Popular Posts for November 21

Some of my regular readers may have noticed a recent shortage in posts. Thanks to a busy schedule and several articles that I got midway before deciding to abandon them I’ve been unable to post at the rate I usually do. Hopefully I’ll be able to update a new article in the next day or two, but while you’re waiting I thought I’d point out three posts from the archives.

Frequently I have received questions and comments from readers that ask questions that could really be solved by posts I have already written, so I thought this would be a great opportunity to share some of those popular posts from the past with you now.

Enthusiasm – In this article I outline how to create the emotion of enthusiasm and when to use it.

Excerpt: “The word enthusiasm is derived from the Greek word, enthousiasmos, which means to be inspired or possessed by a divine being. Enthusiasm is an incredibly powerful tool to create momentum. Enthusiasm can also be used to combat fear and nervousness and it can even create temporary energy and willpower. Being enthusiastic also creates an overall feeling of happiness and well-being that makes it worthwhile regardless of its positive side-effects…”

How to Recover From a Broken Commitment – Here I outline the steps to reassert your control when willpower fails.

Excerpt: “If there is any problem I see with people starting to make changes in their lives it is an inability to really commit themselves to a path. In a statistic I saw recently, ninety-eight percent of all New Years resolutions fail before the next year. Many of the comments I receive from readers who have problems making changes lies in a fumbled commitment. These people committed themselves to a goal and then later did something to break that commitment. Breaking your commitments to your goals and yourself has to be one of the most devastating impacts on your ability to make permanent changes…”

Learn By Doing – To know and not to do is really not to know. Here I discuss how to truly get ahead in your own personal development.

Excerpt: “How often do you see a good idea in a book and then proceed to do nothing about it? When that information is presented to you again, do you feel yourself saying, ‘I already learned this…’

The truth is you didn’t learn it then and you haven’t learned it now. This is because most people have a faulty idea about when they have actually learned something. You haven’t learned anything until you have put it into action. Learning doesn’t come from reading or listening. Learning comes from doing and being…”

As an aside, now is the time to make suggestions for posts in the coming week. I frequently write posts in response to peoples comments, questions or suggestions. As a little bonus to encourage your feedback, if you have a blog and I use your question/idea/thought in my very next post I’ll give a link back to you.

  • Priscilla

    Hi Scott. I’d first like to say that your blog is my favorite on the web. Being a personal development enthusiast myself what you write about really hits home with me. Thank you for such great material.

    I’ve just recently set up my own self improvement blog. I plan to have my first actual article on the site tonight. At this point however, I have limited experience with running a blog and a web site. My request for you then is could you write an article on blogging? How do you get tips when you have techinical difficulties? How do you keep the self disipline and motivation to write posts regularly even when your busy? Do you have any tips for those of us who are new to this? What plug ins do you suggest?

  • Scott Young

    Hi Priscilla,

    Thanks for the vote of confidence. I don’t write articles on blogging right now because I’m far from qualified in that field. Although I have enough minimal experience to set up this blog (I use wordpress), use Google AdSense and do a bit of informal marketing, this hardly qualifies me to give advice.

    Of my blogging friends with blogs of similar popularity and size (personal development ideas blog, life coaches blog, ben casnocha) I would say most of them have a great deal more blogging advice to share.

    Frankly, there seems to be a ton of advice for bloggers, and there really isn’t anything unique I would add to that. I tend to shy away from the heavy linking strategy offered by the blogosphere but other notable bloggers (particularly Steve Pavlina) have already made this point more eloquently than I could.

    If you’re looking for blogging information, http://www.problogger.net is a good place to start. Thanks for the suggestion.

  • priscilla

    Thank you for the references. That gives me another idea for you though. How about an article on bouncing back from disappointment? Or about developing self esteem, and not taking things personally? I know you wrote the confidence myth but this is a little different. I’m talking about getting over the pain of expecting one outcome and getting another. This type of article seems to be the type that you are so good at, and I bet will get a lot of attention. Either way thank you again for the references above. I will check them out.

  • Scott Young

    I did write the article, Overcoming Discouragement:


    Maybe I could elaborate on that stream more.

  • Bradley Tupe

    I kinda of a health blog that I wanted to start but due from the lack of motivation, I’ve only wrote one article and that was months ago. I mean I want this site to be about crossing to vegan health, removing toxins from the body, stop buying supermarket foods that make you sick, that kinda thing. I have more articles in mind which, if it wasn’t for this site, I wouldn’t have even thought of. I can’t sit down to flesh em out and thats the problem. I’m improving thanks to you though.

    P.S. Improving the attention span would prolly be a great post.

  • Scott Young

    Thanks for the thoughts Bradley.

  • Jerry

    Scott – These are all incredible posts. I particularly enjoyed the one about applying what you learn rather than thinking that reading a book is equivalent to learning. It’s so easy to get addicted to self-help literature and then actually become overwhelmed with too many ideas. Your post offers some great, practical ideas about how to get down to the business of actually improving. On a related note I keep playing with the idea of accepting each moment as it is, without trying to improve upon it. This is not anti-improvement, rather it is about being where you are. Tricky!

  • Scott Young

    Thanks Jerry,

    It is easy to read a book, it is hard to actually take action and change your life. That is why there are a lot more readers than doers.

    As for acceptance vs growth I think it really depends on where that growth is coming from. If your growth comes from a place of negativity, weakness and insecure comparison then it is unlikely to make you happy. Yet if that growth comes from a sense of purpose and passion towards what you are doing then you will be more likely to accept the moment but enjoy improvement. This is all a lot easier said than done, I frequently find it difficult to pursue.