Personal Development Reader – Apr 20, 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.

18 Things My Dad Was Right About
When blogger Marc was 14, his teacher gave him the assignment of interviewing his father to find out what his tips were for the younger generation. He recently found this assignment again and was blown away by the wisdom his father shared with him because he relates to them now in a way he didn’t as a teenager.

7 Ways to Make the Most of Failure
How do you cope when you fail at something? Do you think failure is something you have to learn to get over? What if you thought of failure as the most important success skill of all? Check out this post, in which blogger Nea Joy argues that failure is something we should all embrace.

The Power of Belief, Caroline Casey & Johnny Cash
When blogger Tia Singh was 17, she had to repeat 12th grade. At the time she thought it was the most humiliating thing she had ever experienced, but she got through it and even made three new best friends. In this post, she reflects on the way this experience made her see how much her life is a gift.

How Being Vulnerable Can Expand Your World
Many of us are raised to think of vulnerability as a liability. If we’re vulnerable, the thinking goes, people will take that for a sign of weakness and try to exploit it. In this post, writer Wendy Miyake shares an experience from her days as a high school teacher in which she learned that being vulnerable allows people to see your authentic self, and that you can connect with them on a completely different level.

Use Questions to Change Your Mindset
Imagine that you’ve just woken up in the morning. In scenario A, you ask yourself “Why do I have to go to work today?” and in scenario B you ask yourself “What am I most grateful for right now?” In which scenario do you think you’d feel more enthusiastic and energized? In this post, blogger and coach Jonathan Wells explains that asking the right questions is one of the quickest ways to change our mindset from a limiting one to an empowering one.

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.

Personal Development Reader – Apr 6, 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.

Inspiration and the Art of Nonconformity
How do you take your life from ordinary to extraordinary? How can you live a life of passion and enthusiasm, instead of just doing what everyone else is doing? In this post, coach and blogger Jonathan Wells shares his tips on how to find inspiration and break from the pack.

8 Stupid Mistakes Smart People Make
From confusing being busy with being productive, to obsessing over perfection, even the smartest people can end up spinning their wheels. In this post, productivity blogger Marc shows us how to avoid these mistakes.

5 Simple Ways to Reboot Your Family
Are you and your family living day to day in survival mode? Or are you living your best life and thriving? There’s no reset button in real life, but the tips in this post from blogger Sherri Kruger should help your family get out of your rut.

20 Ways to Overcome Doubts
If you find it hard to move ahead with something, often it’s because you’re doubting yourself and you’re scared of making the wrong choice. But as blogger Lori Deschene explains, the only wrong choice is not making one at all. See if any of these tips help you overcome whatever doubts you may be feeling.

15 Ways to Get Unstuck and Change Your Life for the Better
If you want to change your life, you have to change your behavior. If you keep doing what you’ve done so far, you’re only going to get the same results. In this post, blogger Nea Joy shows you how to get unstuck so you can start the process.

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.

Personal Development Reader – Mar 23, 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.

How to Meditate for Beginners: 10 Essential Tips
You’ve undoubtedly heard of the many benefits of meditation. It helps you calm your mind, relax, and let go of stress. But if you haven’t tried it before, it can be intimidating. In this post, blogger Evelyn Lim shares 10 tips that will help you, even if you’re a beginner.

The Productivity Tricks and Daily Habits of Famous People
Did you know that Victor Hugo, author of “Les Miserables,” would have his valet hide his clothes so he wouldn’t be tempted to leave the house without meeting his writing goal? In this post, blogger Tucker Cummings shares this and other daily rituals famous people use that help them to be at their most productive and prolific.

10 Steps to Simplify Your Work Life
Sometimes when you feel overwhelmed, it has less to do with the actual amount of work you have to do, and more to do with how you’re thinking about it. In this post, blogger Lori Deschene gives you 10 ways to simplify by changing your mindset.

Inspirational Thoughts – Take Care of Yourself
Sometimes we can get so focused on working, taking care of others, helping our friends and family, that we forget how to take care of ourselves. In this post, blogger Nea Joy reminds us to take a moment to love and cherish yourself.

8 Ways To Get Smarter Every Week
“Getting smarter involves a combination of learning new information, retaining that information, and maintaining the health of your brain,” writes blogger Tucker Cummings. In this post, she shares 8 ways to keep your brain sharp as a tack.

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.