Have you ever noticed the “most popular” blog posts often listed on the sidebar of a blog? These land in that spot based on the numbers of people who have clicked on the post.
I'm always fascinated by the posts that rise to the top of my “most popular” list. It gives me a clear indication of what interests my readers and what is on the top of their minds. My post called 36 Ways to Be Irresistibly Attractive has been sitting in the number one position for quite a while.
I thought it would be interesting to see the most popular posts of some of my personal development blogging peers. I've selected 25 bloggers whose writing I know and respect to link to their most popular post (along with a short excerpt from the post). I hope these resonate with you.
25 Most Popular Personal Development Posts
The Positivity Blog, Henrik Edberg
Most Popular Post: Do You Make These 10 Mistakes in a Conversation?
Excerpt: Ernest Hemingway once said: “I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.” Don’t be like most people. Don’t just wait eagerly for your turn to talk. Put your own ego on hold. Learn to really listen to what people actually are saying. When you start to really listen, you’ll pick up on loads of potential paths in the conversation. But avoid yes or no type of questions as they will not give you much information.
Tiny Buddha, Lori Deschene
Most Popular Post: How to Deal with Criticism Well: 25 Reasons to Embrace It
Excerpt: We can’t control what other people will say to us, whether they’ll approve or form opinions and share them. But we can control how we internalize it, respond to it, and learn from it, and when we release it and move on.
Pick the Brain, Erin Falconer
Most Popular Post: 10 Ways to Instantly Build Self-Confidence
Excerpt: When you focus too much on what you want, the mind creates reasons why you can’t have it. This leads you to dwell on your weaknesses. The best way to avoid this is consciously focusing on gratitude. Set aside time each day to mentally list everything you have to be grateful for. Recall your past successes, unique skills, loving relationships, and positive momentum. You’ll be amazed how much you have going for you and motivated to take that next step towards success.
Change Your Thoughts, Steve Aitchison
Most Popular Post: 100 Ways to Develop Your Mind
Excerpt: 1. Do the Thing You Fear the Most. If there’s one thing that will change your thoughts quicker than anything else, it’s facing your fears. 2. Stand Up for Yourself. A lot of people have difficulty in standing up for themselves. The first time you do it can be very empowering and your thoughts about yourself will change forever.
The Change Blog, Peter Clemens
Most Popular Post: How to Use Your Subconscious to Change Your Life
Excerpt: Before you turn out the light, close your eyes and take one minute to make a request to your subconscious. It can be anything. I would start small and make it open ended. I wouldn’t request to be an astronaut by the end of the month. Your subconscious is good, but not that good.
Abundance Blog, Marelisa Fabrega
Most Popular Post: 54 Tips for Writers, from Writers
Excerpt: The entire writing process is fraught with perils. Many writers would argue that the hardest part of writing is beginning. When asked what was the most frightening thing he had ever encountered, novelist Ernest Hemingway said, “A blank sheet of paper.”
The Bridgemaker, Alex Blackwell
Most Popular Post: A Beautiful Life
Excerpt: Making the choice to see beauty gives me an unfair advantage. My choice allows the opportunity to see life’s subtleties along with the obvious. This perspective gives me the power to appreciate every detail I care to acknowledge. This power is the perfect conduit to happiness. It’s the small things, as well as the large, that create my beautiful life.
Meant to Be Happy, Ken Wert
Most Popular Post: 10 Ways You Can Stop Being So Easily Offended
Excerpt: Talk Yourself out of Being Offended. It can be just that simple. In the heat of the moment, try asking yourself these questions: “What am I getting so bent out of shape for? Does this really matter? What’s the bid deal?” Reason with yourself: “Did he really mean it the way I was just about to take it? Is he truly actually trying to hurt me? Well, then, what is he really trying to say?”
Advanced Life Skills, Jonathan Wells
Most Popular Post: 10 Simple Ways to Be More Likable
Excerpt: Follow the Golden Rule. Simply stated, treat others the way you would like to be treated. The beautiful thing about this is how straight forward it is. Think how different everything would be if everyone followed this simple principle. There would be no crime, no war, and no murder. Granted, we cannot control the actions of other people, but we can control how we behave. When you treat others with this level of respect, they will naturally view you as likable?
A Daring Adventure, Tim Brownson
Most Popular Post: 50 Reasons Why I Suck
Excerpt: What separates happy people from unhappy people is that unhappy people are always thinking about the things they can’t do, got wrong or haven’t achieved etc. That approach only creates unhappiness and lowers self-esteem. The fact is, there will always be way more stuff in the ‘got wrong’ or ‘can’t do’ column than the ‘nailed it!’ column, that’s just how it is.
Prolific Living, Farnoosh Brock
Most Popular Post: Favorite Green Juice Recipes
Excerpt: I was surprised how much I learned by this simple act of juicing vegetables: Developing a new interest in raw foods, realizing the massive number of vegetables I never knew about, and learning which combination produces a recipe suiting the mood, the occasion, the purpose of the juice at that time.
