JOHN Calvin Maxwell-trained speaker and coach Sunny Diego, a Negrense, is now in town to speak before his fellow Negrenses about the 15 invaluable laws of growth and other helpful tenets that could boost and enhance their knowledge and capabilities.
Various groups and organizations have invited him to be their mentor in attaining their respective objectives and purposes to enable them to reach their desired growth and development.
Diego said, "Discipline plays vital in attaining growth by learning more, reading books and going to seminars. We have to have discipline in order for us to evolve to new things, new environments, and new knowledge. In Filipino culture, we really lack discipline. We have to change the mindset of people. I know that nobody wants to read. People here usually read because of education and after they graduate college, they hardly read books anymore. Books enhance our mental health by giving us more knowledge and that is where we change our mind. We encourage people to read more with less television, less cellphone, and less social media."
Not everything in social media is right. "It's a good tool. We are so connected but we are so disconnected."
He told the learners that there is enough sun for all of us. If other people succeed and we are running below, we feel bad.
It's not supposed to be a race against your fellow. If you just focus on yourself, then basically, you will not feel about others succeeding. We are all connected to each other and there is no reason to engage in competition, he said.
Diego practices his daily, monthly and yearly goals and that is non-negotiable.
"For my part, I read a book per week and many books in a year to maintain a healthy mental diet. Your mental diet depends on what you watch, what you read, the people who talk to you and what you hear. If you watch telenovela every single day or for two hours a day for instance, your personality becomes sensitive because that is what you feed your mind," he shares.
"For my physical diet, I do jiu-jitsu. For my spiritual diet, I pray. I wake up in the morning and say my first prayer, I don't ask God for anything. I just say thank you Lord for waking me up and for everything that I have now. If I want to ask God for things, for success, I say it on breakfast or in lunch but not on the first prayer of the day. God is everywhere. God gave us free will and it is up to us to adjust our spiritual growth for us to be even more blessed," he said.
We attain all these successes if we have the discipline and by being consistent. You can never be consistent without discipline. Just set your focus on your goals and be consistent in pursuing or doing it so that you can truly attain your goals, he said.
He also advises everyone to let go of negative thoughts and even people who have negativity in them.
"We are totally living different lives with different sets of goals. If you really have something that you really worked hard, train yourself every day, you sacrificed and did everything to win a championship like jiu-jitsu. And if you won then feel proud of it because you really worked hard for it as a reward, but some would react that the winner should be humble. Others would always have a negative reaction. But nobody tells you when you are working to be amazing. I would rather have friends and family who encourage me to be amazing or extraordinary than telling me to be humble. How would you know that I am not humble because God will never reward me for this winning if I was not humble in the first place? People who tell you that are the ones who want to pull you down. They don't want you to be there," he said.
"Let us celebrate what God has given us," he added.