What is Personal Development?
Aristotle said: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.”
Wikipedia says: “Personal Development includes activities that improve awareness and identity, develop talents and potential, build human capital and facilitates employability, enhance quality of life and contribute to the realization of dreams and aspirations.”
In our own words:
is all about studying and practicing how to change or improve your life with regards to personal goals in: health, happiness, spirituality, talents, education, career, productivity, etc. by identifying your core values and beliefs, improving awareness, changing habits, motivation, goal setting, etc.
As you see, there are many areas where you can study and implement what you’ve learned in order to change your life. Start with one area, and only one, start with the one that’s the most important to you. Once you’ve finished the process and see the results you’ve wanted, and only then, move to the next area. Never try to focus on more than one area at the same time.
Let’s talk about a real life example in a very popular area, weight loss. Well, for some people that’s a great area to get started with developing a new personality. Most people want to lose weight fast, and they are ready to do whatever it takes to get rid of their pounds as qickly as possible. They want to become # 1: beautifully slim, #2: build up muscles, and # 3: do something for their health.
And that’s where it can get a bit confusing: to become healthy you may need to lose weight. But in order to really lose weight and keep it off, you need to build up the right muscles first. By doing that you can lose weight long term and can keep it off for good. That’s a very good example showing what you need to focus on first (build up the right muscles) to attain your goal (become healthy) and how the previous main goal (lose weight) is switching from #1 to #2 .
How can personal development impact your life?
With all the technical evolution and economical developments around you, it’s not enough to have basic skills anymore. You need to learn new skills “on your way”, some experts also talk here about life-long learning. You need to learn more than one language – that’s more important than ever these days. You need communication skills and the ability to share what you know, perhaps even teach other people to follow the steps you’ve done, and much more. That’s why you need to work on yourself harder than on your business or your job. Let me share with you this Jim Rohn video and please take your time to watch it – it’s a valuable guidance on personal development:
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Still unsure? You’re not alone. Most people feel uncomfortable about taking a closer look at their goals vs what the reality is.
Mostly, because they simply fear the truth. Reading about how other people, who have gone through similar issues, mastered their life can be a first approach to develop a new personality. So… Switch from impossible to possible. Don’t wait another day. Start with the first steps in personal development today.