The meaning of personal development can’t be consolidated into a single sentence. It could be anything and everything starting from time management, or relating to other people, to learning how to be more effective at work. But to put it in a nutshell, it is a process with a strong objective to transform an individual into a better person by strengthening skills and getting rid of negativity. As a result of this change, the changed person can expect their life and circumstances to improve as well.
Starting the personal development process
True personal development is a combination of internal assessment coupled with external change. That is where you face a real challenge – since it includes so many elements and aspects, you might not know how or where to begin. In fact, you can expect to get lost somewhere between deciding to change and making that change happen if you don’t know how to proceed systematically. The process strives to put your initiative within a structure, detailing goals and objectives, defining steps to achieve the, developing backup plans in case of any roadblocks, and benchmarks for assessing progress. It is good to know you are safe from getting side-tracked as there are alternative plans in place. Finally, you need to know if you are proceeding according to target, so you can be certain of being on the right track.
Pointers to keep in mind:
Here are some useful tips to get you started on your personal development process:
- Don’t procrastinate – it is important to begin as soon as you decide that you want change, because it is a long and arduous process. As such, the more time you spend time putting it off, the longer it takes to reach your goal.
- Starting immediately doesn’t mean you rush into it headfirst! Set small goals that don’t require elaborate steps to achieve. Easing into the process is vital so you aren’t put off by major setbacks.
- Face it – nobody is perfect, so despite the caution exercised, you will inevitably have to deal with mistakes and setbacks. But it is important not to be discouraged due to those. Personal
- Development, as the name suggests, is a personal commitment on your part. As such, you should stop blaming other people and be personally accountable for whatever progress has been made (even if it is little).
- Take positive cues from others. By learning from the experience of other people, you save yourself the pain and the hassles of making mistakes that would have been avoidable. Many of those who set out on a personal development process do so under the watchful eyes of a coach or a teacher.
- Inspired by achievements of others is great, but don’t make that your mantra. Set your own goals and let yourself be the strongest competitor you will ever face! Adhering to high standards is fine, but here too you have to remember not to set impossible goals. Always give yourself the opportunities and breaks to succeed.
- Yes, it is tough to accept change in life but personal development requires that you should be amenable to them. As the statement goes – there is nothing constant in the world except change – so it is advisable to work towards accepting it, rather than wasting valuable energy in fighting it. This type of positive attitude paves the way for self development.
There are times you might feel it isn’t worth it because personal development takes long and you have to be patient, but set your eyes on the prize, so to speak, and it will make the journey much smoother.
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