What are the best self-development activities? This is a question many beginners ask themselves when they first start their personal development journey. In this article, you will learn 10 of the best activities for personal growth that will kick-start your journey.
Top 10 Activities for Personal Growth
- Make Daily Learning a Habit
- Lead a Healthy Lifestyle
- Practice Gratitude Daily
- Spend Time with Positive People
- Overcome Your Fears
- Quit a Bad Habit
- Learn Public Speaking
- Start a 30-Day Challenge
Now let’s go a little deeper into each one of these and see how you can implement them in your life.
1. Make Daily Learning a Habit
Learning must become part of your everyday life if you want to be successful. You must feed your mind with knowledge and wisdom every day. All successful people have one thing in common: they are always curious and hungry for knowledge.
Here are my top recommended ways of expanding your mind daily.
Read Self Development Books
Books are by far my top recommended source of knowledge and wisdom. Reading is a way to learn from successful people’s experiences. What took them years to learn through personal experience is available to you to consume in just a few hours.
A common mistake beginners make is that they pick a self-help book just because it is popular. There is nothing wrong with that. You will still gain a lot of knowledge, but it is much better to pick a book that solves a specific problem in your life. That way, you can apply what you learn immediately.
Implementation is the most important thing. Reading three books and implementing everything you learned is better than reading ten books just for the sake of gathering information.
Knowledge alone has no power. Knowledge is power when acted upon. So apply what you learn before moving on to the next book.
Listen to Audiobooks
A great alternative to reading is listening to audiobooks. A study shows no significant differences in comprehension between reading, listening, or reading and listening simultaneously.
Some people (including myself) prefer listening to audiobooks because they are faster to consume. You can listen to them while doing chores, during your commute time, exercising, and other activities that don’t require much brainpower. It’s a great way to make full use of your time.
Courses are another great way to gain new knowledge and skills for self-improvement. When you start taking courses regularly, you will see an incredible transformation in your life.
The great thing about courses is that you get a blueprint that took someone months or years to create. You can get results much faster because you don’t have to go through all the trials and errors yourself.
Other Ways To Expand Your Mind
- Listen to podcasts
- Watch educational videos on YouTube
Personal development podcasts and educational videos on YouTube are two super valuable resources. The best thing is that they are 100% free.
- The 15 Best Self-Improvement Podcasts To Supercharge Your Growth
- 70 Self Improvement Youtube Channels for Personality Development
2. Lead a Healthy Lifestyle
If you want to unleash your fullest potential, work on your physical body first. It is the vehicle that will take you through your entire personal development journey.
Make sure to exercise regularly, eat healthily, get enough sleep and water, and spend more time in nature.
Physical exercise is not only good for your body, but it helps to clear your mind as well. You will find yourself much more energized and motivated to work on your goals.
3. Practice Gratitude Daily
It’s easy to become obsessed with achieving a goal that we become unhappy and frustrated that we don’t have the thing we want. We focus so much on what we want to have that we forget what we already have.
We take many of the things we have for granted, such as food, clean water, access to the internet, and a safe place to live in. Many people around the world don’t have these luxuries and would give everything to have them.
Take a few minutes every day to express gratitude for what you already have. The size doesn’t matter. What matters is the feeling.
Check out: 100 Things to be Grateful For
4. Spend Time With Positive People
As Jim Rohn says,
“You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with”.
The people you surround yourself with play a HUGE role in your personal development. You must at all costs eliminate negative people from your life.
Hanging out with toxic people will slow down your progress or even prevent you from making any progress at all.
Try to surround yourself with goal-oriented and optimistic people. They will boost your energy up and help you see the bright side of life. By hanging out with positive people, you will also start getting new ideas and see opportunities everywhere.
Don’t know how to find like-minded people? Check out this podcast episode by Erik Bergman.
Want to get rid of the toxic people in your life? Check out this article on How to Deal with Toxic People.
Journaling is one of the best self-development activities, especially for those of you who find it hard to express your feelings out loud.
It is a great way to keep your thoughts organized, gain self-awareness, deal with overwhelm and inspire the creative genius within you.
A common problem that beginners face is not knowing what to write about. Here are a few ideas:
- Express Gratitude: Write down three things you are grateful for
- Weekly Reflections: Reflect on the progress you made during the week. How many of your weekly goals did you manage to accomplish? What went right? What went wrong, and how can you avoid it in the future.
- Reflect on a question: Journaling is a way to get to know yourself better. Ask yourself some of these questions for personal growth, and write down the answers in your journal.
7. Overcome Your Fears
One of the fastest ways to grow and improve yourself is to overcome your fears. Fear is what keeps people stuck and prevents them from success.
Most people view fear as the enemy, and this keeps them stagnating. If you instead look at fear as a compass pointing at areas for improvement, fear can become your best friend.
Of course, fear is not always a bad thing. It guides your fight or flight responses and helps to keep you safe and alive. Fear may be reasonable if you get lost in a jungle with wild animals, but that’s not what people are afraid of these days.
Some of the most common fears people have today are fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of public speaking, and so on. No matter what your fears are, if you don’t overcome them, you will always live in your comfort zone, and you will never unleash your fullest potential.
How To Overcome Your Fears?
Do something new, unfamiliar, or a little uncomfortable every day, such as going to a new restaurant, trying a new, more efficient way to complete a task, talk to a stranger, upload a video on YouTube, and so on.
Identify where your comfort zone lines and start stepping out of it little by little every day.
8. Quit A Bad Habit
There is a saying that goes like this, “First you make your habits, and then your habits make you.” I couldn’t agree more with it.
The small things you do daily will determine in what direction your life is heading. Habits compound over time. This is true both for good and bad habits. Take a look at the chart below.
The fact that you are reading this tells me that you already have established good habits in your life, but you still have some bad habits that you want to get rid of.
First, understand that nobody is perfect. Everyone has bad habits. The goal is not to be perfect but to constantly be improving. As you can see from the chart above, 1% improvement every day can make a huge difference in your life in a few years.
The best way to quit a bad habit is to replace it with a positive one. For more information, download my FREE ebook below:
9. Learn Public Speaking
Interestingly, public speaking is the #1 fear in the world, with #2 being death.
Public speaking is a vital skill you need to have both in your personal and professional life. It will help you speak in front of large audiences, but it will also improve your communication 1-on-1 and small groups.
Many people get great ideas, but only a few can present them in the right way. More than often, it’s not about what you say but how you say it that gets people to engage with your ideas. So learn public speaking. It is a crucial skill to have.
Check out: Speak and Inspire by Lisa Nichols
10. Start A 30-Day Challenge
Taking up a challenge that pushes you out of your comfort zone and towards your goals is the best way to grow.
Set a goal and give yourself 30 days to achieve it. The goal you pick should not overwhelm you, but it should stretch you a little. Here are some examples of 30 Day Challenges:
- Quit Sugar
- Walk 10,000 steps every day
- Read for 20 minutes every day
- Meditate every morning
- Practice a hobby
- Learn a language
- Take a break from social media
Challenges are a fantastic way to quit bad habits and for achieving meaningful goals in your life.
Now that you have a list of the ten best self-development activities, I recommend you pick ONE and stick to it for 30 days.
When first starting their personal development journey, a common temptation is trying to change everything at once. Don’t make that mistake because it only leads to overwhelm. Take things one habit at a time and let the power of compounding do its work.
Hopefully, you found this list of self-development activities beneficial. If so, please leave a comment and let me know what you think or if you have any questions.
Start your self-improvement journey today! 👊🏼💯
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