I’ve spent much of the last 2 months immersed in the self help, personal development, lifestyle design and coaching community. It’s been a very enlightening, very inspiring and very illuminating experience.
The coaching profession is full of some of the most positive people I’ve ever seen. Happy, enthusiastic, spiritual, motivated and mostly broke!
As a writer and marketer FIRST (myself) I find it crazy how many coaches, consultants, teacher, trainers and enlightened entrepreneurs focus on the ENTIRELY wrong things as they try to build their coaching businesses.
There is such a group think problem… where the folks leading the seminars and get togethers are giving SUCH bad advice… that from a marketing standpoint, it’s no surprise that only 5% of coaching professional earn enough to make a good living.
The big problem is, a focus on the wrong things.
For example – certification looks good on your wall, but it won’t get you clients. And if there is 500 people who have been certified from the same school in the last 6 months, the truth is, there are NOT enough clients out there for each of you to build a bodacious business around, especially if you are doing the same things that everyone else is.
As a matter of fact… the one word that differentiates coaches who are earning 6 or even 7 figures or more is simple.
It’s not how good they are at helping, or how much they care, or even how good their clients results are.
Instead, in a word, it’s:
(and that’s pretty much true in all professional service fields, for better or for worse, as well)
I want to share with you 7 key components to building a 6 figure business as a coach or consultant. The 7 bedrock things that you need. They’re all very low cost, and will have a dramatically positive ROI for your business, and your brand.
1 – You NEED a commercial grade email auto responder. There is no question, the ability to follow up via email, on an automated, sequential basis is the KEY component to successful relationship marketing. You can get one for 20 bucks or less per month to start.
2 – You need to specialize. Niche down whatever you do to a very specific subset of the larger community to start. This WILL make an incredible difference in your business, and the clarity you bring to your content, and your community.
3 – You need to publish something that has your name on it. It’s so easy to self publish today – and if you are a true thought leader in your niche, NOT having an eBook on Amazon is not going to be an option much longer. It’s so silly simple to do… and you can literally collect questions from your community and codify them into a 50 page digital download on Kindle… and BOOM. You’re a published author and coach.
4 – You need a Tumblr blog. It’s incredible what’s happening in the personal development and spirituality space on Tumblr. Huge numbers of people who crave information and inspiration and YOU need to be in front of them. (it’s free… and addictively fun to boot)
5 – You NEED a curriculum, or high value offer that not only honors and values your expertise, but that empowers you to be paid for what you’re truly worth. Want to make 100K this year as a coach? You need to attract 100K clients. Period. (it sounds cold… but it’s about being compassionate to YOURSELF and you can’t contribute freely to others if you are suffering and struggling to succeed yourself)
For example, if you want to earn 10K a month, it’s much easier to get 10 people who are paying you $200 a week, than it is to find 100 people who are paying you $20. (and MUCH easier to service and upkeep as well) Believing you are worth the $200 is the BIG first step. (and the one that most coaches never overcome)
Communicating that value to your clients is infinitely easier, and you’ll find they’ll often refer you all the new business you can handle, once that ball begins to roll.
Lastly -believe in something big. Your ability to serve. And the power of PASSION and purpose in your business. If you buy into that idea – It will transform you, and your clients… I promise.
One of the most significant reasons that people abuse drugs is for the euphoric effects they provide. While many might argue that people use substances to escape reality, to cope with stress and an unlimited number of other reasons, the fact of the matters is that euphoria makes these things possible: drugs cause people to feel good, even if they weren’t necessarily feeling bad to begin with. Unfortunately, the neurological nature of addiction tells us that substance abuse actually makes it more challenging for people to feel euphoria, happiness and contentment.
How Drug Abuse Works: Understanding the Role of Dopamine
The following is a highly simplified explanation of the processes at work when a person abuses drugs:
1.) Drug is consumed which sends signals to neurons in the brain to release the neurotransmitter dopamine (or others in some cases).
2.) Dopamine binds with specialized receptors and produces a feeling of well-being, contentment and euphoria.
3.) Drugs prevent dopamine re-uptake, essentially leaving the substance in the brain for much longer than would ever occur in a natural environment.
4.) Dopamine stimulates the reward center of the brain, which creates a contextual log of the event to use as cues to prompt the user to repeat the behavior. (This is based on the theory that addiction is a byproduct of an innate evolutionary survival mechanism.)
And with these four steps, the groundwork for addiction has been laid.
Tolerance: Another Evolutionary Survival Mechanism
In order to offset the effects of chemical substances, the central nervous system will make changes to receptors and neuronal circuitry to create a resistance to the drug. This can be accomplished by making fewer receptors available, altering the structure of receptors, limiting or restricting their ability to bind to neurotransmitters, or by “disconnecting” parts of neuronal circuits.
