Blog Carnival: 10 Posts about Realizing Your Potential — August 2008



Welcome to the August 15, 2008 edition of 10 posts about realizing your potential. Thanks to everyone who submitted!

Every month, I pick 10 best posts from all the submissions. I do this because I feel that what internet needs right now is an opinion leader, not just an aggregater. Most blog carnivals simply slap together all submissions, leaving readers to sift through the muck looking for the best content. You’ve come to this site to read my personal opinions — so that’s what you’ll get on this carnival.

Below are the cream of crop of self improvement/personal development blogs, according to yours truly. 😉

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Dereck presents A guide for increasing your creativity posted at I Will Not Die.

Wow! This is a refreshingly deep post on creativity. I admit, I usually don’t read posts about creativity, as that’s one area I feel that I don’t need help with. But I’m so glad I read this one. Derek’s analysis of what creativity is and when it gets engaged is so right on the money.

And here are 9 more expertly written essays:

Howard Ditkoff presents Adam Monroe: Another Web 2.0 Talent Promotion Success Story posted at Blog.

This is slightly off my focus on inner work, but is a great example/story about someone who shared his talent in a way he can, and then found success. If you know where your passion is, you ought to just start pursuing it, in anyway you can, however small and insignificant. It’s the energy of that labor of love that can open doors — not doing something else wishing if you could be doing it.

Patrick A. Sizemore presents Preparing for a New School Year – Part One posted at College Information for Smart Students.

This post is a 3-parter with a quiz to analyze what kind of student you are. But I’d say, even people who are not students read his posts, as it helps you figure out what your orientation to learning is in life, not just in school.

Arin Vahanian presents Why It Is Necessary To Live NOW posted at Super State.

“Living now” is not a new revelation, yet in the hands of able Arin, it becomes a powerful, gripping, urgent message. Don’t read this unless you are ready to feel the urge to do something very meaningful.

Richard Johnson presents Happiness and the Answers to the Big Questions posted at Reaching A Better Place.

Here Richard presents an intelligent, honest and thought-provoking journey on how metaphysical issues may affect your sense of well-being. Everything from existence of god to life after death — finding your own conclusion and being at peace with it can ground you in a positive way. The particular answers that work for him may not be for everyone, but nonetheless his story sets a good example.

Mike Solara presents Labels posted at Mike Solara.

Not exactly an uncharted topic, yet the power of labeling comes to life through Mike’s personal history. If you struggle with what you perceive as people’s expectations on you, then his story will show you that overcoming them is possible.

Daylle Deanna Schwartz presents Lessons from a Recovering DoorMat: Becoming Decisive posted at Lessons from a Recovering DoorMat.

Daylle presents a good primer on how to overcome indecisiveness. I’ve written on the subject myself, so I can very much relate to what she’s saying here. You’ll see that her take and mine really complement each other — hers is more balanced overview, while I pick at it from the angle of redefining the goal of decision-making.

Liz Rosenbaum presents Self Acceptance Is Like A Muscle posted at Liz Rosenbaum Fitness.

Liz’s entry is a well-written meditation on how self acceptance needs a daily work-out, just like muscles do. Coming from the point of view of a female fitness expert, she makes a good point about how strengthening our physical self is just a part of the picture.

Donald Latumahina presents How to Manage a Long Distance Relationship posted at Life Optimizer.

Actually this is a guest post by Avani Mehta on how to keep the fire going when you can’t be with your loved one physically. It’s a very well-structured essay. I have had long-distance phases in my relationship with my now-wife, and it’s not easy — but Avani almost makes it seem so! Oh, and by the way, a lot of what she’s talking about applies to short distance relationships, too.

Alaia Williams presents What I know about self-care. posted at One Organized Life Blog.

Alaia shares a little episode from her own life about how she has to make herself take care of her self. 😉 It’s an intimate, honest and accessible writing. Just by reading it, I felt myself relax right along with her. 😉

In its 2nd month, submissions came in furiously. There were 36 valid submissions — and quite a few more that were discarded because either they didn’t cover relevant topics or submitter violated the rule of 1 post per blog per edition. This carnival’s deadline is on the 10th of the month.

That said, I am still trying to refine my positioning for this carnival. If the acceptance and judging criteria is unclear to you, I apologize.

Moving forward, consider this a “life’s big challenge” carnival. I am mainly looking for in-depth analysis around the themes of: personal growth, mental health/psychology, relationships, and pursuing your calling. I favor big-picture approach over small and quick fixes, and inner-work/soft skills over external. For example, an essay on goal-setting will be favored over how to be an early riser. I don’t have minimum requirements on the length of entries, but if it’s going to be a shorter one, it ought to have a strikingly profound, fresh and insightful message.

Now, I do realize that I am running a contest here with rather subjective and vague criteria. Don’t put a lot of weight on whether you get picked or not — as it is just one person’s opinion. Also, I do realize that some of my colleagues and friends are among the submitters — if I don’t pick your post, please don’t take it personally.

Thanks again to everyone who submitted! If you like this carnival, please submit to social bookmarking of your choice. And consider submitting to the next edition.

