9 Activities That Improve
If you've ever
wanted more from your life and didn't know where
to start, you can start
Read the list, copy it and print it and read it again. And
commit yourself to using the activities on this list, not just read
them. You will only get
results if you take action as fast as possible and I really hope you do
the most important things
you should start with to improve personal development is to read books
development, motivation and other related topic. You can find all the
will ever need at a library and if you don't want to
book then just loan one from a friend or public libraries. Heck, if
my side of town I'll even lend you one of my books !
The idea is to
read them and use their knowledge. This is why books were made: to
knowledge on a particular subject, and personal development books are
the most interesting and exciting books you'll ever read.
them gets you in a state
of great motivation and that's why I recommend that as soon as you read
something that motivates you - it can be a word, a phrase or a story -
doing something that you always wanted to do but always seemed to
for another time and place. Do it now while your in this state of
and you will feel extraordinary! And this is just the beginning. Do
often as you can and you can accomplish more in a single day than most
do in a month or even a whole year! A great way to start is by reading
"Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude" by Napoleon Hill and W.
Clement Stone. Reading,
getting motivated and taking advantage of this state and taking action
of the best activities that improve personal development.
you have a model (hero) which inspires you in life?
then you can turn this into
one of the best activities that improve your personal development very
A model or a hero is a person that by his actions he has set himself so
from others and done so many things that seem unbelievable for you.
even mentioning his/her name just sends shivers down your spine and
fills you with
admiration. If you admire someone so much that you wished that you
just like him/her than you've just found a great way to improve.
way to get the most out
of your hero is to find everything about that person. What does he
does he get his energy from? what is his background? Has he ever gone
life changing experience? If so, how can this help you too? Just start
yourself a couple of questions, write them down and start searching for
in magazines, newspapers, books and on the internet. And if you can,
and meet that special person. (I will be writing on this soon so keep
look out A note here: your hero can be one
from current times or it
one that lived 200 years ago. How can you learn from a hero that lived
years ago? Simple. Read his autobiography and all that he wrote in his
you will get so much value that it will amaze you.
3. Do you listen to music in
your car or at home?
you have two options:
the first is to continue listening to music and get no progress towards
personal growth and the second is to replace the music with audio books
mp3's on personal development. I used to listen to music also, but now
this time in half: 50% or less (some days I don't listen to music at
50% or more I listen to powerful self improvement audios on motivation,
confidence and other related topics.
very powerful tool that
will seed success in your head until ultimately listen to audio
will become unstoppable! You can listen to audio whenever you feel
have some unproductive time. When you have a break at work for example,
of just hanging around and doing nothing (I know it's great to do
this is even better) put an audio on your ipod or whatever device you
and you will take advantage of your time. You can do this whatever your
occupation may be: student, professor, worker, etc. And this way, day
day, audio after audio, you will become stronger and better.
make this clear, when I
listen to music, I listen to music that makes me feel positive, good,
motivates me. I'm sure you have some
tunes that motivate you. Listen to those often. I'm pretty sure that
have some music for those moments when you feel lonely or miss your
(we all do have these moments). My suggestion (if you truly want to
number of activities that improve personal development) is to throw
to the garbage can - ok maybe I was a little taught, but I want to
point out that
this sort of music is not helping you, it's doing exactly the opposite
should make you feel ecstatic
and free. It should make you want to get out of bed and embrace a new
day, not make you close you eyes and cry lonely in a corner, feeling
sure you've had this sort of moments, I had a lot of them and I'm sick
Not anymore! In my play list more than 96% are positive melodies that
inspire and make me feel good about myself and the world I live in.
sometimes hard on us so why make it even harder?
Is it TV time already?
home tired after a taught
day at work or from school, you lie down in your favorite, comfy chair
the "time wasting" button. This last one is a little nick name I have
for my remote control (and the power button in particular). I call it
because as soon as you push that darn button, a "glorious era" of
time wasting has begun.
that more than 99% of the
programs or shows that appear on screen are a complete waste of time
nothing to do with the useful activities that improve personal
why did I bring TV if it has no use for us? Well, because it's useful!
was a shock or not :) I mean it's useful if you watch a video of a
seminar fro example. This way, you get two for the price of one: you
a tough day and you will also gain knowledge and feel better after
something positive and motivating. Just compare it to the daily news
were you usually
see people run down by cars or even shot! It's a no brainer!
some people prefer to
watch TV! I hope you're not one of those, or at least if you are (I was
so I understand) at least reduce this time and watch a video that helps
grow. I just remembered a great saying related to this (I just can't
who said it thought :( but I'm still going to share it here and if I
who said it I'll make the proper adjustments). It goes something like
your not on the other side of the screen, than you're losing your time!
200% true! So, for your own good, stop losing your time, it's the most
asset you have and it's far more important than money. So treasure it
it for growing not just for hanging around!