The chemical resistance created by adaptations at the neuronal level means that the user will obtain less and less euphoric effect because the CNS essentially views the drug as an invading foreign substance that interferes with the proper working functions of the brain. Of course, this is exactly what drug abuse is; persistent self-inflicted poisoning.
In order to offset the euphoria-limiting effects of tolerance, drug users will simply increase their dosages accordingly. This prompts more changes in neurons – changes that by this point are becoming permanent for many addicts. Ultimately, these changes only make it harder to feel euphoria and generally lead to depression, thoughts of suicide, feelings of worthlessness and other debilitating emotions.
In fact, feelings that are specific to certain drugs, such as high-energy to cocaine, relaxation to marijuana and joy to opiates, are often reversed as the body becomes tolerant to the drugs that cause these responses. This is especially true when an addict suddenly stops using; by forcing drugs into their bodies for so long, they have effectively developed a tolerance to the very feelings they sought to achieve with their substance abuse in the first place.
To summarize, drug abuse can destroy a person’s ability to feel good. And because addiction often comes with repeated relapse events, each successive period of active drug addiction results in additional, permanent changes within the brain – changes that can have a lasting effect on the emotional and mental well-being of the user for the rest of their lives.
This isn’t information to be used as a scare tactic to keep people away from drugs; it’s nothing more than science expressed. People take drugs to feel good, but once addicted those feelings become harder and harder to achieve, even long after active drug use has stopped. This is why it is absolutely critical that if you or someone you love is abusing drugs, they must stop now. With each passing day and each successive “high,” the one thing that they seek – happiness – becomes more difficult to come by; often leading to personal disaster.
The ultimate paradox of drug abuse is that it robs from you what you seek from it.
Grenada is a beautiful island that sits close to Trinidad and Tobago. Most famous for it’s beaches, almost perfect weather and people, it’s also got a ton of great tourist delights. There are many incredible reasons to visit Grenada including the beautiful vegetation, the carnival and laid back vibe. Whatever your motivation, here are the top 6 reasons for visiting the Spice Isle.
If you want beaches and you want them with white sand and warm crystal clear waves lapping on the shoreline, then you’ve got the right island. The strongest point of most islands, you get a lot of beaches! Grand Anse is beautiful but then so are the other beaches further north such as Levera, Sauteurs and the one on Sandy Island is truly unbeatable!
Friendly, polite and generally very considerate, the locals like to meet tourists. They are very helpful and will go out of their way to ensure that you know where to go and what to do. Their warmth and generosity of spirit will come across rapidly.
The Food and Drink
The fresh produce is fantastic on this very fertile island. Of course, the climate has a bit part to play in this. Make the most of trying the more exotic items on the menu such as friend breadfruit, avocado juice, soursop and papaya. You’ll get a true taste of local life – and it’s good for the body!
This nature reserve is part of the rain forest. You can opt to hire a professional guide who will show you the most interesting points of the reserve. Look out for Mona monkeys, hibiscus bushes, hummingbirds and other rarely seen fauna.
Truly a paradise island, this trip should not be missed. It’s a 40 minute boat ride away but you’ll think that you’ve landed on a tropical nirvana. Whilst you snorkel your fish will be seasoned and cooked on the open fire. There is also a hurricane damaged resort. Take sun protection with you.
The Leatherback Turtles
These astounding pre-historic marine creatures will blow you away. They swim up to 10,000 miles every year to feed and mate. They weigh over a tonne and will land on the beach, dig a hole for their eggs and then make their way back down. If you want to be touched with nature – this is the trip for you.
Grenada is a beautiful island and is one of the quietest large Caribbean islands. Be sure to visit and enjoy it’s wonders.
In 2012, Ferrari unveiled the new F12Berlinetta super car to replace its aging Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano grand touring super car. The same front-mid engined, rear-wheel drive layout was carried over and improved upon with brand new technology, a more refined chassis, and even better performance, wrapped in a redesigned shell. With the new super car being so new to the market, there have not been any upgrade programs or modifications available for owners until Novitec Rosso introduced its new performance package with engine tuning, chassis upgrades, 3 piece wheels, and interior refinements.
Compared to its successor, the Ferrari F12Berlinetta features a larger, more powerful 6.3-liter, naturally-aspirated V-12 engine that produces 640 horsepower. The team at Novitec Rosso thought that the factory output just wasn’t enough and developed a new set of upgrades that greatly increased power. Instead of creating an all-out engine upgrade program that modified the inside of the engine, the German tuning company focused mainly on bolt-on upgrades to send more power to the rear 3 piece wheels. The 6.3-liter engine was fitted with a new sport air intake system, a new exhaust with steering wheel-adjustable butterfly valves, and an ECU tune that optimizes the ignition, timing, fuel injection, and pushes back the engine redline to 8,900 RPM.
