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April 14, 2017 - No Comments!


Selamat pagi.

A bright, sunny, chirpy hello to you from good old Ubud in Bali!

It’s hard not to fall in love with this place with so much awesome naturama around - deep green foliage, sweet caressing notes from the river a cliff away, fresh crisp flora-infused Balinese air. Temperature dips all the way down to low 20s without the humidity. It’s oh so so lovely.

I will be spending the next 2 weeks here, on the island of the gods, for a part thinking, part business mastermind retreat.

Starting from today, I will be spending 7 days with a group of 9 beautiful humans from different parts of the world. We have gathered on this spiritual island to figure out and work on our “next big thing.” We have people who are switching career tracks. Some thinking of bringing their business to another level. Some wanting clarity around their life. Some deciding to take the big leap to ditch the corporate jungle.

As for me… confession: it’s actually not one but a few big things I'll be working on. And that includes setting sexy boundaries. *giggles*

Nothing lights me up more than being around people who are actively taking responsibility for their own happiness and being committed to living life on their own terms. I am super psyched about this experience and opportunity. This is definitely going to be a personal highlight of 2017. With a third of the year already said and done (can you believe how fast time is just whizzing past us these days?), this retreat will inform the rest of my year.

The purposeful scheduling of my regular thinking retreats is to prepare my body and mind for the increased demand of the following phase, and to decompress, unplug, carve out breathing space to mitigate the risk of burn out.

Big ideas come from uninterrupted blocks of silence and white space. We need the room to ask the “what ifs?” Aha moments are more possible with the pregnant void of infinite possibilities, the lack of obligation and compulsive reactivity. We let our minds wander… ponder… play… postulate…

Thinking retreats must first be strategically scheduled and once they are on your calendar, vehemently defended amidst business commitments. The former can strengthen and inform the latter, but not the other way round. They are non-negotiable in my arsenal of tools for thriving in life and business.

Discipline results in freedom.

When will you be taking time out to de-load? If you don't know when and haven't made plans, may I encourage you to whisk out your calendar, pencil down some dates and start making plans? Remember - It's not real until it's officially scheduled.

I'll be back next week to share the gains and insights I've unlocked. Until then, remember to drink more water, get enough sleep, and eat well.

It's the silence between the notes that makes the music.

Pura vida,
Ubud, Bali

April 9, 2017 - No Comments!


Life is busy. We’ve got so much to do. Everyday.

When we have loads on our to do list, we run the risk of doing two of the following:

1. Everything becomes prioritised equally without intent.
2. Nothing is prioritised other than the daily tasks on our to do list.

So we end up taking lots of action, busy-ing ourselves with being busy, but not really progressing much in areas where it matters.

When everything is important, nothing is. This is noooooot gooood, my friend.

How can we stop doing that? By setting up sexy boundaries in our work and life!

Here are 2 simple steps I take to improve my daily productivity. Remember: simple doesn’t mean easy. But it has to be simple enough to do consistently.

Step 1: Isolate Your Top Priority

The first step is to isolate your top priority task for the day. This task should be a high-value task which will create a high impact in your life or business.

Dan’s Example: My top priority today is to write this newsletter. So I write down “Write Fankeow newsletter.”

Step 2: Choose Your Next Top Priority For The Next Day

Take a full minute (yes, all 60 seconds) and choose your top priority task for tomorrow… today.

Dan’s Example: My top priority for tomorrow is to finalise the outline for the next B-Hive Facebook Live Session. So I write down “Finalise B-Hive FB Live Session 6 Outline.”

That’s it! Easy peasey pretty pleasey. Then you rinse and repeat everyday.

Sorting out your top priority task for each day gives you more control over your day, instead of running around like a headless chicken - reacting mindlessly and not responding mindfully.

That gets you one step closer to working on the things that matter.

If you are disorganised, darting from task to task in a frazzled manner, I encourage you to start small. Start with identifying your top priority task for each day.

Build this one simple habit.

When everything is important, nothing is.


April 3, 2017 - No Comments!


Do you believe in the Law of Attraction?

When I first read the now (in)famous book (I even happily watched the cheesy movie they made!) I was so drawn by the concept of manifesting/conjuring anything our heart desires, if we know how to do it right. It’s like magic. Don’t we all harbour the fantasy of yielding a wishing wand that will provide for our every whim and fancy?

I’ve been providing refuge for a big zit on my face for the past 3 days. I haven’t had one of these for a long time now, cos now that I am older, I’m battling a whole other kind of facial challenges – saggy skin, dry skin that constantly needs hydration, buccal fat deposits, crows feet. Feels like X’mas already!

Through the years, I’ve learned that resistance is what causes more anxiety, stress and all kinds of ickiness, which renders it ultimately futile.

These days, I choose to embrace and let things be.

So I welcomed Miss Zit, made her a cuppa tea (benzoyl peroxide flavour) every night, and told her to make herself comfy.

I’ll let you know if Miss Zit is still around next week.