Personal development

I Took a Free Udemy Personal Development Course – Here’s What I Learned

  • Jen Glantz is an entrepreneur who tried on a free Udemy course on creating your dream life.
  • The course shared tips on how to live with intention and use past regrets as motivations.
  • Glantz says the lessons were insightful and inspired her to adopt healthy and meaningful new habits.

Many of my habits and hobbies have changed during the pandemic. I found myself spending too much time alone and didn’t have many plans or events to look forward to. In April, I decided I needed a self-help activity that I was passionate about to help me get my life and personal goals back on track.

Jen Glantz outdoors with microphone and headphones

Author Jen Glantz.

Daphne Youree


I wasn’t very inspired flipping through self-help books and didn’t have several thousand dollars to spend on a life coach, so I decided to search for a good personal development course online. My criteria for the course were simple: I wanted one that was free, highly rated, and didn’t take more than a few hours.

On Udemy, I found a free course on creating your dream life that was 1.5 hours long, had over 3,800 people take it, and had a 4.5 star rating. That was enough to convince me to give it a try. The course shared tips and practical exercises to help you find your purpose and live with intention – here are my key takeaways.

1. Be clear about your goal

In the introduction, the instructor explained how important it is to have a clear purpose and to live with an intention. It really spoke to me because for a while now I felt like I was drifting through life and wasting my time in a wasteful way.

The instructor said that to live with purpose, you must build a life plan that incorporates what you want to accomplish today, in the near future, and in years beyond.

Personally, I know how I want to grow my business and what I want to do next with my career. But it’s been a while since I’ve admitted these goals out loud and outlined concrete steps to achieve them, leading to a lack of follow through.

2. Take stock of your regrets

The first course activity was a confession of regret that prompted the question: What do I wish I had accomplished and experienced that I have not yet done?

Spending 15 minutes creating a list of regrets quickly allowed me to visualize how much I’ve put aside when it comes to making changes in my career and how much time I’m wasting on things that don’t bring benefits. value to my bigger goal (like being on social media or binging TV shows). It has helped me take a step back, sort out my overall priorities for the near future, and make decisions about what habits I need to change so I can have more control over where my life is going.

3. Start living your ideal future now

Another section of the course took us through an exercise where we wrote down what we would do if we won the lottery. After jotting down my ultimate list of purchases and life changes, the course asked me to pick just five things that turn me on and write down why I want those things.

Then the instructor said to think about each of the five elements and find ways to begin to feel the feeling that they would bring to me right now, with the resources that I currently have.

It changed my perspective on how I can be happier everyday. My dream life doesn’t have to feel so far out of reach. Rather than waiting for the next big thing to happen in my life, I can make small changes to bring those same feelings into my life whenever I want.

Although I don’t have the money to quit my job and write books all day, or travel around Italy and eat at as many pizza places as possible, there are habits and adventures I can start now that will help me. will help achieve those same happy feelings, like entering writing contests or taking local trips to different pizza places.

4. Do a monthly experiment

One piece of advice given by the instructor was to assign an experience to each month of the year. Choose a hobby or activity that you want to try or something that can improve the quality of your life. It can be something you do daily or once or twice a month. The idea behind the monthly change is that it will make your routine more interesting, give you something to look forward to, and allow you to accomplish something new every 30 days.

My experience for the month is to run a mile every day. Next month is to write 1,000 words a day for my next book.

5. Practice self-discipline

One of the last lessons of the course was about the importance of self-discipline.

The instructor explained that as you pursue your dream life, being committed and consistent with your new habit changes is just as important as what the changes are. This instructor emphasized that getting through the “I don’t feel like it” moments is essential for new habits to stay in place. Now I set daily reminders to help me stay motivated and get things done that I might not want to do.

After completing the course, not only did I feel like I had just read 15 self-help books, but I felt clearer about what I needed to do to get out of the funk I was stuck in.

If you are someone looking forward to getting back on track with personal development goals, this course will be worth it for you. Since taking the course in early April, I have found myself more focused and excited about my own life. The advice has really helped me see my life and daily decisions from a different perspective.