Today I have a brilliant guest post from Farouk at www.2knowmyself.com. Thank-you Farouk!
Why knowledge is power
Most people have heard the saying ‘knowledge is power’ but sadly most people didn’t quite get the meaning behind that saying.
Even if you never noticed this before each and every task that you successfully do is only done correctly because you have the right knowledge.
For example, right know you are reading this post online, if you didn’t know how to use a computer and how to browse the internet you would have never reached this article.
Knowledge of internet and computer is simple because almost everyone has it but on the other hand there are some areas of knowledge that can help you solve all of the life problems you encounter yet most people are reluctant to learn about them!
It seems the terms self-confidence and self esteem are used interchangeably. And we all want more of both of them!
But what is the difference, and why does that matter?
Dictionary.com defines them as:
Self esteem: A realistic respect for or favourable impression of oneself; self-respect.
Self confidence: Realistic confidence in one’s own judgment, ability, power, etc.
Low self confidence, self esteem and depression can easily combine to produce a powerful downward cycle which sucks us in and is difficult to break.
I am currently reading Alan Carr’s The Easyway to Control Alcohol
very interesting approach, as is his take on smoking.
There was one paragraph though, that really stood out to me, about where we are right now….
…….in a quick fix culture that trusts technology over nature. The vision of the industrial revolution was that science would set man free but, like Frankenstein and his monster, there has been a reversal of roles, and we have become slaves to the technology we have created.
We are victims of our own intelligence: the intelligence that separates us from all other animals. The intelligence that invents an exercise bike to burn all the energy we didn’t use sitting at our desk jobs, so that we can earn lots of money to spend on energy saving devices like TV remote controls, which turns us into sedentary sloths who have to go to the gym on sunny days to ride a bicycle that doesn’t go anywhere.
I ran a webinar the other day and included the brilliant Dr Seuss quote “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”
Looking at Wikipedia yesterday apparently this was misattributed and wasn’t even a Dr Seuss quote! It was said by Bernard Baruch, who I hadn’t heard of before but also came out with many insightful quotes……..but today I’m sticking with Dr Seuss.
I got up at 5.30am this morning and it was the first morning since spring time I had to turn on a light. Even though it is August, summer time, the nights are getting shorter and the sun is rising later.
Most people think of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) as hitting hard in mid December when we have barely 8 hours of light if we are lucky – in some places much, much less than this.
But just like everything, prevention is better than cure so whether you tend to get a mild feeling of winter blues or more severe depression, here are some practical things you can implement now, to prevent it’s onset.
1.Get outside. Unfortunately the way we live nowadays makes it easier to go for long periods of time with no time outside. We go from home to the car, car to the office, back to the car, perhaps into the supermarket or gym….but rarely spend time out in the elements.
So make 30 minutes a day to get outside. Walk around the block at lunchtime, take the kids to the park in the rain and splash in the puddles, go for a cycle instead of the gym.
Get wet, cold and windswept….or feel the warmth of the sun!
Experience all weather conditions and notice the seasons.
This week I set my newsletter readers a challenge. (If you don’t already subscribe to the newsletter, you can enter your name and email on the right – there are some great freebies too)
The challenge was to write 50 things you like about yourself. I won’t set a challenge without taking it myself, so here are 50 things I like about me.
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Do you know what you want?
Most people I work with have some amount of dissatisfaction in their lives. The scale is huge, from wanting to change their career, husband, religion and home, to just a nagging voice telling them there is something more to life.
Nearly everyone can tell me in detail, all the crappy things about their lives, most are adept at turning the question ‘so what do you want?’ into ‘what I don’t want and why it is so hard’.