‘Insights for your Innerspring’ is a leadership and personal development column generally directed towards young people, entrepreneurs and business professionals. While content will cater to these aforementioned groups, the specific focus will be on young people and seek to address the challenges faced by this fragile group. I wish to thank this local paper for allowing me the space to present this column. My name is Whitney Bain and I will be your ‘Insight for your Innerspring’ guide.
I have been a youth practitioner on the island of Abaco since 2008. I have worked with hundreds of young people throughout the island over the years and collaborated with other youth organizations as well as government agencies. Having recently participated in a Youth Leadership Certification program sponsored by the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture; I have gained an even deeper perspective into the needs of present-day youth and young people, needs for standardization in youth organizations and the value of this population segment. It is with all of this experience and exposure, along with input and feedback from you the reader that I will present a thought-provoking column that identifies and analyzes needs, propose solutions for addressing them and provide resources to enhance performance and sustain excellence.
These first few columns are based on a great book … ‘The Magic of Thinking BIG’ authored by David J. Schwartz, Ph.D. I received the book several weeks ago and started reading it on and off. Being such a busy person I found myself not reading it every day but for what I read I found it like a hook constantly in my jaw and I found myself not able to shake it. So I started to read it more consistently and the thought came to share it with my youth group and a larger audience.
Some of the things that caught my attention about this book is the fact it is well written, presented in an organized fashion and contains topics that, if read individually; will provide the reader with tremendous ammunition to destroy mediocrity. Some of the topics we will be discussing in the coming weeks are “Launch Yourself to Success with the Power of Belief”, “Defeat Disbelief and the Negative Power It Creates”, “Use your Mind for Thinking – Not Simply as a Warehouse for Facts”, “Think as Big as You Really Are”, “Use the Action Technique to Cure Fear and Build Confidence”, “Overcome Your Fear of Other People”, “Learn the Five Positive Steps to build Confidence and Destroy Fear” and “Prevent Small People from Holding You Back”.
I read once that just as vehicles or machines need maintenance in order to operate at their best so do our minds. When was the last time your mind received some maintenance or stimulation that pushed it towards achieving greatness? What food are you feeding your mental-self? When was the last time you felt the exhilarating effects of taking in good information? If you are interested in developing yourself, being a more productive young person or growing a more effective business; then this column is for you.
I will present aspects of the topics and key elements of the book but the first few submissions for this column are no substitute for not reading the book. You have got to read this book! Your life will never be the same.
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