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Hi! I'm Celestine Chua, founder of PersonalExcellence.co, one of the top personal development blogs with over one million pageviews a month. The Personal Excellence Podcast is all about helping you achieve your highest potential and live your best life. I share practical tips and insights on how to live your best life. From relationship insights to mastering our emotions to dealing with life's setbacks to productivity strategies to business advice, we are here to work through it all!

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Hi! I'm Celestine Chua, founder of PersonalExcellence.co, one of the top personal development blogs with over one million pageviews a month. The Personal Excellence Podcast is all about helping you achieve your highest potential and live your best life. I share practical tips and insights on how to live your best life. From relationship insights to mastering our emotions to dealing with life's setbacks to productivity strategies to business advice, we are here to work through it all!

    Nobody Loves Me

    Nobody Loves Me

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    Have you ever felt this way before? That nobody loves you? If so, you're not alone. I've felt that nobody loves me before, and in fact felt this way during many of my down moments in the past, such as times when I felt neglected or pushed aside. It was only lately that I learned to break out of this thinking pattern, and today I want to share how you can do so too.

    In this latest episode of The Personal Excellence Podcast, I share



    * Why there have been a lack of updates lately (and my apologies about it!) [0:22]

    * Why I would feel that nobody loves me [2:47]

    * How I addressed this negative thinking pattern, and how you can too [4:49]

    * Why it's not true that nobody loves you [5:26]

    * Where true self-love should come from [10:48]

    * Why celebrities face self-love issues despite having the love of millions of fans [12:23]

    * What happens when you pursue a relationship for the sake of feeling loved [13:27]

    * Getting to the root of why you think "nobody loves me" [15:31]

    * My childhood experiences that led me to this belief [16:18]

    * Times when I was bullied in school [20:29]

    * How I resolved these negative memories [23:41]

    * My gratitude to you guys [29:02]

    * An exercise for you to dig into the belief "nobody loves me" [30:45]

    * How to start building up your self-love [35:01]

    * Why there is no dichotomy between self-love and personal growth [37:24]

    * My reminder to you [38:46]



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    Nobody Loves Me [Transcript]

    Celestine Chua: You're listening to The Personal Excellence Podcast, the show that's all about helping you be your best self and live your best life. I'm Celestine Chua, your host, and founder of PersonalExcellence.co. Let's get started!

    Welcome to The Personal Excellence Podcast Episode 17, I'm Celes from PersonalExcellence.co!

    First off, I want to apologize for the slow updates in the past months, if not year. For those of you who are not on the PE newsletter, do join -- it's at personalexcellence.co/newsletter. Even though there hasn't been much updates on the blog, I've been sending out email updates that are not posted on the blog. So maybe you don't see as many updates there but there have been emails sent out -- sometimes weekly, sometimes fortnightly, sometimes monthly. If you are on the newsletter, you'll get access to all of that including announcements of live courses that I'm running.

    All that said, I totally recognize that there has been a lack of updates on PE. A large part is because I've been busy working on things in my personal life.

    • 41 min
    How to Be Productive, Not Busy

    How to Be Productive, Not Busy

    In today's world, it is so easy to be busy rather than being productive.

    That's because we have so many notifications, alerts, to-dos, things screaming for attention. Oftentimes, when we are not aware, we could simply spend an entire day just doing things, rushing from place to place, clearing item after item. But these may not be the most impactful things that move us towards our goals.

    So how can we focus on the impactful and make the most of our days?

    In this episode of The Personal Excellence Podcast, I share



    * 6 tips to be productive, not busy

    * Why you should not start your day with chat [1:25]

    * How to separate communication between inner circle loved ones and others [4:50]

    * Why I turn off alerts and notifications [8:21]

    * How to deal with incoming emails, alerts that you need to respond to [10:59]

    * Starting your day with a priority to-do list [12:44]

    * Why you shouldn't beat yourself up when you go off task [14:49]

    * Using batching to group similar tasks [17:07]

    * How to create your 80/20 to-do list [20:32]

    * Using a "Will do" list to defer incoming tasks [20:32]

    * The importance of delegating [21:59]

    * Why delegating was my Achilles heel in the past [22:42]

    * 3 factors I used to determine when to delegate [25:05]

    * 5 questions to ask yourself in a weekly/bi-weekly audit [29:16]

    * Asking ourselves WHY, WHAT, and HOW as we live consciously [30:20]



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    How to be Productive, Not Busy [Transcript]

    Celestine Chua: You're listening to The Personal Excellence Podcast, the show that's all about helping you be your best self and live your best life. I'm Celestine Chua, your host, and founder of PersonalExcellence.co. Let's get started!

    Hey everyone. That is Celes from PersonalExcellence.co. Welcome back to the podcast!

