Self-Improvement month: The Living Level

Self-Improvement month

The Living Level

(taken from my book The All New, and Improved, You)

Last week we took a look at building a strong foundation consisting of faith, family & friends and finance for our self-improvement.  This week we look at building upon our foundation The Living Level consisting of Physical, Psychological and Personality Development.  Upon achieving improvement in these areas, we will be able to perform at a maximum level to accomplish our goals.  There are several terms that if you are not familiar with, I hope you will “google” for they are very important to self-improvement.  They are:

The Law of Accumulation

The Law of Attraction

Positive Mental Attitude

We will first look at physical development.  It is universally understood by the medical community that physical well being can prevent stress, add self-esteem, improve the quality of life, and allow us to achieve greater accomplishments.  To me, the keys to good physical development is the same with all self-improvement steps; patience and discipline.  Weight loss can’t be permanent using fad diets, but rather with a life style change.  Eat a balanced diet of protein, fat and carbs.  Exercise regularly, a minimum of 1 hour daily, 4 times a week.  Strive to drink a 2-liter bottle of water daily.  Avoid the white killers of sugar and white flour.  Eliminate all destructive addictions such as alcohol, drugs and tobacco.  I urge you to read Make the Connection by Bob Greene.

The health of the people is really the foundation upon which all

their happiness and all their powers as a state depend.

Benjamin Disraeli

The second part of this week’s Living Level is psychological development.  The mind is an awesome thing if used positively, but can be an anchor if used negatively. A few tips:

1.  Develop self-esteem by defining a strong sense of purpose by setting goals.

2.  Surround yourself with positive role models.  Learn from their failures and successes.

3.  Look at each problem in your life as a challenge.

4.  The moment you have a negative though, visualize it being “flushed” down a commode, replaced with new fresh “positive” water.

5.  Instead of daydreaming, visualize your goals in positive, definitive terms.

6.  Refuse to let bad moods ruin your moment.

7.  Learn to control stress.

Every adversity, every failure, every heartache,

carries with it the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit.

Napoleon Hill

The final part of this week’s Living Level is personality developmentYour personality will be defined by the way you interact with others and your environment.  Always be prepared to present your best first impression, knowing it may be your only impression. Be confident.  Make eye contact.  Shake hands with firmness.  Exchange names, and better yet, business cards.  Following is a list of words which should describe  your personality.  Check off the ones that apply to you already, and strive to apply the others to your life.

Honest Sincere Giving Compassionate

Loving Forgiving Considerate Mentoring

Creative Independent Disciplined Friendly

Driven Motivated Dependable Hard working

Personality is to a man what perfume is to a flower

Charles M. Schwab



I challenge you this week to find five ways you can improve your life in each of the following areas.  Email me at  and tell me how you’ve improved your life this month.

Physical Development

Psychological Development

Personality Development

My book, “The All New, and Improved, You” has many more self improvement ideas.

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About Jerry Haynes

OK, where do I start. I was born…., no that line has already been taken.Call me…, oops so has that one. Well, I won’t attempt to spout musical prose, and just be myself. I grew up in the small cotton mill town of Fries, VA. My parents were hardworking members of the middle class. They never earned more than a little over minimum wage, but I can never remember lacking for anything. After graduating from Fries High School in 1969, I started to VA Tech. After two years of partying (1st), going to movies (2nd), and studying, well, much further down the list, VA Tech decided I need a two year break to get my priorities straight. With a number 8 in the draft lottery, I knew that even if the Hokies didn’t want me, Uncle Sam did. I joined the US Navy. I got my priorities straight. I’m proud to be a Viet Nam veteran, but feel guilty I never got deployed. I graduated from Tech in 1977 with a BS in Civil Engineering. For the next 35 years I would work in both the private and public sectors. My first job took me to Tazewell County, Virginia where I soon joined the Jaycees. This ignited my passion for individual development. This passion still burns today.

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