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“Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future” Robert H. Schuller

Introduction

Technology is changing at a rapid pace and having a direct impact on the way in which people and companies conduct business. Digital is taking over many of our brick and mortar companies of the  past. As a result, people are losing their jobs because they lack the necessary technological skills required in the new workplace culture.

Climate change is upon us. The entire eco system is being impacted. The weather has changed in certain areas of our globe.While some areas are now getting more storms and rainfall than ever before, others are becoming more dry and arid. The change in climate will ultimately affect all of the plants and animals that are a part of our planet.

Crime is increasing in some major cities. Homicides are also up in certain parts of our country as is criminal activity overall.

Greed prevails at the expense of others. Countless scandals have occurred where money was used illegally, or to the detriment of society as a whole.

Terrorism represents a new major global phenomenon. Random acts of violence and killings are resulting in great tragedy and adversely changing the way we live our lives.

Significant Disequilibrium between the  Rich and the Poor is becoming more pronounced, creating the  loss of a middle class, which is so vital for our economic prosperity. A very small percentage of the population has the vast majority of the total assets leaving a meager portion for the rest of society.

Social Media is exerting its influence on society. News stories reach us in seconds instead of days. This has fostered improper use and major repercussions on people’s reputations. Cyber Bullying has become a tool in intimidating people.

These are some of the most current trends facing our society today and as a consequence, many people are feeling more insecure about their future. They are feeling more alienated because they are losing one of the most important qualities for mankind to progress and that is a feeling of hope.

Hope allows us to circumvent and overcome obstacles in our life.

This post is about  the essential need for hope.

Hope is definitely related to personal development; without hope we don’t see any viable options for making our life better.

To start out, let’s define hope,faith and optimism. Although these terms have some similarities there does exist some subtle distinctions as well.

Definition of Hope, Faith and Optimism

Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary defines hope as “desire accompanied by expectation or belief in fulfillment.”

Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary defines optimism as “an inclination to  put the most favorable construction upon actions and events or to anticipate  the best possible outcome.”

Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary defines faith as “allegiance to duty or a person.”

A well known psychologist believes that the major difference between optimism and hope is that optimism ignores reality whereas hope includes reality as it attempts to avoid obstacles.

That is to say, the optimist always looks at the world regardless of the conditions that prevail and irrespective of reality and believes the future is positive whereas the person with hope is restricted to their desires within the limits of reality.

The difference between faith and hope is the word “faith” is used in the sense of trust whereas the word “hope” is used in the sense of anticipation. Also, the word faith is often used in the context of religion and belief and faith in God.

Why Hope Is So Essential

Hope provides us with the drive to reach our goals.

Hopeful people are better able to find viable alternatives and strategies to solve their  problems.

Hope is an enormously strong motivator.

Hope believes that something good will ultimately happen in the future. Hopelessness like regret focuses on the past.

Thus, it is vital that people bring more hope into their lives in light of all the major trends mentioned above.

Some Shining Examples of Hope

An example of hope would be Liz Murray.  Liz was born in the Bronx on September 23, 1980. Both of her  parents were extremely poor and were addicted to drugs.  Liz became homeless just after she turned 15 when her mother died of AIDS and her father moved in to  a homeless shelter. Somehow with all these bad things happening to her, Liz eventually graduated high school in two years and was awarded the New York Times Scholarship for needy students. Ultimately, she was accepted and graduated Harvard University. One of the reasons she was able to graduate from Harvard was her hope and belief that she could overcome the obstacles she faced in her life and become someone special in this world.

Another example of hope was in a book I read called Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. She tells the story of  Louis Zamperini. He was an airman in World War 11. In May of 1943, his Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean leaving him alone in a raft faced with thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks and enemy aircraft. If this wasn’t enough to test him, he ultimately ended up being captured  and sent to a brutal Japanese Prisoner of War Camp. Throughout  all these challenges, Zamperini survived. He was only able to survive because of his indomitable will filled with hope and resolve.

