Developing Self Improvement And Do-It-Yourself Activity
Either you want it or not, both expressions are represented in our life, day-by-day. Since we were born, we are facing with various unsolved tasks, and we are surely forced to cope with them. Our ever-changing environment requires everlasting development from our side. If you examine it from blogging aspect, the more you know about your ambient environment, the better ideas you will gain to write a good article and create an interesting, popular blog. This was the main reason why I felt important to introduce this vital part of blogging, that is how to train ourselves to be become better and better experts on the chosen specialty.
1. How could we describe Self-Improvement indeed?
We can use several approach if we want to explain what it means in our life.
Psychologically, Self-improvement can mean e.g. finding effective Ways to overcome fear.
People are usually afraid of negative things. How to overcome this fear? Psychological self-improvement may help you in this situation.
The best way to remove any kind of fear and avoid unwanted nervousness is to understand, that life is always in the cycle of ups and downs. But the fact is, that no one is permanently up or permanently down. No one can avoid these ups and downs even the most famous celebrities.
How to fight against these mood-changing situations?
I think, the downs have more importance than the ups, however you should handle the high ups in your life carefully (imagine the situation you would win some millions of bucks).
The downs could be useful if we are able to cope with it, and learn from it. From this aspect it can be some kind of case-study, and we can even build on it.
I’d like to mention one example. Try to imagine somebody else in your situation, as visualizing ourselves in a less desirable position. The problem always looks more dramatic than it really is. If you realize that the other person can treat the change and solve the necessary tasks, you can be sure you’ll be able to cope with it as well. This can be a good self-improvement psychologically.
Summarizing the facts, all we need is to learn how to take some negative changes in hand. So, we will be able to learn and use the gained experiences in the case of future events that we may encounter.
There are some methods as well. One of them is Self-Hypnosis.
It is a great tool for goal setting and self improvement. Most people are surprised at how easy it is to learn it. Self-hypnosis makes a lot of things much easier. But be careful during using it: if this kind of hypnosis is generally prepared by someone who has never met the person being hypnotized, often leads to unwanted, even unpleasant imagery, suggestions and mood. So misusing it can be dangerous and harmful as well.
Self-hypnosis is usually thought of as a person listening to an audio tape, mp3, or other mass-produced media, intended to induce a willingness to absorb suggestions centered around a specific topic for instance giving up bad habits such as (too much) drinking, smoking, or beginning the (next in the queue(xd)) weight loss training, etc.
I have to mention Self-Esteem here.
Begin to improve it before it is too late.
What can be the origin of a low self-esteem? Some say, that it could lead back into childhood, when children were made to believe that they were useless and even worthless for the society or for any purposes. In this case, their self confidence is eroded and they are susceptible to accept the idea that they won’t never be able to achieve success in anything that they do in the whole life. They were picked on, laughed at, pushed around, called ugly names, and treated with scorn. No wonder they grew up to be full of fear feeeling of exclusion. Improving self-esteem could mean to gain an ability for leaving these kind of troubles behind, and reaching the relief and tranquility. You could ask yourself, whether you have enough self-confidence and self-esteem, if you ask some questions from yourself, as:
1. You believe that most people do not like you, or even hate you.
2. Nothing you do seems to be right or worse, is bad.
3. You believe that you are not handsome enough.
4. You choose something and it turns out to be the worst one.
5. You are afraid to converse with others, because you are convinced that what you say might not make sense. This feeling and fear often drives you crazy.
6. You are not able to appreciate anything – or feel yourself frustrated in every situation -, so even the good happenings turn into bad ones from your ascpect. However, the things go right in fact as it seems from the eye-point of an objective spectator.
What’s happened to you? What’s wrong? Your thoughts, actually.
Self-improvement is very useful, because it can have great influence on our life, and even might be life-changing, too. I really don’t want to urge you, but the time has come to examine your abilities, possibilities, chances, and order the round of the duties still waiting for you in the future to reach your goals.
It is never too late to begin.
