Personal Development Reader – Apr 13, 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.

15 Amazing Commercials That Will Inspire the Greatness in You
Advertising is designed to trigger emotional responses in us so we’ll buy products. But some commercials go beyond the sales pitch and convey a deeper message that we can draw inspiration from. Next time you’re in need of a motivational boost, watch some of these gems blogger Celestine Chua uncovered.

How to See Yourself More Clearly and Rise to the Next Level
“You won’t like me when I’m angry,” Dr. David Banner would say before transforming into The Hulk. You’re not a comic book character, but have you ever found yourself acting completely out of character when confronted with a frustrating situation? In this post, blogger Nea Joy explains why moments like these “expose the gap between the Higher Self and the person we’re living as at any given time.”

16 Harsh Truths that Make Us Stronger
Some of the statements in this post from bloggers Marc and Angel may make you wince a bit: “Life is not easy.” “You will fail sometimes.” “Right now, there’s a lot you don’t know.” But embracing these harsh truths is not about looking at the world through a glass-half-empty lens. Rather, doing so will help keep you focused on what’s most important in your life.

Can You Live a Balanced Life with a Cluttered Mind?
When you feel overwhelmed by having too many things to do, you often feel helpless because things seem to be spiraling out of control. In this post, coach and blogger Jonathan Wells explains why it’s important to change your self-talk so that instead of thinking that you’re being forced into a situation, you realize you are making a choice.

5 Ways for Parents to Manage Anxiety
When you become a parent for the first time, the anxiety can be overwhelming. Is your child getting enough sleep? Is your child getting the right nutrition? Being constantly worried is no good, as babies can pick up on your emotions. In this post, artist and journalist Geordie Proudfoot shares 5 ways you can combat parental anxiety and access intuition.