How to move forward by taking a step back

LIFE COACH: The techniques Mr Yun learnt as a film-maker proved crucial in resolving real-life issues.


    Jul 11, 2014

    How to move forward by taking a step back

    IF YOU'RE having trouble laying out your goals for the future, taking a step back from the hustle and bustle of your life could help.

    This would help you get a better perspective of your goals, because the distance allows you to look at things with a "clearer and improved lens", said life coach and veteran film-maker Daniel Yun.

    Mr Yun, who has produced movies such as The Eye and 881, will speak on July 19 at My Paper's Advance Series seminar, which seeks to help readers secure a rosier future.

    "New insights" can be created by taking a step back, he added.

    For instance, when a person has an argument with his parents, his "lens would be clouded" by the incident, as he could be emotional.

    "But, if he replays the (event) in his mind later, things become slightly clearer," Mr Yun said. This, then, allows for a better understanding of the situation and others like it.

    Mr Yun, who is working on the film 1965 for Singapore's 50th birthday celebrations next year, said he draws on his experiences as a film-maker and storyteller to help him in coaching others on their life goals.

    His experiences have proven useful because, as a film-maker, he had to constantly "reflect" and "re-enact" situations to understand the motives of the parties involved, allowing him to zero in on important details.

    Such techniques proved crucial in resolving real-life issues.

    The film-maker will share tips on how to gain a clearer understanding of your goals at the My Paper seminar, which will be held from 10am to 1pm at the Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium at Singapore Management University.

    Other topics to be covered at the seminar include how to manage stress and turn it to your advantage, understanding issues on heart health, and tips on managing your finances.

    To find out more and register, visit

    There is a registration fee of $10 per person, which includes light refreshments and a goodie bag. Attendees also stand a chance to win an iPad mini in a lucky draw.