Introduction

What is creativity and how can it benefit us?

These are some of the questions people ask themselves when delving into this particular subject.

There are many different types of creativity.

Creativity can be found in the arts, in the sciences, in business and in personal situations.

In other words, creativity encompasses all walks of life.

Some people think that creativity is something we are either born with or not.

But creativity is something we all possess, albeit in varying degrees, and it definitely has a positive impact in regard to our personal development.

We have all read countless stories of people like Leonardo Da Vinci, one of the greatest painters in Italy during the Renaissance or of Dr. Jonas Salk, one of the greatest medical researchers who discovered the vaccine for polio or of Bill Gates, one of the world’s most influential businessmen who founded a software company called Microsoft that revolutionized the way we use computers. These are examples of highly visible people who used their creativity to enhance people’s lives. More »

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Assertiveness is an important quality to have as long as it doesn’t go too far to either extreme.

To obtain the things we want in life, we have to be assertive.

Whether it is finding a job or in a relationship, you need to be assertive.

Many people lack assertiveness because they suffer from low self-esteem.

One of the biggest reasons people are not assertive enough is their fear of rejection.

That one word “NO” stands in their way of attaining real happiness.

In short, the person that lacks assertiveness doesn’t fulfill many of their goals in life and their personal development is blocked.

In my professional life, I know people who were afraid to ask for a promotion or raise i.e. could not assert themselves due to fear of repercussions. More »

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” The key is in not spending time, but in investing it” Stephen R. Covey

We have only a limited amount of time to accomplish our most important goals in life.

The reason some people are more successful than others can often be traced back to how efficiently and effectively they utilize their time.

Time is one of our most precious assets and yet many of us squander it away.

Unfortunately time can never come back – once we waste it, it is gone forever.

The way in which we manage our time has a major impact on our personal development.

Benjamin Franklin, one of our country’s Founding Fathers, was one of our most accomplished individuals. He wore many hats including scientist, author, printer, politician and inventor. One of the primary reasons he was so successful was his ability to leverage time efficiently.

If we maximize how we manage our time, we can lead a very productive and fulfilling life.

Conversely, if we do not maximize how we manage our time, we can lead a life that never lives up to its potential. More »

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” With self-discipline most anything is possible” Theodore Roosevelt

What is the reason some people are successful and others are not?

There is one answer and that is successful people employ self-discipline to achieve their goals and objectives whereas unsuccessful people do not.

Self-discipline can play a significant role in personal development and can be used in many areas of our life including financial, health and athletics.

I am reminded of the time when I was a child and I loved baseball. When I began learning how to hit a baseball, I was not that good. But I used to go to a park near my home (which had a baseball field) and every chance I got, I would try to get into a game with the other kids in the neighborhood. Even when there wasn’t a game to get into, I would take my bat and hit baseballs all day long. Practicing for hours every day honed my skill and I became a very good baseball hitter.  If it wasn’t for my passion coupled with my self-discipline, I would never have attained the tremendous skill I acquired in hitting a baseball.

There is a lesson I learned from my baseball experience – many things you want in life can be attained with the right amount of self-discipline. More »

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“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit.” Napoleon Hill

Adversity is a part of the human condition. No one goes through their life without encountering setbacks at one time or another.

Some of these setbacks can be more serious than others such as the loss of a loved one, financial loss and/or the loss of one’s health.

Of most significance is how we handle adversity.

Adversity can both benefit and harm our personal development.

Do we let ourselves be overwhelmed by it or do we stand up to it, get through it and become stronger for it?

Recently I read a book by Laura Hillenbrand entitled Unbroken. It told the story of a World War 11 Army Air Corp bombardier named Louie Zamperini whose plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean due to engine failure. Louie found himself stranded on a tiny raft with two other men. Drifting for weeks and thousands of miles, they endured starvation and thirst, sharks and hugh waves. Finally, they are captured by a Japanese military boat. Louie is then sent to one of the cruelest Japanese POW camps under the control of Corp. Mutsuhiro Watanabe, a brutal sadist who repeatedly beats up and tortures Zamperini. It is an incredible tale of adversity and one man’s indomitable will to survive against insurmountable odds and who refused to be broken.

No one can control their life completely. There are times when we are out of control and when people and events come at us in unexpected ways.

The purpose of this blog is to point out the ways in which you can more effectively handle adversity. More »

02. October 2013 · 1 comment · Categories: Mental

Introduction

How many people do you know that are perfectionists? Do these people lead happy and fulfilling lives?

The answer to that question is some do whereas others do not.

There are two sides to perfectionism – one side is positive while the other side taken to the extreme can be negative and can be very damaging to one’s personal development.

This article will focus on the more negative aspects of perfectionism.

In my life, I have encountered and/or read about many individuals who were  brought up to be perfectionists. Some were athletes, some were entertainers and some were everyday citizens. Some of their stories were inspirational and some were tragic; others were in the middle of the spectrum.  More »

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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 »

 

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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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“When you forgive, you in no way change the past-but you sure do change the future” by Bernard Meltzer.

Almost everyone in life gets hurt by someone. It could be a love affair that spoils. It could be a young child that is abused by his parents. It could be an adult that is bullied by his boss at work.

The truth is no one escapes being hurt by someone in their life.

When we are hurt, many of us harbor resentment toward the person or persons that hurt us. We think of retaliation. We want to get back at the person or persons that hurt us.

If allowed to fester, this resentment can ruin both our physical and mental health and thus have devastating consequences regarding our personal development.

There was a time in my life when a person I valued as a close friend and supporter greatly disappointed me. It caused me great pain. I could not let go of my anger. I realized eventually that this anger was draining me – both my time and energy. Upon a great deal of reflection, I was able to work through the process of forgiving both him and myself. As a result, I am much happier and less stressed. Forgiveness is a very powerful thing.

The following provides solutions for people who have been hurt by others and identifies ways for them to release their pent up resentment and anger. This in turn will allow them to lead more fulfilling and productive lives. More »

23. August 2013 · 2 comments · Categories: Mental

Low Self-Esteem

Low Self-Esteem affects all aspects of a person’s life.

Many people suffer from low self-esteem which impacts both their personal and professional life.

People with low self-esteem generally have difficulty making decisions and often enter into toxic relationships.

Low self-esteem can sabotage an individual’s entire life including their personal development.

The purpose of this blog is to share with readers ways in which they can build up their own self-esteem. More »