Self-Acceptance, Self-Improvement, and Dealing with Life as it is

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Self-Acceptance, Self-Improvement, and Dealing with Life as it is

hat is true about your life right now? Are you willing to acknowledge and accept what's true? Without first accepting that what's true is true right now, you can't know what you have to do to make things better. Once you know where you stand, it's easier to make an effective and realistic plan for improvement. Joel Wade will discuss the importance of self-acceptance, some of the ways that people can actually change, and strategies for making long-term improvements in your life.

Joel F. Wade, Ph.D. is a psychotherapist, Life Coach, and speaker. He is the author of "Mastering Happiness: Ten Principles for Living a More Fulfilling Life;" a book that makes the burgeoning research from the field of Positive Psychology accessible and useful for anybody with a desire to live a happier, more resilient life.

This presentation was made Saturday June 30, 2012, 9:00am – 10:00am at The Atlas Summit, and annual conference produced by The Atlas Society

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  • Charrasca
    December 31, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Not good. Bad speech.

  • JCBeTrue2You
    January 23, 2014 at 5:06 am

    Ignore what anyone else says, I enjoyed the speech, Great job man!!

  • LucisFerre1
    March 6, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Listened for the first 8 minutes. ‘Seemed like hours. Id rather listen to paint dry to be honest. 

    • Mr Nice
      July 10, 2014 at 4:59 am

       he could bore a scaffold baton to sleep.

    • Paul Freeman
      June 4, 2016 at 10:42 am

      +Mr Nice I fell asleep and woke up just before he was born I didn’t realize time travel was both forward and in reverse an if I had of known this I would shot his mum’s spermatogenesis donar with a shot of Speen and anphetamin and I’m nit saying he’s talking slow but he’s talking about will power an I’m losing the willpower to live and he is depleting it wow he needs to revise his presentation this is cap basically he’s got us and himself in a state of disfunctionality and waste of time and I’m feeling like doing away with myself omg I have no will left in me talk about dragging on

  • Mr Nice
    July 10, 2014 at 4:56 am

    he looks like the happiest guy on the face of this very planet.

  • Pam Green
    August 10, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    He does talk slowly, but I appreciated it so much. I was able to take notes. I think he shared valuable information. Favorite: Anticipate the possible derailments and think about how you will work through them, step by step. Then when you are faced with a detour or derailment, it takes less energy from you because you already have a plan.

  • Sammy Slugger
    May 26, 2015 at 11:49 am

    I’ve studied a lot of this stuff, and he is EXCELLENT.

  • Sammy Slugger
    May 26, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Oh, and an Excellent speaker…Not once did I catch the verbal crutch of “um…”

  • Marcus Polk
    August 14, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    Interesting that some people want to be more successful but they can’t handle being bored. What a shame. Here’s an honest tip: Click the little gear button on the bottom right of the player. Click speed and then click 1.5 or 2. I do this even when people are speaking at a fairly quick pace. Try it.

    • Glenn Kirkman
      December 5, 2015 at 1:17 am

      +Marcus Polk nice ill do this moir

    • Paul Freeman
      June 4, 2016 at 10:33 am

      How the he’ll can you do this speed up how he is talking because I could of fitted 3 other classes in he’s like a snail I like him but wow he needs a class on power speeches I’m going to fall asleep but I’m on a phone is there a speed up on a pc or laptop version??

    • Marcus Polk
      June 5, 2016 at 2:04 am

      As far as I know you can only change the speed on laptop/desktop. Maybe tablets.

  • Lee Michaels
    September 9, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    i think there are nuggets of gold in the presentation, particularly the methodology of reconstructing memories to be positive. And also not rewarding the trait but the effort itself (the old A for Effort, B for Result testing/reporting). in the Q&A when the guy said “I don’t let success in. I am successful.” I was surprised Joel didn’t point out the obvious contradiction of the statement itself. How can you say have not let success in and then define yourself as being successful? Perhaps this guys issue was the gap between expectation and actual (feelings and celebration of success).

  • Steve Kosvic
    December 28, 2015 at 5:14 am

    He has some very good insight but I took Marcus Polk’s advice and gave him a hit of speed.

  • Valerie Malla
    June 10, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    Beautiful talk. Thank you Mr. Wade. I love the pace. You are obviously a happy guy who is an emotionally mature man, and many can learn from you (if they allow and dial themselves down a few). People need to calm down in society. Everyone who is complaining about speed is so angry — a sign to calm down. Peace, Love & Harmony Within.

  • Mutty Isis
    June 15, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    this is a very good teaching, Thank you

  • James Aiken
    June 27, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    I really needed this. Thank you

  • Mary Anne
    November 1, 2016 at 11:33 pm

    inspiring words….reminds me of Ray Bayne

  • crikeymos22
    February 18, 2017 at 8:37 am

    The pace is actually perfect for learning.

  • Kevin Clarke - Focus
    April 14, 2017 at 6:56 am


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