I have been asked in the past what exactly is a ” personal development ” blog , or what I found so appealing about personal development in the first place that prompted me to choose to build my business around it.
It’s a little tricky to answer this question to be honest… not because I don’t know the answer, but simply because it’s such a multi-sided topic… and that there are so many reasons and answers I could share.
To me, personal development is a number of things, but I do believe ultimately a large part is being the best we can be, achieving happiness and/or ultimate satisfaction and achievement through continual personal improvement and transformation.
Of course this means different things to each and every one of us… but I do believe at the end of the day, our feeling of purpose, how we view our experiences, our achievements, and having balanced perspective, all result in inner change, satisfaction and make personal development worth while… and even slightly addicting!
I know there are some people who tend to think that personal development /self growth and those of us who are so committed are slightly ‘LaLa’ (picture index finger twirling in circular motion beside temple).
The truth is however, that you don’t have to be ‘out there’ or ‘off the wall’ to benefit from developing personally. We can all choose the parts of it that meet and fulfill our own needs even though we might feel stronger about some aspects than others.
The thing is, it really doesn’t matter what appeals to you about this topic as long as whatever ‘it’ is has meaning to ‘you’ and lights your fire!
I mean, lets face it: personal development is….. well…. very “personal” … (that last quote from my friend ‘Marcus Baker’ during an email conversation we had a while back).
I feel personal development does so much for the mind, body and spirit.
It builds character by improving our personal awareness about our own state… or the human condition in general. (Both the good… as well as the (often many) areas that are opportunities for improvement).
In addition, to me, it’s all about being a better human, not only for the sake of others around me, but for my own conscience and attitude and self worth and the way I look at life.
Here are a few additional thoughts about what personal development means to me and is all about:
(note: Get Comfy, I’m about to warble for a while)
…Other changes we have the power to create (for the better)… and need to stay focused and be aware of the fact that we can.
Again, this can also be closely related to change… and continuously making changes to improve for the better. (That’s a habit!)
I.e.: learning from past mistakes and improving so as not to have a repeat! Also using past experiences to enhance the future and grow as a person.
Personal development is also about finding your own expression and position becoming empowered creators of your own life and destiny…taking life as it comes but knowing how to make this gift work in our favour… and leading by example so others may to do the same.
It’s also about self growth, one step at a time while charging forward to achieve the success our hearts desire and being able to see the forest through the trees to know anything is possible.
Phew… I almost need a shower after that… and I know I’ve probably missed some key pointers here.
It’s just that when trying to pin point everything that personal development stands for …. My mind feels like a slot machine or that ‘tag cloud’ on the side… => =>
What I find humorous though is that I was never a huge fan of personal development to be honest. Well… perhaps I should rephrase that and say instead …that I never really gave it too much thought.
I will also be the first to admit that if you’d have told me 8 years ago I’d be writing this post, I would have probably called for the men in the white jackets to come and haul me away to the rubber room.
Back then, my only exposure to anything even remotely “personally development-y” was that I used to work for a large company back in the early ‘80’s and every few months, they would bring in a motivational speaker.
Admittedly, by the time I’d finished listening, I would be pumped to the max and almost bouncing off the walls…
Sadly the effects often wore off… not saying I didn’t appreciate the opportunity to have participated, and I’m not saying that I ‘forgot’ the message.
It’s just that personal development is an ongoing ‘practice’….which means we never actually get it all licked once and for all.
Rather we continue to “practice” personal development for life. Hence we will continue to improve, grow and transform while developing many areas of life for the better, such as health, happiness, productivity, attitude, relationships, etc… just to scratch the surface!
When you are committed and see the value in personal development / self growth you realize the importance and necessity of the required daily dose.
Again, it’s all about ‘practice’ ….
Losing sight of the benefits and values of personal development/improvement leaves the mind wide open to bad habits from the past when we should be continually moving forward and creating our future.
I’m so grateful that we live in a time where it is so widely recognized. It’s awesome that we funny little humans are ‘ok’ with admitting we all have room for improvement and that we are less than perfect and can always use some re-shaping.
Its also great that so many of us know we can take control and improve and be the best we can be!!
At the end of the day I feel it makes for a better and more aware society which equates to a happier, accepting and race of humans!
What does personal development mean to you? Please add to the list by commenting below and feel free to spread the word through sharing this as you see fit.