Personal Development Reader – Mar 31, 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 we came across this week.

Think something is impossible? Gather your body of evidence
A hilarious post from our friend Pamela Slim recounting her first Zumba class. (No, that’s not her in the photo.) It’s an important reminder that just because something feels impossible right now, doesn’t mean it is. Don’t let your beliefs hold you back!

3 Simple Tips to Push Yourself to Try Something New
It’s easy to get stuck in a rut. We fall into a comfortable routine and don’t push ourselves to try new experiences. In this post, blogger Lori Deschene shows us three ways we can move towards living “a life free of second guessing and regret.”

A Tale of Two Flaws
Coach and blogger Tia Singh tells an old folk tale about an elderly water bearer who had two pots. One was perfect; the other had a crack in it. It’s a wonderful story that reminds us that what we perceive to be our flaws could be the very things that are making the greatest impact on the world around us.

How to Start
How often have you procrastinated on something because you just weren’t sure how to start? In this post, blogger Leo Babauta shares his tips on overcoming this paralysis, whether you want to start a task, start a habit, or start a new venture.

10 Tips to Overcome Shyness
Do you feel nervous or awkward around new people? As coach and blogger Evelyn Lim writes in this post, “being shy can pose tremendous social challenges that impede on success.” Lim believes that shyness is a symptom of deeper fears related to rejection and insecurity, and shares 10 ways you can overcome your shyness.