A quote on personal change over a close up image of a water drop on a leaf with the reflection of the whole tree in it


Here you will find a summary of the key parts of Personal Change in the words of Jim Rohn.

Taken from his 1992 seminar, The Best Life Ever – Chapter 1


1. Change your Philosophy

This is how you see the things in your life. It’s how you view your circumstances, it’s about taking responsibility for your own self. It’s the meaning you associate to things. Your belief structures.

Read this post to learn the 3 essential concepts to any teaching philosophy

2. Change your Attitude

This is how you react to the things in your life. These are your reactions. The thoughts that precede and govern your actions. It’s about getting back up when you’re knocked down. You become what you think about.

Read this post on Mindset to delve deeper.

3. Change your Activity

Obviously, this is your actions, what you do. He says you have attracted the things in your life because of the person you have become. He says do what you can and do it well. Failure is a few errors in judgement, repeated every day.

4. Results

Success is a numbers game. How many books have you read in the last 90 days? What percentage have you saved and invested in the past 6 months? How many seminars have you been to in the past 6 months? Did you do any minutes of exercise this week?

5. Lifestyle

This is about taking what you’ve gotten from your results and using it to live well. It’s about choices. He says if you want to be wealthy, study wealth. If you want to be happy, study happiness. But mostly, it’s about giving.



Jim outlines the path to personal change in an empowering and simplistic way, while at the same time, realistic. Because he says that the path to personal change is easy and anyone can do it, which is, of course, true, but at the same time he doesn’t disillusion you on the time and energy required. He says make measurable progress in reasonable time.

He has a similar approach to Personal Development, see below. But first, some…


Practical tips on Personal Change

If this is nothing new to you, save the post – it’s always good to be reminded of the basics.

Maybe there was one key distinction you’d like to share?

If this is completely new to you, you may want to reflect on these parts of yourself and ask if there is any way you could change them. Then stick to it. Change takes time.

  • What insights did you get?
  • How can you act on them, consistently?
  • Take an “audit” of your current situation in each of these areas.


Bonus – Notes on Personal Development – Chapter 2

As a bonus, here are a few things Jim Rohn has to say about personal development.


He suggests that you begin with finance because it’s easy to measure. He says we get paid by bringing value to the marketplace. If you want to get paid more for the same amount of time, give more value.

He says work harder on yourself than on your job. You’ve probably heard the saying “work to learn”.

The 4 major lessons in life.

Learn to manage the seasons.

4 way split screen of an identical scene of a tree overlooking a lake in each of the four seasons.


Learn to appreciate the Winters

Don’t wish that they won’t come. Don’t wish it were easy, wish you were stronger. Pray for wisdom, strength and to be better. The winters are a time for self-reflection.


Learn to take advantage of the Spring

Spring is a time of opportunity.  The man who doesn’t plant during Spring will need to beg during Autumn (well, he says “fall”)


Learn to Nourish the Summer

Take care of what you’ve built and protect it from the weeds. Nourish like a mother, protect like a father.


Learn to reap the Harvest

Reap what you have sown without complaint or apology. You and you alone are responsible for what you have to harvest.

an illustration of 4 tree's in a row from left to right, the same tree in each of the 4 seasons

Personal Change is possible. You can do this and, if you’re reading this then you probably already are. Maybe you just need a better plan or a simple reminder or a kick up the butt from time to time. Create or revise your personal development plan to include these elements. What skills are you learning, what areas are you studying, how much time have you set aside for each? And track it, track the results. Study and practise, don’t neglect the practice.






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