Weekly Learning Review | S2: E2 | A Challenging Week

We’re back with the personal development blogs! I stopped posting these maybe since the beginning of last year, if not 2020.

The reason is because most of my students now are TOEFL iTP learning students, so I’ve been focusing on things that are working.

However, there are people interested in personal development, and after revamping this website, which will happen this year, all of you will be able to access personal development and ESL blogs very easily!

With that being said, let’s dive into what I do routinely with my Weekly Learning Review.

At the conclusion of every week, I rate myself on a scale 1-5 in the questions and categories down below and talk about them on my podcast.

Do this every Sunday evening, Monday morning so that you can assess yourself and see how your week went!

Seek Clarity

  • I was intentional in how I acted this week.
  • I knew the feelings I wanted to generate this week.
  • I stayed focused as much as I wanted to.
  • I made this week meaningful.
  • I determined something I can get better at this week.

Generate Energy

1. I managed my energy well this week.

2. I chose to bring joy to this week.

3. I recharged throughout the week to stay energized.

4. I worked out this week.

5. I wound down well this week so I can sleep well.

Raise Necessity

1.I was emotionally committed to excellence this week.

2.I knew my “why” this week and worked for it.

3.I cared about serving others this week.

4.I hit my deadlines and finished my duties this week.

5.I managed my self-talk to stay on my A-game.

Increase Productivity

1. I worked on things that mattered most this week.

2. I progressed a major dream or goal this week.

3. I avoided distractions well this week.

4. I set intentions before each major activity this week.

5. I fully engaged and enjoyed my efforts this week.

Develop Influence

1. I was a role model this week.

2. I guided others to thinking well this week.

3. I challenged someone to grow this week.

4. I worked on myself this week.

5. I demonstrated caring for others this week.

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Weekly Learning Review | S1: E8 | The Main Struggle

Over this past week, I realized that my finances are absolutely soaring. In about 8 hours, I’ll be getting my first AZ Vaccine (contributing to the health category), and the clients are still rolling in from a post I had done a couple of weeks ago. However, the main struggle is still there

Weekly Learning Review | S1: E4 | The SUPER Best Week of My Life (Career)

Wow! From having two long-term students inquire, to course buys from students off YouTube, and membership/coaching hours. I couldn’t be more grateful for what’s happening currently. To see everything turn up within a week, I’m honestly in my highest spirit perhaps EVER.

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | International Guest Speaker | Suzanne on Mind, Body & Spirit

From top to bottom, this podcast has it all. I’m absolutely grateful to have met an amazing soul in Carla Trigo a couple of years ago — and I’m continuing to see the beautiful benefits that the relationship has brought, including the wondrous Suzanne.  Born in Ireland, she has a story…a hell of a story of being a pharmacist…now turned holistic coach. Her story will blend with so many of yours out there from dealing with stress and anxiety, environmental factors, and even overall health and story-telling. You’re going to absolutely LOVE this personal development session!

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Transformation Week | Life Assessment

Man, this was a gut punch.  This is similar to the Wheel of Life, but normally with the Wheel of Life, I feel like I’m consistently on cloud 9. However, with this assessment, I realized that there are particular areas that I can be SO MUCH better in. This format will substitute the original Wheel of Life beginning next month, too!

Welcome to the second episode of transformation week! Rate yourself on a scale 1-10 and hear my scores in my podcast down below!

HEALTH

I regularly take care of myself so that I can feel my best. I want my overall physical and emotional health (my well-being) to be primed and optimized to make me feel energetic and strong each day. I strive to eat well, sleep well, and exercise so that I have the physical vibrancy and stamina to enjoy life and deal with its challenges and opportunities.

MENTAL/EMOTIONAL

I keep a positive outlook and attitude. I’m cultivating a sense of joy and peace in my life so that I can experience positive emotions and relationships. I take care of myself by being mindful to the energy, focus, and emotions I really want to experience and generate in life.

Partner/Significant Other

If in a relationship: I feel a consistently deep, trusting, appreciative, soulful, loving connection with my significant other. I am patient, respectful, and attentive to my partner’s needs. If single: I live each day through my heart and demonstrate compassion and love for others.

FAMILY

I am present with my family. I am creating deep connection, fun and positive energy with the family members that I keep in contact with. It’s evident that I love my family and I’m doing my best for them. I try to forgive their mistakes and be compassionate with them.

FRIENDS

My immediate social circle of friends brings connection, fun, and
positive energy into my life. I seek out positive people and I do my very best to bring positive energy and real authenticity into all my relationships. I spend enough time with friends.

MISSION

I feel clear, energized, and fulfilled by my work and contributions to the world. I believe my work or day’s effort adds real value and is a true reflection of my best efforts and contributions. I am truly engaged and excited by what I’m doing—it feels like a mission, calling, or purpose.

EXPERIENCES

I plan special experiences—trips, adventures, nights out, time to connect or disconnect—so that I enjoy life. I give enough time to the things I love in life, including to my hobbies, interests, and non-work goals and adventures.

SPIRIT

I feel connected to the present moment and vitally alive in my spirit. I am congruent with my beliefs and behaviors and I keep my faith and values at the forefront of my decisions and daily actions.

