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Hanging in front of every one of us is an invisible window through which we see the world around us. As we go through life, we view events, circumstances and people through this belief window. 

As time goes on, different things are etched on our windows, and whatever is written will color or discolor what we view through that window. These things may be something wonderful, like God's promises; or they can be demeaning, like a remembered insult. What you see can resemble a beautiful mural or ugly graffiti, depending on what you choose to allow onto your window.

Your parents may have drummed into you that you're slow or irresponsible, and from that time forward, you've seen everything in light of that statement. "You'll never amount to anything," they may have said. Later in life when you made a mistake, you may have seen that situation in such a way that confirmed to you that you indeed are irresponsible and slow. 

You can't always prevent people from spraying graffiti on your window, but you can decide whether or not to let it remain there!



You alone are responsible for what is written on that window - inside as well as out. You see, we have a tendency to scribble pretty demeaning things on it ourselves! You must steward that window, clean it regularly and ensure that only those things that build you up remain there.

Circumstances and people are going to make a mess out of that window, but it's up to you to let it continue to exist or cause its extinction. Choose to have a beautiful window! Eliminate anything that would make you less than the person God wanted you to be! What people tell you and what their opinion about you won't matter, as long as you are anchored on God's word, that you are His creation! 

Let God's word clean your perspective and mentor you in the ways of life. It will form your character and fashion your personality, shaping your attitude until it becomes the underlying foundation for fruitfulness in every area of your life. Remember, poor thoughts equal poor attitudes. So be careful what you allow into your mind! 

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This is a sequel to my previous post about being steward of our memories...
Let me share this piece to you, further towards living a successful life.
How we steward what's happening inside our hearts and minds will affect the way we think. When we think clearly, we are more likely to have a healthy attitude toward the circumstances that come our way. If our thinking is muddled, our tendency will be to develop and display a poor attitude. 
M. Scott Peck, in his book People of life, tells about one of the Vietnam War's greatest tragedies, the My Lai massacre. One morning in March 1968, in the Quang Ngai province of South Vietnam, hundreds of innocent women and children were killed. The little village was known to have been harboring Vietcong soldiers. However, when an American task force arrived that day, they searched the village and found no enemy soldiers. But commanding officer Lieutenant William Calley was taking no chances. He ordered his troops to round up the villagers in groups of 20 to 30 and, with rifle fire or grenades, kill everyone until the village was eradicated.
Dr. Peck, a psychologist, was called in to investigate and try to determine what would make men perform an act of such senseless violence. He interviewed the soldiers as well as the officers involved. Peck concluded that the massacre wasn't necessarily motivated by vindictive or evil intentions. Rather, it was the tragic result of an unwillingness of the troops to think deeply about what was going on around them. They had their orders, and without consideration or forethought for the consequences, the American soldiers acted in a mindless, barbaric fashion.

As a people, we're too lazy to learn and too arrogant to think we needed to learn. We felt that whatever way we happened to perceive things was the right way without any further study. And whatever we did was the right thing to do without reflection.

Too often our thoughts go no further than the initial perceptions that enter our minds. Rarely are we able to draw correct conclusions from this minimal input. To think that whatever just pops into our heads about a person or situation is always the truth would indeed make us a "people of the lie." 
If your thinking is poor, so will your perspective be. And if your perspective is poor, so will your decisions be.

It was a Sunday, I woke at 2:00 A.M. I've slept earlier the night before because of a very busy schedule. However, it was a blessing that I was off to bed early as I've got an early commitment to attend to on that Sunday! Yes! Fun Run! With the theme "Dagan mo, Kaugmaon Ko", the proceeds will go the scholarship fund of the school to fund several scholars of the school PHINMA-Cagayan de Oro College!
I got ready, and took my Race bib, I can do this! Haha feeling inspired and encouraged! 🙂  I am running for 5K but the bib shows 3K with superimposition! haha
I left home at around quarter to 5:00 A.M. And just as I arrived at the school entrance (assembly area), I've heard the shouted, "alright, get ready 5k runners, you are now going to be next, in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.... gunshot!) I joined the run of the more or less four thousand runners!
I did not expect myself to run the entire 5K, I know that I haven't been warming up. But I am amazed that I was able to run for quite a distance without resting. Specially when I went ahead of my colleagues in the office. I was able to finish though the 5K in forty-four minutes (yeah I know I was too slow), but it's still an accomplishment for me. You see, I don't jog every day now. So, it's a great come back start! hahah 🙂
The route was from PHINMA-COC Campus main gate, going to Vamenta Boulevard to C.M. Recto Highway turning left towards Bulua, then a U-turn at N-hotel then back to PHINMA-COC! It's a Fun-run-walk-run-walk-walk-walk-run-walk-walk-walk-run...walk. Haha!
After the race, we were informed that we can already claim our certificate. We proceeded to the releasing area where snacks were also served.

