Popular Posts for June 3

Some of you may have noticed a slight drop in my posting frequency recently. As I mentioned in a previous post I have been hard at work on an interactive program to teach goal setting. I am really moving fast with the program because I want to get it into your hands as soon as possible (for free no less). The full program has eleven chapters with around 20 000 words in total. Consider my small drop in posts to be an investment to get the equivalent of around 15 blog entries all at once later in the summer. 😉

I’m nearing the end of my own habit experimentation to reduce the amount of internet/e-mail/RSS usage I have to 30 minutes once per day. Limiting internet usage and being a more efficient surfer is an extremely difficult habit to control, so hopefully I can share some of my own experiences in a future post. I’m considering running an experiment on various energy management techniques or starting a daily journal as my next trial. The great thing about running a personal development blog is that even if an experiment I run goes horribly wrong or just doesn’t work, I still have something to blog about.

I’m pulling out three articles from deep in my archives for you to enjoy.

  1. Balancing Today and Tomorrow – How do you achieve balance between enjoying the current moment, and improving your future for tomorrow? I have some fairly unconventional views for how to handle this problem, but they allow me to be extremely happy right now while simultaneously improving for my future.
  2. Overcoming the Frustration Barrier – The Frustration Barrier is a big reason we fail to extend past our comfort zones. Learning how to overcome this barrier can allow you to experience far more adventure and variety in your life. This was my very first post here.
  3. Enthusiasm – Enthusiasm is a necessary component of achievement and enjoyment. Become more enthusiastic to really get the most out of your life. I also include some tips on how you can easily create more enthusiasm.

Seeing as this post doesn’t have a specific focus I am going to leave the comments open for a few questions. I’ll use this feedback to help me direct future posts, so feel free to help me out.

  1. Question One: What topics/posts do you like most from this website? Is there a topic/post you would like me to write about?
  2. Question Two: What are the biggest stumbling blocks you find in your own personal development?
  3. Question Three: Has this blog helped you in your own personal development? Have you used any of the suggestions or techniques featured here?

Have a great day!

  • Robert Waelder

    I’ll answer the second two questions.

    1. My biggest stumbling block is resistance. Of course, I surmise this is a common block to personal development. I get really excited about making a change early on, and usually the first few days/weeks is really fun, but then I hit a fog of apathy after the initial wave of goal setting euphoria fades. I’m getting much better at plowing through these periods (completing a few goals has the effect of bolstering motivation for any new efforts), but this wall always is difficult to transcend and requires the application of willpower. I haven’t been particularly good at exercising willpower until recently, again due to past completed goals.

    2. Reading your article on Brushing Off Failures actually helped quite a bit with my own Personal Development. Small failures is usually what initiates those fog periods, and it handily taught me how to transcend them.

    I must thank you for your in-depth, powerful and effective brand of personal development.

  • Sansfoy

    1. The post I like most from this site, so far, is “Decide Who You Want To Be”. I wrote a bit about the reasons why on my own blog, here, but basically I can sum it up by saying that it’s fantastic to see bloggers writing about ways we can empower ourselves and take control of our lives. Your blog and Steve Pavlina’s are the only personal development sites I tend to read, so I guess the most valuable posts, to me, will be the ones where your ideas differ from Steve’s – possibly just in the sense that you can provide a more youthful perspective on the standard issues that get discussed by older personal development writers.

    2. The biggest stumbling block I’ve come across in my own personal development is the difficulty I sometimes have in clearly formulating goals. I’m generally very interested in personal development techniques, but often in the past I’ve found myself learning about useful methods and tools without actually having a clearly defined target to make use of them with.

    3. This blog has helped me in my own personal development, but more on an inspirational level than a practical one. The fact that you manage to write good quality articles so prolifically, while maintaining a busy academic and social life, made me realise that it’s quite possible to fit more into my own schedule than I already do; you’ve inspired me to write more, work out more, do more socially, and learn more new things. Thanks! 🙂

  • Scott Young

    Thanks for the comments, Robert and Sansfoy.

    @Robert – Apathy after an initial boost of motivation can be a difficult stumbling block towards personal development. I’ll think about that and hopefully see if I can provide an answer.

    @Sansfoy – Your comments remind me of a famous quote, “Who you are speaks so loudly I can’t hear what you are saying.”