It takes an individual full of strength and passion to pursue their desire. Celestine Chua from Personal Excellence is a person who has made the decision to follow her goal of spreading her message of being your best self and living your best life, through articles, public speaking, life coaching, and setting an example for others to aspire to. A running theme that is present in the articles on her site is that you as an individual can adjust your life situation so that you are more excited about what you end up doing, and can more smoothly attain a position you are satisfied with.
What Celestine also brings to each activity she performs is a palpable energy and positive attitude that lights up what would have otherwise been a routine day, and these transfer onto those lucky individuals who are in her presence. One of her most viewed articles, about the concept of sleepwalking, or living a very passive and subdued life, hits on an important point that a large portion of society would do well to analyze. There is no reason to leave room for future regret when individuals like Celestine are providing ways out of a passive daily structure. The following is an interview I have done with Celestine regarding some specific questions I had for her about her message and efforts:
Armen: What do you feel is the difference in impact you have on your audience when you are giving a speech, as opposed to with written words in an article?
Armen: You have an article about 17 tips for being on time. How large of an effect would you say it has when you show up to someones event late?
Armen: Do you feel that anyone can succeed in their initial desire or passion, or that some would need to alter the presentation or medium of release of their passion before it would be a viable path to pursue?
Armen: How do you feel about the media coverage you have received thus far, in relation to how you have been presented to the public, and the results of said media coverage?
Armen: How do you remind yourself of goals you want to maintain, and what types of foundation are set in place to keep those goals in your focal range?
Celestine: I believe a lot in environmental reinforcement to support us in our goal pursuits, so I have my goals constantly in visual focus in my room (http://personalexcellence.co/blog/does-your-room-inspire-you/). I have a big noticeboard in front of my work desk which has all my long-term goals (to set up a personal development school, achieve 100,000 visitors/day on PersonalExcellence.co, earn $10,000/month, etc) and affirmations. I have a whiteboard on another site of my room which has a checklist for my progress on daily goals, such as exercising, meditation, article writing, etc. I have a vision board which is a visual representation of the goals I want to achieve. Not only that, I also have a life handbook (http://personalexcellence.co/blog/create-your-life-handbook/) which has my full list of long-term and short-term goals. I’m constantly in contact with my life handbook every day as I write and update new things. So in that regard, you can say my goals are pretty much integrated into my life!
I want to thank Celestine for doing the interview, as I gain understanding from her responses just like you do. As she pointed out, her eBook “Pursuing Your Passions” is planned to be launched in July. Also, she regularly updates on her Twitter account @celestinechua. Here I have made a list of some of the key points to take away from this interview:
- You may be able to make a larger impact through a different medium
- Discussing a problem and opening it up to your thoughts can get it resolved
- Focus on the message of your efforts, as it is more of a long-term entity than a short-term way to communicate the point
- Others often support you when you provide them with something to support
- Presenting your own goals to yourself in a physically visible way is more effective than just having them in your thoughts