There are just a few more weeks left in 2013.
In these last days of the year, I find myself reflecting on all I’ve accomplished and learned over the past 12 months and how I’ve changed and grown as a person.
Since I started my blog several years ago, my inner journey has been chronicled through my written words. What I share with you here is a reflection of our shared questions, worries, dreams, and desires.
If you are reading this post, then you — like me — are a seeker. You’re someone who explores self-improvement and desires self-awareness. As Socrates reminds us, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Maybe he overstates it a bit, but I do know the examined life is far richer and more authentic. And what more fascinating topic to examine than our own inner world and the outer expression of it?
I took some time to pick my 25 best self-improvement blog posts of 2013. Here they are:
Quotes are bite-sized nuggets of wisdom and inspiration that, in this age of information overload, provide a moment’s peaceful respite and reflection . . .
The brains of highly sensitive people actually work a bit differently than other people’s brains. The sensitivity trait actually reflects a survival strategy of keen observation before action . . .
Personality alone does not constitute sustained happiness. Achieving that sense of inner contentment and joy is more a matter of releasing things that have become daily habits . . .
Some people in your life are master button-pushers. They know exactly what to say or do to transform you from a calm and happy person into a seething, mouth-frothing maniac . . .
Living your best life requires that YOU design your life the way you want it to be.It means most of your time is spent engaged in activities that bring you joy, contentment, meaning, and passion . . .
Far too many people are living lives of quiet desperation. They have jobs they hate, then come home to plod through chores and a few hours of TV, before returning to their miserable work the next day . . .
When faced with a real problem that has no apparent solution, you simply feel helpless. And feeling helpless makes you feel hopeless — which is a slippery slope toward giving up entirely . . .
Self-confidence can be learned and nurtured. It comes from a place of peaceful acceptance of yourself and full recognition that you have the power to create your life rather than react to it . . .
It makes me sad to think about all the people in the world who don’t even like themselves, much less love themselves. The odds are that some of you reading this would like to trade yourself in for a better model . . .
Every single day — as a coach, as a friend, as a mother, as a business associate — I hear people telling lies. They may not know they are telling lies. But they are doing it nonetheless . . .
In our efforts to suppress our vulnerabilities, we create a character version of ourselves. Or we build up emotional walls high enough that no one can peer over and see the squalor of our shameful realness . . .
Over the years, I’ve become more practical in my approach to personal growth strategies. I practice what works. I focus my energy on actions and beliefs that have a proven track record of improving my quality of life and my state of mind.
Most of the time my fear was an invisible fence that zapped me when I got too close to the edge of my comfort zone. But there were times when fear was an ever-present, palpable blanket that shrouded me with worry and anxiety . . .
I now understand that setting some goals actually allows me to become more of who I want to be and to enjoy more of what I really want to do in my life.
Do you ever have those days when your brain goes on hiatus? You’re sitting on the edge of your bed first thing in the morning or sitting at your desk wondering, “What should I be doing here?”
Like most people, I had dozens of limiting beliefs about myself and my abilities that had held me back from my potential for years. So what changed for me? What allowed me to push past my limiting beliefs . . .
Over many years as a seeker of truth, I’ve sought the answer to the question, “What is the meaning of life” through religion, metaphysics, science, relationships, personal growth, and various other paths . . .
Traveling forces you to be a beginner again. No matter how educated, competent, or confident you might be at home, traveling reduces you to someone who is dependent on his or her wits and the kindness of strangers . . .
Society tends to reward extroversion and even suggest that introverts are not quite right in the head, they are shy or lacking self-c0nfidence . . .
Do you have any sense of passion or purpose for how you are living now and where you’re going in the future? Sometimes it feels we are merely passengers on the bus to nowhere . . .
How can we foster this “engaged productivity” in our lives in the face of our monkey minds, our distractions, and our low-level urgency anxiety?
Negative thoughts and feelings are the toxic brew we simmer in that evaporates self-esteem over time. The longer we simmer in this brew, the more potent it becomes . . .
If you’ve never found your life passion, then it’s hard to know exactly what you’re missing. It’s like asking why you need to find the love of your life. How do explain that?
Lasting relationships simply cannot be built upon a partnership in which one or both people are seeking a host organism to provide emotional and psychological nourishment . . .
there are certain material things in my life that stir feelings of gratitude and joy — and sometimes feelings of something deeper and more profound — like love, connection, happy memories, self-confidence . . .
What are your favorite self-improvement blog posts from 2013, either from Live Bold and Bloom or from other personal development blogs? Please share them in the comments.
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