But hey, we didn't just get a certificate, we also had a reward from our Chief Operations Officer Mr. Bangcola! Thank you sir!

Milo was also there to distribute free cold drinks! Wasn't able to take a picture of the very small cup there were distributing.
We had a little chitchat before we were asked to join a Zumba! Yes, we danced after the run. We were gathered at the quadrangle! And yes, they hired instructors to lead us in the Zumba!
Then a dance or presentation number from the basic education department followed.
We had fun watching!
Go basic ed
After the presentation, the new PHINMA-COC landmark was also revealed!

The ladies don't want to go home without a picture of the FINISH LINE with them. So here it is!
Reina, Hannah and Agnes
Reina, Agnes, Hannah and Ryan
Then off we go to get something to fill our empty stomach. These was the view as we crossed the newly opened bridge!
It was a fun-filled run! Indeed it's a fun run! I enjoyed the kickstart of the foundation celebration! Congrat's PHINMA-COC! 

The way we steward our memories can be a major impediment to our developing a great attitude. Past experiences, as ell as our perceptions of those experiences, are collected over the years. These are stored in what I call our internal photo album. Here your memories, like pictures, are catalogued for quick retrieval.
These photo album are similar to plastic picture holders we keep in our wallets or the albums we keep on the shelves in our family room - you know, the ones filled with pictures of our children, vacations, birthday parties, graduations and the like. The pictures that made it into these hallowed pages of fame represent only a faction of the pictures actually taken. How did these specific pictures get the honor of holding the family's memories? What qualities earned each snapshot the privilege of being mounted in the family photo album?

Well, it works like this. The family member who is the first to arrive on the scene and thumb through the pictures will actually make the cut. In our household, that person is usually mom. But on facebook most of us choose the photos that will be seen in public. Haha! Admit it! Yes, you choose what should be published! 

Now the selection process begins. If, as she is thumbing through the 3x5 inch prints, she came across a picture that makes her look heavier than she really is, out it goes! Or just take the case of uploading photos on your online photo album, yes! Facebook! If you see a picture that makes you look heavier, or a little bit less than beautiful or handsome, would you not discard such picture? It is discarded immediately without any hope for trial. Any photo snapped at the precise moment a forkful of food was entering your mouth is consigned to the dark abyss of your trash bin. If there's one that shows you with eyes closed, looking funny, with bad posture or anything else that might be conceived in the eyes of the beholder as less than optimal, it is whisked away without funeral or fuss.
Only these pictures that cause you to rival the best male models or best female models make it into your album! Then when someone pages through one of your commemorative displays, you look like you just stepped off a Hollywood set.
None of us would ever allow all the pictures into our albums. That would be horrible. And neither would we take the poorest of the pictures, place them neatly under each cellophane page or upload it on our facebook photo album (or instagram, twipic, or pinterest) and throw away all the best shots! That would be masochistic!
As silly as that sounds, that's often exactly what we do with our memories. We forget the best and remember the worst. We tuck the injuries away in the pages of our mental photo albums, and whenever we get the chance, we thumb through the pain again and again. If you could flip through most of people's memory albums, you would probably find few prize pictures and many more painful ones.   
Today, please find time to screen out your memory albums. Send to trash all those that is causing you pain and hurt. And thumb all those that would make you smile. Choose what to put on your wallet! Choose the best shots in your life! 
It is absolutely critical that we steward our memories well. Why? The memories you choose to keep will either give you courage, or they will steal what courage you have. Your memories will either help to build your faith or plague you with doubts. 

Has someone injured you in the past? You can either file a picture of the hurt in your album or discard it. If you choose to retain and rehearse the event, turning it over and over in your mind, it will affect you adversely. Each time you come into contact with this person, you will notice a distance growing between you. Your most strenuous attempts at conversation will prove shallow and insincere at best. Your memories have stolen your courage to resolve the problem and interest genuinely. On the other hand, when we store pictures of the wonderful moments shared with our loved ones, our courage is bolstered so that we can talk openly and honestly with them.

