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22 Killer Personal Development Resources You’re Missing Out On

22 Killer Personal Development Resources You’re Missing Out On

You’ve got the personal development itch once again.

You know the feeling.  Maybe you want to be more productive, finally tackle that goal of yours, or start waking up earlier.

So you go to Google or your favorite personal development blogs. Maybe if you still haven’t found what you’re looking for you try searching for a Youtube video or ask your Facebook friends if they know of any good sites.

And that’s it.  You’ve exhausted your resources and don’t know where else to look.

Sometimes you find what you need, but you still have a sense that there’s got to be more.  That you don’t know – what you don’t know.

And that’s where you get stuck.  Wanting more, but just not knowing where to find it.

Today I hope to change that by sharing with you 22 of the killer personal development resources you’re missing out on.

1. Reddit

I know, you thought Reddit was just for gamers, atheists, and students – but that’s a misconception.  If you search deep enough you’ll find several subreddits for anyone who wants to grow personally.  For starters, you can check out: r/selfimprovement, r/getmotivated, r/iwanttolearn, r/lifeprotips, r/productivity, r/zenhabits and r/selfhelp.

    2. Mindbloom

    Mindbloom.com is a nifty personal development web application. Think of it as a social network for your personal development.  You create a tree with branches representing the elements of your life you want to work on.  It encourages you to nurture your tree through inspiration (sun) and action (water).  There’s a lot built into this tool, so go check it out if you’re curious.

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      3. Udemy

      Lately, it seems there have been hundreds of eLearning websites popping up across the web.  One of my favorites however is Udemy.  The structure is clean, the classes are well organized, and the instructors are top-notch.  Although they have plenty of academic courses available, there are a number of personal development ones worth checking out such as: How to Enjoy Work More, Discover The 1 Thing You Were Born to do in 5 Easy Steps, or Getting Things Done.

        4. Gympact

        There are plenty of ways to motivate you to work out, but the app Gympact does something quite clever and unique.  They hit you where it hurts…right in the wallet.  The concept behind Gympact is that you set a monetary consequence for when you miss your work outs, typically a $1 or so.  Then anytime you miss a work out you committed yourself to, you pay the fine.  But it doesn’t stop there.  What if you’re a good boy or girl and hit all of your workouts that week?  Well friend, you get a share of all the slacker’s fines that week.

          5. TED

          Okay, so plenty of you know Ted already, but do you remember the first day you discovered it?  It was amazing right? If you’ve heard about TED but never checked it out, now’s the time.  It’s inspiration on steroids.

            6. Stumbleupon

            Stumbleupon is another excellent resource for personal development.  I recommend stumbling interests such as: self improvement, personal development, career planning, spirituality, productivity, or motivation.

              7. The Habit Factor

              This is the world’s bestselling, #1 “Goals & Habits App” on iTunes.  It combines the book by the same name with a neat app that helps you track your goals and keep up with your progress.

                8. Lumosity

                Lumosity is your one stop shop for brain training.  If you want to have an easier time remembering names, learning new subjects, or maintaining focus – this is the place to hang out.

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                  9. Remember The Milk

                  If you are a list person, this is a must have.  Remember the Milk let’s you manage your lists anywhere.  It will send reminders to your email or text, sync to your calendar and more.

                    10. Blogs

                    This one is a bit tricky since there are sooo many blogs out there dedicated to personal development.  Thankfully, others have already done the research for you by listing posts and blogs to checkout.

                      11. Lifetick

                      Lifetick is a web application for tracking your goals and keeping you focused.  Their status widgets, charts, and reports make this the dream app for any detail oriented goal-getters.

                        12. 43 Things

                        Speaking of goals, we all know the chance of completing them comes down to how good of a support group you have.  43 Things is just that.  A community of goal minded people dedicated to helping each other reach their goals.

                          13. Evernote

                          Have you ever been out in public shopping, watching a movie, or eating a burger when you were suddenly struck with a brilliant idea?  You hope to hold onto it long enough to make it home where you can write it down, but by then you’ve moved on or forgotten it completely.  Evernote is a handy app for recording written or audio notes on your phone or pc that you can take anywhere.  All your ideas are stored in one place and it’s easy to use.

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                            14. Pinterest

                            People are always surprised to learn Youtube is the world’s second largest search engine.  But Pinterest works in a similar way.  Just as you can search Google or Youtube for personal development content, you can do the same for Pinterest.  Put in productivity, self-help or personal growth, and you’ll find hundreds of pictures, articles, and posters related to the topic.

                              15. 99u

                              If you like TED, this is another resource you should check out. 99u has a wide selection of videos delivered by scholars, leaders, and business men around the world on topics ranging from leadership to well-being.

                                16.  Books

                                The great thing about books is that there are always new ones coming out to help you with your personal development needs.  Over the years, Lifehack has written a number of posts featuring their favorite book recommendations.

                                We Ask, You Answer: Productivity Books

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                                17. Vision Board

                                Happytapper has created a virtual version of one of coaching’s favorite tools – The Vision Board.  It’s an easy way to give yourself some quick inspiration and motivation wherever you are.

                                  18.  Podcasts

                                  One of the things I look forward to every day is listening to podcasts on my way to work.  Thankfully, there is a wide selection of excellent podcasts in the personal development arena.  For starters you might check out Achieving Predictable Success, Great Work Interview

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                                    19. Youtube

                                    It took some time for me to warm up to Youtube. At first it was difficult to find quality videos on the subjects you were interested in, but that’s not the case anymore.  Even in the personal development world, there are many amazing Youtube channels and videos you can follow.  Whether it’s classics like The Last Lecture or How to Have Your Best Year Ever or newer ongoing channels such as TedEd and ZeFrank there’s something for everyone.

                                      20. Lift

                                      Lift is an app that visualizes your goals and progress while combining the support of your friends.  Forbes wrote a nice piece on the app calling it “probably the most affordable self-help product ever created.” It relies on an interesting check-in system and helps you focus on taking single steps versus tackling a multitude of challenges all at once.

                                        21. Ignite

                                        Ignite is a global event run by volunteers where speakers are given five minutes to talk about their ideas, passions, or interest on 20 slides for 15 seconds each.  The format may seem rigid, but the presentations go quickly and you hear only the good stuff as a result.  The best way to find videos put on by this organization is to either go to their website and search, or look up your local ignite organization on Youtube.

                                          22.  Live Happy

                                          Live Happy is more than an iPhone app, it’s a “happiness boosting positive psychology program.” Based on the book, The How of Happiness, the app helps you carry out the concepts taught in the book.  Things such as journaling, giving thanks, or savoring a beautiful moment.

                                            I hope this list can help you get started.  What personal development resources do you use?

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                                            8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                            8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                            In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                                            Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                                            Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                                            Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                                            Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                                            The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                                            There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                                            How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                                            According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                                            Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                                            Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                                            The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                                            Listen carefully:

                                            We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                                            The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                                            Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                                            8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                                            There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                                            Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                                            1. Pray Daily

                                            You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                                            When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                                            Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                                            Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                                            2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                                            A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                                            By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                                            Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                                            If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                                            This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                                            How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                                            3. Smile Often

                                            Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                                            Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                                            Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                                            The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                                            4. Organize Your Working Desk

                                            A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                                            When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                                            Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                                            Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                                            5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                                            I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                                            Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                                            What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                                            6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                                            God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                                            I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                                            I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                                            7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                                            You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                                            How do you do that? This is my formula:

                                            First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                                            If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                                            If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                                            If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                                            Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                                            8. Go Exercise

                                            Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                                            The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                                            You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                                            12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                                            The Bottom Line

                                            It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                                            It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                                            Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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