Ways to Instill Hope

There are many ways to instill hope. Some of the ways are as follows:

  1. Build upon personal experiences where hope has resulted in a positive outcome. These experiences help support your journey and show you that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
  2. Read inspiring books, audios and videos of people who have overcome adversity. The paths others have tread demonstrate that there is hope in overcoming many obstacles.
  3. Volunteer and get involved with others. This is a win-win situation; you both help others and get the focus off yourself.
  4. Improve your food regimen along with regular cardiovascular exercise. Endorphins fight depression and can change your mindset.
  5. Yoga and meditation allows you to take control and actively restructure your life. It gives you a finite time to re-evaluate and come to useful strategies for the future and thus empowers you.
  6. Visualization is a technique that allows you to actually see pictures of what your mind is focused on. This technique helps one to accomplish their goals in life, which is of vital importance. It gives you more self-confidence as well.
  7. Bereavement counseling provides help to those who have lost a loved one. When done in a group setting you can share your grief with others in the group. This can often help those grieving to know that they are not alone.

Summary

Our society is going through major changes.

Many people have lost hope during these changes.

It is essential that people regain a sense of hope in their lives.

There are at least 7 ways in which people can instill more hope in their lives. (Read above)

Hope is the key to personal fulfillment and contentment in your life.

 

 

 

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” Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.”  – Wayne W. Dyer

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Introduction

Challenges are a part of everyone’s life and often come at a time when we least expect them. Challenges fall within a number of areas of our life including but not limited to health, business and finance.

Of most significance is how we respond to the challenges we face. Many people do not respond well to challenges.

The purpose of this post will be to offer tips on how best to cope with the problems that you, in fact all of us, will encounter over time.

How we face challenges is directly related to personal development.

Definition of Perceptions, Challenge and Cope

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word Perception as “the way you think about someone or something.”

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word Challenge as “a difficult task or problem: something that is hard to do.”

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word Cope as ‘ to deal with problems and difficult situations and try to come up with  solutions.”

The Impact of Perception on Self-Development

Each of us develops a perception of our life that greatly influences our attitudes and our behaviors. Your perception may be shaped by many variables including, but not limited to: one’s family, one’s experiences in school, community, even experiences that are life-altering as in a trauma or significant loss. Our perceptions are neither good nor bad but they do in fact become beliefs, which direct us. We often can deal better with life’s challenges by changing our perceptions.

Children that come from a dysfunctional background may have a more difficult time in the face of adversity than children whose growth context was one of nurturing and positivity. As maturing adults, we have the opportunity to grow, to develop self-esteem and to surround ourselves with positive people that enhance our self-perception and our outlook on life. Wherever we are on our journey, we can always benefit with tips on how to better cope.