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We were assigned to join our site visit for Go Negosyo of the Department of Trade and Industry. We were set to assembly by 7 A.M. so I had to rise up early. I know I'm really usually early, but I have to make it there by 7 A.M. Fortunately, I was able to wake up early, and yes, was able to come to the assembly are, Negosyo Center on time. 
We were provided with a Starex Van for the transportation, for free, courtesy of DTI. 
Our first stop is in Mananum Bago, Medina, Misamis Oriental. It's MABFARMCO! A cooperative organized by Women in the Barangay. They've been existing since 2001 but was only recently able to start this buko pie making operation.
I got excited when I learned what was their product! I am really a fan of buko pie. I first fell in love with buko pies when my girl friend brought me one from Nueva Ecija, I think? (I hope I'm right). And yeah, it was so yummy! I wanted to eat buko pie more often. But it's not available here in Cagayan de Oro. At least not to my knowledge. So when I was told that our first stop is the place of production of buko pie, there's this exhilarating feeling inside me. Haha!
We arrived at the first destination around a few minutes after ten o'clock in the morning. We actually hungry. As we entered the premises, the women of MABFARMCO are already working on their craft. 
The busy ladies behind the buko pie of MABFARMCO!
We were also welcomed by the Cooperative with the Barangay Captain of Mananum Bag-o. 
The Barangay Captain who has been the father of the Cooperative, providing aid in ways he can to improve the cooperative's operation. He's also there when we had our visit. 
My colleagues started the inquisition. They've asked questions regarding the different aspects of operation from the women and from the Barangay Captain. Amazingly, ideas are flowing. 
Of course, in every trip, someone has to take pictures, you can see in the photos I captured someone is also, actually, taking pictures. Haha selfies should never be missing in every stop. haha 
The inquisition continues, questions here and there, pictures every where, we checked every part of the site. We were also informed, that they follow strict compliance of sanitation, and operational quality control to pass the examination of BFAD so they could also get a wider market once they got certification from the BFAD.
Go on ladies, don't bother us. We'd love watching you prepare your yummy buko pies. We'd love to know how you prepare them. 
Of course, it's buko pie. Expect buko! haha this is the first of the process, extracting the buko meat from its shell. These ladies are really wearing their mask while in the operation, to avoid contamination and well, compliance to the requirements.
Someone volunteered to take a picture with me on it. Thanks sir Alvin! You felt the need to volunteer so I could also be seen in the documentation! Haha 
Once the buko is extracted, it will be cooked here, with some mixes so it will become the buko filling of the pie. This was not yet cooked, it was just placed in the pan.
These bright minds here are discussing business strategies and processes to improve the cooperative's operation. I am amazed at how they've intricately examined the process and tried to give some inputs on improving their business operation. Well, that's what we are there for. We are consultants, and we ought to give some inputs. Good job guys!
I am also delighted to have seen this. It's simple! Their Vision and Mission!
Let me translate (feeling english expert)

VISION: "A God-fearing community united. Peaceful, progressive, enduring and honestly abiding with the law."

MISSION: "Strengthening the cooperative through constant evaluation by the members. Making projects intended for the growth/development of the cooperative and its members, through the use of latest technologies for an enduring farming and business." 

