Personal Development Articles

Please enjoy these personal development articles which offer many helpful tips and strategies as part of Essential Life Skills and learn how to incorporate them into your game plan.


On Self-Worth and High Self-Esteem

How to Build Self Confidence
We have to build our self-confidence and not depend on or wait for anyone else's approval.

How To Start A Self-Confidence Action Plan
Enjoy these tips on how to devise a self-confidence Action Plan!

Healthy Personal Boundaries & How to Establish Them
Learning to set healthy personal boundaries is necessary for maintaining a positive self-concept or self-image.

Dare to Be An Original
When you dare to be an original you are in essence daring to be "yourself" and everything that encompasses who you really are.

10 Ways To Improve Your Personality
Contrary to what you may believe, you can improve your personality.

Personal Effectiveness

How to Stop Worrying
One of the biggest challenges to peace of mind in this day and age is the propensity for worrying and no wonder

How to Not Worry What People Think of You
Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.
Lao Tzu

The Power of Persistence
Indeed there is power in persistence. It is the fundamental difference between a successful outcome and a failed outcome due to giving up.

Why Quick Fixes Don't Work in Personal Development
There are no quick fixes or short cuts to personal development (or to anything else worthwhile, for that matter).

Develop Good Habits in 7 Simple Steps
As humans we are creatures of habit therefore developing good habits should be simple - right!

7 Power Habits That Will Improve Your Life Immediately

7 Useful Practices to Kick Start Your Day
Here are 7 useful practices to kick start the day no matter what happens to threaten your sanity!

50 Ways to Be Happier
Is happiness as elusive as we've been lead to believe?

5 Ways to Effectively Control Your Emotions
Yes you can effectively control your emotions!

What is Emotional Intelligence?
Emotional intelligence can be defined as the ability to perceive, assess, and manage one's own, as well as the emotions of others.

5 Ways to Boost Your Emotional Intelligence
Today, Emotional Intelligence (EI or EQ) is considered to be even more important than IQ (intelligence quotient.

How to Think For Yourself
Do you think for yourself? How do you even know that you are?

How to Develop Your Intuition
Intuition is, ultimately, your connection to the subconscious mind.

Tips on Overcoming Adversity
Whether we like it, or not, adversity is part of life. Overcoming adversity is one of the big challenges we have in life.

How to Improve Your Memory
There are many ways in which you can improve your memory and the more you work at it, the better it becomes! 

Self-Discipline - The Foundation For Success
No personal success, achievement or goal can be realized without self-discipline.

Effective Goal Setting
Achieving the life you want is possible if you know how to set goals effectively.

The Elements of A Productive Mindset
A productive mindset is one that makes the best use of your resources - your time, your energy and your efforts.

The Art of Conversation
The art of conversation, like any art, is a skill of elegance, nuance and creative execution.

Good Communication Skills - Key to Any Success
Good communication skills are key to success in life, work, and relationships.

Increase Your Brain Power with Classics
Consider reading and learning about Classics to improve your mind or brain power, learning capability, and expanding your cultural literacy.

Tips On How to Develop Patience
Needless to say, patience does not come easily to most of us and it's probably harder now to be patient than historically it has ever been.

How to Think Positively
What does it mean to 'think positively'?

The Four Stages of Learning A New Skill
Before we acquire any skill there are four stages of learning or competence that we go through.

7 Ways to Boost Your Mood
Enjoy this article I originally wrote for Peter's "The Change Blog".

10 Tips for Maintaining Mental and Emotional Health
To lessen the impact of stressful mental and emotional wear and tear, consider implementing some of these helpful strategies into your daily routine.

The Benefits of Regular Exercise
Scientific research has shown that people who exercise regularly are healthier physically and mentally, have more energy, think more clearly, and sleep better.

Stress Management Strategies
Stress management strategies are more important than ever in these chaotic, uncertain, and quickly changing times.

10 Things For Which to Be Thankful
It is said that to be thankful is it's own reward.

A Personal Development FAQ
Some actual questions and answers obtained from consultations that you may find personally helpful (the names have been omitted to protect privacy). 

Caring Compassion Charity
A cause that I feel strongly about and one that can lessen all the others when pursued with commitment and for the benefit of others, is EDUCATION.

Personal Development Techniques

The Benefits of Practicing Mindfulness
Mindfulness is the practice of being aware of ourselves without getting caught up in thinking about the past or worrying about the future.

