Personal Growth

Self-help, self improvement, personal development, whatever you choose to call it, I’m all about it. I haven’t been very vocal about it in the past, sensing that maybe people might see me as self-obsessed, but I’m all over all this personal growth stuff.

This page is an ever-growing resource for personal growth resources, including books, podcasts, classes, blogs, and my posts written on the subject.

Here are some of my favorites so far:

Podcasts

The Life Coach School – by Brooke Castillo – this podcast fills up my whole being with the sense that I can actually evolve into the person I want to be with some work on my thinking patterns. I recommend starting from the beginning and listening to maybe the first 5 or so episodes to become familiar with her approach and ‘model’.

The Lively Show – Jess Lively – She’s not for everyone; Jess talks about some pretty far out concepts like Quantum Living, intuition, flow, ego, etc, but in the most graspable way (usually – sometimes she loses me). I think part of what makes her so successful and a favorite of many people exploring these concepts, is that her excitement for her subject matter is so obvious. She gets downright giddy sometimes talking about an idea, and it’s (catching ? What’s the word?0

The Unmistakable Creative – Srini Rao – I’ve been listening to this podcast for a few years now, and always turn to it when I need a good, juicy fix of creative, insightful, intelligent people with fascinating stories.

Books

The Law of Attraction (1) Michael Losier – I listened to the audiobook version of this short book. It’s short enough to go through pretty quickly (I listened at 1 1/4 speed), and then listen again and take notes. I know The Secret made the idea of the Law of Attraction famous, but I have yet to read that or listen. I’m making my way through other law of attraction resources first, and Michael’s book breaks the concept down in a super easy-to-grasp way.

The Law of Attraction – (2) Esther Hicks and Jerry Hicks – Um, and Abraham, who is the group of intelligence channeled by Esther. It took me a little while to be able to buy this, because I knew it would be hardcore, and I needed to dip my toes in to the whole law of attraction concept slowly and gently. This book has been around for over 10 years, and is constantly a best seller on Amazon, for good reason. Some people recommend the audiobook, but I prefer the print version, as Esther/Abraham’s voice is strong and a little hard to get used to. There are hours upon hours of Abraham YouTube videos as well, but again, her voice gets to me…

Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Dynamite – Just kidding, Napoleon Hill – You can probably tell by now I am slightly obsessed with changing my thought patterns. Anyway, this book is a freaking classic, one that has inspired so many thought leaders, and you’ll notice ideas adapted from this book everywhere. I listened to the audio version, and am working through a workbook, since we all know that writing things down helps ’em STICK.

Miracle Morning – Hal Elrod – This might not be the best written book I’ve ever read, but it’s probably impacted me the most in the shortest amount of time. Hal’s whole idea in here is to set aside the first bit of time you can in the morning to focus on all parts of yourself. this includes exercise, reading, journaling, meditating, affirmations, and visualization.

Sound like a lot? It doesn’t have to be if you spend a short amount of time on some or each thing, and doing all of these things – even for a short time daily – can have a pro-freaking-found effect on your well being. I mean it will. It will have a profound effect. There’s no way to adopt these practices without it positively affecting you.

Blogs

Zen Habits – Leo Babauta – If you click over to his blog, you will immediately feel calmer. There is nothing but white space and words, unheard of in today’s noisy, flashy, blogging world. See that ad at the bottom of my page? Annoying, huh? Sorry not sorry! That’s how I can keep entertaining and delighting you with my witty repartee.

Anyway, back to Leo.

Tips: I made the mistake, as I usually do, to find something and then research it to death, finding all the Facebook groups, books, workbooks, etc for everything I get excited about, and then spend lots of time learning instead of doing.