And these are the boxes for their finish products. Medina's choice, Buko Pie!
Making of the dough to be filled with buko. Contains flour and butter! I don't know the mix. But I was told it's made of flour and butter, and I don't know what else. haha
And these are the finish products. These were already chilled. The buko pie tastes better, according to them, when it's chilled.  So they want us to experience eating what they're making. 
Thanks Ates for the generosity. We've enjoyed your buko pie.
These oven and other equipments are provided by the government through the Department of Trade and Industry. The DTI is looking on other ways to improve and actually provided assistance in procuring for these types of businesses the equipments they needed but that they can't afford to acquire on their own. 
These are the cooked filling of the buko pie.
The ideas of these bright minds couldn't run out. So our guide had to stop the discussion and yeah, we have to head to the next stop. 
We left thinking about the pressing concern of this cooperative. They are proud to advertise that their product is 100% no preservatives! However, because of that, their product can only live up to 3 days according to Department of Science and Technology (DOST). But with an insider note, if refrigerated, the product could actually last up to 7 days. 
The real issue is, if they want to penetrate a larger market. But to do so, would be to require a product with a longer life. Not just 3 days. Considering that they are far from the City of Cagayan de Oro where malls are thriving. 
Hmmm, now I'm still thinking of ways to address the concern..
Our next destination is.....
The next stop! Yes, the handicraft bags, purse, wallets, chair cover, etc.
We've met the dynamic, and full of enthusiasm, 76-year old lady. She ushered us into their home and their facility where they weave, and make their products. 
These are some of their products, those are actually by product of the weaving. So nothing will go to waste, they create a bag out of the excess or wastes of the weaving operation.
Some works of art of the owner, very artistic good for decorations and souvenirs.
These are their weaving equipment. Production area. 
I also happened to spot their certificates and awards. They've had quite a collection of awards and certificates! Proves to established their brand, their quality, their craft!
And this guy right here, can't stop smiling out of amazement! Or out of being full! Haha we've had unlimited supplies of food. LOL!
Another craft that the artists of this establishment has made. 
And these are the output of their weaving. Placemats, table cloth, etc. The hats are inherited from the owner's great great grand parents. This establishment showcases culture and heritage! 
Another set of products! And hey, spot the upper part, another collection of certificates and awards!
The ladies can't help but open the collection of designer bags and purses. They really are girls! Bags! Yeah! Girls! haha
And they also can't help but climb up the room of the artist and have a picture taken with these finish products! haha 
These are also great boxes, containers, and souvenir items, good for gifts and even give aways during special occasions. 
More bags! More products! Classic and modern designs!
And we cannot allow leaving here, without actually seeing how they do it. So a man obliged to demonstrate how to weave. Now we're informed it's not that easy, and this would also explain why these items are priced the way they are priced. But if you buy from this establishment itself, you'd enjoy a discount! Yes, still relatively cheaper!
Even Christmas decoration are hand made! Really amazing business!
Then, we'd have to leave. Oh wait! Just to let you know! We've had our lunch there! Thanks Tita Esme for being so hospitable, we've bothered you a lot! Haha we enjoyed the food! The chicken are just awesome! And the "biko", yeah! It's delicious! Thank you so much!
Our next site is the processing plant of another cooperative in Balingasag. Their products are bottled bangus, boneless bangus, etc. They have a fish processing plant! And it's a bright day, so I can't miss taking a picture of the bright blue sky!
This cooperative is composed of women in Balingasag. They've organized themselves into a Women's Federation and was able to create a cooperative and the cooperative has made a fish processing plant. Isn't that amazing? 
As we entered the premises, inside the plant was this lady smiling at us as she was doing her job.
I spotted they have a quality control section. Unfortunately, they were not processing fish that day, so we haven't seen an actual process of deboning the "Bangus" (milk fish). But it's amazing that they are very strict with the facility usage and area. BFAD is imposing so much requirements to ensure the quality of the food they produce.
This was the deboning section. Fish would first enter this area. 
And yes, more inquisition happened. They were asking about the process, the product, the ingredients, etc.
See, very enthusiastic inquisition session! What's the matter Mr. Doblas? haha
These are the ingredients. Very basic! Carrots, pepper, I'm not sure what that green one is, and yeah, that is salt, oil and msg.
To finally satisfy our interest of seeing how this delicious bottled bangus are prepared, they've demonstrated how they are going to do the "bottling" of these bangus! 
Ate did not know I took a picture of her uniform. Good shirt ate! 🙂
The finish products!
Again, it's good that they have good business practice. Organizational structure is displayed in their premises. 
Even their mission and vision! Now it's in english! I don't have to translate it! haha
Next stop! Another bottled fish! Sardines! Yeah! This is in Jasaan!
Alright busy buddies, stop the questioning please! I'm hungry once again! hahaha
I can't focus on the questioning when I can see these food! Banana! "Saging!" Waaaah!
And now I'm drooling! haha Camote! (Sweet Potato!)
The new endorser of the sardines!!Hey there Mr. Doblas! 
Look who can't wait to devour the food? haha Atty! Wait! haha
It was on that place where we really really really had enough food! haha I mean yeah, we had "ginamos", "saging", "camote"! Ahhh that was heaven! ahahah Puto was also served, fruits! Soft drinks! What can we ask for? Everything's there! Plus we get to taste their product! Spanish sardines? 
After we've once again filled our stomach, we headed for another handicraft site. Interesting designs welcomed us in this room.
I love these designs of lamp. These are the designs of a local artist.
Office wares are also available. Artistic handicraft materials are also displayed. Look at these!
The lamp is just amazing! It's great in a living room. Or even in your room! 🙂 Adds to being romantic? 
Yeah guys, I know you have so much questions on mind! Go ahead! Fire! Hahaa
These are the ladies actually making the handicrafts! Good job ladies! Awesome products you have here!
We ended up ordering something. I was even thinking of bringing their product in the city! Hmmm, business idea! haha
Generally, we've observed that the common challenge for these enterprises is that they have encountered incidents when they said "No" to a demand just because they can't produce the required order. It's sad, because that could have been a great sale! That could have been a start of a greater business transaction. These establishments have declined mass orders because their production capacity is insufficient, or their manpower is insufficient. That's common to all these businesses. We have to come up with a recommendation to address this common issue.
So, in sum, I am thanking DTI for allowing me to join this site visit/tour! We've enjoyed so much! A lot of fun! And this site visit/tour has encouraged most of us to also be more entrepreneurial. Think about a business that we'd want to start. And think which of these businesses we'd want to help. Quite an experience! I would love to join another tour in another area again, if given another opportunity! I've learned a lot. A fun-filled day and experience! Great job guys! Go Negosyo! 🙂

