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Achieve Your Personal Best with Celestine Chua

Posted on 17 August 2009 by Tim

Would you give up a $50,000 a year job with a Fortune 100 company to launch your own business? Most people probably wouldn’t. But that’s exactly what Celestine Chua, author of CelestineChua.com, did and she’s loving it!

Celestine is a life coach who works 1-on-1 to help others strive for personal excellence and achieve their goals and dreams. Celes explains it on her site like this:

If you find yourself stuck in some area, life coaching will help you to get unstuck and make progress. If you want to get more results out of a certain area of your life, be it career, health, relationships, finance, etc, life coaching will help you to attain your desired results.

When you visit her site, you’re going to find a lot of great information you can put to use immediately to improve your life.

I first heard about Celestine from a guest post she did on Darren Rowse’s site ProBlogger.net. I was impressed, not only with her personal story, but also with the awesome tips she was giving on how to earn press coverage. Lucky for us, she agreed to an interview!

First, I’d like to congratulate you on pursuing your ideal career! Was there a specific moment or event that motivated you to make such a drastic change?

Hi Tim, thanks a lot! I would say there were numerous trigger points which culminated to my decision, just like how many different things in our life add up to lead to where we are. I’ll share my two biggest triggers.

The first point came when I was still in university. I was in business school and a year away from graduation. My grades were among the top percentile (I was on the dean’s list); I had already secured a placement with my dream employer and it was as if I had my life set before me. Having achieved what many would see as the ultimate objective of education (to secure a good job), my last year of university became a year of deep introspection and search for myself. I started looking ahead in my life – what I saw for myself in 5 years, 10 years, 20, 30, 50, my death bed, and even beyond death. What I found, to my horror, was that all the things I had been pursuing were just empty goals. Money, recognition, success (for the sake of success) were just empty, impermanent goals which crumbled away after death. When I realized that, I started looking deep within me on what exactly was the meaning of my life and human life. I went on a deep introspective journey, and to cut the long story short, I eventually realized that the highest meaning I could embark on in my life is to achieve my highest level of consciousness and help others do the same too. From that point on, I adopted that as my life’s meaning and started aligning everything toward that.

celestine chua As I looked onward, I realized working for my employer wasn’t something which would let me fully realize my purpose, but I went ahead anyway because I figured the experience from working in one of the top corporations in the world would greatly aid me in my long-term plans. I joined the company with the intent to learn as much as I could. After about 2 years, the second trigger point came – I felt I had learned a great deal, and felt I was ready to start off and fully embrace my purpose. Everything worked out great eventually – it’s been almost a year since I’d left and my personal development business has made great headway in the 6 months it has been up. I can’t wait to see what’s up next.

How did your family respond to the news?

My parents were shocked definitely, because up till that point, I had never really shared about the higher vision I had for my life. While they had their misgivings and stigmas (for example, self employment is regarded as risky and unstable especially in Singapore where I’m from), they understood my life was mine to lead and the ultimate decision was mine to make. Their understanding is something which I’m grateful for.

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For first-time visitors, what 3-5 articles would you recommend they read to understand you and your message?

The first one will be Are You Sleepwalking Your Life Away? There are so many people in our society today just living life for the sake of living and not really experiencing life the way it is meant to be. I refer to these people as the “sleepwalkers”. In this article, I urge the reader to wake up from this state and start taking the step to live the life of his/her dreams. Posted in 3rd week since the blog launched , it has quickly become a site classic and has spurred many to start taking action on their lives.

The second one is Discover Your Real Purpose series. It’s a very detailed, comprehensive 7-part series I wrote on life purpose, including how to tell if you are living your purpose now, the difference between false and real purposes and an exercise on how to discover your real purpose. The exercise I shared is the same exercise I used to discover my purpose. Many of my readers have also found their purpose from the exercise as well. The purpose is the starting point of living a conscious life, so I highly recommend everyone who hasn’t found their purpose yet or isn’t sure if they know their purpose to check it out.

The third is Passion or Money? It addresses a popular conundrum many in our society face regarding whether to pursue passion or money, and is something I had to address when I was planning how to best pursue my passion. I eventually came up with a best fit solution which addressed everything I wanted. Check out the article for the full answer.

I heard you are working on a book. What can we expect to see when that comes out?

Gosh, the plans for the book have changed quite a bit! My intended topic for the book is on passion – specifically, how to discover and pursue it. I figured it was the best topic I could write about since I have personally experienced the journey and overcame various obstacles to finally live in resonance with my passion.

I initially intended for it to be a free ebook to be released this year. However, after some thought, I decided to release it as a published book instead. Given the long lead times of the publishing world (a year), the book probably isn’t going to be out anytime soon. In addition, I’m committed to producing the best possible content for this book, so I’m taking good time to write it. There are going to be people who will look toward it for answers to their questions – questions they’ve had for a long time, and I want to be sure the content is as holistic as possible.

At the present moment, my immediate project is getting my school up and running. It’s going to be called The School of Personal Excellence and will be up sometime this year. I’m extremely blessed to have the support of a few generous and highly committed partners for this. There are lots of things to plan out – school vision, goals, marketing activities, program curriculum, logistics, etc, but I’m really having fun doing all of it. Can’t wait to see how everything turn out eventually!

If I wanted to start creating my best life, what three things would you recommend I do today?

  1. Discover and start pursuing your passion. What is it you absolutely love to do? What is it that will get you up and going every day? If you haven’t found your passion, the exercise on how to discover your purpose is applicable for finding your passion.
  2. Map out your long-term goals. What do you want to see your life to be in 10 years? What are your biggest goals and dreams you want to see fulfilled? Don’t limit yourself by anything.
  3. From there, start acting toward your goals. Break them down into 5, 3, 1 year goals, then monthly milestones. Create specific measurables. Then to act on them and bring them to life. It is through action that we direct manifest the things we want in our life.

This is a great start for anyone interested in getting the most out of life. Celes, thank you for joining me today to talk about your work!

  • http://celestinechua.com/ Celestine Chua

    Hey Tim, thanks for the interview again! Those were some really great questions and I had a great time answering them. :D I've posted up the link in my latest blog post. All the best for your upcoming interviews! :)

  • http://www.talkwithtim.com timmoon

    My pleasure, Celes! Thanks again and I look forward to learning more about your school and book. Take care.

  • http://www.talkwithtim.com timmoon

    My pleasure, Celes! Thanks again and I look forward to learning more about your school and book. Take care.

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