Tips On How To Cope With Challenges In Your Life

  1. Have a positive attitude – it will greatly enhance your ability to cope with challenges in life.
  2. Exercise emotional control to cope with challenges. It is better to act rationally rather than emotionally. This way you can make better decisions based upon the facts.
  3. Ask positive questions such as ” How best can I cope with this problem?” By asking yourself ” how best can I cope with this problem” you are instructing your brain that there is  a practical solution to be found. Your focus will remain on creating a positive conclusion. The questions you ask yourself shape your experience in life.
  4. Reach out to others for help. It is always a good idea to communicate with those whom you respect for their advice on a problem you may be facing. Getting various viewpoints from people that you respect can ultimately lead to a better decision.
  5. Distance yourself emotionally from a difficult challenge by role-playing. It provides you with an opportunity to remain emotionally neutral and thus with a better and more objective solution to your challenge.
  6. Laugh – when faced with life’s challenges, laughter provides for a healthy release of our emotions. Your emotional maturity and true nature are a measure of how well you cope with the challenges you face. And remember, laughter is much healthier than anger when faced with a challenge.
  7. Live for the present. No matter how many and/or kind of challenges you face, look at them as opportunities for growth. What you do in this moment is the only thing that matters. Let go of the  past and let go of all your negative emotions pertaining to this particular challenge.
  8. Take action,once you obtain the facts about a specific challenge. Taking action is vital to resolving problems. Each day try to make a prioritized to-do list and accomplish at least several important tasks each day.
  9. Get on a good nutritional food program. Eat well-balanced meals each day including vegetables and fruits with lean chicken and fish. Try to eliminate as much sugar as possible and watch the amount of carbohydrates you eat as well.
  10. Practice a program of physical fitness where you do some cardiovascular workout four to five times per week. It could include walking, running and/or swimming.
  11. Confront your fears. It is important to confront your fears because they are often responsible for sabotaging your best efforts in moving forward with your life.
  12. Be grateful and look back on your day and highlight several things that made it better. Remember to express appreciation to the people that have supported you.
  13. Keep at it – continue to be persistent. Only perseverance can make you accomplish great things in your life. Never stop  trying to reach your goals.
  14. Take responsibility. Blaming others for your problems leads you down an entire negative path. It is better to say that you are responsible for many of your problems and come up with optimal decisions that alleviate these problems.
  15. Don’t overthink. When you overanalyze, you will have a hard time accepting reality. In addition, you will  have a much more difficult time coming to a decision and will likely procrastinate. As the saying goes “paralysis by analysis”
  16. Don’t compare yourself to others. This is a very negative way of thinking. You have you own strengths and weaknesses compared to others. And each one of you has been dealt a certain deck of cards to play in life. Focus on what makes you happy and passionate in your own life. And  play your hand of cards the best you can.
  17. Be yourself and give little thought to what others think of you. As William Shakespeare once said,”This above all; to thine own self be true.” A person who can truly be himself or herself and not be influenced by others can generally face life’s challenges in a more meaningful and effective way.
  18. Be self-reliant and not dependent on others.This requires someone that has a strong ego, a high level of independence with an ability to love. Your needs come first before anyone else’s. This might at first sound selfish but only by putting your own needs first can you really help others.
  19. Practice meditation. The Medical Dictionary defines meditation as ” Meditation is a practice of concentrated focus upon a sound object, visualization, the breath, movement, or attention itself in order to increase awareness of the present moment, reduce stress, promote relaxation, and enhance personal and spiritual growth.” Meditation, if done correctly should allow a person to make better decisions about  their life since their mind will be more relaxed.
  20. Use the Internet and Google to find out more information about the problem you face. Evaluate the websites related to your specific problem. The Internet and Google are invaluable sources of information that provide you with greater perspective on just about any subject. The more facts you pick up on related websites related to your problem, the better decision you can ultimately make.
  21. Find a mentor when you are facing a challenge. A mentor can be anything that can give you guidance on your personal matter. A mentor can be a website, book or a person.
  22. Being open will help you when facing any challenges in life. Being open will allow you to fully explore all your options when trying to resolve your specific problem.
  23. Have written goals in your life – it makes facing challenges easier. There is a whole body of research that shows that people that put their life goals down in writing have a much better chance of reaching their goals. The process of setting goals sets up the appropriate methodology for resolving  any challenges we face in our life.
  24. Appreciate the challenges you have. For each challenge you face, you will learn more about yourself. You will also be a stronger person the more challenges you face.
  25. Believe in your self-worth. It is the most important thing you can do for facing any challenge.When you lack conviction about yourself, you will hesitate and you will make poor decisions. Conversely,when you believe in yourself, you will make better decisions.
  26. Write down your thoughts in a journal. Journaling will zero in on your thoughts and feelings.You will know yourself better by understanding what makes you feel happy  and confident as well as what is toxic for you. Journaling reduces stress. Writing about anger, sadness and other painful emotions helps to release the intensity of these feelings. By doing so you will feel calmer and better able to stay in the present. Journaling will solve problems more effectively. Journaling allows you to monitor progress and provides a basis for future solutions to problems.
  27. Celebrate your achievements. Write down a list of all your accomplishments you have attained in your life. Moving forward, any time you experience something positive, stop and celebrate it. This will drive your brain to keep taking actions that led to the pleasurable emotion.
  28. Use powerful vocabulary. Use words like powerful,unstoppable and confident as a regular part of your daily lexicon. Using powerful words can help and inspire us when facing challenges.
  29. Get something done. Who doesn’t love getting results. If you want to figure out an answer to a challenge, take action and accomplish something no matter how small. Set a task related to your challenge and finish it to completion. Whatever problems you want solved, put it in a calendar and schedule it.
  30. Make your desired actions automatic. The key to mastering self-discipline in the face of a challenge is learning how to build good habits. Keep practicing a desired action for at least 30 days to make your new habit instinctive. Practice one desired habit monthly to help you feel more accomplished and in control of your life.
  31. If necessary, seek professional counseling. This person is formally trained to work with people that need help in terms of life’s challenges.

Summary

The purpose of this post was to offer tips on how best to cope with the challenges we face in our daily life.

