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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.

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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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                                            50 Habits of Highly Successful People You Should Learn

                                            50 Habits of Highly Successful People You Should Learn

                                            If you’re like me and really into self-development, you’ve probably read many of the thousands of self-help books out there on the market. But also like me, you probably find all the information a bit overwhelming.

                                            That’s why I wanted to do the self-less task of taking the most important, life-changing lessons I’ve drawn from these books and condensed them into 50 key points.

                                            Here’re 50 habits of successful people you should learn:

                                            1. Believe It to See It

                                            Our minds tend to focus on what’s happening around us and refuse to see what could happen. Only when you trust in what’s possible and dare to dream big, big things can happen for you.

                                            2. See Problems as a Wonderful Gift

                                            While others only see problems and give up, successful people use the problem as a lesson to find improvement in themselves or the task at hand.

                                            3. Keep Looking for Solutions

                                            Even if they’re knee-deep in problems, successful people will still put all of their focus on finding solutions.

                                            4. Remember It’s All About the Journey

                                            Successful people are conscious and methodical in creating their own success. They don’t sit around doing the bare minimum, hoping success finds them.

                                            5. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

                                            There’s so much fear on the road to success, but instead of letting that fear control and limit them, successful people do a good job of just forging ahead regardless.

                                            6. Always Ask Productive Questions

                                            It’s all about asking the right questions. Successful people make sure they are questions that will elicit information for a more productive, creative and positive mindset moving forward.

                                            7. Understand the Best Waste of Energy Is Complaining

                                            Successful people know that choosing to see the negative side of things will only create a useless and unproductive state.

                                            8. Don’t Play the Blame Game

                                            Taking responsibility for actions and outcomes is a form of empowerment that you can build your success upon. While the act of blaming others or outside circumstances takes this empowerment away from you.

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                                            9. Maximize Your Strengths

                                            Not every successful person is simply more talented than the rest, but they do use what they know they’re good at to achieve more successful results.

                                            10. Be in It to Win It

                                            Successful people are busy, productive and proactive. Instead of sitting around over-thinking and over-planning a great idea, they just take a step towards it no matter how small.

                                            11. Know That Success Attracts Success

                                            People who are successful surround themselves and seek out like-minded people. They understand the importance of being part of a team and forge win-win relationships.

                                            12. Actually Choose to Be Successful

                                            Dreaming big is a massive part of being successful even if your dream seems impossible. Ambition is a mindset that needs to be a daily conscious choice.

                                            13. Visualize, Visualize, Visualize!

                                            You’ve got to see your success in your mind’s eye even before it comes. Successful people clarify and get that certainty about what they want their reality to look like rather than being mere spectators of life.

                                            14. Be a One-Off Original

                                            Successful people look for what’s working and then create a unique spin on it. Imitating only regurgitates other people’s ideas with no originality.

                                            15. The Perfect Time to Act Is Now

                                            Waiting for the right time to act is basically procrastination wrapped up in an excuse. Successful people know there’s never a perfect time so they may as well just do it now.

                                            16. Keep Learning, Keep Growing

                                            Continuous learning is the key to a successful life. Whether it’s academic, being a student of life or actionable learning, it’s all about expanding your knowledge and personal development.

                                            17. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

                                            Successful people have the knack for finding positive aspects in all people and circumstances no matter what.

                                            18. Having a Bad Day? Do It Anyway!

                                            We all have bad moods but it shouldn’t be an excuse to stop everything. Giving into a bad mood just stop-starts your life, slowing success way down.

                                            19. Sometimes Risky Business Is Needed

                                            Calculated risks are a must for success. It’s about weighing the pros and cons while moving forward with that element of trust.

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                                            20. Accept Challenge All the Time

                                            Dealing with problems head-on is a must to be successful. Successful people also face challenges in order to improve themselves.

                                            21. Make Your Own Luck

                                            In the mindset of a successful person, there’s no such thing as ‘luck’ or ‘fate’. They take control to actively and consciously create their own best life.

                                            22. Ignite Your Initiative

                                            While many people are reactive, successful people are proactive – taking action before they have to.

                                            23. Be the Master of Your Emotions

                                            Being effective at managing emotions is key on the road to success. That’s not to say successful people don’t feel like we all do, but they’re just not slaves to their emotions.

                                            24. Champion in Communication

                                            Consciously working on effective communication skills gets anyone closer to success.