The result of the engine upgrades is an astonishing 763 horsepower (545 kW) at 8,500 RPM and 518 lb-ft. (703 Nm) at 6,300 RPM. This enables the Italian super car to accelerate to 62 mph in less than 3.1 seconds and reach a top speed of over 345 km/h (214 mph), making it both the fastest and most powerful Ferrari on the market.
In order to reliably be able to put all of that power to the ground without constantly losing traction, the Novitec Rosso team had to upgrade the chassis and add 3 piece wheels. For better handling and an optimum center of gravity, a set of sport springs were installed that reduce the ride height by 40 mm at the front and rear axles. A new hydraulic lift system was also installed to raise the front axle by 40 mm to overcome speed bumps and parking ramps, and automatically lowers at 80 km/h. A new set of 3 piece wheels were fitted in a 9.5J x 21 front and 12J x 22 rear staggered setup and equipped with 255/30 ZR 21 and 335/25 ZR 22 Pirelli high-performance tires to improve overall grip and handling properties.
Novitec Rosso also allows for customers to add interior options in leather, alcantara, and carbon fiber for a custom look. The exterior can be fitted with black tail lights and side markers that are the only other visual modification besides the 3 piece wheels.
Most of the major brands, such as the Gamucci fag have full strength, half strength and minimal strength. This is designed for people who want for stoppen met roken. As they get used to using the electronic cigarette, they can gradually reduce the strength they use until they quit. Here is a brand new invention that everyone who smokes should know about. It’s called the elektronische cigaret, also known as a smokeless cigarette or e-cigarette, and it is changing the legal landscape for cigarette smokers around the world. The patented fag offers to effectively simulate the experience of smoking an actual cigarette, without any of the health or legal issues surrounding traditional cigarettes. While elektronische cigaret look, feel and taste much like traditional cigarettes, they function very differently. You see,fag do not actually burn any tobacco, but rather, when you inhale from an e-cigarette, you activate a “flow censor” which releases a water vapor containing nicotine, propylene glycol, and a scent that simulates the flavor of tobacco.
They are designed to look and feel like real cigarettes, even down to emitting artificial smoke however they do not actually contain any tobacco for stoppen met roken. Users inhale nicotine vapor which looks like smoke without any of the carcinogens found in tobacco smoke which are harmful to the smoker and others around him. The main advantages elektronische cigaret have over nicotine patches or gum is firstly, users have the nicotine hit much quicker and secondly, because a big reason why smokers fail to quit suing patches and gum is because they still miss the act of inhaling smoke from a cylindrical object.
The elektronische cigaret emulates that even down to the smoke. The nice thing about elektronische cigaret as opposed to say, nicotine patches, is that e-cigarettes produce the same tactile sensation and oral fixation that smokers desire, while satisfying ones tobacco cravings as well. The elektronische cigaret is also beneficial from a financial perspective. So for stoppen met roken set of five nicotine cartridges costs around £8 and is equivalent to 500 cigarettes. Although the initial investment of an elektronische cigaret kit of £50 may seem steep at first, users save money in the long run. As with many popular products, there have been a great number of cheap Chinese imitations flooding the market. They are usually half the price of a branded elektronische cigaret and look like the real thing as well.
BACKGROUND AND MEANING OF REALISM :
Just as Naturalism comes on the Educational scene as a protest against systems of education that have become artificial. Realism appears to be a reaction against curricula consisting of studies that have become bookish, sophisticated and a abstruse. As we have a slogan in Naturalism- ‘ Back to Nature ‘ – in Realism we have a slogan-‘ Things rather than words ‘.
Idealism deals with ‘mind and Self ,’ Naturalism emphasizes ‘Matter and Physical world’, and pragmatism ‘Refuses to speculate and transcend beyond experience ‘. And according to Realism the external world of objects is not imaginary. It really exists, “Our experience is not independent but determines reaction to the external objects. Experiences are influenced by the external world which has real existence.” (Dr. Pandey Ram Shakal : An Introduction to Major philosophies of Education, pp. 149-50 ). It is a new outlook. and this new outlook is termed as Realism.
The realistic movement in education started from the 16th century. The 16th and 17th centuries witnessed great inventions and epochal discoveries which greatly increased the store of human knowledge. They extended the horizon of human knowledge. The rise of scientific inquiry opened new vistas before human mind. ( Bacon’s formulation and statement of the new scientific method. ) All these lead to a new spirit of inquiry into the realities of nature. Man started to believe more in himself. He thought that he would conquer the entire world with his supreme gift of rationality. The interest in language and literature began to wane and people became more and more interested in man and his environment.
