Living Moments (Part 22)

by Patrick Liew on April 26, 2012

Do you like to have a sure-fire principle for success?

Many of my friends will tell you that I’ve been an ardent student of the art and science of success. Over the years, I have invested more time, more money, a…nd more energy in this area than the ordinary person-on-the-street.

I have attended many trainings and completed more than nine programmes at tertiary level. I have read, at one stage of my life, about five books every month and countless number of magazines and other publications.

For years, I have travelled all over the world in search of gurus to learn from them, investing an untold amount of resources along the way. Fortunately, with the advent of the Internet, I found a better and cheaper way to tap the wisdom of sages down the ages.

In my quest to find, if you will, the secret of success, I have found an effective principle for achieving it. Please ask me what it is.

Okay. Since you asked, I will share it with you. To be successful, (Drum roll please)…

Don’t fail.

Before you jump on me, please let me explain.

By all means, pursue success. At the same time, position yourself such that you will never fail.

To help clarify my point, let me share with you a real-life case study. I have to put myself in the laboratory up till a few hours ago, and make myself the sacrificial ‘rat’ to help you understand this powerful truth for success.

All of us know that we should be fit, strong and healthy. And to do that, there is no question that we need to exercise.

Here’s the litmus test. How many of us are disciplined enough to do the right exercises in the right way? How many of us actually exercise regularly?

Let me be the first to make a confession. I believe there is an obstinate streak of laziness in me. To use a biblical term, my mind is oftentimes willing but my flesh is weak.

What do I do? I strive to create the compelling reason, the condition, and the circumstances to drive myself to go for a good work out on a regular basis.

For example, I retained Sean, an effective personal trainer to inspire and motivate me to look after my overall well-being. He worked with me to design a programme to help me become fit and healthy. He varied it every now and then to make it interesting and to improve the results.

As a graduate with a degree in Sports Science, Sean was more than qualified to stretch me and to take me to a higher level in my fitness. He told me just today that he even monitored my fb to find out what I put in my stomach.

Sean and I would craft a training schedule and he would conduct the exercise regime even at my house as he was equipped with a transportable set of gym equipment. He would find different ways to drive me to push myself and make it even fun and exciting for me.

Once the schedule has been set, I would have to pay him even if I didn’t show up and didn’t want to exercise. Funny enough, I have found this to be an added and strong motivation not to miss a personal coaching session, unless an urgent and important matter arose.

This is but just an example. However, you can apply the same principle in whatever you are pursuing.

Think of what you can do to make sure that you cannot fail and put it into action. It will increase your speed and momentum to achieve success.


P/S: In case you need Sean’s service, please PM me. I believe he can make a positive difference to your health.

This is an unsolicited promotion and I will not be paid in any way, form or manner for it. I’m doing it as a way to express my gratefulness and appreciation for his contributions to my life.

I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

By the way, I have also recorded other reflections.

Visit my Inspiration blog at

Visit my Transformation blog at

Please read them and continue to teach me.

Life is FUNtastic!


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