Monday, November 4, 2013

Crash Course 7-Day Program to Self- Improvement

I seem to lost count on how many times I've read and heard of celebrity
marriages failing almost left and right. Not that I care (and personally I don't), it
seems strange that we often see movie and TV stars as flawless people, living
the fairytale life of riches and glamour. I suppose we all have to stop sticking our
heads in the clouds and face reality.
There are many ways to lose your sense of self-esteem despite of how trivial it
could get. But whatever happens, we should all try not to lose our own sense of
So what does it take to be a cut above the rest? Here are some of the things you
can think and improve on that should be enough for a week.
Day 1: Know your purpose.
Are you wandering through life with little direction - hoping that you'll find
happiness, health and prosperity? Identify your life purpose or mission statement
and you will have your own unique compass that will lead you to your truth north
every time.
This may seem tricky at first when you see yourself to be in a tight or even dead
end. But there's always that little loophole to turn things around and you can
make a big difference to yourself.
Day 2: Know your values.
What do you value most? Make a list of your top 5 values. Some examples are
security, freedom, family, spiritual development, learning. As you set your goals
for 2005 - check your goals against your values. If the goal doesn't align with any
of your top five values - you may want to reconsider it or revise it.
The number shouldn't discourage you, instead it should motivate you to do more
than you can ever dreamed of.
Day 3: Know your needs.
Unmet needs can keep you from living authentically. Take care of yourself. Do
you have a need to be acknowledged, to be right, to be in control, to be loved?
There are so many people who lived their lives without realizing their dreams and
most of them end up being stressed or even depressed for that matter. List your
top four needs and get them met before it's too late!
Day 4: Know your passions.
You know who you are and what you truly enjoy in life. Obstacles like doubt and
lack of enthusiasm will only hinder you, but will not derail your chance to become
the person you ought to be. Express yourself and honor the people who has
inspired you to become the very person you wanted to be.
Day 5: Live from the inside out.
Increase your awareness of your inner wisdom by regularly reflecting in silence.
Commune with nature. Breathe deeply to quiet your distracted mind. For most of
us city slickers it's hard to even find the peace and quiet we want even in our own
home. In my case I often just sit in a dimly lit room and play some classical
music. There's sound, yes, but music does soothe the savage beast.
Day 6: Honor your strengths.
What are your positive traits? What special talents do you have? List three - if
you get stuck, ask those closest to you to help identify these. Are you
imaginative, witty, good with your hands? Find ways to express your authentic
self through your strengths. You can increase your self-confidence when you can
share what you know to others.
Day 7: Serve others.
When you live authentically, you may find that you develop an interconnected
sense of being. When you are true to who you are, living your purpose and giving
of your talents to the world around you, you give back in service what you came
to share with others -your spirit - your essence. The rewards for sharing your gift
with those close to you is indeed rewarding, much more if it were to be the eyes
of a stranger who can appreciate what you have done to them.
Self-improvement is indeed one type of work that is worth it. It shouldn't always
be within the confines of an office building, or maybe in the four corners of your
own room. The difference lies within ourselves and how much we want to change
for the better.
As the book is coming to an end, I‟d like to share with you some 10 of my favorite
quotes on improving yourself. Hope you find them useful!