2. Do-It-Yourself activity.
This kind of work is more than useful, because you may save a valuable amount of money during it, and you can improve your overall skills together at the same time. Not to mention the the “well-done-work-feeling”. It can also improve your self-esteem, because you have achieved the goal you were expected from yourself.
Now, I’d like mention the positive influence of do-it-yourself to home-improvement. I am convinced, that most people like to do it, and some spouses are still forced to do it (xd). To be honest, a little knowledge of the technical aspects combined with the eye for creativity is enough to do the home improvement on your own, and reach success as I’ve mentioned.
What would be the object of your DIY work? It is up to you, entirely.
As an example, you can find some pictures of wooden plates and statues on my sites, made by my father. However he was the chief of a 4-star hotel basically, after retirement he begun to make woodworking as a hobby, or spare-time do-it-yourself activity. These works are good not only for presents and gifts for the friends and the family members, but decorating the garden and the home walls, too. Not to mention the emotional part of his work.
But, if you are good enough e.g. in sewing, and you are a housewife with children besides it, you may try to create various supplementary clothes for your family members, or even for sale.
The number of the opportunities is countless, believe me.
In order to give you some ideas, You can find my stand-alone page about Self-Improvement And Do-It-Yourself Hints. I have made a collection from the current articles in this topic, titled as Your Article Site Of Self-Improvement And Do-It-Yourself – as others see-, too The best thing is, that you can submit your article on this Artcile Site, what I would highly appreciate.
3. What other tasks could we face during Self-Improvement and DIY Activity? Let’s go furher!
a. Learn English as a foreign or second language!
I think there are many tasks to choose from. Imagine the case if you were not a native English speaker, but you want to learn English because you are simply interested, or you need to because the literature you need for your profession is mostly or only available in English – like me, or you have to because you are living in an English-speaking country and it is an essential, basic thing to communicate with other people on a daily basis.
Either you will learn English as a Foreign Language or as a Second Language what you need is quality learning materials as course books, dictionaries, vocabularies, exam books, test books, listening skills (on audio or video cassettes, CD-s, DVD-s, .mp3 or .mp4 formats) – and a mountain of diligence.
The higher the quality is of this stuff the more knowledge you will grab from it.
b. Learn foreign language to communicate with other nations!
However, English has become the common language of the Internet you may not neglect the fact that it would happen when you are forced to communicate with people of other nations directly, using their own language of course. You can’t avoid meeting people of different nationalities during your trip or even surfing the Internet. What an inconvinient situation could it be if we are not able to ask for even a glass of water abroad? Or worse: looking for a medical service in a foreign country where nobody can speak your native language. What is the solution then?
In my opinion, it is not so tiring to pick up some foreign words if you are planning to travel abroad or e.g. want to be ivolved in the work of a forum using a foreign language on the Internet. However, it is depending on your ability how easy you can learn languages. You should try for learning the most important words at least. The best and most efficient way to gain the necessary knowledge could be spending some time on the assigned language area, although, because of the costs, this solution is not affordable for most of the people. Don’t be upset, you can pick up a basic-level language from books and listening to various pronunciation exercises.
I am trying to emphasize the importance of knowing programming some of the web languages. However, our technological development is so sophisticated allowing to design a complete website with some clicks; you cannot avoid some manual interactions during building a web or blog site. If you are not aware of the meaning of e.g. <h1></h1> tag, you will not be able to change your title-structure or optimize it for SEO (Search Engine Optimization). There are several text editors and not every kind of them allows you to change you HTML structure or is capable of coping with this problem. Don’t travel so far, see only the widget section of your blog: if you want to place a simple advertisement within your widget, you know how to do import and integrate the given script into your TEXT area, because skipping this step could result in a misunderstandable, unworkable or failed layout, which will not be able to eligible to reach your desired aims. In order to prevent these failures you must pick up some programming knowledge. I considered the best way to tailoring a compilation from the contemporary video tutorial series for you, because this common knowledge of mankind can help you out from several situations, like this one.
