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The Dart Board technique

by Vidya Sury September 13, 2010 3 comments

– to build your self-esteem.

Rather philosophical these days, but it certainly helps keep my cool and stay serene, I find. The training background also helps, I guess. Added to this, being “aunty, aunty”-ed by grown up kids makes it even more helpful to read – especially notes that help and can be shared. Here’s an excerpt from one such note that’s written in a very interesting way – and goes straight to the spot that matters.


Imagine yourself as a Dart Board. Everything and everyone else around you may become Dart Pins, at one point or another. These dart pins will destroy your self esteem and pull you down in ways you won’t even remember. Don’t let them destroy you, or get the best of you.  So which dart pins should you avoid?

Dart Pin #1 : Negative Work Environment
Beware of “dog eat dog” theory where everyone else is fighting just to get ahead. This is where non-appreciative people usually thrive. No one will appreciate your contributions even if you miss lunch and dinner, and stay up late. Most of the time you get to work too much without getting help from people concerned.  Stay out of this, it will ruin your self esteem. Be healthy enough to compete, but in a healthy competition that is.

Dart Pin #2: Other People’s Behavior
Bulldozers, brown nosers, gossipmongers, whiners, backstabbers, snipers, people walking wounded, controllers, naggers, complainers, exploders, patronizers, sluffers… all these kinds of people will pose bad vibes for your self esteem, as well as to your self improvement scheme.

Dart Pin #3: Changing Environment
You can’t be a green bug on a brown field. Changes challenge our paradigms. It tests our flexibility, adaptability and alters the way we think. Changes will make life difficult for awhile, it may cause stress but it will help us find ways to improve our selves. Change will be there forever, we must be susceptible to it.

Dart Pin #4: Past Experience
It’s okay to cry and say “ouch!” when we experience pain. But don’t let pain transform itself into fear. It might grab you by the tail and swing you around. Treat each failure and mistake as a lesson.

Dart Pin #5: Negative World View
Look at what you’re looking at. Don’t wrap yourself up with all the negativities of the world. In building self esteem, we must learn how to make the best out of worst situations.

Dart Pin #6: Determination Theory
The way you are and your behavioral traits is said to be a mixed end product of your inherited traits (genetics), your upbringing (psychic), and your environmental surroundings such as your spouse, the company, the economy or your circle of friends. You have your own identity. If your father is a failure, it doesn’t mean you have to be a failure too. Learn from other people’s experience, so you’ll never have to encounter the same mistakes.

Sometimes, you may want to wonder if some people are born leaders or positive thinkers. NO. Being positive, and staying positive is a choice. Building self esteem and drawing lines for self improvement is a choice, not a rule or a talent.

Building self esteem will eventually lead to self improvement if we start to become responsible for who we are, what we have and what we do. So how do you start putting up the building blocks of self esteem? Be positive. Be contented and happy. Be appreciative. Never miss an opportunity to compliment. 

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ICalibre September 13, 2010 at 1:44 pm

Seems like you were directly referring and talking to me, most of, no all of what you have written seems to connect to my present predicament. Keep writing!

Vidya Sury September 13, 2010 at 1:50 pm

Only good things for you, ICalibre. Life is a series of learning experiences 🙂 – as for me, am glad I’ve got wonderful friends, like you.

Rebecca Brown December 27, 2018 at 5:44 pm

I love the dart board, its something that would look great in my home, will share it on my Pinterest board, thanks for sharing these technique. Enjoy!
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