I've read on facebook posts about "High Ridge". Saw those posts like "go for the view not for the food." But I told myself, I have to find out for myself, what it is. I was familiar with the place since it's a re-opened establishment. So I was wondering, what it looks like this time. When my friends/colleagues invited me to go there, I said yes. 
The place has improved, yes, and the set up is somehow brighter. The view, indeed is fantastic! We came earlier so we witnessed the sun set. These is a view overlooking the city of golden friendship! 
People are giving their orders to the crew, while I was busy taking pictures. 
 Told my colleagues to take their obligatory picture and pose on the side where the city is the background. That's JP, Hannah, Clyde, Chef Kiko and Ryan for the obligatory pose! 🙂
I don't know if it's still because the sun is bright, or you just want to make faces! haha 
Next time you'd have to agree whether it's wacky or formal pic! Seems like you're a little bit less coordinated! Haha look at you guys! haha 
We were given the consumable coupon. Each person would have to pay P100 person to be admitted inside the premises of High Ridge, but good thing is, you can use these P100 coupon to purchase food inside. We have P600 worth of coupons, but unfortunately, with our capacity, it cannot just be P600. Haha
High Ridge consumable coupons.
 This was a weekend. So it was filled with guests. Mostly just curious about the place. About the view, and nothing else... You can see people rushing to take pictures (which we already did), and then later compelled to order, since there's a P100 coupon. However, you'd have to know that it's a little bit pricey there.
Some random groups my camera has captured. Taking orders, having chitchat waiting for their orders.
 And you could see Clyde here smiling while looking at the menu, was it because the food on the menu were quite interesting? Or was it the crew you're interested in Clyde? haha 
May I take your order sir? 
Here's the menu sir.
Seems to be so happy to give his choices. 🙂
After we gave our orders, we've taken pictures. Had chitchat while waiting for the food to be served.
Yeah, we managed to have asked a crew to take a picture of us with the city as the back ground. Thanks crew!
 And these are the pictures I've taken when darkness filled the place, it's a beautiful view of the city's lights starting to spark. And yeah, it's a refreshing view with a refreshing wind. So cool! Feels like you're in some kind of a summer capital area. 🙂 
Chef is devouring the salad. Sorry Chef, I know the food did not pass your standards, but what can we do? We're already there, and we have to eat something. We're a bunch of hungry creatures, let's give our tummies something to digest! 🙂
The face of a dissatisfied chef? 🙂
We were suppose to eat yummy viands, yummy food! But, well, according to our tastebuds, it's just something to fill our stomach. Plus, took them quite longer to serve the food. When the food was served, we were amazed our (meaning Chef's) instructions weren't followed. There was even a mistake in the food served, we ordered the Crispy Pata, the Lechon Kawali was served. And the little details were not given attention, they were lucky to have been graced by no less than the chef, and the #feelingchefandexpertspeople. Wouldn't rate the service higher than 5 in a scale of 1-10, and 10 being the highest.