    Today I want to talk about productivity -- specifically how to be productive, not busy. I feel that in today's world, it is so easy to be busy rather than to be productive. That's because we have so many notifications, alerts, to-dos, things screaming for attention. Oftentimes, when we are not aware, when we are not conscious of it, we could simply spend an entire day just doing things, rushing from place to place, clearing item after item. But these things may not be the most impactful things that help us move towards our goals.

    So today I want to share some simple tips, six tips in fact, on what we can do to focus on being productive rather than being busy.

    1) Don't start your day with chat

    My first tip is don't start your day with chat. It is very instinctual to want to open your chat application in the morning and see who messaged you. Thinking, What do I have in my chat inbox?

    • 34 min
    You’re not alone

    You’re not alone

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    Have you ever felt like you're alone sometimes? That you're facing life's struggles but you're going through so much pain alone? That no one seems to understand what you're going through?

    I totally hear you. Today, I just want to record a quick podcast to let you know that you're not alone. Listen to the episode below - 

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    You're Not Alone [Transcript]

    Celestine Chua: You're listening to The Personal Excellence Podcast, the show that's all about helping you be your best self and live your best life. I'm Celestine Chua, your host, and founder of PersonalExcellence.co. Let's get started!

    Hey everyone, Celes here from PersonalExcellence.co. Today, I just want to record this podcast to let you know that... you're not alone.

    For some of you listening to this, maybe you're going through some kind of problem right now. Some kind of struggle, issue. Whatever it is that you're going through, I just want to do a shout-out and let you know that you're not alone.

    I know that life can be really sucky sometimes. Sometimes, we can be trying our best but we face obstacle after obstacle. Sometimes we may be dealing with problems that are so difficult that we wonder if there will ever be a way out. Sometimes it can be a tough struggle just getting through life itself. And whenever we are going through times like this, it can feel very isolating and very debilitating.

    If you're experiencing any struggle or pain right now, I just want let you know that you're not alone and I totally understand how you feel.

    I myself, I have been going through problems myself too. I shared a couple of episodes back on the work and business challenges that I had been facing in the past years. If you haven't listened to the episode, you can check it out here: Challenges that I’m Facing Today

    I also face life struggles as well. I find that the world today is a little bit of an alienating one for me. I find myself increasingly distanced from the way the world is today, the mass society I mean. Consumerism, all the mad chase for money as an end goal in itself. The pursuit of certain objectives without interest or care for the society and the universe at large — which I find somewhat depressing. I just feel a general alienation in terms of the person I am today, the kind of values that I want to uphold and follow, from the general values of the society that I'm living in, which is very much about materialism, self-driven pursuits, and blind conformism. So I do feel alone in that respect.

    • 6 min
    How Social Media Creates a Fear of Missing Out (And What To Do About It)

    How Social Media Creates a Fear of Missing Out (And What To Do About It)

    FOMO — or the fear of missing out — has become a pattern in today's world. We are constantly on our phones, glued to social media feeds and checking what other people are up to. The more updates we see, the more anxious we feel. We see people living this exciting life, achieving this new milestone, doing that exciting activity. We feel like we are missing out, that we are not living a good enough life, and we have a compulsion to keep up.

    So we keep up... buying, keeping up, and absorbing as much information and updates as we can. And this addresses our anxiety... or does it?

    Can you relate? Well, today's episode is just for you. :) In this episode of The Personal Excellence Podcast, I cover



    * What is FOMO [0:29]

    * Signs of FOMO [1:27]

    * 4 reasons why FOMO exists [4:39]

    * 5 strategies to tackle FOMO [15:06]



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    Fear of Missing Out [Transcript]

    Celestine Chua: You're listening to The Personal Excellence Podcast, the show that's all about helping you be your best self and live your best life. I'm Celestine Chua, your host and founder of PersonalExcellence.co. Let's get started!

    Hey everybody. Welcome to The Personal Excellence Podcast! This is Celestine Chua from PersonalExcellence.co. Today we're talking about the fear of missing out, otherwise known as FOMO.

    Have you heard the term FOMO before? I'm sure some of you have. But if you haven't, FOMO refers to the apprehension that one is not in the know, or one is out of touch with some event, experience, or interaction. This compels the person to constantly want to know what's going on, what's happening out there, and whether they're missing out on something.

    In today's world, FOMO exists on some level in many of our social media habits and online behavior — even if you don't realize it. This is why I want to discuss this topic today because I feel that FOMO has become such a prevalent issue.

    Some Signs You Have FOMO

    Some signs of having FOMO include



    * Continually refreshing your social media newsfeed to see what's going on, what's the latest update, and the new things that people are discussing right now.

