Improving the World through Self-Improvement
There's a reason why you are here on this earth: You have something to contribute to society, or to someone's well-being. As Curly on City Slickers would say, all you have to do is to find "that one thing" - the one secret that is the key to that special you. As you dedicate yourself to finding the noble mission that best fulfills your special dreams, you will eventually find it, and as you develop and use it, you will feel great satisfaction and peace in life.
You may claim that you don't have any gifts, talents, or abilities, or the means to carry off your dreams; you've tried it all. Well, did you persist?
When I first attempted to see a Magic Eye image, I couldn't do it. Furthermore, the crossing of my eyes, or the act of trying to diverge them, made me nauseous. But I continued to practice during the next few days, until it became second nature, and until I no longer felt queasy.
If you take a ride in a fighter jet, and undergo a few G's while the pilot banks the aircraft, you'll most likely black out, unless you've undergone extensive conditioning.
Everyone who is good at anything usually didn't get there by default. It takes dedication, repetitive exercises, and practice.
Heber J. Grant, seventh president of the LDS church, is an example of someone who knew how to train himself in areas that originally were foreign to him. When he was a young boy, his friends made fun of him for his lack of baseball skills. So he shined enough shoes to buy a baseball, and practiced throwing it until his arm ached. Ultimately, he helped his team to win an interstate championship.
His next goal in life was to work as an accountant at a bank. One requirement was to have good penmanship. But his friends reported that his writing looked like chicken scratches. He practiced penmanship until he had the best job, and accolades from the experts.
Heber loved to sing, but couldn't carry a tune. His teacher, after trying hard to teach him to sing, gave up and said it was okay for him to sing, but added, "I would like to be at least forty miles away while you are doing it."
President Grant wrote: "Upon my recent trip to Arizona, I asked Elders Rudger Clawson and J. Golden Kimball if they had any objections to my singing one hundred hymns that day. They took it as a joke and assured me that they would be delighted. We were on the way from Holbrook to St. Johns, a distance of about sixty miles. After I had sung about forty tunes, they assured me that if I sang the remaining sixty they would be sure to have nervous prostration. I paid no attention whatever to their appeal, but held them to their bargain and sang the full one hundred. One hundred and fifteen songs in one day, and four hundred in four days, is the largest amount of practicing I ever did.
“Today  my musical deafness is disappearing, and by sitting down to a piano and playing the lead notes, I can learn a song in less than one-tenth the time required when I first commenced to practice" (see http://www.ldsces.org/inst_manuals/pres-sm/pres-ch-07-09.htm).
Learning a talent or discovering your special abilities may take some time, but in the end, it will be worth it. The raised eyebrows you get from others will raise your self-esteem, and when you share your time or services with - or for - others, the admiration in their eyes will give you peace and make your day.
For more specific help, follow this link:
- Reaching Your True Potential One Step At A Time
Discover the "gold mines" within you by beginning a journey to reach your true potential.
I began by making pencil sketches when I was around five years old. The sketches weren’t too good, but the encouragement from others kept me going. Then, my brother John gave me the idea to write stories in comic book form. Sometimes I paid more attention to the story than I did the drawings, but I slowly gained more experience both in story-telling, and in drawing. (You can see what my earliest drawings looked like here:)
There is a comparison of what my artwork looked like then, and what I’ve done most recently (also, most of the art for these hubs are done by me on my computer).
When I tried to answer math questions in school, all I could do was stutter. But with practice, I learned to do math easily in my head (see next link).
My brother taught me how to play a tune on the piano when I was young. Since then, I’ve had piano lessons, took theory classes, and have written music that was used in church meetings and a local road show production (follow this link).
One of the personal missions I found in life was using my guitar to sing to old folks in their rest homes, and to retarded people. This is one of the things that brought me the most joy and satisfaction. Another mission is to write in my YahooGroups, answering questions of a spiritual, Christian, or LDS nature.
The link below can help you with self-improvement. There are many places on the internet that can help you find your gifts and your life’s noble work. I hope you find it soon and help to make the world a better place.
- Personal Development for Smart People - Steve Pavlina
Steve Pavlina: Personal development for smart people
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