Physical Environment: Goals for 2019!

I was on the fence back in 2017.  I wasn’t sure if I was going to take a long journey to South America, or wait it out and see how it played out in Thailand.  Nonetheless, I was a scared child — AGAIN! I wasn’t sure what was going to happen next.  I’m so grateful I stuck things through and battled out a very toxic old job.  Now? Well let’s somewhat review what has happened.

I think I worked at about 6-8 places.  One physical environment, a potential employer that interviewed me (and pressured me to hurry and get a visa) had a stench to it.  I trusted my instincts and bombed everything at the end.

Of course I’ve mentioned the wheel of life on so many occasions already, but what I will do is talk about how bad my physical environment was suffering at the beginning of the year.  From detoxing from a terribly racist job, to almost accepting another terrible job.  I’m so fortunate and grateful that I went with my heart, and now my physical environment is about a 9.5.

However, the focus is you.

Ask yourself these questions.

  1. Am I content with my workplace? If I am, will it take me to the next level next year?
  2. If I’m not growing in my job, what steps can I take to look elsewhere?
  3. How’s my home life? Am I enjoying myself at home?
  4. Do I enjoy coming home at night? Is my neighborhood safe? Is there privacy and serenity where I live?

My condominium has been peace. Sure, there’s an annoying security lady who eavesdrop when I walk into the lobby and gives my students dirty looks “as if they’re prostitutes — that’s the Thai mentality — I suppose.” Other than that, it’s fantastic and I’m resigning a new contract.

How about my job? Well, after a few cold shoulders and misunderstandings, I’ve been working at this “primary” job for about 7 months already.  There are multiple branches of this place…and some places are not good AT ALL, but I’m fortunate to have landed at a great place to teach.  The money sucks, but it’s just a source of income that will be finished next year.  The other places I LOVE!!

So, it’s your turn…..

Listen to “Physical Environment: Goals for 2019!” on Spreaker.

Stephen Covey’s Speed of Trust: Season 4: Episode 7 – How to Increase your Integrity

Let’s kick this off with one of the greatest quotes I’ve ever had the privilege of reading. 

A great example of congruence is Mahatma Gandhi.  At one point in his life, he was invited to speak before the House of Commons in England.  Using no notes, he spoke for two hours and brought an essentially hostile audience to a rousing standing ovation.  Following his speech, some reporters approached his secretary, Mahadev Desai, incredulous that Gandhi could mesmerize his audience for such a long time with no notes.  

“What Gandhi thinks, what he feels, what he says, and what he does are all the same.  He does not need notes…you and I, we think one thing, feel another, say a third, and do a fourth, so we need notes and files to keep track. 

Not only was Gandhi congruent within himself, he was also congruent with the principles he stood for.  Not only did he have roots, he had a taproot that plunged deep into the reservoir of timeless principles that govern in life. 

Stephen Covey’s Speed of Trust

How amazing is that! Are you one of the billions that suffer from what the secretary said? Trust me, you’re not alone, but it’s all about improving.

So, how does humility manifest itself in leadership? See, a humble person is more concerned about what is right than about being right, about acting on good ideas than having the ideas, about embracing the truth than defending an outdated position, about recognizing contribution than being recognized for making it. 

I can go back and see my last boss suffered from a lack of humility to a umteenth degree!  He defended his position in statistics rather than reality.  He said, “your students are renewing,” yet my students were going off to universities because they achieved an IELTS score — which was a 50-hour course they learned with me. 

Being humble doesn’t mean be weak, it simply means that they people don’t get caught up in the arrogance and bravado of win-lose power plays. 

How to Increase Your Integrity?

So how do we go about increasing our integrity?

First, we need to consider what degree of integrity we currently have.  At this point, you might find it helpful to review the following questions based on the self-assessment questionnaire. 

– Do I genuinely try to be honest in all my interactions with others?

– Do I typically “walk my walk?”

– Am I clear on my values? Do I feel comfortable in standing up for them?

– Am I open to the possibility of learning new truths that may cause me to rethink issues or even redefine my values?

– Am I able to consistently make the keep commitments to myself?

Stephen Covey’s Speed of Trust

Now, in addition to this and on my next blog/podcast, I will talk about the three high-leveraged “accelerators” that make a powerful difference in increasing integrity. 

Listen to “Stephen Covey’s Speed of Trust: Season 4: Episode 7 – How to Increase your Integrity” on Spreaker.

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 34 – Grammar – Making Contrasts

Welcome back, everyone! Time to do some more contrasts! For those of you who didn’t tune into my IELTS writing a few weeks ago, I’m going over it again in general English form. 

Less and fewer are comparatives.  They are the opposite of more.  Use fewer with count nouns and less with non count nouns. 

Least and fewest are superlatives.  They are the opposite of most. 

To emphasize a comparison or contrast, you can use the words with far, a lot, or much. 



Less + noncount noun

Fewer + count noun


The fewest + count noun

The least + noncount noun


There is less production in Japan than in Germany. 

There are fewer electric cars than gasoline-powered cars.


I wonder which company has the fewest electric cars in production. 

Hybrid cars use the least gasoline.


A lot/much/far + fewer + count noun

A lot/much/far + less + noncount nouns 



  • There are far fewer cars sold in winter. 
  • A lot less money is spent on motorcycles than in the past. 

Complete the sentences with less, fewer, least, or fewest. 

  1. You will find ________________ automobile manufacturers in Honduras than in Costa Rica. 
  2. South Korea produces _____________ vehicles in Japan. 
  3. Togo is the country with the _____________ motor vehicles per capita. 
  4. Right now, Iran produces _____________ cars than China. 
  5. I think the boat industry makes _______________ than the car industry. 
  6. In my country, _________________ people use public transportation than drive cars.
  7. The _________________ popular form of transportation in my country is the train.