Tomorrow is always a new day

This is the last Monday of the year… Some of you had a good year, some had a great one and some just didn’t. Either way, having a wonderful year is always about the combination of ups and downs, sometimes you lose someone special in your life and sometimes you gain someone who simply change your life, sometimes your career get a lifting and sometimes it just goes backwards…

At the end of the year, the curtain doesn’t close and that would be it… It just ends a chapter and starts another one, and it’s up to us to make it a sequel, a new beginning or a prequel to our life. And whether we liked it or not, the next day will come and the time we have or haven’t spent wisely is still gone to be replaced by another… And we will be given a chance… To live again for one more day.

This end-of-year Monday tip, is to always look at the brighter side of things… Even a broken clock is right twice per day… So make the most of your day, and remember if things didn’t go as planned, Tomorrow is a new day… always!

Happy new year & Enjoy your Week!

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Samer Chidiac

Samer Chidiac is a Sr. Strategist, Author & an International Innovation Expert.

The Monday Tip Weekly blog is part of the “Influencing the Life of Others” project

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Be yourself no matter what they say

When you are young, it seems that you have a combination of shyness and a thirst for motivation that makes you look for it in everywhere you can find it. It doesn’t really matter how  difficult your life really is, it can be a low grade in school or to wait for a defining moment in life… Motivation can come from anyplace… In my case, it came from Music, Although I didn’t understand the lyrics that deeply back then, but the song “Englishman in New York” had a very special effect in me.

Gentleness, sobriety are rare in this society… At night a candle’s brighter than the sun

Confront your enemies, avoid them when you can… A gentleman will walk but never run

So when you’re young is when the most you feel a little helpless when it comes to the social circle, you get upset when you get ignored or bullied or then when you start questioning life and existence for maybe the first time.

Over the years after, you grow up and your character and personality become more mature but that doesn’t mean that they become  immune to what others think of you or treat you but somehow, you become more resilient to their words, to their behavior and finally to their opinion.

This week’s tip is backdated to your childhood, when you thought of yourself that it was you, YOU THOUGHT YOU WERE THE PROBLEM, while there weren’t any problems at all. Be yourself no matter what they say!

It takes a man to suffer ignorance and smile. Be yourself no matter what they say

~Englishman in New York | Sting

Have you had trust issues? did you get disappointed from a close friend? did you treat someone in a way that made you regret it afterwards?

All you need to do is remember that you’ve done was you’ve done because you’re YOU… and if things had to be done all over again… You’d do the same things and accept getting the same results… because what you’ve done, the way you acted was a simple declaration of your values and an aspiration to who you wanted to be.

Enjoy your Week!

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Samer Chidiac

Samer Chidiac is a Sr. Strategist, Author & an International Innovation Expert.

The Monday Tip Weekly blog is part of the “Influencing the Life of Others” project

Be the hero of your own story!

For so many, Heroes are those who save lives and fight evil, posse extra-ordinary powers and in times of bad circumstances they are those who make it happen for the sake of others; For me, a Hero is someone who inspire others in times when they need inspiration the most, simply by doing what he or she does on a regular basis, it’s their life story that give value to the rest. Your father can be a Hero to you, your manager, your teacher and of course when you run out of options, there’s always BATMAN and SUPERMAN 😛

Heroes represent the best of ourselves, respecting that we are human beings. A hero can be anyone from Gandhi to your classroom teacher, anyone who can show courage when faced with a problem. A hero is someone who is willing to help others in his or her best capacity.

~Ricky Martin

Now a Hero is not a person, it’s a role played in a story… it could be a science-fiction story filled with spaceships and lasers, and it could be a real story of a single mother struggling to balance between her life, her dreams and her only child. either way, the Hero plays the main character in a story / movie, he or she is the center of attention and where everyone wants to be them :)… And at the end, he or she is the one to be remembered when everything is over, probably not the secondary actors and certainly not the 3rd level actors…

This week’s tip, is for those who don’t play the major role in their own story, who are passive to events, and are not being proactive towards their future, but rather reactive… When big opportunities arise, they are the supporting actors, and when the light is out… They were soon forgotten.

Once my sister told me (She’s the one who appears in the main post picture btw),  that failure is a word that we invented, along with every other word in the dictionary, and it’s up to us to write our own story, choosing our own words; at that time she was an average biology teacher, and later on that year, she won the prize of Innovative Teacher on a national level, then on the regional level and reached to take 3rd place among 250,000 other teachers world wide. She wrote her story, the way she wanted…

Failure is a word that we invented, along with every other word in the dictionary, and it’s up to us to write our own story, choosing our own words. ~Yusser Chidiac

So my tip to you this week, don’t be passive, you only live once, and your life is what you make out of it… Just think of yourself as the MOVIE Star of your own Story… Try and get your self an Oscar!

