Category Archives: Personality Development
Make a habit of freely offering sincere compliments to people you encounter. This is so important, especially in our hurried, harried, and sometimes impersonal society. There will be times when the compliment a person receives from you, a total stranger, is the only nice comment they hear all day. You can make a person’s day with a simple word of kindness, spoken with thoughtfulness and sincerity. Continue reading
Our primary means of communication, with ourselves and with the outside world, is words, spoken and unspoken. We use words to interact with others as well as in our “self-talk” — the internal dialog we are constantly running in our heads. Continue reading
When faced with a problem, you first need to do your best thinking to see if you can find a solution. Open your mind to alternative possibilities. If you determine that you cannot solve the problem, you need to let it go. Worrying and obsessing about something out of your control is emotionally painful and fruitless. Realize that, to the extent that you worry, instead of actively looking for solutions, your mind is failing you. Force your reflective mind into action. Identify the real options. Figure out the best one. Focus your energy on pursuing it. If there is nothing you can do in the situation, let it go; turn your mind to something productive. Continue reading
The longer you take to mentally recover from your setbacks, the worse you make them. You can’t prevent negative things from happening, but you can decide how much power they will have over your life. Continue reading
One of the hallmarks of a critical thinker is the disposition to change one’s mind when given a good reason to change. Good thinkers want to change their thinking when they discover better thinking. In other words, they can be moved by reason. Continue reading
intellectual empathy, you understand others more fully, expand your knowledge of your own ignorance, and gain deeper insight into your own mind.
People who believe in themselves are willing to take responsibility for themselves. The losers in life blame their troubles on someone else, and by so doing they give control of their lives to others. I see so much of this, and it is painful to watch. People who refuse to take responsibility for their own lives are always frustrated and depressed. They are professional victims. Continue reading