanity from monsters who are all out to create chaos in my life on a daily basis.

2016 has certainly been a year of great growth for me. I’ve realigned my goals several times and worked feverishly in reaching the targets that I have set.

I learnt that it is important to grow and in order to do that, one needs to set aside time for personal growth on a daily basis. Without growth there can never be progression and development. I used to be one who procrastinated a lot and was very hesitant to leave my comfort zone. I realized that this mindset certainly had to go if I am to improve myself and show by example to the kids how to lead a fulfilling and balanced life.

Change is a necessity not an option. 

Planning is something which I do on a regular basis as I feel that it is important for me to be able to schedule into the day as much as I want to get completed. I aim to be productive and efficient in whatever I wish to do by eliminating time wasters as much as possible. It has been apparent that certain things which used to work were no longer effective and had to be discarded in favor of a more effective procedure or strategy.

I used to set my yearly goals around the 1st of January as can be seen on the other blog – Dominique’s Desk . They were rather general goals which I thought were the way to go back then. However now I know better.  To push myself I should be setting very specific goals instead.

Top 3 Goals for the year

  1. Save up $20K for a holiday to Japan with the kids.
  2. Rank advancement to Manager
  3. To have my own apartment


Language Development Goals

  • To spend at least  three times a week reading  Chinese storybook  to the kids  and using the language with them as often as possible.
  • To listen to the Japanese, Korean  and French Podcast  twice a week so that I do not lose touch with those two languages which I had picked up in collage and improve my understanding of Korean.
  • To sign up and attend either Japanese or Korean Lessons with a study buddy.


Marketing Goals 

  • Rebranding myself to make my blog and business more pronounced to the world.
  • Come up with content articles for the blog on a weekly basis
  • Complete any series that relevant and stick to a timeline on their delivery/publication in the blog.
  • Connect with more people online and offline by attending events and joining different groups.
  • Maintain and build new relationships and increase my circle of influence.

Health Goals

  • To get to and maintain a healthy weight of 55-58kg with fat % of 25%.
  • To exercise 4 times a week with the kids or by myself.
  • To stick to a protein rich diet and eliminate all processed and unhealthy foods from my intake ( CLEAN EATING)


For other goals relating to parenting and education I will share on my main blog on a later date.




June – July Reflections 2016

Another month has passed.
Last month I learned the following.
There are certain things which I need to constantly remind my self and the kids.
Remind myself
– That it is important to love the kids unconditionally. Only through doing so will they be able to do the same for others.
– Be appreciative and thankful  for the blessings that I have.  It attracts good Karma.
– Be good to myself.
– Focus on what I want and go all out to achieve it.
– Trust my GUT and internal guidance system.
– Pay attention to my thoughts and refocus when it seems out of track.
– Respect my child’s lift path while giving them adequate support.
– Teach my children how to make their own choices based on their own IGS.
Remind the kids 
-Trust yourself and your judgement
– It is okay to fail as long as your learn from it
– Not all adults have your best interest at heart. Do not blindly just believe what others say.
– Focus on actions instead of words.
– Go after what you want and learn from the experience gained.
-Create your own job. Don’t depend on others to make you happy.