    * Feeling the need to know what so-and-so people are doing. This can include the people in your social network. It can also include the people you don't know, such as celebrities or famous people.

    * The constant feeling that you're not satisfied with your life, and because of that you keep looking outward at what others are doing.

    * Feeling that perhaps you are not doing enough.



    So as opposed to enjoying your time right now with the people you are with and the life you have right now, you are constantly checking and seeing what others are up to, because you feel that otherwise, you may be missing out.

    • 38 min
    Challenges that I’m Facing Today

    Challenges that I’m Facing Today

    Hi everyone! Today I thought I'd do something different and share some of the challenges I've been facing in my business. I just want to share some of the things that have been weighing me down, and why I haven't been sharing as much on the blog in the recent years.

    In this episode, I cover



    * Key challenges that I've been facing [1:01]

    * My solutions to tackle them [15:37]



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    Challenges that I'm Facing Today [Transcript]

    Celestine Chua: You're listening to The Personal Excellence Podcast, the show that's all about helping you be your best self and live your best life. I'm Celestine Chua, your host and founder of PersonalExcellence.co. Let's get started!

    Hey everybody! Welcome back to The Personal Excellence Podcast. So today I thought I would do a different type of topic. Usually, I cover a topic on personal growth and I share tips on that. Today I thought I would do some personal sharing, and I'd like to talk about some of the challenges I've been facing in my business. I thought it would be good to share some of the things that have been weighing me down.

    I did feel that I haven't been able to do deep personal sharing on my site for maybe at least the past couple of years. As you listen, perhaps you may understand why.

    Challenges I've Been Facing

    #1. Feeling that my work doesn't matter

    The first challenge that I've been facing, and I think some of you guys may have noticed this, is that the web is so cluttered today. There are just so many, you know, businesses? It's cluttered in a very commercial way, and I guess this is what happens when the main driving point of a society, the main agent that people need to work towards, is money.

    I'm not trying to build any negativity around money because I think money is important and it is a good neutral tool for us to objectify value. I'm not of the camp of people who go, "Money is evil," but I also don't see money as the "end all and be all" of life, or that it accurately indicates the value that people are giving to the world. Money as a tool definitely has its issues.

    So when the main agent that people work for in the world is money, naturally when you have a clean starting ground (such as the internet in the 1990s), it will get dominated by very commercialized activities after some time. And oftentimes it reaches a tipping point, and beyond that point, you get diminishing returns.

    So I started PE in 2008, and way before that I started my first website in 1998. The Web was in its infancy with very very few people online. I've seen the internet and how it has evolved in the past two decades. Today,

    • 23 min
    Our Unique Path in Life

    Our Unique Path in Life

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    Do you tend to compare yourself to others? Do you constantly feel pressured to conform to certain standards, to fit yourself in a perfect mold as told by society? Today's episode is about our unique path in life. Click below to listen! :)

    Starting from this episode, I'll be adding transcripts that you can find below each episode. Today's transcript can be found below. What do you guys think? Do you listen to the audio or only read the transcript? Let me know via the contact form.

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    Our Unique Path in Life [Transcript]

    Hey everyone! Welcome to the Personal Excellence Podcast Episode 12! I'm Celestine Chua from PersonalExcellence.co.

    First off, I'd like to apologize for the intermittent uploads for the podcast, and even the YouTube channel. A big reason is that I've just been struggling to find a stable and a quiet place to record my audio podcasts and YouTube videos. That's why you can see that I haven't been doing any video for the past two years. And the podcast... yeah. I've also been really slow in the updates. In the meantime, I'm just trying to find opportunities where I can record new podcasts and speak to you guys. I really hope that in time to come, I'll be able to record more episodes on a regular basis.

    So currently I'm experimenting with a new podcast format. If you're an existing listener, you probably know that The PE Podcast episodes tend to be between 30 to 45 minutes long, with a series of tips on the topic itself. Now, the new podcast format that I am experimenting with consists more of short-form topics, and in each episode I'll be focusing on sharing one big idea. Let me know what you guys think at personalexcellence.co/contact/! I always love to hear your feedback!

    Today's topic is on our unique path in life. For all of us growing up in today's world, I'm sure you see comparisons abound all the time. There are comparisons with grades when you're in school... coming from teachers, parents, and even your friends, your schoolmates. Many people are often comparing grades, like who's got better grades, more achievements, etc.

    Then in life... you see people comparing things like the age people marry. This is very common in Asia. After you are married, there are comparisons in terms of the house, apartment you live in. After that, comparisons in terms of kids, who just had a kid, how many kids people have. Career-wise, too — like who got what job, how much someone is earning. So there are just these comparisons all the time. And it's really subtle too. Sometimes, it's not even obvious when the comparisons are being done.

    • 11 min

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