Consequently, there arose a demand of/for a new type of education in which truth rather than beauty, realities of life of the day rather than the beauties of the old days were aims of education as there was a great premium on Man and human endeavour combined with science and common sense. This new conception was marked by an awakened interest in the natural phenomena and social institutions. This new outlook came to be termed as ‘Realism in Education ‘. ” The realist enters his emphatic protest against a cleavage between the work of the school and the life of the world outside it. ” ( Rose, James S. : Ground work of Educational Theory, p. 214 ).
“Education is that which makes a man happy by getting acquaintance with real circumstances of life, create capacity for struggling with adverse situation in life. Realistic education is connected with the needs of life. ” ( Dr. Chaube, S.P. and Akilesh : philosophical and Sociological; Foundation of Education , P. 171 ).
FUNDAMENTAL POSTULATES AND MAIN TENETS :
1) External world is a solid Reality, whether known or unknown to man. Reality is already in existence and in the invention of man. It exists independently of being known to perceived by, or related to mind. Man can only comprehend it, through senses. One should dip below the surface to know the reality.
2) Realism places great premium on Man and human endeavor, which it says, should be combined with science and common-sense. It, however, asserts that ‘Man is finite’ and learning is necessary for a finite man, Education is the process by which he lifts himself up to the external. ” The Realists wish man to be a man of affairs, practical and always seeker of deeper and deeper truth and reality,”
( Taneja, V.R. : Socio-philosophical Approach to Education, p. 241 ).
3) The realist say that ‘Mind’ like any other material thing has mechanical functioning. They discount its creating ability. “Just as any object of universe can be ‘true’ or ‘false’ similarly mind is also ‘true’ or ‘false’. The development of mind is the part of the process of development of the world.” (Dr. Chaube, S.P. and Akilesh : Philosophical and Sociological foundation of Education, p.171 )
‘Mind is what it studies’. (Herbert). If this concept of the realists is accepted in education then we are forced to believe that children’s mind are ‘mere cameras to register the reality of the universe. ‘Philosophers say that mind has lot of scope for enrichment elevation and creativity.
4) Realism tries to build up a body of systematized knowledge, which is certain and objective and agrees with the standpoint of physical sciences. It says that every reality can be proved by observation, experience, experiment and scientific reasoning, For them, experience is the touchstone of what is real. Whenever the simple and direct experience can’t determine the objective truth, the common sense puts its truth in scientific research. In the present world of falling idols and falling ideals, the realists emphasize the role of intelligence as great significant, as it formulates the concepts and develops general and abstract ideas.
5) The realists of all brands aver that values are permanent and objective and say that although institutions and practices very a great deal, the fundamental values of society should not change. The children should be taught those values, which have proved enduring throughout history. They should be taught the nature of ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ and what is objectively good and beautiful.
In brief, Realism believes in the usefulness of the world and the material existence in its field of action . It believes that whatever is real is independent. Whatever is, is and exists. Its presence of existence does not depend upon the knower. (Compare with idealist’s standpoint. ) The individual doesn’t make reality, he only discovers it.
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ii) Realists believe in the present life.
iii) They believe that the truth of life and aim of life are in the development from the present unsystematic life.
iv) Knowledge is real and can be assimilated by the human beings.
v) The realists distinguish between ‘appearance’ and ‘reality’.
vi) Realism believes that there is an objective reality apart from that which is presented to the consciousness.
The developing realism has adopted four points in education :
i) Humanistic Realism,
ii) Social Realism,
iii) Sense Realism, and
i) Humanistic Realism in education
Humanistic realism is the reaction against the emphasise on form and style of the old classical literature. It has great regard for the ancient literature but it emphasizes the study of content and ideas in the ancient classical literature to understand one’s present social life and environment. The aim is not to study the form and style of old literature to have mastery over it. The study of old literature is a means to understand the practical life. History, Geography, Kautilyas Arthashastra are the subjects and books should be studied for this purpose. Erasmus (1446-1537 ), Rabelais (1483-1553), John Milston (1608-1674) were the supporters of this faculty.
ii) Social Realism in education
Social Realism in education is the reaction against a type of education that produces scholars and professional men to the neglect of the man of affairs i.e. practice. Education should not produce men who are unfit in social life. The purpose of education, according to social realists, is to prepare the practical man of the world. Michael de Montaigue (1533-1592) was the main supporter of this faculty.
iii) The sense Realism in education
The sense realism in education emphasizes the training of the senses. Senses are the gateways of knowledge and learning takes place the operation of the senses. According to sense-realists nature is the treasure house of all knowledge and this knowledge can be obtained through the training of the senses.
