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Self-sabotage is a very common problem, and not just in fitness. It’s not because of a lack of knowledge or desire to achieve your goal, but a deeper psychological reason. Perhaps you, like all of us, are guilty of it sometimes.

The worst part is that it hits you just as you’re beginning to achieve results. It usually starts with the excuses you make when you start to slack off. Let’s recall some of the most common ones…

“I have to work late.”

“I’m not up to it yet.”

“I’m tired after a long day.”

“It’s raining so heavily…”

“I don’t want to miss that dinner.”

All are valid, but it’s a slippery slope because one excuse invariably leads to another and before long, you have negated all your hard work.

How time flies. It’s December 2011, the last month in this year. Are there any goals which you set out to achieve earlier this year but have yet to make any progress?

If you have any unfinished goals, then it’s time to take note, ask yourself why this happened and take charge of your life again.

Planning for the new year again is always a challenge. But to make it less of a challenge for you, here’s 3 useful tips to kickstart your preparation.

First, focus on the goals you wish to attain and adopt a process that will keep you on track. It could be in the form of a smartphone app, diary or a trainer. Having a human buddy or a technological one makes all the difference as it’s like a report card. When you monitor your progress closely – be it your body weight, how much further you can run or whether you should revamp your entire wardrobe, this helps you stay on track. When you are on track, you boost your own self-confidence and this in turn, creates momentum.

Second, pay attention to negative self-talk. These include “I can’t lose weight” or “Exercise is a pain” or “I’ll just wear whatever I have in my wardrobe”… Very often, all this negative self-talk causes a mental struggle that will eventually work against you , zap again your original good intents and bring you down.

Third, reward yourself each time you achieve a significant milestone. The goal is the final destination but along the way, there are many minute steps that lead you there. When you reward yourself for each positive achievement along the way, the entire journey feels more meaningful and achieveable.

See all of you at the top :)
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In the corporate world, one is subjected to different types of stress ranging from occupational job stress to deadline stress to career advancement stress. Yet perhaps one of the most common existing stresses not mentioned is the stress from having to move office or relocate.

Yes, please tell me about this. I remember the time back in my corporate world days when I had to relocate from a central location to the far northern part of Singapore. For once, my then colleagues and I felt we were like some concubines who would be banished to the cold palace or the faraway lands. If we were given a choice, we would have petitioned and stayed put. But such decisions can hardly be made at our level. After all, we were but mere employees, right? So we moved office…albeit reluctantly.

Well, if you find the above scenario familiar, you are definitely not alone. Moving offices is one of the most common occurrences happening not just in Singapore, but worldwide.

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Invited to conduct a stress management talk at YHI International Limited today, I was given a quick glimpse into the operations of this SGX listed company. A global brand distributor of high quality automotive and industrial products, with subsidiaries located worldwide in Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, USA, Japan, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Italy; it certainly didn’t come as a surprise that the head office in Singapore needed to expand.

Currently operating from a temporary site, the folks at YHI International Limited have to experience moving office twice – first to this temporary site and then when the new premise is ready, to relocate back. To be 100% honest, managing an office relocation is one of most stressful tasks that ever existed. I should know as I was in charge of moving my HR department over back then.

If you mismanage it, it can spiral into a time-consuming, energy-zapping, matters complicating journey into the unknown.

But be rest assured as after today’s stress management talk, not only will everyone present feel more in control, they will also walk away with useful yet effective tips on how they can destress anytime, anywhere.

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From my own experience, here are three of my most useful tips on how to create a stress less moving climate in your office. Read on to find out more :)

Tip 1: Plan Early

As the saying goes, if you fail to plan, you will plan to fail. More importantly, it’s of utmost importance to plan early. Planning early gives everyone ample notice and allows them time to pack their stuff into boxes, label them properly before carting them over to the new office premise. It is advisable to communicate the need to move and the timeline to all staff at least nine months in advance to get everyone coordinated, motivated and moving along.

Tip 2: Involve Everyone

Moving office is not just my or your responsibility. It is a collective responsibility. Simply put, it’s a team effort. And yes, T.E.A.M stands for “together everyone achieves more”! When a team exists, operational, logistical and strategic planning matters become easier as everyone has a role to play to ensure the shifting of office is done on time.

Tip 3: Enjoy The Process

Like all matters in life, moving office is a process. Enjoy it while undergoing it. And because it is a process, every bit of the journey can be broken up into bite-size portions so everything becomes more manageable.

Are you still stressed over any impending office moving? Stressed? What stress?
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