We all feel defeated sometimes. In some area of life, you probably feel defeated right now. Even when everything’s going great, there’s usually some small corner of our world where we’re stymied. When it seems like we’ve tried everything and nothing’s worked, we inevitably find ourselves bumping up against a decision: Keep trying or give […]
Below, you'll find articles on personal development. What is personal development, you ask?
It's simply making a conscious effort to get better at life.
Specific topics include learning new skills, overcoming fear, and giving generously.
Reader, two things are true: I’m busier professionally than I’ve ever been. The next couple of weeks are going to be crazy for me. I wish to deliver value to you regardless of how busy I am. As one reader put it in my 2017 Reader Survey (which you can still take, of course): “I […]
Resilience—the ability to recover quickly from setbacks—is an enormously valuable skill. It might seem more like a personality trait than a skill, but (lucky for us) resilience is something we can develop. And there’s no doubt it’s worth developing—both common sense and scientific literature (check out the work of Norman Garmezy and George Bonnano) tell […]
When life is good, we get attached. We become comfortable with how things are—our job, our surroundings, our daily routine—and we hope for more of the same. I know I do. When life is easy and familiar, we expect it to stay that way. But it won’t. Not for very long, anyway. Change is always […]
It often feels like our lives are shaped by big events. Looking back at an unexpected promotion, a health scare, or even just a surprisingly large tax return, we see a lot of change taking place over a short period of time and attribute the cause to the event itself. It’s easy to forget, though, […]
Journaling seems to be one of those things that impressive, successful, serious people do. And me. I’ve tried to start journaling probably seven or eight times in my adult life, but never with any lasting success. This time, though, I’ve managed to stick with it for three months, and journaling has delivered some major benefits […]