It is important to note that our perception of life has been shaped in our formative years, especially by our parents. How we perceive our life shapes our entire existence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Retire from work, but not from life”–M.K.

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Introduction

Over the past several years, the baby boomers (people born between 1946 and 1964) are starting to retire. Those people who have reached age 65 can expect to live, on average, another 20 years or more. Many of them are in good health.

More and more services will need to be created to cater to this retirement segment of our population.

Retirement is an important phase in one’s life yet many are unprepared for its challenges.   

Personal development is directly related to making a successful retirement transition.                                                                                              

The purpose of this post is to provide basic guidelines on how to make an effective retirement transition.

Definition

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines Retirement as “the act of ending your working or professional career; the act of retiring”

Retirement Transition Guidelines

A Financial Plan

One of the most important things you can do well before retiring is to set up a Financial Plan. This  plan can be set up in conjunction with a retirement expert – that  is up to you. The most important thing to consider with such a  plan is the total net income you will have at retirement, and what this translates into in terms of annual income, adjusted for growth and inflation. This can include savings, annuities and retirement plans, the equity you own in your home/condo/co-op and investments.

You may want to consider speaking to someone at Social Security in regard to the amount of money you will receive. Since the amount of money you receive from Social Security varies, depending on how soon you want to draw on your Social Security, it is important to know what your options are.

Also, it would be important to know how to minimize paying taxes on your assets.

Since your biggest expense may be your living quarters, you may want to consider downsizing from where you presently live, especially if you want to consider moving to a different location. Where your children live may factor into this equation.

Since many retirees have another 20 years to live, they may have to lower their present standard of living to make this retirement transition successful.

Adequate health care coverage is critical.

Remember it is always better to live within your means especially during your retirement years.

It should be noted that some people will opt not to retire. Thus we have some people working well into their 60’s,70’s and 80’s.

A Purpose In Your Life

Well before someone retires, they must create a strategy or blueprint. This strategy should include some interests and/or activities that they are or could be passionate about. The key to a fulfilling retirement transition is to have some interests or activities that give you pleasure and bring meaning to your life.

A Continued Learning Program

When anyone retires, it is important that they find activities to stimulate their mind. Life should always be about continued learning. Some examples of this would include reading a good book, learning the computer, developing a hobby and taking an online course.

A Physical Exercise Program

The Greek adage “a strong mind in a healthy body” is so important for retirees. Having  a daily physical exercise program is essential to continued good health. This daily regimen should include at least 20 minutes of a good cardio workout.Such activities could include running, swimming, bicycling or brisk walking.

Be A Giver And Do Not Isolate Yourself

For some people, volunteering in their community can be highly satisfying. Getting involved in something that is emotionally gratifying and making new friendships at the same time can be extremely beneficial.

Be Open-Minded

You must be willing to pursue new interests that you might never have done before. Depending on your personality, your ability to get out of your comfort zone is key to having a successful retirement.

Summary

Retirement is an important stage in one’s life. It is always better to plan for your retirement. Proper financial planning is paramount in the retirement process. But,  of equal  importance is having a daily physical exercise regimen and also pursuing activities that provide mental stimulation. Depending on one’s personality, it is time to cultivate new interests that broaden your horizons. Personal development plays a key  role in  making a successful retirement.

20-Steps to Deeper  Self Love

 

Introduction

The word love has existed since the beginning of time. To many, love has different meanings and interpretations. Regardless of love’s meaning, one thing is certain:

You cannot love anyone else unless you love yourself first.

The purpose of this post is to highlight the components of self love. Let us remember that love can also be a great healer and that it is essential in personal development growth.

Definition of Self Love

The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines self love as “regard for one’s own well-being and happiness (chiefly considered as a desirable rather than narcissistic characteristic).

How To Attain Loving Relationships

In order  to attain love, you must first feel good about yourself. The following lists some ways in which to enhance your own self worth and thus appreciate yourself. It should be noted that when you feel good about yourself, the chances of having loving relationships are significantly improved.

1) Focus on giving not just receiving. It is amazing how opening the door for someone or buying someone a cup of coffee can make you feel good. Giving kindness and love begets love.

2) Live in the present. Living in the present can really make your life happier. Living in the past or dwelling too much about the future can become counterproductive.

