Tuesday, April 10, 2007

When The Student Is Ready, The Teacher Will Appear!

Today I have a treat for you. An article by Stephen Pierce. 
I'm sure you'll find it both comforting and inspiring.

Everything that happens to us happens in purpose. And sometimes, one
thing leads to another. Instead of locking yourself up in your cage
of fears and crying over past heartaches, embarrassment and
failures, treat them as your teachers and they will become your
tools in both self improvement and success.

I remember watching the movie called Patch Adams.
Its one great film that will help you improve yourself. Hunter
"patch" Adams is a medical student who failed to make it through the
board exams. After months of suffering in melancholy, depression and
suicidal attempts - he decided to seek for medical attention and
voluntarily admitted himself in a psychiatric ward.

His months of stay in the hospital led him to meeting different kinds of people.
Sick people in that matter. He met a catatonic, a mentally retarded, a
schizophrenic and so on. Patch found ways of treating his own ailment and
finally realized he has to get back on track. He woke up
one morning realizing that after all the failure and pains he has
gone through, he still want to become the a doctor.

He carries with himself a positive attitude that brought him self improvement
and success. He didn't only improved himself, but also the life of the people
around him and the quality of life. Did he succeed? Needless to say, he became
the best doctor his country has ever known.

So, when does self improvement become synonymous with success? Where do we
start? Take these tips, friends...

*Stop thinking and feeling as if you're a failure, because you're not.
How can others accept you if YOU can't accept YOU?

*When you see hunks and models on TV, think more on self
improvement, not self pitying. Self acceptance is not just about
having nice slender legs, or great abs. Concentrate on inner beauty.

*When people feel so down and low about themselves, help them move
up. Don't go down with them. They'll pull you down further and both
of you will end up feeling inferior.

*The world is a large room for lessons, not mistakes. Don't feel
stupid and doomed forever just because you failed on a project.
There's always a next time. Make rooms for self improvement.

*Take things one at a time. You don't expect black sheep's to be
goody-two-shoes in just a snap of a finger. Self improvement is a
one day at a time process.

*Self improvement results to inner stability, personality
development and dig this .... SUCCESS. It comes from self confidence,
self appreciation and self esteem.

* Set meaningful and achievable goals. Self improvement doesn't turn
you to be the exact replica of Cameron Diaz or Ralph Fiennes. It
hopes and aims to result to an improved and better YOU.

*Little things mean BIG to other people. Sometimes, we don't realize
that the little things that we do like a pat on the back, saying
"hi" or "hello", greeting someone "good day" or telling Mr. Smith
something like "hey, I love your tie!" are simple things that mean
so much to other people. When we're being appreciative about
beautiful things around us and other people, we also become
beautiful to them.

*When you're willing to accept change and go through the process of
self improvement, it doesn't mean that everyone else is. The world
is a place where people of different values and attitude hang out.
Sometimes, even if you think you and your best friend always like to
do the same thing together at the same time, she would most likely
decline an invitation for self improvement.

We should always remember that there's no such thing as 'over night
success'. Its always a wonderful feeling to hold on to the things
that you already have now, realizing that those are just one of the
things you once wished for. A very nice quote says that "When the
student is ready, the teacher will appear." We are all here to
learn our lessons. When we open our doors for self improvement,
we increase our chances to head to the road of success.

Stephen Pierce