d. Digital Photography
A picture worth more than thousand words, as the saying states. It is true, so I would like to encourage you to take ictures and place them on your blog. People love pictures – I do, too -, and in most cases they can easier remember e.g. the headline picture of a blog, than the writing on it. On the other hand, you can make a refreshing change of your content, if you insert some pictures between the lines. No, I don’t want to persuade you to create an Image Gallery if your topic is differs from it, but you would be able to change the dry, boring text into an entertaining, more “consumable” content with some resourcefullness. This magic can happen using some images. The best solution is if you are working with your own pictures, because you wouldn’t be forced to purchase them or pay royalty in connection with using them. Nowadays it is very easy to take photos, because the only thing you need is to own a digital camera. You can find one in any stores, but look for the quality first. Today – unlike formerly – the prices of the cameras are very affordable, but the higher the quality is the more you have to pay for it. Processing of the taken images is also not so complicated – not as it was before, using analogue machines -, and you can do it with using your PC or MAC as well, running picture processing programs on them. I would suggest applying ACDSee and Photoshop (none of them are free), or downloading free products from Openoffice.org as Photoedit995 or Photoshare.
I don’t want to be boring, but I would like to explain some simplified, basic definitions from photography if you haven’t known it before, or you were new to it. You can skip these couple of lines if you want.
1. Pixel means the tiniest part of the digital image, this is the basic unit. Mega pixel means millions of pixels. A photo, composed of 3 to 18 mega pixels will have a better quality, than a photo with only 1 Mega pixel. For example, if you take a picture of 1 Mega Pixel (in 640x480px resolution), it will be enough to satisfy less requirements, but it will not be eligible to creating e.g. a whole page (1280x1024px, an average 17′ screen) of good quality picture, or even a poster (over 12 MPixels).
2. Resolution means the over all quantity of pixels in a photo. Increasing the resolution – supposing the same image size – would make the image become sharper. The more pixels you use the better photo image quality you can achieve (it will affect the size of the given image file).
3. File formats: JPEG, GIF, PNG, TIFF (and more) are various formats of the saved images. The more usual is using JPEG (JPG) formats, PNG is good for making transparent images, GIF is for animated pictures, TIFF is not so frequently used nowadays.
4. Memory Card is the storage device where the digital files are stored. Memory cards consist of different sizes, capacity and speed. If you want to take more pictures, you should purchase a memory card with higher storage capacity. Some example: 4 GByte of capacity is capable of storing approximately 1000 pcs (high quality) pictures of 12 Mega pixel. However, if you are planning to prepare a video series (almost every digital camera is able to create videos), the recording time will be only a couple of minutes, depending on your frame/sec adjustment, supposing this quality and size.
e. Atlas, World, City And Sky Map, Travel Guide
Once you have got all knowledge what to write about, how to interprete it using English or any foreign languages, you have learnt the most necessary HTML structures and you are familiar with digital photography, what may come next?
It is a very good feeling – and useful – if you know your environment, I mean that you should be aware of where your friend or guest is from. You can find many sources you can use for this purpose, but you need to take some research works as well. This is the fact I have to emphasize the importance of various Atlases, Map and Travel Guides. However, it is unrealistic today to get a visitor from the outer space, Sky Maps can be useful if your topic is in connection with star-gazing or you are simply interested. This was my reason to give some roles for these kind of maps as well.
We are living in a techno-age, so you can meet important supplementary programs e.g. for your mobile phone (maps, applications), not to mention GPS navigation. GPS can be built even in your watches.
Travel guides have also unique importance whether you are planning to travel abroad, or not. You will gain particular information about different cultures, habits, living circumstances if you turn the pages of a Travel Guide. Suppose if you travel e.g. to Paris with your family, and you could be their proud guide during your sight-seeing tour. Or, you are planning a nostalgia tour on Road 66 from Chicago to LA, and you would be able to show all sights and lions during your journey. But, don’t forget your road map!
As you can see, self improvement and do-it-yourself activities do have relevance if you want to be a successful blogger.
Never forget: Knowledge Is Power!
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