3) Write down on a piece of paper all the things you have to be grateful for. Through this exercise, you will realize the many things that you have going for you. Writing it down on paper takes things to a new dimension.

4) Don’t compare your life to others. Everyone in life is handed a different set of cards. It is really how well you play the cards that matters. We each have our own strengths and weaknesses.

5) Learn to forgive others who have hurt you. Forgiving others who have hurt you can be very therapeutic. Holding grudges against others is bad and can ultimately create health problems. Free yourself up from anger and hatred.

6) Set goals for yourself. Having a purpose and meaning in your life can transform your way of thinking. Setting and completing goals, both professional and personal, can make you feel more positive about yourself.

7) Establish a healthy lifestyle. This would include a regular program of cardio exercise and a healthy food regimen. This will create a good way for your mind and body to stay in peak shape.

8) Focus on positive books, videos and audios every day to motivate yourself and put yourself in a positive state of mind. This will open your mind to being receptive to meeting new people and having broader experiences.

9) Be a good listener. What many of your friends need is someone that listens to them and gives them encouragement. Speak less and listen more.

10) Be open to new experiences. You never know what paths they may open.

11) Self Acceptance. Accept who you are. No one is  perfect.

12) Rejection does not mean you are not lovable. It is part of our life and has happened to all of us at one time or another.

13) Spend more time with positive people. Being around people that are positive and emotionally supportive is very important.Oftentimes, we are unaware of the negativity of the toxic  people around us and how much their presence can adversely impact our lives.

14) Learn to say no. Stop trying to please everyone else to the exclusion of your own needs. In life, putting your own desires and objectives first  will make your life much happier.That is not to say be selfish but realize your priorities come first. Don’d live your life around other people’s expectations.

15) Enjoy spending time alone. It is important to spend a certain amount of time alone to reinvigorate your energy and to experience the feelings of peacefulness. Learning to be your best friend is one of the benefits of spending time alone.

16) Asking questions. Asking questions in your life allows you to think and come up with solutions. Without asking questions, mankind would never have made the achievements it has made.

17) Never quit. Pursue in your endeavors. One quality above all else separates why some people are more successful in life than others. That quality is persistence. People such as Thomas Edison who discovered the light bulb and Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken demonstrated a great deal of persistence in their endeavors and ultimately became enormously successful.

18) Be optimistic. People like being with people who are positive in life. Looking for the good in life rather than the bad will allow you to lead a more productive life.

19) Take action in your life and don’t be afraid of making decisions. Making decisions in your life is both necessary and important. You won’t always have all the information you need to make informed decisions. However, don’t be afraid of making a decision, even if it turns out to be wrong  or not optimal. The important thing is that you take action and don’t procrastinate.

20) Don’t allow worrying to take the joy from your life. In many cases your imagination takes over and turns your worrying into major obstacles in your personal growth. Realize that in most cases the worries you have never happen in real life.

Summary

If you are able to integrate some of these concepts to achieve self love, you will be both more receptive and capable of experiencing a loving relationship with others.

Introduction

” The world is full of people looking for spectacular happiness while they snub contentment.” Doug Larson

We live in a material world.

Having possessions and things are very important in this society.

People are fascinated and preoccupied by their gadgets such as their iPad and/or iPhone.

The person that has the most money is revered while the poor and indigent are reviled.

Stories about greed, avarice and corruption are constantly being exposed by the social media.

Enormous numbers of people are out of work with little hope of coming back into the workforce.

The family unit is falling apart. Relationships are reduced to email and texting. Families and friends often do not have the opportunity to spend enough quality time with each other.

In short, we are in a period of major upheaval, elimination and transition and millions of people are under an undue amount of stress. In other words, there is a great deal of discontent. At various times in my life, I have also experienced discontent.

The purpose of this blog will be to discuss how people in this unsettled world can obtain more peace of mind meaning contentment.

Fostering more serenity will ultimately impact the quality of one’s life as well as their personal development. More »

Introduction

The world  we live in abounds with anger. It exists on our streets, in our homes, on the internet and is pervasive throughout society. Anger has negative consequences both for our physical and mental well being.

We only need to watch our television and/or read our newspapers to hear horrible stories of the elderly being preyed upon because of their vulnerability, of domestic violence in the home between a husband and a wife and/or of confidential information being leaked over the internet in order to embarrass and/or harm someone.

