5 Personal Development Activities of Highly Successful People

Develop your mind and improve your life by implementing these 5 personal development activities.

HOW TO DEVELOP YOUR MIND AND IMPROVE YOUR LIFE: 5 Personal Development Activities of Highly Successful People

These personal development activities have been implemented by highly successful people such as Warren Buffett, Seth Godin, Brian Tracey, Jim Rohn, Jane Austen, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Friedrich Nietzsche, Albert Einstein, and Leonardo da Vinci.


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Firstly, how insane is that? Warren Buffett, the billionaire, reads 5 to 6 hours a day!

It’s the accumulation of understanding and knowledge, like compound interest, that produces great returns. The more you read the more powerful you become, because you understand the world more, and you can use your understanding to your advantage.

Finding good sources of information to read is just as important. For this reason, I’d suggest you do some research on Google to find the best books and authorities on your chosen subject. Reading negative reviews will often help you find the good stuff.

I also think it’s worth mentioning that diversifying your reading is also important so you get a steady diet of different opinions and ideas. This helps you to cross-examine information and will improve your critical thinking abilities.

If you are looking to take some action then I’d write a short list of at least 12 books you want to read this year. Choose a topic or topics that interest you and research online for what people recommend as being the best books to read on those topics.

Print out your list and make sure you schedule some pre-planned time each week to read, with the aim of finishing each book by the end of the month. At the end of the year, you will have finished all 12 books. If you want to increase the difficulty of this challenge simply add more books.

After or during reading, I always find it helps to take notes of the main points that stood out to me. I mark down the quote and sometimes I write more about how it applies to my own life. Then once I finish the book I am easily able to refresh myself on what I learned by reading my notes.

I can then apply what I have learned and work through the things I feel are important and applicable to my life. I not only read, but I document notes, selectively memorize, and try my best to implement the wisdom I have gained.

This ensures that I am not just frivolously reading, but I am developing my mind and improving my life by using what I have read. If you do this you will become more valuable to other people and will be able to get more of what you want out of life.


Listen to teaching

In this busy world, one of the best things you can do is listen to teaching while you are on the go. There is so much free stuff online, which in my opinion, is world-class teaching. You can listen to YouTube, podcasts, audiobooks, and other audio teachings all from your phone. Out of all the personal development activities, this one is probably the easiest to implement, yet it is something that has changed my life forever.

For example, when I wash the dishes and clean the house, I listen to Jordan B Peterson – a clinical psychologist who has lectured at Harvard University and recently has been lecturing for the University of Toronto in Canada. I have listened to over 50 hours of his lectures on personality psychology, philosophy, brain science, and mythology. You can find his lectures on his YouTube Channel.

So while most people are watching TV or listening to music (nothing wrong with those things), I am listening to some of the deepest shit that has transformed my understanding of life. Listening to teaching has been an invaluable activity and resource that has inspired me to become a better version of myself. I think it will do the same for you.

But don’t take my word for it. Brian Tracy – one of the greatest personal development teachers and author of over 65 books, said about Jim Rohn – another great personal development teacher and author, after Jim’s death, “Interesting enough you go and listen to him, and you listen to him again, and you’ve heard this again, and you’ve heard it over and over, and just keep listening. Because what he taught was universal wisdom and timeless truths, and universal wisdom and timeless truths connect with us at a very deep level, they release something inside of us, and we can hear it over and over.

That quote from Brian outlines how powerful listening to teaching can be. It’s like having a very positive and intelligent friend constantly challenging you to learn and do better in your life.

If you want to grow in a particular area try to find some audio teachings on that subject and begin to listen to them while you do other activities during your day. Even Seth Godin – the marketing genius listens to audiobooks that he repeatedly plays in his car.


Cultivate deeper conversations

Have you ever had a conversation that was so profound that it changed your life?

I have. I’ve had many of those conversations.

There was something about those conversations that touched the deepest parts of my inner world. They were transformative experiences.

Of course, not every conversation is like that, and it seems that not every person is capable of fostering such an intense connection. But in my experience, talking with the right person at the right time can transform your very being.

These deeper conversations are sufficiently emotional and they get to the core of who you are by revealing a new perspective or insight. It’s almost like the conversation itself has a mind of its own that allows the participants access to a greater awareness. Where things are revealed to each person in the conversation that wouldn’t usually be revealed while alone.

If you want to cultivate deeper conversations you can start by finding the right people that connect with you. Find those people that are able to vibe on your level emotionally and intellectually. Allow yourself to open up, talk honestly with each other, and allow your curiosity to explore both yourself and the other person.

It’s this type of interaction between two open minds that allows for a greater depth of learning, understanding, and an emotional connection to take place.


Spend time thinking, reflecting, and using your imagination

Thinking, reflecting, and using our imagination are all powerful personal development activities that have been misunderstood and marginalized in our society.

If you said to someone, ‘I’ve spent the last two hours imagining what my future could be like’, most people would respond with something like, ‘why are you wasting time? You’re always dreaming!’

This social negativity towards thinking, reflecting, and using our imagination has encouraged many people to abandon such personal development activities. But the reality is that all highly successful people engage in thinking, reflecting, and in using their imagination to succeed.

Of course, we all need to take action, but there are many activities such as using our imagination that help us orientate our action so we can succeed in our endeavors. This process, of using our imagination, and understanding how imagination links to our actions, seems to be culturally neglected.

So it will be up to you to take some time out to use your imagination, to reflect, and to spend some time thinking. It’s helped me to clear my mind, reach conclusions, and see a pathway forward by imagining a compelling future to work towards. I imagine it will do the same for you.


Keep yourself active

Research shows that physical activity can influence fluid intelligence and improve cognitive abilities. So it looks like good old Leonardo intuitively knew what he was talking about.

Watch my video on Leonardo Da Vinci: 7 Steps To Being A Creative Genius

You can’t divorce your mind from your body. You have an embodied mind that is impacted by the health and vitality of your body. So in order to develop your mind, you must keep active and maintain your body.

All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking. - Friedrich Nietzsche

In the quote above, Nietzsche encapsulates the unique creative relationship between the mind and body. I can attest to having many creative ideas springing forth as a result of going for a decent walk.

Maybe you can start to keep yourself active with a daily walk and see what your mind comes up with?

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