The sense-realists emphasized the three things :
a) Application of inductive method formulated by Bacon in order to organize and simplify the instructional process.
b) To replace instruction in Latin by the instruction in Vernacular, and
c) To substitute new scientific and social studies in place of the studies in language and literature. Richard Mulcaster (1531-1611), Francis Bacon (1561-1626), Ratke (1571 to 1635) and Comenius (1592-1670) were the supporters of this faculty.
iv) Neo-Realism in education
Neo-Realism is really a philosophical thought. It appears the methods and results of modern development in physics. They do not consider the scientific principles everlasting while they express the changeability in them. They support the education of art with the science and analytical system of education with the humananistic feelings. They consider living and un living all objective to be organs and the development of organs is the main objective and all round development of the objects is the main characteristic of education. Bertrand Russel and whitehead were the supporters of this faculty.
REALISM AND AIMS OF EDUCATION :
“Realists do not believe in general and common aims of education. According to them aims are specific to each individual and his perspectives.” (Seetharamu, A.S. : philosophies of Education, p.74). And each one has different perspectives. The aim of education should be to teach truth rather than beauty, to understand the present practical life.
The purpose of education, according to social realists, is to prepare the practical man of the world.
The science realists expressed that the education should be conducted on universal basis. Greater stress should be laid upon the observation of nature and the education of science.
Neo-realists aim at developing all round development of the objects with the development of their organs.
REALISM AND CURRICULA :
According to humanistic realism classical literature should be studied but not for studying its form and style but for its content and ideas it contained. Milton, one of the supporters of humanistic realism, has drafted a curricula of education as follows :
1st year – Latin, grammar, arithmetic and geometry. Reading of simple Latin and
2nd year – Greek, agriculture, geography Natural philosophy, mathematics,
engineering and architecture.
In the next 5th year – chief writings of the ancients in prose and poetry on these subjects.
Remaining years – Ethical instruction, Bible, Hebrew, Greek, Roman and Saxon Law, economics, politics, history, logic, rhetoric, poetry-all by reading select writhers.
Social realism was generally recommended for the people of the upper social class/strata. It combined literary elements with ideals of chivalric education. Naturally it included the study of literature, heraldry ( the science dealing with coats of arms and the persons who have right to wear them ), genealogy ( science of the development of plants and animals from earlier forms ),riding, fencing, gymnastics, study of modern languages and the customs and institutions of neighboring countries.
Sense-realism attached more importance to the study of natural sciences and contemporary social life. Study of languages is not so significant as the study of natural sciences and contemporary life.
Neo-realism gives stress on the subject physics and on humanistic feelings, physics and psychology, sociology, economics, Ethics, Politics, history, Geography, agriculture varied arts, languages and so on, are the main subjects to be studied according to the Neo-realists.
REALISM AND METHODS OF TEACHING :
( The child can rule over the nature if the natural laws are followed. )
( Inductive method of education ).
“(There are and can be only two ways for investigation and discovery of truth. One flies from senses and particulars, to the most general axioms and from these principles and infallible truth determines and discovers intermediate axioms….the other constructs axioms from the senses and particulars by ascending continually and gradually, so as to teach most general axioms last of all.)” – Bacon.
10. Social realists follow the method of travel of journey method, which will give real experience of varied aspects of life improve knowledge and mental faculties.
REALISM AND THE TEACHER :
1) A teacher should be such that he himself be educated and well versed with the customs of belief and rights and duties of people, and the trends of all ages and places.
3) He must have full mastery of the knowledge of present life.
4) He must guide the student towards the hard realities of life. He is neither pessimist, nor optimist.
5) He must be able to expose children to the problems of life and the world around.
( To master one’s own environing life natural, social through a knowledge of the broader life of the ancients.)
A teacher should always keep in mind-
10. There should be a co-relation between utility in daily life and education.
11. The child should be told the utility of whatever is taught.
12. The simple rules should be defined.
13. All the subjects should be taught in proper order.
14. Various organs of education should be taught in chronological order.
15. The topic should not be given up unless the boys understand it well.
16. To find out the interest of the child and to teach accordingly.
REALISM AND THE CHILD :
1) “Realism in education recognizes the importance of the child. The child is a real unit which has real existence. He has some feelings, some desires and some powers. All these cannot be overlooked. These powers of the child shall have to be given due regard at the time of planning education. ” 1
2) ” Child can reach near reality through learning by reason.” 1
3) ” Child has to be given as much freedom as possible.” 1
4) “The child is to be enabled to proceed on the basis of facts,” 1
5) The child can learn only when he follows the laws of learning.”1
(When only one response is repeated for one stimulus, it conditioned by that stimulus. Now wherever that situation comes, response will be the same; this is the fact.)