The rest of submissions:

Kirsty presents Are people raving about you – before they even meet you? posted at

Joseph presents Top 5 Ways that People Kill Their Relationships! posted at Self Help and Personal Development.

Paul Piotrowski presents Why Does it Feel Like YouÕre Going Backwards posted at Inspired Money Maker.

Mark Babineaux presents Live-with-a-happier-relationship posted at Where-is-my-success-i-don’t-know-what-to-look-for.

Michael presents The Importance of Right Action and the Virtue of Tequila Shots posted at project hitchhiker.

Rigdha presents 5 Things You Can Do Today To Get More out of Your life posted at Get Your Success Now.

Alex G presents Reason I wake up at 6am posted at Authentic Self Discovery. Becoming Who You Want To Be..

Phil B. presents Pessimism versus Realism << Phil for Humanity posted at Phil for Humanity, saying, “Realism is much closer to pessimism than it is to optimism.”

axel presents Basic Relationship Skills posted at axel g.

Peter presents The Art of Working Out Alone posted at The Change Blog.

Carole DeJarnatt presents Identifying Your Missing Pieces posted at Tips from the Biz World of Alliance Advisors, Inc..

Marsha Hudnall presents Healthy Living: Becoming a Master of Joy II posted at A Weight Lifted, saying, “I’ve had an old, dear friend visiting with her husband this week, and it has been a delight, enhanced by the gorgeous weather we’ve had in Vermont. I’ve known Patti since I was 18 — ”

RivoH presents Set goals and make Dreams come true posted at How To Succeed In Life My Way, saying, “The importance of planning and setting goals to achieve anything”

Fred Black presents Why Do Smart People Sometimes Find Success So Difficult? posted at Fred Black: Internet Business Blog., saying, “Not sure if this fits and meets all your requirements, but I hope so… Thanks, Fred”

Dale presents How To Keep Your Momentum Going To Accomplish Anything You Desire posted at Personal Development & Success Strategies for Life.

Kelly Sonora presents Top 100 Christian Relationship Blogs posted at Christians Do It Better.

maria gudelis presents maria gudelis | Maria Gudelis posted at Maria Gudelis.

Dr. Joe Capista presents Tools for Constructing the Road to Success posted at The Success Triangle, saying, “Many times when you are pursuing your dreams, you lose sight of the complete picture. Instead many people settle just for a small piece. Whether you are running a conventional business or a nontraditional one, all businesses require one thing and that is people of vision.”

Lexi Sundell presents Noticing Opportunity posted at Energies of Creation, saying, “Learning to notice unexpected opportunity is a vital skill.”

Lola presents How to clear limiting beliefs: get curious (2/3) posted at Real World Spiritual and Personal Development.

Sara Ost presents 10 Ways To Feel Great About Yourself Today posted at Sara Ost.

Tip Diva presents Tip Diva | Top Ten Tips – Preparing Yourself For A Job Search posted at Tip Diva, saying, “If itÕs time for a career change or youÕve recently found yourself the victim of a lay-off or firing, itÕs now time to hunker down and start preparing to look for another job. Here are things you should keep in mind before starting the search”

Woman Divorce Support presents The Divorcee Guide: Learn to Trust your Gut at Woman Divorce Support posted at Divorce Advice, saying, “Trusting your instinct is an important skill during a divorce.”

AndrewB presents Can’t Stop Eating? 3 Tips To Get Your Eating Under Control | Stop Binge Eating posted at test, saying, “Ever feel helpless around food? Maybe itÕs a certain food. Maybe You canÕt stop eating your favorite junk food. Maybe you canÕt stop eating your favorite fast food. Maybe you are just eating too much and want to get your eating under control. Either way these tips will help you get your eating under control.”

Thorsten Bonn presents How You Can Make Today The Best Day of Your Life posted at Self Improved Life . com.

Praveen presents Tao of Simplicity: Improve Your Relationships From Within posted at Tao of Simplicity.

Dr Martin W. Russell presents Working Through A Problem posted at Dr Martin W. Russell.

Deb Serani presents Moving Through Flashbacks posted at Dr. Deb, saying, “This post highlights how to move through traumatic flashbacks”


That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of 10 posts about realizing your potential using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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    1. Hey Kirsty,

      Welcome to OBV! Wow, I haven’t even sent out notification e-mails yet — I’m amazed that you checked on it so quick!

      Thanks again for your submission! Looks like you have quite a successful blog going there.


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    1. Hi Daylle,

      You’re welcome! I myself am a musician, so I related a lot to do the post (though that’s one of many reasons your post stood out among others). I look forward to reading more of your stuff.


    1. Thanks Jennifer! You know, it really didn’t take any longer than it would a normal post for me. All my posts are such beasts, anyway.

      I just thought that this way of presenting a blog carnival will make it more fun for readers, and perhaps for a few bloggers who rise to the challenge. Glad you enjoyed it — kudos to all the submitters.


  3. Well written post. Over time I recovered from depression but it took medication, counseling and also a lot of personal development. Are there any good forums you would recommend?

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