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The Keys of Self Development:

Written By: Melanie Silos
(From the first publication of Rock for Learning in 2002)

Making and sharing music is about being actively part of something bigger than myself and serving to a need that someone may have, especially like finding a light of hope in life during times of darkness, sharing a relatable feeling or experience, as well as sharing co-elation in times of joy.' - Melanie Silos]Self development is anything that strengthens, exercises, or benefits the body, mind, or spirit and empowers your life and livelihood. It can be as simple as eating an apple, or having a glass of water. It can be anything that is part of gaining resources or more energy needed for higher goals and aims. It can mean building a house and nurturing a family, or even just sitting under the sun imagining anything you want. It can even be as complex as taking a path of education to get a degree in a field for a specialized career or delving into a path of spiritual enlightenment. What are your ideas and aspirations for self development, and why would it be so important in your life? Once you recognize its importance and empowering effects through your own acknowledgement, you will hold the value for the keys of self development.

There are three keys to empowering your life. So let's make a wish and count to three, because here they are:

  • AIM

OUR OBJECTIVE: Through available resources of energy that are within your reach and own creation, you can create a tangible aim that supports your self development and apply action for its fulfillment.

Our first key is ENERGY. Energy is your resource. What do you have? What do you need? And, what are you willing to use? Realize the resources you have that are innate within yourself, and those within your reach and ability to obtain or create. For example, a couple of your resources right at this moment are your mind and this very article. Music and books are a source to create energy and spark ideas. What books are within your reach? Look inside you, what ideas can you imagine? What is possibly beyond what you have ever imagined before? Look beyond your usual limits; what have you imagined that you can make real? From energy you may create more energy from which to achieve your aims.

Now our second key is AIM. The aim is your tangible result, your direction, your goal. It is what you will do with your energy that will strengthen and benefit your self development. If your aim is not to be goal oriented, then it is rather a direction, a way. Your aim may include such criterion as the values and manner by which you progress. It can be a place to go or see, a thing to do or make, steps to take, a destination or journey, a single step in the right direction, a visible difference between now and the next hour, day, or year. It can be knowledge, information, skill, or ability. Your aim is ultimately the tangible result you wish to create. What is the tangible result you can make?

The third key is ACTION. Action is the applied effort towards your aim. Effort can be mental, emotional, or physical. Applied effort means taking visible steps and actions toward your aim. If your effort is emotional or mental, what are you physically doing to recognize your action? Applied effort may be the act of thinking about what is required to achieve your aim. It may be the act of opening up to feelings. Ask yourself, how would you recognize your own progress if your actions are thinking and feeling. These are such actions only you would know you are making. An action may even be having patience, by the act of being calm and identifying the right moment to make more physically assertive action. Other more obvious actions are those that are visibly physical action steps. Whatever your aim, take action now.

Through these three keys: ENERGY, AIM, & ACTION you can empower your life with self development. So rev up your engines. Tap into that buzz of life and feel the ZING of it all "'Coz life is truly amazing!" Go go go!

© 2002 Melanie Silos/New Moon Publishing & Consulting


Read more about the keys of self development and find your favorite Rock for Learning featured artists,
including Coldplay's Chris Martin, Oasis' Liam and Noel Gallagher, Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant and more,
in the new e-book by Grace & the Midnight Angel's Melanie Silos,
"ENERGY, AIM, ACTION: Keys for the Seeker", and see additional Rock for Learning featured ebooks by Melanie Silos here:


  • * Light: Encouragement on the Path of Life
  • * Commitment to Important Matters and Valued Aims
  • * Empowerment With Self-Awareness and Follow-Through
  • * Loving Actively: God Is Always Happening

