Personal Development Reader – Mar 16, 2011

By Sensei Serge Sognonvi and Carmen Sognonvi
Originally published at

Here’s a round-up of the best blog posts and articles on personal development that we came across this week.

Why Creating Reading Lists Jumpstarts Self Improvement Success
It’s no secret that reading is one of the easiest ways to enrich your life. But if you leave choosing books up to chance, you could be missing out on a lot of learning opportunities. In this post, blogger Nea Joy shares why you might consider creating reading lists based on upcoming events or goals you’ve set for yourself.

The Little Habits
Making big improvements in your life doesn’t always call for dramatic changes. Sometimes, when you start doing little things here and there, and those little things turn into habits, it can be life-changing. In this post, blogger Leo Babauta gives 8 examples of little habits he finds beneficial and tips on how to develop new habits like these.

Let Go of Control: How to Learn the Art of Surrender
Are you the type of person who tries to plan and control for every possible situation? As it turns out, things often run much more smoothly when you allow events to take their natural course. In this post, psychologist and coach Dr. Amy Johnson offers tips on how to transform your inner control freak, and why you should consider learning to surrender.

How to Stay Positive Even When You’re Surrounded by Bad News
For the past few years, we’ve been bombarded day in and day out with news stories about homes going through foreclosures, businesses shutting down, and people losing their jobs. When you’re surrounded by so much negativity, it’s not easy to stay positive. In this post, blogger and strategy coach Jonathan Wells offers tips on how to reject the negative noise and stay optimistic.

Early Rising: Falling into a Rhythm
If you read interviews with successful people, many of them will talk about the benefits of getting up early, whether it’s allowing yourself a headstart on getting work done at the office, avoiding traffic jams, or squeezing in a morning workout. But becoming an early riser isn’t as easy as it sounds. In this post, blogger Farnoosh Brock discusses her struggle and shares what finally worked for her.