6) ” The child is to be understood a creature of the real world there is no sense in making him a God . He has to be trained to become a man only.” 1( Dr. Pandey Ram Shakal : An introduction to Major philosophies of Education, pp.160. 161 ).
REALISM AND SCHOOL ORGANIZATION :
1) School organization would be based on the real needs of society. It is not proper that a college should be established due to political pressure at a place when it is not needed.
2) The opening of science classes in every school is must. Only academic and literary subjects are not sufficient to fulfill the needs of the society.
3) Realism doesn’t oppose co-education. Sex-drive is a real feeling. It is a natural happening so it can not be rejected.
4) School is the mirror of the society. It is a miniature form of society and it presents the real picture of the society
REALISM AND DISCIPLINE :
Discipline is adjustment to objectivity. It is necessary in order to enable the child to adjust himself to his environment and concentrate on his work. Bringing out change in the real world is impossible. The student himself is a part of this world. He has to admit this fact and adjust himself to the world.
A disciplined student is one who does not withdraw from the cruelties, tyrannies, hardships and shortcomings pervading the world. Realism has vehemently opposed withdrawal from life. One has to adjust oneself to this material world.
Thus, the realism has brought great effect in various fields of education. The aims, the curriculum, the methods of teaching the outlook towards the child, the teachers, the discipline and the system of education all were given new blood. Realism in education dragged the education from the old traditions, idealism and the high and low tides to the real surface.
DARK SIDE OF REALISM :
1) ” Realism recognizes the real existence of the material world. This recognition remains un objected to unless he says that only material world really exists. The question arises- Is there no power behind this material world ? Does it have its own existence ? What is the limit of the universe ? The realist does give reply to these questions but these replies are not found to be satisfactory. The real existence of material world may be admitted but how can the existence come to an end in the world itself ? ” 1
2) ” The realist claims to be objective. Objectivity in knowledge is nothing but the partnership of personal knowledge. Knowledge is always subjective.” 1
3) ” The realist recognizes the origin of knowledge from the datum achieved by senses and asserts that only objects are main and it is through their contact that knowledge is acquired. Then how does our illusion arise ? How does knowledge become fallacious ? Where does the external object go in dream ? The realist is unable to answer these questions satisfactorily. ” 1
4) ” The realist does not accept the existence of transcendental ( not based on experience or reason ) being. How could be know the non-existence of that which does not exist ? Has non-existence got no existence ? void ness and non-existence also are the parts of existence. Here the realist is dumb completely. ” 1
5) ” Realism admits real feelings and needs of life on the one hand, gives no place to imagination and sentiment, on the other. What a contradiction ? Are imaginations, emotions and sentiments not real needs of human life ? Is emotionless life not almost dead life ? Can life be lead on the basis of facts only ? ” 1
6) ” No inspiration to remove the defects of modern education can be achieved unless the impressiveness of pure and high thought is admitted and attitude is not confined to present facts only; because the realist is satisfied simply by the fulfillment of the needs of daily life and be does not care to make life sublime.” 1
7) ” Today the effect of realism has given rise to the wave of science. It is right, but there should be no indifference towards art and literature. The realist supports this negligence. ” 1
8. ” Realism enthuses disappointment in students and teachers. No progress can be made by having faith in the facts of daily life and shattering faith in ideals. Life is but full of miseries and struggles. Sorrow is more predominant than joy in the world. A person becomes disappointed by this feeling. That is why realists often appear to be skeptics ( person who doubts the truth of a particular claim, theory etc. ).Pessimists and objectionists, “1 ( Dr. Pande, Ram Shakal : An Introduction to Major philosophies of Education, pp. 170-171.)
Some of the points raised against realism may be true but some are raised under ignorance of the study of realism in the true sense. Its contributions to modern education should not be ignored. Today attention is being paid towards technical and vocational education in all corners of the world. There are many Engineering Colleges in India, too. Everywhere there is an arrangement of higher education of Medicine and Law. Increasing interest towards empirical education is the application of the realistic attitude.
There are two main contributions of the education based upon the realism. Firstly, it tried to remove the gulf-between the life and education. Secondly, it propounded the principle of experimentation and observation in education. It was realism that first introduced the thought that the organs are the door way to knowledge and the knowledge can be gained through the inductive method. The wordy education and bookish knowledge are not sufficient. Real education is that which brings about union between nature and society based upon one’s own experience.
1.Dr. Pande, Ram Shakal : An Introduction to Major philosophies of Education, 1982 : Agra, Vinod Pustak Mandir, Section Six- Chapters 25 to 30, pp. 149 to 173.
