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The 31 Absolute Best Resources for Self Improvement


Every week, I hear from people with the same Self Improvement questions: Where should I go for help? What should I do? Who should I listen to?

This article is designed to help you explore all of the people, places and things available to help you improve your life starting today.

Right off the bat, I want to share with you some very good news: There are literally DOZENS of places to go and people to talk to when it comes to Self Improvement. The only problem is that it can difficult to comprehend and evaluate all of these options. That's why I've compiled a complete list of 31 Self Improvement resources. Consider it a brainstorming session to help you think about and understand all of the different choices available.

I've divided the list into five sections, and for each section, I include the pros and cons of using those particular resources. Basically, I want you to use this list for two reasons:

-- To get you thinking about all of the different resources available to you, and

-- To get you thinking about their advantages and disadvantages, so you can appropriately choose the right one(s).

So, how many of these resources have YOU used to improve your life?

YOUR IMMEDIATE CIRCLE OF CONTACTS (1-4)

As a general rule, the people in this group are more likely to give you personal attention, and they are more likely to sincerely care about your needs. There are two things to look out for, though. These people are not necessarily experts in the areas where you need to improve, and they might have their own agenda. But they are generally easily accessible and can be great resources.

1. Your Friends
2. Your Family
3. Co-workers
4. Your Employer (boss or manager)

INFORMATION RESOURCES (5-12)

There is an unbelievable wealth of information out there to improve your life. On the Internet alone, there are over five million websites with the exact phrases of "Self Help" or "Self Improvement." On Amazon.com, there are over 190,000 books with references to these topics. Almost all the information you are looking for can be found here, but it could take hundreds of lifetimes to find the right information for you. Which of these resources do you currently use to help you improve your life?

5. Internet Websites
6. Books (Library, Bookstore)
7. Seminars, Retreats
8. High School, College or Continuing Education Courses.
9. Audio Programs
10. Television and Video Programs
11. Radio
12. Other Media, Magazines, Movies, Music

TRAINED PROFESSIONALS (13-22)

A trained professional can help you survive and thrive in many areas of your life. Many have worked with people in your exact circumstances and helped them find the answers they were looking for. As a general rule, professionals can provide you with more objectivity than you would get from a friend or family member.

One of the challenges of working with trained professionals is finding one that is suitable for you. It is important to find the right type of trained professional (i.e.--therapist or personal coach) and then the best person based on your background, needs, and personality. Trained professionals can be very expensive to work with and in some instances have a stigma attached to them. But in many cases, the benefits of working with a trained professional far outweigh the costs and the risk.

13. Therapists (Professional Counselors, Psychologists)
14. Personal Coaches, Life Coaches
15. Clergy (i.e.--Priest, Minister, Rabbi)
16. Accountant, Attorney, Stockbroker, Financial Planner
17. Self Improvement Experts (Tony Robbins, Dr. Phil)
18. Librarians
19. Personal Trainer
20. Doctors and Other Health Care Professionals
21. Employment Experts (Job Placement Experts)
22. Psychics, Spiritualists, Yogis

ORGANIZATIONS (23-25)

I am using the term "organizations" in a very broad sense. These can include non-profit and for-profit organizations and both professional and social organizations. The biggest benefit that many of these organizations provide is the ability to work with, network with, and share experiences with people in the same boat, on the same mission, or with the same problem. These organizations frequently have "trained professionals," often have people who are our friends and family, and use "Known Information Resources" to help each of us grow. These types of organizations are not for everybody, and the benefits that you get back are tied directly into what you are contributing. The wrong group could be a waste of time, but the right group could change your life forever.

23. Non-Profit Support Groups (i.e.--AA, Child Support Groups)
24. Social and Professional Organizations (i.e.--Toastmasters, MENSA)
25. Spas, Health Clubs
26. Personal Support Network (Master Mind Groups)

OTHERS POTENTIAL AREAS (27-31)

The above areas covered countless resources to improve your life. Here I have included some additional areas that others have found helpful in the past. As you can see, there is a tremendous amount of overlap between the different resources.

27. Free Government Resources (Hotlines, Brochures, Help Centers)
28. Inner Guidance (Asking and Giving Yourself Help)
29. Pets for other wisdom (Great listeners)
30. Mentors
31. God

Now that you have gone through the whole list, I have an assignment for you. I want you to evaluate each of the areas above and try to determine which of these has helped you the most in the past. Then see which resources you can use to make your future a bright one.

FINAL NOTE

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MORE RESOURCES:

New York Post

Deadline moves give rehabbing Wright extra motivation
New York Post
In the meantime, though, he has been impressed with what the Mets and general manager Sandy Alderson did before Friday's non-waiver trade deadline. “When you're in the hunt, what you want is your general manager and team to be somewhat aggressive ...

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NESN.com

Chandler Jones: 'Motivation Still There' After Patriots' Super Bowl Win
NESN.com
FOXBORO, Mass. — It's sometimes difficult for NFL teams to find enough motivation in the season after winning a Super Bowl. The New England Patriots enter the 2015 season as defending champs, which is a new scenario for every player on the team save ...

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Motivation aplenty for Thunder's final home game
Pamplin Media Group
Hohensee says that will serve as motivation for the Thunder. “We've played well at home, for the most part,” he says. “We're going to have an exceptional crowd on Saturday night, and we're going to put on a show. It's important to make a great last ...

and more »


PFT Live: Browns using disrespect as motivation for 2015 season
NBCSports.com
Browns head coach Mike Pettine says his team is being motivated by outside disrespect and as Mike Florio notes a coach needs to use whatever he can to get his players ready to play at a high level.

and more »


ESPN (blog)

Maidana searching for motivation to keep fighting
ESPN (blog)
Former junior welterweight and welterweight titlist Marcos Maidana has for years been one of boxing's most exciting fighters, so it has been a real bummer that the Argentine slugger has been on the sidelines for nearly a year. Think of all the good ...



ATP World Tour

Feliciano Lopez's Coach Talks Motivation, Success And The Future Of Tennis
ATP World Tour
A: What I really want to see is his motivation. The desire that he has for work and to do what it takes to reach his goals. I like to ask him: "What do you want to achieve and what do you think you have to do to reach this goal?" That's what matters to ...



Salt Lake Tribune

Utah Jazz: Roster moves 'motivation' for Trey Burke
Salt Lake Tribune
"It's all motivation," he said Thursday during a conference call from South Africa, where he is participating in a week of NBA events leading up to the league's first ever exhibition on the continent. "Right now, I'm as hungry as I've ever been, to be ...
Burke motivated to overcome 'another stepping stone'NBA.com (blog)

all 29 news articles »


The Canberra Times

Soccer: Cooma Tigers FC use points deduction as motivation in ACT National ...
The Canberra Times
Cooma Tigers FC are using their points deduction for playing too many overseas players as motivation for winning back to back ACT National Premier League league championships. And there could be more punishment handed down to rivals before the end ...

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KING5.com

K55K Week 3: Motivation
KING5.com
It's important to remember that different types of motivation serve different needs. What works to get you out the door might not be what keeps you going during the run or what reminds you that you're training when you're out at dinner or seeing a movie.



USA TODAY

Judge to consider motivation in decision to cut off Backpage.com
USA TODAY
CHICAGO — A federal judge on Tuesday said that the legality of a campaign against the online classified site Backpage .com by the sheriff of the nation's second-largest county hinges on whether two major credit card companies felt threatened and had ...


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