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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Add Self Esteem to Your Basic Needs


From the first workshop I took, I knew that I wanted to teach children and their families everything I was learning about self-esteem and personal growth. All I could think about was; why aren't we teaching this stuff to children in the schools?
I found it so empowering that I almost didn't believe it. It seemed too simple, too good to be true. Really? All I had to do was learn to change my thoughts.
And thus began the journey of my life, the journey of a thousand lessons, with thousands of challenges and roadblocks along the way. But there were also some pretty amazing scenery and experiences, too.
My mission is to teach you what I've learned in the hopes that it will improve your life and change it for the better.
Choose to make the journey the destination. It is a choice. Making each step of that journey as amazing as you can make it is the key. The true destination is to take each moment and fill it with the most spectacular things that you can.
Whatever it is that you want to be, Just Be It! If you want to be happy, then Just Be Happy. If you want to be healthy, then Just Be Healthy. If you want to be successful, then Just Be Successful! If you want to be free of fear, then Just Be It!
Life is so much more about just being rather than this big, long, grueling marathon. I truly believe that God, the Universe (whatever you call your 'higher power') didn't want us to work this hard, to be this hurt, miserable and unhappy.
I read a quote from Doreen Virtue's, Healing With The Angels Oracle Cards, that stated: "Imagine if your purpose was to simply experience joy." So, I thought about it, I imagined it, I owned it, I chose it, I lived it, I felt it,... I believe it! Joy, Joy, Joy. Focus on it, breathe it, live it!
Early on in my journey, I discovered that the key to personal growth and self-esteem education was to incorporate these concepts into my life. I used tools I learned, I revamped the tools, and then I created my own tools. But what made the real difference was actually using the tools and finding ways to implement them into my day-to-day life.
Many of the articles and books have an A.C.T.I.O.N. step. Don't just say, "yeah I'll do that!" Make a plan on how you'll do it, really think about this question: how will you make it part of your day-to-day life? That is what will significantly improve your life. I guarantee it. If you truly want your life to be better and more positive, then you must do the action step. The mere commitment to the action is the foundation of building your confidence, self-esteem and self-worth.
You don't ever forget this stuff. Even when you read a book, the parts you don't need right away, will come back to you when you most need it. It's a wonderful surprise of how this works. Most personal growth books you can read over and over and over. Every time you will get different gems from them that you need at that specific stage of your life.
Self-esteem and life skills education is a fundamental basic need. These are things that all of us needed to learn as children but no one knew how critical it was until recently. I believe it is as critical as learning to read and write.
This is how you take care of your mind and heart, the two driving forces of being human. Until you master being human; you will be a slave to it. This teaches you how to be your highest best self. I believe it is the key to becoming your highest best self. This is not an option and not a luxury; it is a basic need for everyone. At some point in everyone's life there is a need for self-esteem skills.
After many years of personal growth, we have arrived at the conclusion that the real secret to becoming empowered is combining self-esteem and life skills. One inspires the other. When you have strong self-esteem you can handle life and when you learn to handle the many challenges of life your self-esteem goes up.
Be proactive and commit to learning now. Watch your life soar to a whole new level of joy, happiness, peace, health, and wealth. It is truly an amazing journey and a destination that will rock your world!
About the Author
Wendy Collier, B. Ed. is the Author and Illustrator of the Self-Esteem Angel™ Book Series for Children which are fictional stories with self-esteem concepts weaved into the plot. Collier's experiences as a former Teacher and Professional Speaker is evident in the effective tools and skills she shares. Download a FREE E-book, Watch Author Readings, Order the full series online at or Download E-Books at and
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