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Introduction

  1. Low Self-Esteem

  2. Causes of Low Self-Esteem

  3. The Manifestations of Low Self-Esteem

  4. Parental Factors

  5. Environmental Factors

  6. Discover your Purpose

  7. Understanding Potential

  8. Self-Development

  9. Time Management

  10. Mentoring

  11. Association

  12. The G-Factor

  13. Afterword









INTRODUCTION



The ability to read, retain, understand and retrieve what is read is a challenge most people experience. These learning impediments have negatively impact on several persons not just in their studies, but also on their self-esteem. Some sincerely crave to improve their mental capacities, but are often faced with the challenge of accessing the necessary information required to achieving their aspirations.

This book is premised on the fact that Human ability to comprehend information can be greatly enhanced. This discovery stems from my years of working with students, helping them through various means, to improve their academic prowess and from my personal experience.

Permit me to share a little of my life experience. Born a stutterer, was the laughing stock at my primary level of education due to my inability to speak well. This impediment negatively impacted on my self-esteem. The poor image of person in no distance time reflected on my learning ability. I became what most people would tag A Dullard. To further complicate my predicament, I dropped out of school at Junior Secondary School 1 (Junior High). It's obvious my story didn't stop there, if it had, you would not be reading this book right now.

This book contains the principles that took me from the face of obvious defeat to my current level. It focuses on key elements that make for mental enhancement. It is divided into two sections. The first section focuses on factors that negatively affect successful learning. The second section identifies principles that can help anyone overcome such limitations and enhance his intellectual capabilities. I make bold to say that the information in this book will inspire to aspire for your utmost.

Happy Discovery!









CHAPTER 1

LOW SELF-ESTEEM



One of the basic reasons why most people end up in practices that destroy their lives is this aspect of self-esteem. Your self-esteem refers to the opinion you have of your own character and abilities. It is your interpretation of yourself. It also refers to the amount of value you have and how relevant you feel you are to your environment.



Low self-esteem therefore refers to a negative interpretation and explanation of yourself. It is having a bad view of who you think you are. Low self-esteem is as a result of a negative way of thinking.



The progression goes as follows: sow and idea, you will reap a thought; sow a thought, you will reap a concept; sow a concept, you will reap an action (way of behaving); sow an action, you will reap a character; sow a character, and you will reap a destiny. “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7 paraphrased)



When you are suffering from low self-esteem, your thinking pattern, which forms the bases for your attitude, is negatively affected, thereby making you feel as though you cannot achieve anything meaningful in life. This pattern of thinking also makes you indulge in activities (such as malpractices) that will result to more catastrophies both to your individual life and the society at large. Such activities include drug abuse, cultism, promiscuity, indecent dressing, exam malpractice, etc.



Almost nothing can be done to help someone who feels and thinks of himself as being “a nobody.” Most programmes that have been set up by educational, government, and non-governmental organisations to help eradicate these vices among students seem to focus majorly on the external factors – the symptoms – leaving the causes unattended to. That is why most of these programmes have not achieved their objectives. Every effect (result) has a cause. You cannot stop the effect by focusing only on it, but first dictating and handling the cause. Most of these malpractices students engage in are simply the effect of a cause. Like a sub-structure (foundation) of a building, the cause of the cracks on the walls is often an underground (foundation) problem. Therefore, the cause of these problems is internal and until it is taken care of, every effort to change the situation is only plastering and painting cracks on the walls that will soon appear with time. This internal cause is the student's self-esteem.



What do you think can be done to help a student who does not believe in himself? He thinks he can never succeed in any activity. He sees his studies as a form of stress. He believes reading is a waste of time and attending lectures is senseless. Do you think giving him more course content will help him? Certainly not. The only thing to be done in cases like this is a change of his self-esteem. To further illustrate this factor, history has given us enough records to learn from. We can find one of them in the word of God (Number 13:14) about the children of Israel. While they were in the wilderness going to the promised land, God commanded Moses to send 12 spies, (each to be selected from each tribe) to spy the land of Canaan they were going into. These spies were commanded to bring back reports about their findings from the land of Canaan. This was their report:


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