A Practical Guide to Living With Low Self-Esteem


Low self-esteem can be a devastating thing to experience and can take the joy out of much of life. Not only that but being low in confidence can also actually sabotage our success in multiple areas life: preventing us from taking chances or putting ourselves forward. ‘Curing’ low self-esteem is not easy though and takes time in the best case scenario. Fortunately there are steps you...

What to Do When You Feel Stuck and Want to Start Again in Life


Starting again demands courage, energy and optimism. No matter what your circumstances, how you approach your new life will shape the experiences you have. Remember, the world is hard on everyone, but it is merciless on those who give up. Reasons People Start Again People start again in many ways and for many reasons. And they may do so at any time of life. As medical advances push the average...

Becoming a Better Boss: 5 Things You Need to Know


Whether you’re an experienced manager or this is your first time leading a group of employees, chances are that you want to do the best job possible. While you may have worked hard to earn your management position, it’s possible that you still feel a little nervous. After all, leading a team of employees is a huge responsibility. Not only do you have to make sure that your employees...

Will You Be Proud of the Life You Lived When You’re on Your Deathbed?


One of the big questions we will often find ourselves asking during moments of introspection, is whether or not we are living a life that we will one day be proud of. This tends to come down to the way we might appraise our lives from our deathbed – if you continue to live life the way you are currently, then would you look back and think: ‘I lived a full life’? Or would you be filled...

How to Create the Perfect Morning Routine


A lot has been written about the morning routines of business leaders and entrepreneurs and many bloggers and health gurus rate the idea of a morning routine very highly. Barack Obama, David Karp (founder of Tumblr), Winston Churchill, Steve Jobs, Michelle Gass (Starbucks CEO) and many others have all talked about the importance of morning routines – which are some pretty good testimonials! But...

How to Support Someone Through Their Exams


Whether it is a moody teenager preparing for college, or a stressed wife revising for a mature degree, at some point you will have to support someone through exam season. The following tips may prove useful: 1) Be prepared for a rocky few weeks. If you husband yells at you to keep the children quiet, or if your teenage daughter keeps bursting into tears, don’t take it personally. Think back...

Self-Esteem: What it Is and How to Improve It


Healthy self-esteem is vital for a happy, successful life. Those with good self-esteem tend to remain longer in education, find it easier to form and maintain stable relationships, and progress further in their career. For those who lack self-esteem, however, life can be a painful struggle. Any therapist will tell you that many of society’s problems can be traced back to poor self-esteem...

Three Ways Procrastination Is Hurting Your Life


Everyone has wasted time at some point. You can probably think of a time when you browsed the Internet or went for a run just because you didn’t want to deal with the project or conversation waiting for you. Procrastination can be a killer. If you want to live your best financial life, have functional relationships, and maintain a strong reputation, finding a way to end or limit...

Why You’re Losing Motivation as You Age


Getting motivated can be difficult at any age (just ask the parents of a sulky teenager who won’t get out of bed!), but it is especially hard when you are old. Elderly people often feel that their time is over, that they are just treading water, even that they are a burden. When you add aching joints and fading energy, not to mention the depression and insomnia that so often afflicts old...

Getting Motivated During a Midlife Crisis


The midlife crisis is serious, and can even be dangerous. For some, the problem is not so much lack of motivation but over-motivation, as they try to prove they are still young by starting an affair or blowing their money on a sports car. For others, however, the midlife crisis leaves them feeling jaded and apathetic; since the best years are gone, they reason, there is no point in doing anything...

Mark Goddard, Ph.D.

Mark Goddard, Ph.D.

Mark Goddard, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and a consultant specializing in the social-personality psychology. His publications include magazine chapters, articles and self-improvement books on CBT for anxiety, stress and depression. In his spare time, he enjoys reading about political and social history.

*The views expressed by Mr. Goddard in this column are his own, are not made in any official capacity, and do not represent the opinions of his employers.