Archive for March 2006

Is Self-Help a Scam?

The self-help industry is frequently criticized for being populated by scam artists who overpromise and underdeliver. Is this a valid criticism? Let’s take a deeper look into the dark side of self-help. False promises One of the biggest problems in the self-help industry is that promoters make false promises. They promise hugely unrealistic results, as…

Personal Growth on Steroids: The Strategy of Immersion

If you want to expand your horizons and try new things in life, the strategy of immersion is one of the best ways to do it. Instead of merely dipping your toes in the water, immersion means you dive in head first. This isn’t a strategy that appeals to the timid; however, with a sufficient…

Bear Bombing

Recently I’ve been having some fun with something I call “bear bombing.” If my wife and kids decide they want to keep sleeping well past dawn, I grab my trusty digital kitchen timer (one with a very loud alarm), set the fuse for 4 seconds, and take up a position just outside one of their…

StevePavlina.com Podcast #012 – Building Confidence

Today’s podcast is about building confidence, a topic that many readers have requested I cover. This podcast will give you four different methods for boosting your confidence. One of the reasons people don’t feel confident is that they harbor limiting beliefs that block them from tapping into this inner resource. For example, do you believe…

Creativity for Smart People

According to a well-known stereotype, left-handed* people such as myself are supposedly more creative than right-handed people. For example, in the previous sentence, I just alienated most of my readers while simultaneously giving myself a compliment — pretty creative, eh? I don’t know if that stereotype has any basis in reality, but when I learned…

Conscious Procrastination

No time management system is worth much if it doesn’t tell you what to do at 9am on Monday morning. Suppose you have a list of all your tasks and projects. Which one should you work on first? My answer is that you should work on the task that you believe will yield the greatest…

The Parable of the Talents

In various religious texts, there can be found some interesting personal development gems. One from the Bible is “The Parable of the Talents.” The Parable of the Talents is one of the stories Jesus told to teach a moral lesson. Although the word “talents” in the story refers literally to money, you can obviously extend…