Scientific Research & Self-Development Activism
I’ve met a lot of people with good intentions in the last several years. These were smart, well-meaning, and generally evolved people. They were thinkers, and they thought a lot. Something thinkers like to do is talk. They talk with other thinkers, and exchange more data to think about. They pick apart every detail of something and find every possible fault or weakness in an idea, and they tweak the original idea again and again attempting to reach perfection.
This quest for…Continue
Sometimes I really want to kick my own rear-end. I have a lot of character flaws that give me a great deal of grief and I have lost a lot of friends over them. I have been defined by my flaws instead of my qualities for a long time. The real question is what am I going to do about it?
On one hand I want to make dramatic changes to myself so that I will feel less guilty, and be perceived in a more positive light. On the other hand, I don't want to become "someone else" instead…Continue
I've always been a bit of a pessimist. In fact it has caused me a good deal of grief over the years. One of the primary weaknesses of a pessimist in my opinion is that we tend to defeat ourselves before we even begin something. I have been trying to write a book now for the last two years, but every time I get started I end up calling it quits and throwing the whole idea out. I will get a few chapters in, develop characters that are interesting, tell myself I suck at writing and give…Continue
In any workplace where you are required to interact with other employees it is inevitable that at one time or another, some sort of conflict will arise between two or more of them. For a leader within an organization the question isn’t how to avoid these conflicts but becomes how to deal with the conflict in a way that minimizes the damage to morale, and the likelihood of repeated conflict. I have already covered some of the main causes of conflict in my previous posts “Drama”, and…Continue
Added by Nathan Davies on June 14, 2011 at 5:49pm — No Comments
Drama is present everywhere in society today. The air seems saturated with it. Personally I have always been one of those people who go around saying, “I hate drama.” The irony is that I always seem wrapped up in the biggest dramas around! Drama seems drawn to me like a moth to light, and at the end of the day I feel exhausted. So now for the big question, why do we have drama and how do we avoid it? Obviously something I have very personal reasons for looking into.
Drama is typically…Continue
Added by Nathan Davies on June 13, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments
As creatures with emotion, one of our most common downfalls is our attitude. In my childhood, I was always being accused of having a really bad attitude. I was very combative, very rebellious, and usually angry at the world. This attitude was predominant through my teenage years. When I became a young adult, I decided that the world was out to get me and that I somehow deserved it.
Once I became active on Ipower, I began to challenge my value and self purpose. Things afterwards began…Continue
Finding inspiration to move forward with my self-development while performing the daily grind of things can be rather difficult. I find myself feeling a tingling of despair when I get totally wrapped up in life and feel like I’m not making any progress in areas of life I consider important. I’ve even posted in the forums here on Ipower about my search for motivation during these dry spells. Over the course of time, and a lot of desperation, I’ve found some things that work for me and I…Continue
Problems come in many shapes and sizes. It seems like every time we begin to make a little headway in something we want to achieve a problem sneaks up and threatens to destroy the progress we have worked so hard to gain. This is really a fact of life that we cannot avoid, but how we deal with it makes all the difference if we wish to preserve our forward momentum. When I face a new problem I try to be systematic and ask myself three questions:
What am I willing to do to fix…Continue
Added by Nathan Davies on June 9, 2011 at 3:12pm — No Comments
People can be really annoying at times. I mean really annoying. Sometimes you really just want to snap and tell them exactly how you feel about them, or the way they are acting. It almost seems natural to just snap.
Patience has been taught as a virtue is nearly every major religion in the world. Even outside of religious circles, we tend to be drawn towards people who are patient with ourselves and others. Why is patience such a virtue? People who are patient are also more…Continue
What are you doing to improve your quality of life? More importantly, what is your current quality of life? Have you ever tried to measure it? Ever thought about it?
The basic object of self-development is to improve our quality of life, and that of the people around us. I think many of us lose sight of the fact that it really is that simple. We are all here for the same reason, although it may come in different forms for all of us. Some of us want to be more productive, others to…Continue
Megan Woods video where she talked about random acts of kindness got me thinking the other day, and I decided to give it a try. Since I'm married, it's easy to find someone to do something for. ;) I was working in a nearby town last weekend making a few extra bucks for a geeky project I'm working on and after I got done, I swung into the local store and bought my wife a bouquet of roses, then brought them home and presented them to her.
During this process I noticed a few…Continue