What is Fastlane about?

It is about the amazing capabilities and speed of the human mind and its host of functions that are important for the survival and advancement of Man and his community. These include learning, thinking, memorizing, communicating, balancing, stabilizing, creating, visualizing, decision making, problem solving and many more. Undoubtedly the mind plays such an important role in our lives that many are preoccupied with its proper development and care. Besides parents who are the first to influence and teach the minds of their children, we have teachers, tutors and counselors assisting them in the field of education. In the field of science, we have specialists involved with the study, improvement and even the repair of the mind such as psychologists, psychiatrists and a host of other specialists divided into sub-branches of science that include neuroscience, anthropology, biology, metaphysics, computer science, linguistics, sociology, genetics, mathematics and many others.

I started off as a beneficiary of an educated mind from a young age due to the belief of my father in educating all his children. Having raised 6 children with my wife in our own family in a similar but more 'innovative' way, I feel confident of sharing my understanding of the workings of the human mind to help others improve their own. It was 'innovative' due to greater exposure to technology that I had in my era compared to my father plus my life from adolescence onwards took quite a different path. Air travel was more accessible and I have had the opportunity to visit over 30 countries in my lifetime. I also had opportunities for work in multidisciplinary industries as well as for service at Church and other non-profit organizations. All that further opened up my mind. Despite the many achievements in my life, I still regard myself as an ordinary man with extraordinary accomplishments.  I have always felt my achievements were not due to inborn gifts that I was endowed with but were due to learned mastery of many ordinary daily processes of life that anyone could achieve but did not due to lack of self awareness in how the mind works and its powerful potential.

It was only much later in my life that I started to do more serious research about it by reading latest writings and discoveries on the mind and the brain. With the advent of the internet, I could glean much information and could participate in online courses and discussions with leading researchers in the field I was interested in.  In my Creative Support Centre office in Kuala Lumpur in July 2004, I worked with a team to help me start off an on-going research focused on Optimal Performance and Thinking with the objective of helping Organizations to become more effective. This is the OPTION offered to organizations facing unprecedented challenges in the fast changing world today ie. Optimal Performance & Thinking In OrgaNizations.

The optimal performance of any organization rests on the synergy of its people. Inevitably increasing the effectiveness of an organization involves improving the effectiveness of each individual besides looking at the organization as a whole. Whether they are leaders, supporters or followers, each individual has a complex mind where increased awareness of oneself and the relationship with others is necessary to increase the ability of the organization as a whole to futurize itself for greater success. The optimization of the capabilities of the human mind to cope and excel in an environment that is fast changing is therefore an underlying strategy of the fastlane initiative on working with individuals where the OPTION stands for Optimal Performance & Thinking In ONeself.

Personal thoughts of this initiative were kept in my mind from the moment a decision was made to start the focus research in 2004. In 2005 was the beginning of recording my personal experiences in the blog that became a useful process to extricate volumes of useful information from my mind to be documented online. You can read in this early post how the idea of the existence of the Body Mind and Spirit was mentioned with no further elaboration. This concept was probably kept in my sub conscious mind that helped create an alignment of thoughts which lead to a realization event that occurred thousands of miles away from home a year later.

In Oct 2005, I was in a cafe in New York City where a French born Chinese lady shared with me about her interest in the Eastern philosophy of Taoism. There on a piece of paper napkin, I wrote descriptive single words to create a 3 column word list under the heading of Body Mind and Spirit that ultimately relates to the preoccupation of man with Family, Money and God. She was elated with what I had produced and asked to keep the paper napkin that had my illustration. Frankly speaking, I myself was elated that I could come out with the illustration with a mere play of words. It was one of those 'Aha' experiences where I was suddenly enlightened to understand why my life and hence my blogs and eventual websites were always centered around the 3 main themes. When I went home, I refined my illustration to produce an introductory page of a series of writings that I have entitled, My Heart and Mind meant for PC view only. (The 3 column word list, with some additions, is now mobile friendly to view here.)

This fastlane blog is therefore representative of the Mind theme which has played a central role in my work or professional life. Much of the researched information will be shared here focusing on how from one optimal mind connecting to another, a whole organization or community can transform to achieve best results which I have termed as Optimal Performance with best thinking or Optimal Thinking.

At the Taoist center in New York City

A charming old cafe at the busy street in NYC

From simplicity to complexity is what the mind is capable of and for a blog intended to focus on MIND matters it will use the aid of highlighted hyperlinks as in the above paragraphs to allow the reader to click for more complex details or explanations while keeping the blog simple and fast to read.

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