5. Personal development early in
the activities that
improve personal development the next one is probably the most
sometimes not easy to do. And this is getting up early so you early to
more time and feel good about yourself - feel that you've achieved more
day. It's a great feeling and if you haven't tried it until now you
consider doing this.
alarm clock to go off an
hour earlier than you usually get up. When you hear the buzzer don't
complaining and moaning on how tired you feel and think that it would
to get just 5 more minutes of sweet sleep! It never is 5 minutes. It's
the hour range, so just don't do it. Instead, just jump out of bed.
to think of what you're doing when the buzzer goes off, just do it as
you can. Stop your alarm clock and get out of bed. The sooner you do
easier it will be. And I'm sorry to say that intention doesn't count
anything in this case. You can't say that you intended to get up! It's
just a weak
excuse. Only what you do matters. So stop thinking and just go for it!
hear an alarm clock?
or form a group of positive people.
online community that
seems to have positive members, but I definitely think you should also
offline group which you can talk to face to face. Set up meetings once
a week and chose various topics of interest to talk about. In the
it's best that all the members share what they know and point out what
more about, what areas are they interested in and what areas are they
help a lot in the upcoming
meetings, because by knowing ones areas of expertise you can make a
list of topics
according to the interests of the group. I personally feel that this is
one of the
most underused activities that improve personal development. It's so
used and yet it is so effective. Just think, 7-20 people who each are
to learn and to share in on what they already know. It's 100 times more
effective than what you will ever learn at school. This is "no fluff"
knowledge, and you also make friends, great friends.
feel good and your
social life will greatly benefit from this. And by brainstorming you
others will get more productive ideas and by sharing you are actually
It's a win-win situation. So do it! Think of some of your friends that
admire and that are knowledgeable in one or more regions and invite
them in this
group and then they will invite others and very soon you will be up and
running. Or you could join an online group like I said before, and
while invite the online partners to an offline meeting an see if you
an offline group as well.
One very important thing to remember here is that the only
way that you are good to make and keep friends close to you is to pay
attention to what they say. This is crucial! It's like showing them
that you respect both them and their opinions. If you are not listening
to what they are saying then you are not respecting them, and you will
receive the same treatment. To help you out with this, here are 10 listening
skills exercises that will be of real help to
are your goals?
the activities that
improve personal development, taking the time to set your most
important goals is
crucial. This is why I'm going to talk a little bit about this right
now. If you haven't
done this before don't worry, setting goals is easy but very, very
important. I'm not
going to go into detail here, as I'm going to write an article on
setting goals shortly,
but I'm going to address the essential so that you can get started
need are a piece of paper,
a pen and you. Once you have these, go to a quiet place and assure that
won't be interrupted for 30-50 minutes and start writing. What should
write? Write your most burning 15 goals, the 15 things that you have a
desire to do or have. Ask yourself what do you really want to own in
3-12 months. what do you want to do in this time? This could be
going on a trip to Las Vegas
to buying a new house. It all depends on you. They're your goals.
to choose the most important
15 of them. For this, I suggest you write more goals, about 30 or even
50 so that
you will have more to chose from. After you've selected 15 of them,
prioritizing them by asking yourself this question: If I had these 15
chose from and I would have to choose just one to complete which one
be? The answer is your most important goal of the next year and
goal that will lead to the completion of your other 14 goals. This goal
important. It has to mean a lot to you so that it motivates you and
take action and get it.
set your primary
target, do the same thing for your other goals. Now that you've
setting your goals you can get to work. Not yet. First you have to do
thing. You have to set some sub-goals for every goal on the list. I
set between 10-15 sub-goals for every goal. A sub-goal is an activity
helps you in achieving your main objective. For example, if your main
or goal was to be a better tennis player, then some of your sub-goals
getting a 70% increase in serving, winning 3 competitions this year,
your backend, etc. Now get to work and make your dreams a reality! Good
Learn to give before you receive.
improve your personal
development you need to learn and abide this universal law. I've seen
and over again. People that give before they receive, have the greatest
talking about wealthy
people that give a lot of money to the poor. It's just not the same if
$1 000 000 and give $10 000 compared to having $1 000 and giving $100.
though $10 000 is a larger sum, it's pretty late and it's only a small
proportion of what you have and could give - the $1 000 000. If you
have $1 000
and give 10% of your money to people that haven't been as fortunate as
then you will feel happy, content with yourself and your success will
by at least 5 to 10 times! I know there are people that are selfish and
and give nothing away all their lives and still they are very
financially. Financially is the main word here. Because that's about it
for their success.
kind of people will often
have problems in their marriages, with drugs, lawsuits, drinking,
sometimes even if they are alright, one of their children has problems
on. Just read the newspapers, listen to the news and you'll see that's
case. It's just life's payback for the fact that they didn't give
can avoid this. Just give and very important, don't aspect something in
Give because you are giving to another human being and we all could end
way some day. You can never know. Never underestimate the power of one
For you it might not be that much but for others it may mean another
day on this
earth. You actually could offer a man another day of life! Just think
if you could, with a blink of an eye, give someone another day to live,
you do it? It's that powerful. So don't hesitate in giving and one way
other you will receive. And it will be a lot more than you gave.
9. Avoid people that aren't
sometimes be very
difficult as we often have friends or even relatives in this category.
have to do it. This represents one of the activities that either
development or will destroy it. Hanging around this sort of people will
do you harm as they will drag you down with them. It's in the human
nature to be
somewhat lazy and after we find an area that we’re comfortable in, we
striving to do more, to achieve a new level.
good were we are and we
don't want to grow past this. I think we all experienced this at least
the beginning it seems like a good feeling, but after a while though,
make as feel like we aren't exactly doing anything with our lives. We
go from day to day without even knowing what we want from that
We hope for the best but we don't do anything to get the best. This is
dangerous state of mind, and I say mind because it's all in your mind.
always decide what to do,
when to do it and how you want it done. You can decide to grow or to
were you are. It's all up to you and though not easy at first, once you
the conscious decision that you want more from your self and your life,
only get easier day by day. And you will begin to feel that you are
and you will live this life a hundred times more than someone who is
back and relaxing. The success you truly deserve will come to you one
the other. You just have to continue growing and it will come. It
to people who search for it and never give up until they find it.
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