Thursday, September 24, 2009

Silence Your Major Critic - Self Improvement Tips


Silence Your Major Critic

Dear friends,

Imagine what would happen if you walked up to your best friend, looked them square in the eye and said, “You are stupid, fat and ugly!

Chances are your friend would be deeply hurt by your words. In reality you would never do this because you value and care about your friend a lot. Nevertheless, this is often precisely what we do to ourselves on a daily basis.

We look into the mirror in the morning and think, You look terrible! Throughout the day, our internal self critic is continually yelling at us,

You Idiot!
You have no self control!
You're Useless!
You can’t do anything right?

Often the things we say to ourselves are far worse than anything we would ever say to anyone else! An important part of achieving success in life is developing a positive self-image and a strong sense of self-esteem.

A great way to do this is to create an I AM board. Here's how it works…

Find a quiet spot, sit down with a pen and paper and write down the things you see as your best qualities. This may be difficult at first because we are often not used to thinking positively about ourselves.

If you are stuck, think about the different roles you have in life e.g. Father, son, husband, mother, sister, friend etc. Also include your talents and the stuff you enjoy doing. Your finished I AM board should look something like this:

When you finish your I AM board, put it somewhere you will see it regularly, like next to your bathroom mirror or on the back of the bathroom door.

As you read your “I AM” statement each morning, you will find that your inner self-critic will begin to lose his or her voice. Your self-image will steadily improve and you will gain more of confidence to go after your dreams flat out.

Remember The Action Steps:

(1) Find a quiet spot and at the top of a blank sheet of paper write, “I AM”.

(2) Write down a list of your best attributes and character traits.

(3) Put your “I AM” board somewhere you will see it regularly and read it everyday.

(4) Be aware of your inner self-critic and every time you hear his or her voice, simply reject the negative thought outright and focus on who you actually are.

It’s so very motivating when Anthony says, Dare to Dream! in his book The Oracle's Secret. Kudos to him!

Cheers to your dreams & ambitions in life!!! J

Wednesday, September 9, 2009



Born in 1924, starts by sketching crows on walls while 3.

Considers crows “smart” and “can count till 7”!

Despite having a headmaster for a father,

A poor student, often failed his examinations.

Applies to JJ School of Arts, gets rejected.

Is told his drawings “lacked the talent”.

Barely manages to finish graduation.

Begins cartooning for the Free Press Journal in 1947,

After The Hindustan Times rejects him for being too young.

Quits and joins Times of India 6 months later.

In 1951, The Common Man makes his first appearance.

And continues to observe us till this very day.

Honored with the Padma Bhushan in 1973.

The Ramon Magsaysay Award, Asia’s premier journalism award,in 1984.

And the Padma Vibhushan, in 2005.

Rasipuram Krishnaswamy Laxman.

Brother of RK ‘Malgudi Days’ Narayan.

Father of The Common Man – the silent observer.

Who hasn’t spoken a single word.

Yet remains the voice of an entire nation.