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REEVE CARNEY & THE REVOLVING BAND:  Reeve Carney says, It matters. (Photograph by Marisa Silos) On the source of inspiration and empowerment: 'MY FATHER (Joe Paquin).  He taught me music.  If it weren't for my Dad and what he did with my Mom, I wouldn't be here.' - Luke Paquin, guitarist Hot Hot Heat + 'MOST IMPORTANT IS TO STAY ENTHUSIASTIC...' Steve Bays, vocalist Hot Hot Heat  [photo use by permission of WBR.] RYAN ADAMS - I'M STILL LEARNING...  Ryan Adams: A Light of Brilliance... A blue star, ONE in a constellation of many, without whom the whole would not be what it is... Click in for the full feature article regarding Ryan's new music and more. (Photograph by Bob Gruen. Posted with permission of Lost Highway Records.) RYAN supports HousingWorks.org [MORE] EVERYTHING IS MEANINGFUL. - Robert Plant... LOVE & PEACE. - Robert Plant... KEANE - Being Keen With Keane.  Question is:  Does the music we make choose us or do we choose the music. Vocalist Tom Chaplin knows, 'IT SOUNDS CRYPTIC.'  Click in and discover the orgins of life and creation! Keane are helping child victims of war go to school with Warchildmusic.com. (Photograph posted with permission of Interscope Records. OASIS:  On life & learning:  NEVER STOP; says Noel Gallagher, lead guitarist, singer/songwriter, and mastermind of Oasis... A drink of life in the summer heat at an OASIS and an undeniable feeling of Heathen Chemistry.  (Photograph courtesy Sony Music Ent.) [MORE] ADVOCATES OF PHILANTHROPY - RADIOHEAD Bring Out the Stars at Hollywood Bowl. ...It's about ALL the people that made it what it is together. (Photo courtesty of NLM) [MORE]
Featured Artist: THE KIN.  Helping Darfur with The Kin - Watch the video and help Darfur - click in for details. Rock for Learning Kids - music for infants, toddlers to teens and up, to inspire learning and learning to love... Get it here! 'When you experience something in life, see it for what it is and not to allow an illusion to lead you. LET YOUR HEART LEAD YOU - nothing else matters.S' - Talia Mayes, The Golden Ratio  [photo use by permission.] On what's important for family development: 'KEEP ON GETTING EDUCATED AND LEARN LOVE FOR HUMANITY' - Ian Brown  [photo use by permission.] I'M WILLING TO LEARN! - The Zutons.  [photo use by permission of Sony Music Ent.] SEAL:  A Symbol of Love & A Step in the Right Direction.  LOVE, WHAT ELSE IS THERE... says SEAL. (Photograph posted with permission of Warner Bros Records.) Seal supports Childhelpusa.org [MORE] WE'VE GOT TO FOLLOW THROUGH ON OUR IDEALS OR BETRAY SOMETHING AT THE HEART OF WHO WE ARE... - Bono (U2) BONO, at Harvard University addresses the class on African relief, American ideals, and rebelling against indifference. (Photo and link courtesy of Berklee College of Music and Harvard Magazine.)Bono supports DataData.org  [MORE] With heartfelt consideration for making a better world guitarist Dean DeLeo and vocalist Richard Patrick get deep and meaningful and declare: We are Eachother LIVE, LOVE, LEARN. - Darius Rucker.  Back To Then, brilliant with heart and soul... (Photograph by Stephen Danelian.  Courtesy of Hidden Beach Records.)[MORE]
YOU GET WHAT YOU FOCUS ON. - Francis Dunnery. Francis Dunnery supports the CKD Children's Hospital Fund-UK [MORE] YOU ARE THE MAGIC. - Johnny Marr.  Johnny Marr & The Healers - Bangin' On with Love.[MORE] INCUBUS/Brandon Boyd, With encouragement on how to make a positive difference in the world: Responsibility, Self-sufficience, cleaning up after one's self, stay aware, to name a few.  [photo use by permission of Ren Management.] THE THRILLS - Thrilled for Learning! Vocalist/songwriter Conor Deasy wants to learn:  I WANT TO LEARN MUSIC THEORY... Click in for the full feature article plus more about their new record LET'S BOTTLE BOHEMIA. The Thrills headlined the 2004 OXFAM.org benefit concert. (Photograph posted with permission of Virgin Records. MOTIVATE YOURSELF.  IT'S THE HARDEST THING TO DO FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TODAY. - Robert Harvey (Lead Vocalist - THE MUSIC) - ...with that most screaming wild unique guitar riff by guitarist, Adam Nutter, in FLOAT that simply winds me up and makes me dance as it intends. What a contrast it is to hear Robert, one who likes to read spiritual philosophical subjects... [MORE] (Photograph by courtesy of Capitol Records.) MUSIC IS EVERYTHING. - Chris Martin (Coldplay singer/keyboardist/guitarist). COLDPLAY: The Light of Music, Passion, and Development! (Photo courtesy of Capitol Records & Coldplay's Mgmt) Coldplay supports MakeTradeFair.org  [MORE] On Commitment & Valued Aims: 'Overcoming the forces of opposition and adversity in upholding commitments and valued aims requires the TOP strengths of being tenaciously decisive, obsessively passionate and focussed, and possessively responsible for ownership of actions, efforts, decisions, and effects of such activities. - Energy, Aim & Action with dedication and devotion - that's what it takes.' - Melanie Silos] Don't Worry, Be Happy

Ryan Adams. Army of Anyone, Bono/U2, Ian Brown (Stone Roses), Carney, Coldplay, End Roulette, Francis Dunnery, The Golden Ratio, Grace & the Midnight Angel, Hot Hot Heat, Incubus, Johnny Marr & the Healers, Keane, The Kin, Led Zeppelin, March Fourth Marching Band, The Music, Oasis, Robert Plant, Radiohead, Darius Rucker (Hootie & the Blowfish), Seal, The Thrills, Pete Yorn, The Zutons

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