                                            25. Plan Your Life Strategically

                                            Successful people’s lives aren’t a clumsy series of unplanned events and outcomes, they methodically work at turning their plans into a reality.

                                            26. Become Exceptional at What You Do

                                            To become exceptional, you typically have to do things that most won’t. To become successful, hard decisions need to be made and acting on them is crucial.

                                            27. Choose to Live Outside of Your Comfort Zone

                                            While many people are pleasure junkies and avoid pain and discomfort at all costs, successful people understand the value and benefits of working through the tough stuff that most would avoid.

                                            28. Live by Core Values

                                            Successful people firstly identify their core values and what’s important to them, then do their best to live a life that reflects these values.

                                            29. Realize Money Isn’t Everything

                                            Money and success are not interchangeable and the most successful people understand this. Putting money on a pedestal and equating it to success is a dangerous mindset to have. Success comes in many forms.

                                            30. Don’t Get Carried Away

                                            Successful people understand the importance of discipline and self-control and as a result they are happy to take the road less travelled.

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                                            31. Self-Worth Is Not Tied to Success

                                            Successful people are secure. They do not derive their self-worth from what they own, who they know, where they live or what they look like.

                                            32. Kindness Breeds Kindness (And Success)

                                            Generosity and kindness is a common trait among long-term successful people. It’s important to take pleasure in helping others achieve.

                                            33. More Humility, Less Arrogance

                                            Successful people are humble and happy to admit and apologize for mistakes. This is because they’re confident in their ability. They are happy to learn from others and happy to make others look good rather than seek their own personal glory.

                                            34. Change Opens New Doors

                                            People who are successful are adaptable and embrace change, while the majority are creatures of comfort and habit. They are comfortable with, and embrace, the new and the unfamiliar.

                                            35. Success Requires a Healthy Body

                                            It’s not just how you think, it’s about how you show up for success. Successful people understand the importance of being physically well, not for vain reasons but because being in tiptop condition creates a better personal life for success.

                                            36. Laziness Just Doesn’t Exist

                                            Successful people are never considered lazy. Yes, they can relax when they need to, but working hard is their game.

                                            37. Resilience by the Bucket Load

                                            When difficulty strikes, most would throw in the towel, but successful people are just warming up.

                                            38. Feedback Is Just Another Chance to Improve

                                            How people react to feedback determines their potential for success. Being open to constructive criticism and acting on it to improve is most seen in those who are successful.

                                            39. Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe

                                            If people are hanging out with toxic and negative people, then they need to take a look at themselves. Successful people hang out with others who are positive and supportive.

                                            40. Can’t Control It? Forget It

                                            Successful people don’t invest time or emotional energy into things which they have no control of.

                                            41. Swim Against the Tide

                                            Successful people are not people-pleasers and they don’t need constant approval from others in order to move ahead.

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                                            42. Alone Time Is Valuable Time

                                            More self-worth means being more comfortable with your own company. Successful people are more happy and see the value in spending time alone.

                                            43. Self-Standard Is Higher Than Most

                                            Everyone has a choice to set high standards for themselves. Successful people do this, which in turn produces greater commitment, more momentum, a better work ethic and of course, better results.

                                            44. Failure Isn’t Rationalized

                                            While many use age, health, lack of time, ‘bad luck’, or lack of opportunity to explain away their failure, the key to success is finding a way to succeed despite facing these challenges.

                                            45. Down Time Is an Important Part of a Routine

                                            Having an off switch and taking time to do things that make them happy is a common trait of a successful person. Take a look at here The Importance of Scheduling Downtime.

                                            46. Career Isn’t Who You Are, It’s What You Do

                                            Successful people know their career isn’t their identity. They are multi-dimensional and don’t define themselves by their job.

                                            47. Be Interested in Only the Path of Resistance

                                            While most people look for the easiest way or the shortcut, successful people are more interested in the most effective way. They look for the course of action which will produce the best results over the long term.

                                            48. Follow Through

                                            Many spend their life starting things that they never finish, but successful people get the job done. Even when the excitement and the novelty has worn off they still follow through and finish.

                                            49. Invest in All Your Dimensions

                                            We’re not just physical and psychological beings, but emotional and spiritual creatures as well. Successful people consciously work at being healthy and productive on all levels.

                                            50. Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

                                            To obtain success, it’s important to practice what you preach. Successful people don’t talk about the theory, they live the reality.

                                            So there you have it, a summary of what I’ve learned from self-help books. But of course, you need to start taking actions so you will get closer to success too.

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