FINANCES

I am being responsible in how I spend my money. I’m saving money for my future. I’m learning the skills necessary to develop my ability to earn even more. I am happy with my lifestyle and allow myself to enjoy what I’ve built and earned.

LEARNING

I am curious and pay attention to the world around me so that I can learn new things. I ask questions. I seek to discover new things about myself and others. I have created a personalized curriculum for myself so that I can develop the skills needed to succeed.

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How You Can Be Proactive in Stressful Situations

I got the message just minutes before noon, “due to the recent COVID outbreak, the company isn’t allowing outsiders on the premises. We will resume activities on May 5th.”

It was a gut-check and an idea that was played with by a friend of mine. “What if they stop?” she said. “No way!”……I retorted. But they did. So now what?

Well, anticipating bad news, bad days, things that might trip you up throughout the day, or even news like this will help you navigate these FEAR storms. Myself? I went proactive and executed follow-ups. Hear how you can allow your best self to show up during stressful times. 

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The Desire Map | Past & Present Feelings

Recall some moments, events, happenings in your life where you felt not so great—IN THE PAST and PRESENTLY. Weighed down, stuck, at a loss. Of course, there are spectrums of what “negative” feelings mean for each of us. That can range from getting a nasty comment on social media to your divorce, or from having your car towed to physical and emotional trauma—from slightly painful to serious impact. It’s up to you what you want to identify as “negative.” You don’t need to drill to the depths of your psyche unless you’re moved to go there. This can simply be about a few times when you just did not feel how you would have liked to in the particular situation. 

As for the present negatives in your life, the simple and evocative question is: What are you tired of feeling? What feeling do you most certainly not want to be experiencing? 

Refer to your What’s Not Working list.

Then….

Recall some moments, events, happenings in your life where you felt good—IN THE PAST and PRESENTLY. Joyful, alive, present, loving. What were you/are you doing where you felt/are feeling like your best self? Say . . . getting regular exercise, being in nature, learning about something you loved, spending time with your best friend. What memories and moments of your life helped/are helping you to experience joy and happiness? 

Beside each instance, write down as specifically as possible, how you were/ are feeling.

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Reignite Your Life | Witnessing Beauty: Evening Routine

The PERFECT way to condition your mind and start appreciating your day is by appreciating the beauty that happened throughout the day.

At the end of the day, take a notebook and run by these questions while feeling what happened throughout the day. You will be amazingly surprised by the things that you run over quickly that are unbelievably meaningful.

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Wheel of Life | January 2021 Edition | I Am In Control!

After a month-long series of individual Wheel of Life podcasts, I’m back again on the cusp of February, evaluating my past month. And let’s put it this way, I haven’t written this out in blog form, but it looks like the “superstitiously-American-saying-of-fuck-2020” has loopholed over to 2021; and I’ve embraced it! 

Wealth – 10

I literally grabbed my adversary by the horns, picked it up and slammed it 5-feet deep. January 1st was the infamous announcement “we’re shutting down Bangkok — again, and we’re going to further fuck the economy up.” A very reactive way of approaching a dire, economical situation….shut down again and that’s the fall of the economy for at least two more decades. Zero fucks given — and of course, with the company I’m employed with right now, ZERO FUCKS GIVEN.  Out of the 8 classes I have, 1 went online. 

My old self would’ve said “omg! This is bad! I’m in trouble right now! I can’t believe it!

My new self: “ok, let’s be proactive.”

In the next two weeks, I got a new client online whom I hadn’t met going into January 1st, and I was able to secure a Thai client who agreed to pay a lump slump. In addition to that, I got a February client who will literally pay more than my monthly salary at my job that JUST-SO-HAPPENS-TO-BE shut down. Another student had renewed and I did have a couple of clients who were interested. So, I wrote down my financial target at the beginning of the month and I achieved one and I’m a 5th of the way with the other. Also, with this month, I’m not on the defense, but I’m on the attack because I’m now I’ve saved 25% of my new iPhone and a 6th of my new visa stipend which I had a CRAZY problem with last year. 

I went from being reactive, such as what happened last year — to proactive, what’s happening now. 

Rest of my scores are in my podcast down below!

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Self-scoring 7 Habits Assessment | Habit #2 | Begin with The End in Mind

We’re back with Habit #2 with the self-scoring habits. It’s been a while, but over the next few days, I want you guys to score yourself, down below, on a scale 1-6….where you are.

  1. I know what I want to accomplish in my life.
  2. I organize and prepare in a way that reduces having to work in a crisis mode.
  3. I begin each week with a clear plan of what I desire to accomplish.

So, I know exactly what I want to accomplish in life, but I did know the “how to.” I know I’ve said before that “the how to” is none of your business, but figuring out achievable steps is unbelievably important.

So, organizing and preparing in a way that reduces having to work in crisis mode I scored very low on because my creativity had gone up with Bangkok shut down at the dawn of the New Year. Getting the message “sorry, all tutorial centers are shut down,” was not good AT ALL. But then I doubled-down on what I could do to put myself in a position to win. However, if I started my day with that same urgency without needing a shutdown to motivate me, everything would’ve changed.

And the last one, beginning with a clear plan each week, is not what I have either. However, I do have monthly targets in terms of goal-setting and targets that could be achieved.

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