March 14, 2018

Work on Self-Improvement is essential

Self-improvement of mind, body and spirit

We mustn’t allow the totality of who we are to be governed by anyone other than ourselves. Please take stock of where you are right now in all aspects of your being: physical, intellectual, spiritual.

Note whether your continuous mental, physical and spiritual well-being is purposefully managed by yourself, or whether you have allowed any parts of your being to be haphazardly developed or neglected by chance or by other people who are benefiting from moulding you in a particular direction.

Decide how you would like to proceed from now on. That’s the first step in self-development. Taking ownership and taking responsibility for your own fate.

Resources for improving mental and emotional well being

It always amazed me how we arrive into this world without a manual, grow up at the mercy of the accidental knowledge and know-how of those who raise us, and end up waddling through life in a daze, operating on whatever belief system happened to install itself into our minds along the way.

On the other hand, for paid work, we take pains to learn meticulously researched and carefully laid out knowledge, painstakingly prepared and delivered by those who have earned a right to be called experts.

Why do we short change our own selves so much? We only have The One Us with limited time and resources – our one mind and one body moving through the one time line from beginning to the inevitable end. Let’s give us a chance. Let’s allow ourselves to read and study purely for the purpose of improving our own selves for our own selves sake.

We are so lucky. We have access to so many free resources on the internet and through Libraries and even more paid learning materials. Some of the most prestigious higher education institutions in the world are making their courses freely available.

Self-directed learning on the web:

MIT Open Coursewarehttps://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm

Coursera: https://www.coursera.org/  ‘Coursera provides universal access to the world’s best education, partnering with top universities and organizations to offer courses online.’

Khan Academy: https://www.khanacademy.org  ‘learn anything for free, for everyone, forever

Girls Who Code: https://girlswhocode.com/  ‘mission: close the gender gap in technology’

Self-improvement books:

There are many self-improvement books available out there and while they may be more or less saying the same thing, everyone needs to find those authors that speak their language. Someone may serve an exactly the same content, but packaged in a way you find digestible, so please keep looking until you find what suits you.

Reinvent Yourself – James Altucher

Your legacy is not what you do. It’s what the people who you teach do.

Start Where You Are: How Little Changes Can Make a Big Difference for Overwhelmed Procrastinators, Frustrated Overachievers, and Recovering Perfectionists – Sam Bennett

Challenge yourself to take only the simplest, easiest, most affordable next step toward something that feels overwhelming.

Self Care: the tiny everyday habits that will transform your life – Mel Noakes

Goals are wishes with plans

So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love – Cal Newport

..you need to be good at something before you can expect a good job.

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Favourite classic works of fiction:

These are a few of my all-time favourites.

Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë

Breakfast of Champions – Kurt Vonnegut

The Stranger – Albert Camus

Little Women – Louisa May Alcott

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Biographies worth looking into:

What better way to add to your self-improvement journey than to study the experts.

The Autobiography of Charles Darwin – Charles Darwin

Leonardo Da Vinci – Walter Isaacson

My Inventions – Nikola Tesla

A Biography of Marie Curie – Eve Curie

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4 Comments

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    • Hi Wiki and thank you for checking out my website and sharing images of your lovely cats – they are so adorable and pretty!
      I am so glad you have subscribed and will try to post more often. Dijana

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