Self Improvement Discussion 29-Aug-2012

I came across an interesting article this morning by Andrew Grant the CEO of Tirian. ( Whilst the title of Andrew’s article (Memories of a Self-Help Guru) doesn’t reflect it, Andrew discusses some of the prevailing attitudes that bedevil this field of interest.

I maintain Self Improvement does work. Unfortunately despite the popularity of the subject it does suffer from a negative press and many detractors who often seem hell-bent on proving the field to be nothing but charlatanism and therefore worthless.

A good example comes from A. L. Kennedy, the  novelists, who is quoted as saying, “So much of it is just a dreadful bag of charlatanry. Every day in every way I am getting better, they say. No you’re not. You’re dying. Every day you’re getting closer to your grave.”

It might be true, but really, do you want to go around with that thought looming large in your consciousness all the time? I think we are all aware of our ultimate fate and don’t need reminding of it. Rather, a decision to focus our everyday awareness on creating and living a useful, productive and enjoyable lifestyle must be more fruitful.

Have a read of Andrew’s article. His reflections on how he became involved were sparked by the recent death of Stephen Covey, hence his title of ‘Memories of a Self-Help Guru’.

Memories of a Self-Help Guru.

“I was sceptical of the ’self-help’ book genre, especially the apparently superficial promise that it would be possible to become highly proficient in something in a short number of simple steps. I assumed that this was merely a money making tactic. I …”

Andrew’s article is well balanced and I was pleased to see he mentioned ‘The Serenity Prayer’.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
The Serenity Prayer is the common name for an originally untitled prayer by the theologian Reinhold Niebuhr.

The best-known form is:

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.

Post: © 2012 by David Meredith.

David Meredith
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