FREE 7-Day Self-Improvement Program

Countless times I have heard or read that celebrity marriages are falling apart, left and right. I honestly could care less, however, it is puzzling that many times we view TV and movie stars as being totally flawless individuals, who live a fairytale life of glamour and wealth. The reality is not found by having our heads full of romantic clouds.

Despite the trivia, there are various means of losing your self-esteem. No matter what does happen, we should do our best not to lose our sense of self.

What does it take, to be a cut above the rest? Here you will find some ideas about what you can make improvements on, for at least a week.

Day 1 – Know Your Purpose

Are you hoping to find happiness, prosperity and health, by wandering with no direction in life? You have your own personal compass that leads you true north all the time, when you area able to identify you mission or purpose in life.

When you find yourself at a dead end, it may seem puzzling, however, there are always those little loopholes that help you turn things around and you can make a difference in your life.

Day 2 – Know Your Values

What is of most value to you? List your top five values. For instance, some examples are family, spiritual development, freedom, learning and security. Check your goals against your values as you set your sight on 2009. You may want to revise or reconsider any goals that may not align with your top five values.

The number should never be discouraging, rather it should motivate you to do much more than you may ever dream of doing.

Day 3 – Know Your Needs

You cannot live genuinely when you have unmet needs, you must take care of yourself. Do you have needs of acknowledgment, control, correct or to simply be loved? Countless numbers of individuals live their lives without ever realizing their dreams, while most of them will find themselves, stressed and depressed. Be sure to list your top four needs and then work on getting them met, before your time is expired.

Day 4 – Know Your Passions

Knowing what you truly enjoy in life and who you are is essential. Obstacles, such as a lack of enthusiasm or doubts can bring you down, however, they will not get in the way of becoming the person you want to become. You can honor the individuals who inspire you, while you express yourself, in order to become the best individual you can be.

Day 5 – Live From the Inside Out

By reflecting in silence regularly, you can increase your awareness of your inner wisdom. Breathe deeply to quiet your mind, commune with nature. For many city dwellers, it can be very hard to find the kind of peace and quiet we seek, even in their own homes. However, you may want to sit in a dimly lit room, while listening to some classical music if you like. Yes, this is sound, however, it can soothe the savage beast.

Day 6 – Honor Your Strengths

List three of your strengths. What special talents and gifts do you have? What are your most positive characteristics? You can always ask someone close to you for help in identifying these strengths, if you become stuck.

Are you good with your hands, very intelligent, creative and imaginative? You can find various ways of expressing your genuine self through your strengths. When you share that which you know with others, you can increase your self confidence.

Day 7 – Serve Others

Living realistically and genuinely, helps you develop an interconnected sense of well being. You can live your purpose, while giving of your talents to the world you live in, you might give back in service, those things you came to share with others, you spirit and your essence, when you are genuinely true to who you really are. When you share your gift with those you love as well as strangers who can appreciate what you do, it can be extremely rewarding.

One type of work that is indeed well worth the effort is that of self improvement, however, you should never limit yourself to the four corners of your room or office. The biggest differences lay within your own self and how much you really want to change for the better.


  • Jennifer

    Reply Reply December 21, 2008

    This is a great list Reed. After reflecting on each of these things for a day I think it would be useful to review all of them everyday. This helps you maintain focus during what is a crazy busy life for most of us.

    The only thing I would add is that it’s also important to constantly have gratitude for everything you have in life. Too often we just concentrate on want we want and forget about how great what we have is.

    Thanks Reed, I’m going to use this to get in touch with my life again!

    Jennifers last blog post..Infinity 800 – A New Must Have Passive Income Stream

  • Talmage Shipman

    Reply Reply December 21, 2008

    Another great post that provides more wisdom than your age would suggest. Your bonus tip is particularly apt. In the changeing economy those that serve others will proper. Keep up the excellent work.

  • Ari Lestariono

    Reply Reply December 21, 2008

    Very good tips Reed on values on life, I couldn’t agree more than you do.Many people in society just only think material, what is also most important thing is spiritual development and serving others.

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  • Zul Ismail

    Reply Reply December 21, 2008

    Thanks Reed. Good thots on life in general.