Enjoy your Week!

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Samer Chidiac

Samer Chidiac is a Sr. Strategist, Author & an International Innovation Expert.

The Monday Tip Weekly blog is part of the “Influencing the Life of Others” project

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?

December is a very special month for me, it’s the month when I first saw the light, about 35 years ago!

Unfortunately, and generally speaking, people would feel MORE the reality around them via pain, sorrow and unfortunate incidents…  If you take a look at any movie, where the actor is surprised and is in a state not believing his or her eyes, it’s always that they would ask another person to PINCH them so they are confident they are not dreaming 🙂 … Right?

When you fall in love with someone and you lose that person, you most of the time need to have a huge GRIEF in order to feel that you Loved them that much?

When your Birthday is finally there, you would start by counting the days, months and years and maybe reflect on the good, the bad and the ugly. And ask yourself, what’s next? If you’re one of the lucky ones who close their eyes while blowing off the candles surrounded by their loved ones and feeling completely satisfied with their life, then you’re applying this week’s tip without reading it…. Cause the past statement you just read is as subjective as it gets 🙂

Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!
~ Dr. Seuss

The Thing is that, we generally feel “old” or “older” with the number of unfortunate incidents we’ve survived in our life, so you may look at a 20 years old, and would think of him as if he was 40 due to lots of experience he had to pass through, yet you may look at a 70 years old and feel he’s still 45 due to the energy and LIFE he still has?

Does the above ring a bell for you? How Old are you? How old would you BE if you didn’t know how old you are?

This week’s tip is about you, and how YOU should value the life in your days, and not the days in your life…

You can start by asking yourself:

  • When was the last time I did something for the first time?
  • If today was my last day, how would I want to spend it?
  • AM I Content with my life?
  • What did I learn recently?
  • Do I bare grudges against anyone?
  • Have I expressed my love towards family and friends?
  • Am I spending quality time with those who matters?
  • Do you remember someone you hated 10 years ago? does it matter now?

If you do make asking yourself the right questions about life every once and a while, you’d be reaching your birthday in a different state of mind… so don’t just count your years, make your years count!

Don’t just count your years, make your years count.
~George Meredith

Have a nice week!
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Samer Chidiac

Samer Chidiac is a Sr. Strategist, Author & an International Innovation Expert.

The Monday Tip Weekly blog is part of the “Influencing the Life of Others” project

How to talk to people at the right time, to get more things done

One day you wake up in a great mood, you have the day off, you have some errands and places to be in to do some of your administrative work, let’s say paying a bill or submitting a document to your bank and inquire about some offers.

You finish your  morning workout, have a delicious breakfast, watched some TV, dressed up and headed to your destination; It was a beautiful sunny day, and nothing seems to make you thin otherwise.

You reach to your destination and you find a long queue; normally you would start complaining but not today, you’ll be happy to be standing in the queue, and start to connect and smile at everyone… You reached to the clerk after some 20 minutes of waiting, and your turn is there, and you started sharing the positive vibes to that wonderful person sitting before you… But unlike you have expected, the response was not very “welcoming”… That person didn’t smile back, and he or she was not in the mood to even listen to your description of the lovely weather… and Instead he gently (but firmly) ask you to stop talking outside the point of your visit… And the flow starts getting down from there, the glass is half empty, and there are several missing items and you know what… You’re back in the line or even had to go back another day…

Is this week’s tip about Positive energy? or how to deal with negative welcoming people?  No it’s not… It’s simply about Understanding that just because you’re in a specific mood, the other person shouldn’t necessarily share your enthusiasm and that would directly impact the efficiency and productivity in both directions.

“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.”
John Lennon

The above quote by JL, would make you think about what was he smoking when he said that, or how motivating… depending on the mood 🙂

Now although there is no magic trick to make you know when is the right time to talk to your colleague, client or vendor to get things done… Here’s a small trick I use; (Try this for a week and see the result for yourself)

  • Try to call someone you need an urgent response from, Right Before Lunch
  • Try to Pass by someone you need something done from, Right Before the End of the Schedule
  • Go very early and be the first person in Line

When the other person is still Sleepy, is hungry, Tiered  , they have more tendency to finish your request (as fast as possible and) in a very efficient way!

I once passed by X Embassy to apply for a visa at 1:55 PM (when the closing time is 2:00 PM), and guess what, the entire process took exactly 3 minutes!!

And not only this would help you out tremendously, being the first person in line & going early would certainly give you more Buffer to ask more questions and respond to any missed requirement.

Have a nice week!

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Samer Chidiac

Samer Chidiac is a Sr. Strategist, Author & an International Innovation Expert.

The Monday Tip Weekly blog is part of the “Influencing the Life of Others” project