Interview With Celestine Chua Of ‘The Personal Excellence Blog’

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As I have surveyed the personal excellence blogosphere there are some standouts that have been drawn to my attention – written by people who are helping others to become all that they have been created to become. I love that, and that is why I approached Celestine Chua for the following interview – which she has so graciously agreed to do.

But first let me fill you in a little about Celestine Chua of The Personal Excellence Blog:

The Personal Excellence Blog is where she shares her best advice with others on how to achieve excellence and live our best lives. It was started since Dec ’08. In these 2 years, it has evolved to become:

  • One of the top personal development blogs in the world with nearly 20,000 subscribers (she does blog coaching – visit her 1-1 coaching section)
  • One of the top 50k websites in the world (
  • Read by over 200k readers every month, with over 300k page-views
  • She has been featured in over 20 media coverages, including CNN, Asia One, Today, Lianhe Zaobao, Lianhe Wanbao, Simply Her magazine, My Paper and 938 Live radio
  • She is named as one of the World’s Top 30 Coaching Gurus by Coaching Gurus International in 2010, alongside top coaches such as Tony Robbins.

Celestine – I would like to pose to you a number of questions and both my readers and I look forward to reading your response….

1. What would be the top three suggestions that you could give readers in order for them to start living their best life?

Thanks a lot for having me Peter! For someone starting off it can be a little overwhelming, so I’d recommend 3 key steps to start off:

1) Identify what are your goals and dreams. Everything in life starts with that. If you know what are your biggest wishes for life, then you can set yourself in that path. Otherwise one will just be washed around every day by others’ goals and agendas, and he/she will always be torn between different options, none of which are the best paths. However if you first set your end point clear, that clarity will help you to move forward so much quicker.

2) Have clear action plans. Goals need to be packed up by clear plans, else they’re just empty castles in the air. All my key goals, from setting my blog, to becoming vegan, to reaching out to more readers, to establishing my personal development work, all were backed up by clear plans. Your action plans are the ladders for you to reach these goals.

3) Take action on them immediately. Don’t wait. Have immediate next steps, like X, Y, Z things to do for this week, that will get you closer to your goal. Even if it’s just a small task, and even if it’s just for a few minutes, it’ll still move you closer compared to if you did nothing. Researching on something is considered as an action step, just as talking to someone to discuss your goal. A few years ago I started my blog from totally nothing, and I built my way up because I took action there and then. Keep taking action and things will roll in eventually.

2. How do you maintain your own personal motivation?

Do what you love and everything comes naturally. I truly believe that everyone in their natural state is highly motivated and inspired, and the only reason why people might feel a lack of motivation is because there’s something blocking him/her, and then it’s a matter of addressing that.  I don’t believe in inducing motivation and psyching oneself up to feel a certain way. I think it’s just self-delusion and our subconsciousness is smarter than that.  If you’re unmotivated, understand what’s causing the lack of motivation. Most of the times it’s because you’re doing something which you don’t want to do. The question then is – what do you want to do? Follow that trail and you’ll find your pot of gold via that path!

3. What has been the most important lesson you have learned in your journey of personal growth thus far?

Your inner beliefs represent your outer world. So if there’s something in your external world that isn’t what you’re looking for, it means that somewhere inside you there’s a misalignment in your beliefs and thought patterns that’s causing that. Let’s take for example someone who is overweight and wants to lose weight. Maybe the person will get out there and get a gym membership, buy health and fitness books, tell all of his/her friends that he/she is wanting to lose weight and to support him/her, join Weight Watchers, and the like. However after the initial burst, he/she gets right back to he/she started – and gains more weight in the process. If we are to look inside the person, perhaps somewhere inside himself/herself, he/she wants to remain fat. It’s then important to examine this and understand why/how this belief got into place, then address it, so that he/she can finally be liberated of that shadow. This is about removing the “root” (inner belief) to remove the “effect” (the external world). I wrote about how to do this in my article: Creating Real Change in Life: Addressing Root Causes vs. Effects. Until that’s done, the outside world will continue to reflect this in some manner or another.

4. What inspires you?

Growing and helping others to grow! It’s my purpose in life, and it’s what I set as the mission of my blog as well. This drives me to do everything every day, from writing new high value, high impact articles at the blog, organizing challenges for readers, writing content rich books, taking on new ventures, etc. To know that what I write can reach out to even 1 person and improve 1 person’s life for the better is really immense satisfaction for me. Nothing inspires me more than doing this. I’m so grateful to be able to live true to my purpose every day, and I’m really grateful to all my readers for their support all this while. I can’t wait to see what lies ahead for 2011.

5. Is there anything of importance that you would particularly like to share with my readers how they can begin to achieve their best life in 2011?

If it’s 31 Dec, 2011 already now, what would you want to see in your life? What do you want to have accomplished? What do you want in your career? Your business? Your relationships? Your love life? How about your bonds with your family members? Your health and fitness? Have a clear intention of how you want your 2011 to turn out, then create your action plans to achieve that. Then take action on them. Only with action will your dreams come true.

I’d love to hear your answers to Celestine’s powerful questions. Just imagine where you can be by the end of 2011. So much can happen in 12 months if you follow Celestine’s directions.

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