I took another picture of the view. And yeah, it's amazing! Indeed, go for the view, not for the food! 🙂

 Here they are, trying to pretend like the food is great guys? haha Smile! Life is beautiful! LOL!
 Wait I'll join you guys. Haha 
There, that's me! Thanks to the crew again. 🙂
As the skies have taken darkness in, the place have taken in more guests. It's filled with guests all wanting to know what's in High Ridge. Well at least majority of them are just curious to see what it is. 
Yeah, these are some people busy taking pictures, selfies, groupfies, etc. 
Our version of groupfie?
 So what do I have to say? 
Personally, I've enjoyed it. Not because of the food, but because we've had some good laughs! Wherever you put us, we'll always be crazy. So expect us to burst in laughters for seemingly no reason at all. The view is just awesome, you'd have to see it. If you've seen it, I'd understand, why it's enough! 🙂 

You've heard the statement many times that this is a young person's world - and a quick check of the history books rapidly establishes that this statement has considerable validity. For example, Lindberg at age twenty-five was the first man to fly nonstop over the Atlantic Ocean to Paris; John Paul Jones was a full sea captain at twenty-two; Napoleon was an artillery captain before he was twenty-three; Edgar Allen Poe was internationally known as a poet at eighteen; Tracy Austin won the U.S. Open Tennis Championship at age sixteen; Alexander the Great had conquered the known world at twenty-six; Eli Whitney was twenty-eight when he perfected the cotton gin. We also frequently see stories of child prodigies who at age five are solving mathematical equations that confound college professors. The list is truly endless of all the people who've done remarkable things before their thirtieth birthday.
This obviously proves that it is a young person's world. Or does it? I'm going to prove that it is a young person's world or even a middle-aged person's world.  As a matter of fact, it is really your world, regardless of your age. Read on and you'll see what I mean.
Commodore Vanderbilt was not known as a great railroad king until he was seventy; at eight-eight he was the most active railroad man of his day. Socrates started studying music when he was eighty; Pasteur discovered his hydrophobia cure when he was sixty; Columbus was well over fifty when he made his first voyage of American discovery; Voltaire; Newton; Spencer; Talleyrand, and Thomas Jefferson all were active and in their intellectual prime after eighty. Grandma Moses achieved her fame and success after age ninety. Galileo discovered the monthly and daily phases of the moon when he was seventy-three. The list is endless. 
What this really says is that the world belongs to anybody who will recognize that now is the time and here is the place - to go to the top.
As you've read this article, tell yourself this "Today, I will realize that age is not an obstacle or barrier, but is an asset."
And complete this "Today, I will _______________."

I've wrote something about capabilities last time, I wrote a story here. I said on that post you should use those capacities you have. Now let's move on to the very next topic. Impossibility!
I am continuously amazed at the abilities of athletes who run faster, jump higher, and execute feats of physical skill with greater precision every year. Every day we read about a young athlete who cracks a barrier.
The most common athletic barrier was the four-minute mile. Experts believed for many years that it was impossible for a human being to run a mile under four minutes. but in 1954, a man named Roger Bannister ran the mile in less than four minutes. Today, high school athletes and a thirty-seven-year-old man have accomplished that remarkable feat.
There was a time when experts believed a twenty-eight-foot long jump was physically impossible, but Bob Beamon pulled off one of the most incredible athletic achievements of our time when he went right on past the twenty-eight-foot marker and jumped twenty-nine feet. Nadia Comaneci broke the "ten" barrier in the 1976 Olympic Games and now several girls have gone on to score perfect tens in gymnastic competition.
Isn't it amazing that when one person breaks the barrier others quickly follow them to the top? Often the only limits that we have are those we place upon ourselves. Once we clearly understand that the "barriers" are mental limitations and not physical impossibilities, our chances of improving performance and breaking those records are dramatically improved. As a matter of fact, when we realize something can be done, you can bet it will be done.
Tell yourself today, "I will remove my limitations by realizing that although others can stop me temporarily, I am the only one who can stop myself permanently."
And to apply this, complete this sentence "Today, I will ______________________."