2.Rose, James S. : Grouondwoek of Educational Theory, 1969 : London, George G. Harrap and Co. Ltd. , 182, High Holborn, London, W.C.I. , Chapter-X, pp. 211 to 236.
3.Dr. Chaube, S. P. Akhilesh : Philosophical and Sociological Foundation of Education, 1981 : Agra Vinod Pustak Mandir , Agra – 2. Chapter 12, pp.171 to 174.
4.: Socio-Philosophical Approach to Education, 1987 : New Delhi , Atlantic publishers and Distributors, B-2 , Vishal Enclave, Najafgarh Road, New Delhi – 110 027. Chapter – Twenty, pp. 239 to 251.
5.Seetharamu, A. S. : Philosophies of Education, 1989 : New Delhi, S. B. Nangia, for Ashish Publishing House, 8/81 , Punjabi Bagh, New Delhi – 110026 . Chapter – 6 , pp. 72 to 77.
Support networks must be made a critical component of an addict’s recovery plan in order to prevent relapse and maintain and improve emotional, mental and spiritual health. Recovering addicts that do not have a support network often become depressed, withdraw from social interactions and eventually return to using drugs in order to self-medicate their emotional pain. Consequently, understanding how support networks can benefit a recovery program and what types of networks are available is essential for people who are battling the disease of addiction or alcoholism.
Support Networks: Why They Work
There are 8 primary reasons why support networks are crucial for people in recovery:
The power of fellowship is felt in nearly all groups that gather for a specific purpose; especially groups with powerful missions like those dedicated to the recovery of addicts and alcoholics. Humans are innately social creatures that need to be around other people that share the same goals and interests. And while there might not yet be enough scientific evidence to prove it, for hundreds and perhaps thousands of years mankind has recognized the power of fellowship; it’s a call that all humans respond to and this may be even truer for addicts that need to know they are not alone in their struggle.
2.) Friendly Observation
People in recovery sometimes struggle with issues of honesty regarding their desire to use or their actual drug use despite recovery efforts. Having a strong recovery-based support network serves as a safety net in this regard, as people within the group can recognize issues and signs of relapse or impending relapse among others in the group. In this way people can “keep an eye on each other.”
3.) Environment of Understanding
People in the general public often find it difficult or impossible to understand the true nature of the disease of addiction and fail to recognize how powerful it really is. By creating a recovery support network, an addict or alcoholic can ensure that the people they surround themselves with understand addiction and will therefore be less likely to judge, admonish or “feel sorry” for others that they know have a legitimate, neurological disease that requires a daily effort to overcome.
4.) The Power of Sharing
There is a great deal of power in sharing and we see this in many different ways in society, from the individual talking to a therapist, to those who take part in groups and organizations, to people who open up to their barber or stylist, we clearly see that sharing helps people. Sharing can relieve stress, create stronger relationships and allow people to “let go” of emotional and other pain that they otherwise would allow to fester and grow. And according to Dr. Barton Goldsmith, sharing with others helps give us new perspective;
“There will always be problems in our lives, but sometimes we don’t have the capacity to handle them all by ourselves. Getting a 360-degree view is impossible when all you can see is what’s going wrong. And talking with another person can give you perspective.” (Goldsmith, Barton, Ph.D. Talk About Your Problems, Please Psychology Today March 3, 2011)
When an addict has an “emergency”, it often means they are about to relapse. For some, this could prove fatal, so prompt action is required. Addicts that have good support networks are able to rely on people within them to come to their aid in the event that they feel drug use or a return to drinking is imminent. Additionally, a person in recovery may be empowered and enlightened when another addict asks them for help when they feel like using.
The confidence that a strong recovery-oriented support network can provide is significant. Many addicts report that just knowing there are people that they can talk to and others who are like them that they can turn to in the event of trouble makes it much easier to deal with the daily problems that often stress addicts and alcoholics out. When it comes to relapse prevention, confidence is one of the most critical components of recovery stability.
7.) Education and Resources
The more people an addict has in their networks, the more likely it is that new and useful information will be passed among the various members. And the more education and resources an addict has access to, the more likely it is that they will acquire the right combination of knowledge and tools not only to stay clean for life, but to help others do so as well.
Being part of a recovery-oriented network doesn’t mean that there’s no fun or entertainment involved. People in recovery can still do all of the fun things they want to do, provided others in the group want to participate. Fortunately there are many recovery-sensitive groups and organizations that arrange outings, events and so on in order to provide clean entertainment for its members. Remember; it’s as important to share a laugh with your networks as it is to share emotional pain.