Emotional Freedom Technique Can Change Your Life
More people are taking responsibility for their own well being than ever before. As a result there are self-help modalities available, to suit everyone's needs.

Affirmations - How To Make Them Real
There has been some speculation as to whether using affirmations is helpful in pursuing personal development and setting goals.

Visualization a Key To Achieving Your Goals
Just as affirmations can help you motivate yourself and focus better so can using visualization or mental imagery.

How to Think Critically and Problem Solve
Learning to think critically or problem solve is imperative if we are to succeed at anything in life.

Keys To Making A Good Decision
Good or sound decision-making is necessary for living life productively and efficiently.

Expand Your Comfort Zone
If you want to improve and develop yourself you have to step out of your comfort zone.

Anger Management or How to Control Your Anger
Anger management is necessary for living life fully and productively. Sometimes we get carried away and let our anger get the better of us.

Personal Development Habits and Ways to Improve

Invest In Your Personal Development
When you invest in your personal development you take responsibility for your life, your circumstances and your happiness. You become the agent, the doer, and the affecter.

Personal Development and Human Potential
Personal development is not measured by financial, social or external success.

10 Things for Which to be Thankful
It is said to be thankful is its own reward.

Forgiveness and Letting Go - How To Achieve It
Forgiveness is more for your sake than anyone else's.

Overcoming Fear of Failure
For many highly successful men who have accomplished great things in life, failure was merely a stepping stone to achieving greatness.

Overcome Your Fear
Fear is certainly not always a bad thing. When it serves as a warning signal for impending danger or a life-threatening situation it is necessary and life preserving.

5 Tips for Managing Change
Change is sometimes difficult yet inevitable. If we can learn to accept and manage it, we can make it work for us.

Motivate Yourself - 7 Great Tips To Help You
Sometimes it's very difficult to get ourselves moving, however, if we want to accomplish our goals we have to be able to motivate ourselves.

10 Positive Habits To Develop
The little positive habits that could make the difference between having an okay day and a upbeat, positive day.

Ten Character Traits Worth Developing
A wonderful article that lists a set of principles to live by. 

On Life

18 Excellent Rules for Living
I could not improve on the Dalai Lama's 18 rules for living so enjoy!

How To Take Control of Your Life
Each day you have the ability to make the choice to take control of your life, or to let it control you.

5 Tips For A Well Balanced Life
A well balanced life is essential for personal effectiveness, peace of mind and living well.

15 Life Lessons You Don't Learn In School
There is the type of education we get in school and there are life lessons we learn along the way.

Live a Life of Courage
Contrary to what some may believe, courage is not a quality you are or aren't born with.

7 Life Lessons Learned from Basketball
Like all sports basketball is a great metaphor for life.

What is Your Legacy?
Is there any more effective way to think with the end in mind then to consider what your legacy will be?

5 Ways To Buck the Trend and Add Meaning To The Holidays
This time of the year is typically busy with the hustle and bustle of the holidays.

There Is An Art To Living Well
There is an art to everything and living well is no exception.

Live In The Moment
To live in the moment means to be conscious, aware and in the present with all of your senses.

The Importance of Maintaining Balance
We tend to underestimate how much maintaining balance contributes to living life successfully and productively.

Success In Sports and In Life
For many, success in sports and in life is "winning". It is considered to be the ultimate goal.

The Law of Attraction - A Different Take
Given the popularity of The Secret lately and the concept of the Law of Attraction it has promoted, I can no longer avoid mentioning it even though I find the focus on it somewhat misleading.

Simplify Your Life in 10 Practical Steps
It seems that life has become more complex and complicated leaving us with less free time to savor and appreciate each moment.

On Relationships

Anatomy of A successful Relationship
A successful relationship, as with most things in life, does not come about by luck, is a fluke, or happens just because you wish it.

Relationship Reality Check
Every now and then your relationship needs a reality check to make sure you are on the same page and in touch with each other.

7 Critical Relationship Mistakes to Avoid
We all desire successful, flourishing relationships, yet we often unknowingly commit critical relationship mistakes that take us in the opposite direction! How can we avoid such pitfalls?

Be An Interesting Person
Too many young people today spend time working on their "outer packages" and neglect to develop their personalities.

Build A Support System
When things aren't going well or we're just not feeling that great we all need support and encouragement.