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Manila, Philippines – AXN announces today that “Asia’s Got Talent” is set to premiere first on AXN on 12 March 2015, airing on Thursdays at 8.05pm (SG, MY, PH, HK) / 7.05pm (JKT, BKK). The series is the biggest talent competition in the world featuring some of the region’s most incredible performing artists as they compete to take home the coveted winning title. 
Officially launching “Asia’s Got Talent” today is the series’ esteemed celebrity judging panel made up of 16 time Grammy-winning Canadian musician David Foster, UK pop sensation and former Spice Girl Melanie C., Indonesian rock icon Anggun, and Taiwanese-American pop idol and actor Van Ness Wu. The judges met with 500 members of the media, sponsors and partners for the first time at the “Asia’s Got Talent” showcase held at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

“Asia’s Got Talent” is the 63rd adaptation of the Guinness-World-Record-breaking hit “Got Talent” format, which was created by Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and is co-produced by FremantleMedia. The “Got Talent” format is officially the most successful reality TV format in history and currently airs in 186 countries.
Hui Keng Ang, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia said, “‘Asia’s Got Talent’ is a milestone made-in-Asia original production that reinforces SPT Networks, Asia’s position as a leader of original, local content in our region. With a stellar judging panel as well as some of the most spectacular acts from our region, ‘Asia’s Got Talent’ is a top quality production that will thrill Asia.”
Mr George Tanasijevich, Marina Bay Sands’ President and Chief Executive Officer said: “Marina Bay Sands is proud to be the premier partner for the inaugural Asia’s Got Talent. The ‘Got Talent’ series has earned multiple accolades across the globe entertaining millions of viewers. The multi-tiered entertainment strategy that we have adopted at Marina Bay Sands offers our guests an exciting range of unique events ranging from concerts, Broadway musicals, movie premieres and award shows. As the venue for the semi-finals and finals for the show, Marina Bay Sands will be the platform where a deserving act will be launched into stardom. Our participation adds yet another dimension to Marina Bay Sands, showcasing the endless entertainment possibilities we offer. ”
From thousands of applicants from 15 territories across Asia, the four judges must select the most jaw-dropping, mind-blowing and breath-taking performances. Those who advance to the semi-finals will face an even tougher judge, the AXN audience at home who will decide the winner of the first season of “Asia’s Got Talent”. 
Adding to the excitement, the semi-finals and finale will be held at the iconic Marina Bay Sands. Prizes worth up to US$100,000 are at stake, along with the opportunity for the winner to return and perform at Asia’s leading entertainment destination. 
Supporting the judges are Marc Nelson and Rovilson Fernandez as hosts of “Asia’s Got Talent”. Marc and Rovilson are familiar to AXN audiences as contestants of “The Amazing Race Asia Season 2” and hosts of the talk show “The Duke”.
“Asia’s Got Talent” will span a total of 10 weekly episodes, leading with five judges’ auditions episodes, before three semi-finals, a finale episode and concluding with the results show. In addition to enjoying the amazing performances, audiences can expect to learn more about their favourite acts as “Asia Got Talent” tells the life stories behind some of the most colourful individuals and groups in the competition.
The inaugural season of “Asia’s Got Talent” on AXN is proudly presented by Marina Bay Sands, Big Cola, Pantene, Caltex and Jetstar. 
Marina Bay Sands is a premier partner of “Asia’s Got Talent”. As Asia’s leading entertainment destination and crossroads for global celebrities, Marina Bay Sands provides opportunities for local talent to shine on the world’s stage.
BIG is the exclusive beverage partner of “Asia’s Got Talent”. With BIG Cola, ‘if you can dream it, you can do it’. Contestants and fans across Asia will be encouraged to ‘Think Big’ and ‘Dream Bigger’ in pursuit of their dreams. 
Pantene, the exclusive haircare partner of “Asia’s Got Talent”, makes hair stronger inside and shinier outside, to enable contestants to shine and be the world’s number one talent.
Caltex is the exclusive petroleum partner of “Asia’s Got Talent”. Caltex delivers a hassle-free experience to get people back on their journey quickly, so they can have more time and energy to do whatever matters most to them. By being a part of “Asia’s Got Talent”, Caltex wants to celebrate key moments of the contestants’ journey to stardom, providing viewers the opportunity to enjoy the journey with them.
Jetstar is proud to be the official airline of the very first edition of “Asia’s Got Talent”. With more than 600 weekly flights to 22 destinations across 13 countries in Asia Pacific, Jetstar enables talent to fly further, connect with families and fulfil dreams.
AXN is a leader of regionally produced original content in Asia, with notable ratings successes including four seasons of the International  Emmy-nominated “The Amazing Race Asia”; the Asian Television Award-winning “Cash Cab Asia”; “The Apprentice Asia”; “Cyril: Rio Magic”; “Cyril’s Family Vacation: Hawaii Edition”; and the Asian Television Award-nominated “Cyril: Simply Magic”.


About Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia
Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia was established in 1997 with Singapore as the Asian headquarters of Sony Pictures Television's networks business. It operates six ad-supported 24/7channels which are wholly-owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment. AXN is the home of thrilling entertainment; beTV is the place to be for the best of TV; Sony Channel is the premier destination for female-skewing Hollywood entertainment; Animax offers anime for all; ONE is powered by prime and current South Korean entertainment content; and GEM serves up star-studded and popular general entertainment programming from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea.
About FremantleMedia Asia
With offices in Singapore, Beijing, Bangkok, Jakarta, and Mumbai, and servicing the entirety of Asia, FremantleMedia Asia is one on the preeminent production companies in the region, producing world-class content from the large scale talent competitions for which it is best known, including Idol, X Factor, and Got Talent, to long running game shows such as Family Feud. In addition to creating and developing local content, FremantleMedia Asia is no stranger to localization and is uniquely positioned as one of the most accomplished adaptors of international formats in the region, ensuring continuing success season after season in territory after territory. Beyond single market productions, FremantleMedia Asia has also demonstrated its strength in pan-regional production having recently produced the widely successful The Apprentice Asia.
About SYCO Entertainment
Syco Entertainment is a joint venture between Simon Cowell and Sony Music and is one of the world’s leading global music, film and television production companies responsible for some of the world’s most successful global TV and music franchises. Syco Entertainment is also the world’s most successful producer of international talent with Syco Music being the UK’s number 1 record label for both A&R and sales and is record label home for such diverse international recording artists as Labrinth, One Direction, Susan Boyle, Little Mix, IL Divo, Fifth Harmony, Alex & Sierra and Ella Henderson. Syco’s television assets include the global franchises The X Factor and Got Talent. Local versions of The X Factor are produced in more than 53 territories, with artists discovered by the format selling more than 180 million records worldwide, including 200 number ones and 380 top 10 records. The Got Talent format is officially the world’s most successful reality TV format of all time, holding the Guinness World Records title for the “Most successful TV format of all time” having been commissioned in an impressive 66 territories worldwide. America’s Got Talent also airs in 193 countries around the globe and has been the #1 US summer reality series for the pass decade. Syco Film produced the 2013 #1 global box office hit " One Direction: This Is Us” a 3D concert movie with Sony Pictures and have recently partnered with Animal Logic (The Lego Movie, Happy Feet) to produce a number of music-based hive action-hybrid animated movies. 
For further information, please contact: For Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia:
Paul O'Hanlon Calvin Wong
FremantleMedia Asia Manager, Communications
T: +65 6223 8771 T: +65 6622 4203

For Syco Entertainment:

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I I believe man was designated for accomplishment engineered for success. and endowed with the seeds of greatness. That includes you. You are valuable person, capable of great things.
However, if you've heard all of your life that you don't measure up, chances are good you believe it. If you've been repeatedly told that you have to win approval, you'll try to win it. If you're told daily that you are second rate, you just might begin to agree. That, my friend, is known as garbage-dump thinking and can be disastrous. For example, evangelist Bill Glass has learned through his prison ministry that approximately ninety percent of all inmates had been repeatedly told by their parents that they would end up in jail!
Tom Mullen, in his book, "Seriously, Life Is a Laughing Matter", tells of a fifteen-year-old girl named Amy who had always received straight As in school. Her parents were extremely upset when she received a B. "If I fail in what I do," Amy said in a note to her parents, "I fail in what I am." That message was part of Amy's suicide note. Input into the mind ultimately influences our behavior.
It is sad that Amy is far from being an unusual case. The number of teenage suicides specially in the US has tripled in the last decade to over thirty a day. Americans have been fed a lot of garbage. It's not what you do or have, it's what you are that's important. It's not disgraceful to fail - the disgrace is in refusing to try.
You are capable of great things. Use the ability you have and you'll be given more ability to use.


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