How I wish I really and truly had all the tools I needed when I was younger. Of course, I was in the same boat. All the kids had some kind of trouble with concentrating on their work. We were all raging hormones and giddy energy, so we weren’t interested in reading, writing, ‘rithmetic or any other “r’s,” like homewoRk.
What if you had a tool that not only helps you focus, but keeps you awake when you have to burn the midnite oil studying? Would your work get done so much faster? Imagine being able to focus, so you get your work done faster, then you don’t have to lose any sleep. What if this tool is not a neuroleptic drug like ritalin or caffeine, so you don’t suffer any (negative) side effects?
What if this tool isn’t a drug at all, but something you listen to as it plays passively in the background while you go on with focussing on your work and getting it done? Would you be interested? Would your kids be interested? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if this tool works for everyone? (more…)
Many, many years ago, a $600-million-dollar man changed the life of JACK CANFIELD, who has become America’s #1 success coach, the co-author of the most successful book series in history, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and one of the stars of the film The Secret.
Who was that man, and what did Jack learn that you need to know?
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*The essential philosophy that keeps him happy and balanced.
*The divine connection behind the creation of the title “Chicken Soup for the Soul.”
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This latest installment by Jim McElwee on self confidence may confuse some people; Jim addresses personal value systems as the source of self confidence.
Most people would say that faith in oneself is the source of self confidence. This makes sense. Now, let’s look at faith in oneself from a larger perspective.
The way we gain faith in ourselves is from… our abilities. Where else? What do we get in return for our performance values and abilities?…
Rewards. Concrete rewards such as money and vacations for our work are obvious, but wherein do we gain confidence from rewards? When that reward is in the form of admiration or agreement from others for our work, we gain confidence.1 We also gain rewards from our positive perspective of the way others see us; this is a form of self reward.3 (more…)
Some people mistake arrogance as self confidence. As a consequence, they lack respect for others. I still recall a time when I lacked respect for music teachers because one of them decided it would be fun to making a laughing stock of a little fifth grader.
When I decided to take music classes in college, I thought I was self confident enough to follow one of my dreams. Instead, I was vindictive and disrespectful of their teaching style and demands – which made the teachers dislike me in return. Of course, they had nothing to do with that teacher from my fifth grade, but I saw all of them in the same light. In turn, I gained very little if anything from the classes.
I was also fearful while going to school for a lot of reasons. As I recall my top three fears were lack of resources for attending higher education (my parents had nothing set aside for it), inability to perform as perfectly as my teachers wanted, and lack of a proper social life (including a regular GF) – not necessarily in that order. (more…)
Truly evil people, on the other hand, actively rather than passively avoid extending themselves. They will take any action in their power to protect their own laziness, to preserve the integrity of their sick self. Rather than nurturing others, they will actually destroy others in this cause. If necessary, they will even kill to escape the pain of their own spiritual growth. As the integrity of their sick self is threatened by the spiritual health of those around them, they will seek by all manner of means to crush and demolish the spiritual health that may exist near them.
I define evil, then, as the exercise of political power – that is, the imposition of one’s will upon others by overt or covert coercion – in order to avoid extending one’s self for the purpose of nurturing spiritual growth. Ordinary laziness is non-love; evil is anti-love…
This section is an addendum to the three part series: How to Remote Influence using the Power of God. Some of you may find it difficult, if not impossible, to assume the identity of an evil target. We MUST assume the identity of a person, place, or thing in order to remote influence them.
There are certain basic foundations of character that I do not cover at my site. One of them is self confidence. We need self confidence to trust our instincts, our intuition, and, of course, our psychic powers.
We all must take those necessary steps, no matter how small, in order to bolster and strengthen our self confidence to do what’s necessary and good for ourselves and the people closest to us.
Since I was very young, I had a kind of “shell” that detoured from self confidence. As I recall from when I was a 5th grader with Miss English as my instructor, there was an after school music instructor who introduced concepts of music to the class by our participation in a song with one note xylophones wherein we would hit our note at the correct time.
I couldn’t hit my note exactly and the music teacher proceeded to make an example / laughing stock out of me in front of the other kids. When I noticed that some of the other kids didn’t hit their note exactly right either, but did not suffer the same attitude adjustment, that put me right off of music for at least half my life.
I would always pass the music classes during grade school from that day forward wondering what my life would be like, if only I felt accepted for my little imperfections.
I also wonder how many other children have suffered the same fate because of heartless teachers who enjoy destroying young, developing egos.
Parents, in particular, need to understand the importance of participating in a child’s life in order to bolster their child’s confidence. By the time my parents had me, they didn’t care about my upbringing. I can’t help but wonder how many kids have suffered the fate of adults who pick and choose who they believe needs that extra support.
We must also realize that most adults are not much more than kids themselves, therefore, they don’t know how to raise kids. Their general philosolphy is, “my parents raised me fine, so I must know how to be a good parent too.” Therefore, the problem becomes generational.
How I wish I had access to the self improvement tools we have today. Fortunately, there are people like Jim McElwee who cover such a basic foundation of character as self confidence. Jim McElwee is like the Rudolph Steiner of self improvement and personal growth; he opens our eyes and hearts to these concepts that allow us to grow beyond our shortcomings bred into us by our so-called “mentors.”
Please enjoy part 1 of the following guest article by Jim McElwee: (more…)