Self Improvement

My Parents Killed My Self-Esteem - Now I'm Done Taking Criticism

Lenora Thompson | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Living
Lenora Thompson

I was 14 and shocked by all the criticisms suddenly blind-siding me. They ranged from making me believe I was an (almost) slut to something as vague as, "Shake my hand and commit to 'trying harder.'" To this day I wonder how much harder I could try. I already had a 4.0 GPA.

4 Steps To Self-Empowerment Through Learning

Steve Kaufmann | Posted 01.26.2016 | Canada Business
Steve Kaufmann

Human beings are learning machines. We spend our lives learning. We can't help but learn. The only question is what we will learn and how it will affect our lives. Unfortunately we have been conditioned by the school system to think that learning can only take place in a classroom. We need to take charge of our own learning.

Music Happens When Men Learn To Take Baby Steps

Shelagh Meagher | Posted 01.25.2016 | Canada Living
Shelagh Meagher

Instead of trying to do something massively challenging, you try getting yourself where you want to go one little step at a time. A friend of mine has been unwittingly proving how well this works. He wanted a chance to play his bass guitar, so he set up a space in his house for the necessary amps, mics and a drum kit. And here's what happened.

Being More Compassionate Can Help You Succeed In 2016

Erica Berman | Posted 01.05.2016 | Canada Living
Erica Berman

Here's the thing. If we can convince ourselves that most people are doing the best they can, then eventually we have to realize that about ourselves. That, my friends, is the key. Because if someone is doing the best they can, can you really ask anything more?

New Year, Better Me

TamilCulture | Posted 01.04.2016 | Canada Living
TamilCulture

Every year we all make new year's resolutions that ultimately never get resolved. We purchase gym memberships and have sudden health kicks that stop kicking after two weeks and 10 chicken wings later. Trust me, I was supposed to lose those ten pounds, three years ago.

12 Questions To Reflect Upon As You Start A New Year

Eileen Chadnick | Posted 01.04.2016 | Canada Living
Eileen Chadnick

The end of the year marks a threshold and invites a pause for reflection. It's a great time to take stock of the year behind and look ahead. Each year at this time, I write and reflect on 12 reflection questions for this very purpose.

I'm Finding My Voice After Experiencing Social Media Anxiety

Tyler Keating | Posted 12.24.2015 | Canada Living
Tyler Keating

There have been countless times in 2015 that I've wanted to post something and didn't bother. Occasionally these posts can be found in my drafts but most often they are deleted. Why do I let this happen? Surely someone must care for what I have to say? But then I think again.

What Successful People Do That Most Don't

Amanda Sparks | Posted 12.18.2015 | Canada Living
Amanda Sparks

Successful people don't live in the past. We learn from our past mistakes. But to dwell on them keeps us from moving forward. We need to focus on who we want to be not who we were.

Dear Courageous Soul, Read This When You Need To Be Brave

Kyana Miner | Posted 12.07.2015 | Canada Living
Kyana Miner

Fear is a natural part of being alive. No matter how many mountains you climb, how many stages you perform on, how old and wise you become; there's always going to be something new. Something uncertain. Something that scares the shit out of you.

It's Time We Kick Our Addiction To Validation

Kyana Miner | Posted 12.07.2015 | Canada Living
Kyana Miner

The worst addiction in the world is validation. This obsession begins at a very young age. Being accepted and approved by others becomes more important to us than being fulfilled. To be fulfilled, you have to listen to your own inner desires and live according to your truth.

3 Books For Perfectionists, Approval-Seekers And Overachievers

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

Perfectionism is a BEAST. So are its cousins, approval-seeking and overachieving. If you've ever struggled with these issues, you know they wreak havoc on your career and your personal life. Armed with love, understanding, these books will help you chill the heck out so you can have a happier life.

How To Push Yourself Towards Greatness

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 11.06.2015 | Canada Living
Rhonda Scharf

It isn't easy being pushed by others. We tend to react negatively, instead of seeing the push as an opportunity.But if we see pushes for what they are -- challenges and opportunities -- we can use them to help achieve our goals.

If You Want to Learn, You're Gonna Get Burned

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 10.14.2015 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

Last week I made homemade butternut squash soup. This is a big deal. It may not be a big deal for some, but it is for me. I don't cook. I heat things...