Types/Components of Support Networks
Each addict’s complete support network structure is unique. Some addicts consciously build their support groups, while others are unsure of what groups and networks exist, how to join and what the benefits are. The following are 11 different components that in whole or in part make up the support networks of many people in recovery:
1.) 12 Step Programs
Groups like AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) and NA (Narcotics Anonymous) have provided the fellowship and support necessary to help thousands of people maintain their recovery, “one day at a time.” Both groups are founded on the principle of the discussion and sharing of experiences, usually pre-empted by the humbling statement of;
“Hi, my name is so-and-so, and I’m an addict.”
Many rehab centers and drug treatment programs use 12 Step programs as a basis for the continued recovery program of their patients upon graduation. While these groups are not for everyone, they are convenient in that they can be found in virtually every area of the country.
2.) Recovery-Specific Groups
Recovery specific groups are those that gather for a particular purpose or activity in order to have clean fun together. Often there isn’t any structure to the groups in the sense of recovery-oriented dialogue or practices- in most cases these groups are just people trying to live normal lives but who all happen to be in recovery. Examples of recovery-oriented groups include the infamous 5th Chapter motorcycle club and Young People in Recovery.
3.) Connections Made During Treatment
When addicts complete drug or alcohol treatment together, they often form lasting bonds that become a key part of their support system. Of course, these relationships should only be maintained if they are healthy. These can be especially powerful relationships because the parties are essentially on the same “level,” and are likely going through similar experiences related to post acute withdrawal, issues re-integrating with society, etc.
4.) Recovery Forums and Websites
Recovery forums and websites provide an additional opportunity to develop relationships, discuss issues, share experiences, collaborate, meet and take part in activities together and much more. Forums are also an excellent way to gather information and resources and to easily develop a support system that might not be available in certain areas- especially very small cities and towns.
5.) Family & Friends
Family and friends that support the addict’s recovery are possibly the most important part of a strong support system. From old friends that bring understanding, history and loyalty to new friends that have been acquired along the path to recovery, often these individuals can provide more emotional support than others. The same is true of family members, but people in recovery must beware to limit relationships with family members that were enablers or those who do not suppo
rt or take addiction recovery seriously. In many cases relationships with family members are cited as the cause of substance abuse, so it’s important to choose the family and friends that are permitted into a support network carefully and honestly.
6.) Spiritual & Religious Groups
Even if you don’t take part in organized religion, there are often groups within groups among these types of organizations. For instance, AA and NA 12 Step meetings are often held at churches or other spiritual gathering places. In fact, some religious groups sponsor these programs because their ideals are largely aligned.
7.) Rehab Alumni Associations
For addicts that attended and completed a rehab program, there may be an opportunity to join an alumni association for that particular treatment center. This is an excellent way to stay connected to the people who were influential in the early part of a person’s recovery, and to meet new people who are also living a life free from drugs or alcohol, one day at a time.
8.) Community Outreach Programs
Many communities have outreach programs for the disadvantaged, and this can include drug addicts in some cases. Programs can be as simple as the provision of a place to gather and meet, or it can include funding for specialized treatment, groups, therapy and other benefits. In order to find out if your community offers such programs, your town or city hall is an excellent place to start.
9.) Healthcare Professionals
Therapists, doctors, nurses, dieticians, massage therapists, chiropractors and many other types of healthcare professional play a central role in the support network of addicts and alcoholics in recovery. In fact, most people in recovery probably underutilize this source and fail to recognize the benefits. However, this group is likely one of the most important parts of a recovery support system considering that these professionals help to maintain the physical, mental and emotional health of an individual. Consequently it’s vital that people in recovery are open and honest with their healthcare professionals and alert them to any issues that could indicate a relapse is imminent.
10.) School/Educational Resources
If you’re a student, it’s likely that your school or university has special programs available for people who struggle with substance abuse and addiction. These programs could consist of therapy or counseling, the hosting of recovery-related groups, resources to get outside help and possibly funding for treatment. Additionally, other students may become part of a support network, as they are almost certainly experiencing the same stresses and issues related to schooling, social pressures and so on.
11.) Volunteer Organizations
By volunteering for any number of a wide range of organizations, people in recovery can help to give back what was given to them in the way of compassion, understanding, advice, resources, financial assistance, etc. But perhaps even more importantly, the interactions between other volunteers and organizers can blossom into significant meaningful relationships that can one day become a key part of a healthy support system.
If you’re an addict or alcoholic in recovery and you don’t have a support network, it’s imperative that you take action now and get involved. You can start with a simple search in Google for recovery related forums, or you can check the Yellow Pages for the nearest AA or NA meeting. Remember; if you go to the same lengths to stay clean as you once did to use, you’ll very quickly develop a strong network of link-minded, recovery-oriented people that will offer a mutually beneficial way to keep fighting the good fight, one day at a time.