Why is it that if you look at a stranger directly in the eyes, it can sometimes spark a fight of even worse lead to injury or death?

Is it that people around the globe are under more stress compared to prior periods of time?

Why are more and more students going into their schools and shooting their fellow teachers and/or students?

Why are we seeing more examples of disgruntled workers going back to their former place of employment and shooting their former employer and/or co-workers?

The reason many of these acts of violence are happening more frequently is the result of anger.

Anger can be expressed in many different ways and if left unchecked it can have devastating consequences to our personal development.

The purpose of this blog is to make our reader better understand some of the causes of anger and tips on how to control it. More »

Introduction

They say we come into this world alone and leave this world alone.

How many additional moments during our life are we alone with our own internal thoughts whether we are single or in a relationship?

Loneliness is a prevailing condition for many millions of people in life and can lead to emptiness, sadness and depression if not resolved.

Loneliness can also affect us physically in the form of high blood pressure,car rdiovascular disease including hardening of the arteries and increased risk of stroke.

Technology has resulted in many people working “remotely” from home. This lack of face to face interaction can contribute to one’s feeling of isolation and loneliness. Email is not a substitute for personal interaction.

Coping effectively with loneliness therefore plays a significant role in our personal development.

Definition of Loneliness

Wikipedia defines loneliness as “a complex and usually unpleasant emotional response to isolation or lack of companionship”

There is a slight  but important distinction to be made between the meaning of  aloneness and loneliness. We can feel lonely even when we are surrounded by people. Alternatively we may or may not feel lonely when we are truly alone i.e. by ourselves.

What Are Some of the  Causes of Loneliness

  • Being abused and rejected by others- This type of  person tends to isolate themselves so as to protect  them from the hurt they experienced in their own life. This isolation further reinforces their loneliness. Many of these people suffer from low self-esteem as well.
  • Loss of a loved one – when people experience the loss of someone they  love, especially a spouse, there is generally a strong feeling of loneliness. Divorce can also lead to this emotion.
  • Aging –  in our current society, as people live longer, our culture has shifted from one of reverence and respect to how can I ease my burden? Many elderly are placed in nursing homes and neglected. We forget that although old in terms of years,these people have a heart and soul and feelings. They often feel isolated and alone away from their homes and families.
  • Social Media – email is not a substitute for personal interaction.
  • Genetics – some scientists have suggested there is a connection between genetics and loneliness

How To Cope With Loneliness

Some methods of coping with loneliness include:

  • Join groups, go to lectures and volunteer
  • Exercise and proper nutrition
  • Pet Therapy
  • Seek professional help including group therapy

Summation

Loneliness is  a serious condition that can affect you both mentally and physically.

It can have a negative impact on your personal development if left unchecked.

In order to lead a more fulfilling and productive life, try using some of the above mentioned methods for coping with loneliness.

 

Introduction

How many people do you know that are happy in their life?

What does it take to make someone happy? The word happiness can be quite illusive. It has many meanings and interpretations depending upon  who you talk to. Our level of happiness has a direct impact on our personal development.

In our society where technology is rendering entire industries obsolete, where joblessness is worse than ever, many people are facing greater anxiety and depression than ever before.

There have been times in my own life when I have experienced anxiety and depression and found it difficult to motivate myself. It was at times like this that I did research in the local library and/or bookstore to understand how I could generate more happiness in my own life.

I would like to share some insights that I picked up along the way. These insights, when acted upon, certainly improved my level of joy. I hope they do the same for you. More »

 

Introduction

Fear is one of the most destructive emotions that people experience in their life.

Fear can cripple attaining our goals, our wishes and our dreams.

I remember as a child experiencing  the fear of darkness when I went to bed at night as my parents would turn off the bedroom lights. As I grew up and entered my teens, I learned that nothing bad happened to me when my bedroom lights went off and darkness set in. Thus I became less scared of the dark. In this situation, I gained control over my fear of darkness.

The  point is everyone has one fear or another.

For example, it could be the fear of rejection, it could be the fear of failure, or even the fear of success. How we handle and cope with your fears is different for everyone.

Fear, if left unchecked can sabotage our life and therefore can significantly impede our personal development.  More »

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