    Zul Ismail

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  • Majeed Mahdi

    Reply Reply December 21, 2008

    I would like to join with simple home work comply with my little experiences at net work.
    yours faithfully

  • Kevin Perera

    Reply Reply December 21, 2008

    Hi Reed,
    Thank you very much about your self improvement blog post.And it is very good and a real eye opener for me.Only thing I knew was the home improvement you just do to your home.Now I know what self improvement really means and try to improve my self physically, mentally and spiritually for the comming new year and beyond.
    Best reagards,
    Kevin Perera

  • Dave

    Reply Reply December 21, 2008

    Reed you really nailed it on the one. I love what you have to say.
    Our purpose you have put as number one and that is where it belongs.
    I read a book by Rick Warren (he is going to be doing Obama’s invocation) called “Purpose Driven Life” it can really helps a lot with this point.


    by the way if you are interested in learning some how to’s for around the house check out Home Renew all .

    Daves last blog post..Top 16 Hand tools for jobs around the House part 2

  • Dominique

    Reply Reply December 21, 2008

    The end of the year is a good time for reflection. I have found your tips helpful in getting my thoughts/wants/needs sorted out as I plan my schedule for next year.

  • Gamini

    Reply Reply December 21, 2008

    Hi Reed!Seasonal Greetings to everyone over there.
    Thanks for reminding of certain importants aspects of life which we seem to forget easily.
    I liked the bonus tip best!It epitomises the spirit of the season (though it should not be confined to the season alone)!

  • Mary

    Reply Reply December 21, 2008

    I like what you’ve written, there are a lot of good ideas here. I think that you’ve hit the high points for everyone to consider. But I was wondering, the numbering goes from #4 to #6 – is #5 missing or were they just misnumbered?

  • Al Sinden

    Reply Reply December 21, 2008

    Good job, Reed!

  • Laurence Parr

    Reply Reply December 21, 2008

    Very good info , one needs to know and love
    oneself before anything good can be accomplished.

  • Timothy Millar

    Reply Reply December 22, 2008

    Hey Reed, You the Man! Happy Holidays to you and yours, “The Leprechaun”

  • Slavica Todorovic

    Reply Reply December 22, 2008

    “When you share your gift with those you love as well as strangers who can appreciate what you do, it can be extremely rewarding.”

    I have chosen this quotation to be my number 1.
    It matches to me personally,because i really enjoy my *work* on line,doing what i love the most and fortunately people appreciate it.But, i am unselfish as well,being ready to share my precious Gift-Prize i am granted -eternal Youth.I am very honest in description of my own lifetime self improvement.And what would have happened to me and what i should have became,if there hadn’t been my will to GIVE AWAY!
    Look back through the History,the greatest people were munificent in giving their knowledge away.That is why they were glorious.

    To learn on my way of self improvement and how i share it with others look at my blog

    Slavica Todorovics last blog post..Christmas-In the Glory of the Love

  • Majeed Mahdi

    Reply Reply December 22, 2008

    Dear Mr.Reed Floren
    I preciat you response to my previous
    comments but I need your help to find
    any home job for covering some cost of
    my living with my family at Egypt as refugees.
    My regards and hope.
    Yours faithfuly
    From Egypt

  • Dora Kok

    Reply Reply December 23, 2008

    Thanks Reed for a very well-written article which I’m going to apply and put into practise some of the points which I find useful. It’s true for it’s really up to us whether we want to change our old ways to the better or not.

  • elizabeth

    Reply Reply December 23, 2008

    Hi Reed. Well done! I enjoyed reading your material.

  • Pat Gunning

    Reply Reply December 23, 2008

    This is something all marketers should take advantage of!

    Great post Reed!


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  • Johnnie McClelland

    Reply Reply December 26, 2008

    Hello Reed, I want to thank you for the timely articles you are posting. I am giving a presentation in 2 weeks for my teachers at my college on stress. I am planning on incorporating some of this info.

  • bet

    Reply Reply January 1, 2009

    Thanks for this improvement guide, Reed. I am coming closer to the end of a well-lived life, but I still have goals and needs. Giving truly gives more joy than getting. Don’t forget the saying, “What profits a man if he gains the whole world and loses his soul?”

  • Melody Baker

    Reply Reply January 1, 2009

    Thanks I will try them, but on the one about Serve Others, been there done that. 4 years in the Army, and am still not allowed my VA benefits.

  • Darren Harris

    Reply Reply January 3, 2009

    Good tips – I think I will be using these – Thanks again

  • Jussi Koiranen

    Reply Reply January 6, 2009

    Great tips! Thanks.

  • Sandy

    Reply Reply January 7, 2009

    Very sound advice that everyone should follow. Quite timely since this is a new year.
    Wishing you and everyone a Happy New Year!

  • I think the most important thing is to not procrastinate and get on with whatever we want to do

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