Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Have A Meaningful Wesak - Tuesday in The STAR

Make Malaysia GREAT:
Dealing with the First Step Problem*

In our previous advert, we discussed about Artificial Boundary - the automatic response at our mind level that gives us what seemingly sounds like a good reason not to take action. In this message we share with you how to stop Artificial Boundary before it strikes us by dealing with the First Step Problem.

1.    What is The First Step Problem?
Have you bought a good book but yet to start reading it? Is there anything in the home that is wanting for repair the past many months – a dead bulb maybe? You want to make a call to your parents or loved ones but did not? You have desire to further your education but yet to? Want to register as a voter but never did? Or simply cannot stop looking at Facebook or play computer games even it is way past your bedtime? These are First Step Problems.

2.    Why the First Step Problem?
It is just there in our system. We just simply don’t do. Most people are not aware of it. It is not procrastination although it causes delay or no action taken at all. Procrastination affects those who may have skills deficiency, fear, lack of motivation and the need for perfection. First Step Problems strikes everyone even those without any of these symptoms. Procrastinators know that they are procrastinating; we are oblivious to our First Step Problem.

3.    How to avoid the FIRST STEP PROBLEM and TAKE THE FIRST STEP?
Firstly, be conscious of it. Admit that we do have this problem. Once we are mindful of it, we can break its spell by following the motto, “Just Do It.”  List down both big and small things we want and need to do. Add them into our daily things to do list and take action. Yes, avoid overthinking, just do it! - TAKE THE FIRST STEP! and make things happen.

At zubedy, our programs and activities draw strength from our shared values and traditions. We believe that at heart, all Malaysians want good things for themselves and for their brother and sister Malaysians, simply because our nation cannot prosper as a whole if some of us are left behind.

You and I, must Take The First Step and Make Malaysia GREAT.

Let us add value,
Have a meaningful Wesak.

*The idea presented in this message is part of our Making A Difference through P3 program’s core concepts.

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