Change Your Self-Perception, Change Your Self-Image

Collette Gee | Posted 09.18.2015 | Canada Living
Collette Gee

How an individual perceives him/herself is either a real or distorted view of who they believe they really are, not always who they actually are, or how others see them for that matter. People either develop a positive or a negative self-image based upon their perception of a past experience or event. Therefore, an individual's strengths and weaknesses are a direct manifestation of how a person evaluates themselves.

How to Snap out of Being Risk Averse

Shelagh Meagher | Posted 07.13.2015 | Canada Living
Shelagh Meagher

Acquired Risk Aversion Syndrome seems to be everywhere these days. That's what I'm calling the tendency of people to get less adventuresome as they go through life. I don't mean to create panic but ARAS is alarmingly prevalent and I keep running into more people who are suffering from it.

4 Ways to Build Self-Confidence and Boost Your Performance

Dr. Ivan Joseph | Posted 07.12.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Ivan Joseph

Self-confidence is the belief in your ability to accomplish the task at hand. Extensive evidence shows this belief in oneself has positive impact on performance. Research shows that self-confidence is a universal skill that anyone can learn with little effort, not an innate ability reserved for the elite among us.

How to Unplug This Summer

Alyson Jones | Posted 06.30.2015 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

We experience our greatest joy when we are in the moment, and we are truly present in our lives. From a place of presence we can connect with ourselves and others. It is time to unplug from my technology and plug back into my actual life. So this summer I have a plan to dig in deeper, go outside, and stay present and reconnect with what is truly important.

My Struggle to Dress Appropriately During Ramadan

Safiyya Vankalwala | Posted 06.29.2015 | Canada Living
Safiyya Vankalwala

The one aspect I constantly struggle with every Ramadan is my clothing choice. I feel that if I am fasting, I should dress closer in accordance with the Muslim dress code. But is my ultimate goal that one day I will leave Ramadan dressing more conservatively for the rest of the year? I am not sure, but maybe.

Want To Change Your Life On Summer Vacation? Start With These Books

The Huffington Post Canada | Rebecca Zamon | Posted 06.19.2015 | Canada Living

Hopefully, you're planning a trip or two this summer. And hopefully, at least one of those getaways will include time to sit down with a book, without...

You Can Become More Confident, Right Now

Marcia Sirota | Posted 06.25.2015 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Do you wish you were the person who takes a leadership role in the workplace and who is often given roles of greater responsibility by the bosses? Do you want to become the person who is rarely beset by self-doubt, self-criticism, or insecurities about your abilities? It's all possible. You simply need to gain confidence.

Six Steps to Becoming a Hero to Your Children

Alyson Jones | Posted 06.21.2015 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

The problem for many parents is that they want to become friends with their children, rather than heroes. Our children do not need more friends, and they certainly do not need their parents competing with their friends for their attention. But as a hero, you can find a way to transform challenge into growth.

YouTube Stars Cheer On Their Younger Selves In Empowering New Video

The Huffington Post Canada | Julianna McDermott | Posted 03.06.2015 | Canada Living

Imagine your teenage self. You’re feeling awkward in your changing body, anxious about grades and confused by the world of dating. You’re uncertai...

Why I'm Making 2015 All About 365 Days of Me

Megan Fielding | Posted 04.17.2015 | Canada Living
Megan Fielding

In summary, the year of fun ended in a drained bank account, a broken heart, and feeling slightly beaten down. Although the ending sounds like a massive Debbie Downer (insert wa wa wahhh sound effect), reflecting back it was an epic year and I wouldn't have changed a thing! With last year's lessons in mind, I'm embarking on this year's proclamation.

How to Tell if That Special Someone is Into You

Natasha Koifman | Posted 04.11.2015 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

There's a great book (and movie) on how to tell if a guy isn't into you, but how do you know if he IS? Are there specific signs we should be looking for or particular actions that hint at what's really going on? Sometimes it's just hard to tell. Here are some clues that may help.

Why Perfectionists Should Strive to Be Exceptionalists

Alyson Jones | Posted 03.30.2015 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

In a recent counselling session, I was struck once again by how much perfectionism limits our potential. The reality is if we allow ourselves to get lost in our perfectionistic tendencies, we will limit our ability to live to our full potential and impact others. To become an exceptionalist, follow these simple pointers.