Scott H. Young, Scott Young
Most Popular Post: The Critical 7 Rules to Understand People
Excerpt: To say everyone is completely selfish is a gross exaggeration. That ignores all the acts of kindness, sacrifice and love that make the world work. But I would argue that most (not all, but most) behavior does work from the principles of selfish altruism. Selfish altruism is basically win/win. It is where helping you directly or indirectly helps me.
Momentum Gathering, Katie Tallo
Most Popular Post: A Simple Guide to Eating Like a Human
Excerpt: Then one fateful day, Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of organic strawberries and they found a case of liquid strawberry-flavoured meal replacements instead. Life quickly went downhill. Jill began counting calories. Jack super-sized his food and wanted it real fast.
Marc and Angel Hack Life, Marc and Angel
Most Popular Post: 50 Things Everyone Should Know How to Do
Excerpt: Self-reliance is a vital key to living a healthy, productive life. To be self-reliant one must master a basic set of skills, more or less making them a jack of all trades. Contrary to what you may have learned in school, a jack of all trades is far more equipped to deal with life than a specialized master of only one.
Jonathan Fields, Jonathan Fields
Most Popular Post: Everyone Wants Better. No One Wants Change
Excerpt: People want a better economy, but nobody’s willing to share in the financial hit it’ll take to get us back on track. People want better schools, but nobody wants to rock the system, the unions, the teachers, the role of parents. People want lower health care costs, but nobody wants to endure the changes to medicine, law and bureaucracy it’ll take to get it.
Most Popular Post, What If No One Remembered You or Cared About What You Do?
Excerpt: From my perspective, I believe we are here to experience life as it unfolds in the eternal now. We are part of an evolutionary process and we may never be able to fully grasp its purpose or magnitude. In our effort to change what we don’t like throughout the millennia, we commit all sorts of violence toward life in all its forms and try to subjugate each other to our view—the supposedly better view—of how things should be.
Think Simple Now, Tina Su
Most Popular Post, 31 Life Lessons in 31 Years
Excerpt: You will never be ready for what you want to do. The trick is to just start it anyway, and to develop the discipline to work at it consistently. Taking baby steps in the direction you want to go means that you will eventually get there.
Goodlife Zen, Mary Jaksch
Most Popular Post: Zen and the Art of Ninja Productivity
Excerpt: In order to be productive, we need all our energy to be channeled. Think of a stream: when it flows freely, the water rushes along – right from the mountains to the sea. But if you build dams, divert the course of the stream, or choke it with rubble, the stream will have to use a lot of energy to circumvent or overcome the barriers in its way.
Most Popular Post: More Motivational Quotes That Have Changed People's Lives
Excerpt: So here are even more contributions that have been made in response to that request. Maybe you have a quote that you would also like to share with us. In addition to the quotes some of the contributors – whose names appear at the front of each of the quotes – have added some of their own personal insights into the quotes.
A Beautiful Ripple Effect, Carolyn Rubenstein
Most Popular Post: How to Begin to Cultivate Hope After Failing
Excerpt: What most people aren’t prepared for is how to cope with the reality of hitting the ground. It’s not pretty—definitely not the fairy tale story that has been growing for years in your mind. And once you’re there on the ground, it hurts… a lot. Your ego is bruised. More than that, your ability to dream and act on your dreams becomes painfully difficult.
Everyday Bright, Jennifer Gresham
Most Popular Post: Why I Fired My Father (and Maybe You Should Too)
Excerpt: Growing up, things were pretty tense in our house. One minute my dad would entertain me by reciting poems from Longfellow and the next he’d complain my birth had ruined his marriage. He also had the weird habit of hiding under trees every time a plane flew over the house. It only got worse when my mother passed away. I realized he wasn’t just moody and a little “off.” He was clinically depressed, highly paranoid, and quickly becoming unpredictable.
Becoming Minimalist, Joshua Becker
Most Popular Post: The 10 Most Important Things to Simplify In Your Life
Excerpt: Too many material possessions complicate our lives to a greater degree than we ever give them credit. They drain our bank account, our energy, and our attention. They keep us from the ones we love and from living a life based on our values. If you will invest the time to remove nonessential possessions from your life, you will never regret it.
Illuminated Mind, Jonathan Mead
Most Popular Post: How to Quit Your Day Job
Excerpt: Well, it turns out there is a lot more that goes into quitting your job than just creating a self sustaining income. You’ll have to figure out how to talk to your family and partner about it, set and stick to a firm date, and create a savings fund to cushion your transition (unless you prefer no safety net when you jump).
The Bold Life, Tess Marshall
Most Popular Post, 75 Steps for a Fear-less Life
Excerpt: Everyone has fears. Not everyone makes a big deal out of them. Some people learn to cope with fear, and others embrace fear. Fear is an illusion, a distortion of reality. Most fear is about a future event. Most fears never materialize. Fears are stories and beliefs your ego would have you believe. Don't believe them.
Trading Pounds, Stephanie Wetzel
Most Popular Post: 45 Simple Actions to Start Losing Weight
Excerpt: Most Americans are eating two to three times the serving size of foods. I did an unscientific study of this in my best friend’s kitchen—she thought she was eating a serving of her favorite cereal (1 cup), it was actually 3.5 servings. Between the milk and the cereal, this is a difference of around 400 calories every time.
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