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Personal Development is a broad term for: Getting Better.
That’s your goal: Improving your life.
I like the Maya Angelou quote:
Do the best you can. When you know better, do better.
And how do you know better? By growing yourself. Learning more about yourself, your humanity, skills (hobbies are personal development), your place in the Universe, your true purpose (if any).
What Personal Development means to you is as unique – one-of-a-kind – as you are a unique human being.
The common point is taking a direction by prioritizing where you want to make your life better and focusing on one or two – then, taking action !
What Do You Want to Make Better?
The most common answers come from 4 categories: Health, Wealth, Relationships and Spirituality.
Would you like to have the Spiritual Peace of an ancient Zen monk, or double your sales this quarter?
You can learn a lot about yourself and what you really want from the questions you find yourself asking yourself. Are they “Who Am I” or “Why Am I Here?” questions, or more like, “Why aren’t I earning more money”?
What would make your life Richer and more Fulfilling? That’s the Golden Ticket.
Pick one or two areas of your life that you’d like to make better…Then Do Something! Take what success guru Tony Robbins calls “Massive Action.” “Take Massive Action !” Take that course in Greek. Improve your Tennis game. Poke into our underpinnings in mythology with Joseph Campbell. Explore the regions of your subconscious – it programs over 90% of what you do every day. Get in touch with God, whatever that means to you. Become a member of a church, synagogue, mosque…Read.
Grow Every Year – Grow Every Day
Isn’t that what Nature does?
Look around you. What isn’t growing is dying.
Of course my journey is not like yours. My vision was Spiritual Growth, and I’ve followed a lot of avenues within the overall scope of that.
But I consider many of my growing processes Personal Development, though you may not see them so. I’ve done something to grow myself through a variety of very satisfying activities where I achieved skills and learned a lot about myself – and others – along the way.
I spent 8 years in Astrology. That approach to categorizing people and understanding their characteristics and events is a Big Picture – although the field is rife with charlatans. When we wanted to buy a house, I took a year-long evening course and got a Real Estate Licence. Then we looked for a house. Then there were several years I was a potter. It was work (a hobby) that was very present and mindful, in much the same state as I now enter in meditation. That might not look like Personal Development to you, but remember these things don’t exist in a vacuum. There were people to meet and my mind to expand. An example of “collateral” learning: I still remember the opening day of the Real Estate Course. It was being taught by a man named Jim Clutter (whose life was extremely organized despite his name). He came into the classroom and demanded loudly: “What is the best job in the world?” He heard some answers, then pounded his hand on his desk. “The Real Estate business! And if you can’t say that to yourself every damn day and mean it, you’ll never succeed!”
We learn and grow as it is presented to us. A lot comes to us from surprise.
What If I Don’t Know What to Grow?
What you need to establish is What You Really Want.
It’s commonplace knowledge that it’s easy to trick yourself into wanting something you don’t really want. There are plenty of rich people who have found their lives hollow. (Nobody on their deathbed says, “I wish I’d spent more time in the office.”)
What you really want forms a Vision for your life. Once you’ve identified what you want to pursue, you need to break it down into baby steps to move toward that vision.
You don’t know how to figure out what you really want?
Try my 3-Step Tool.
It’s a set of 3 questions to ask yourself. You ask them, in sequence, in rapid fire, pausing only to take notes before rushing into the next question. Do it a few – or many – times at a sitting. Don’t filter your answers, put down what first comes to mind. (You can also do this with a partner/questioner) Jot down one or two word answers and keep asking.
The 3 Questions Are:
- What Do You Want?
- What’s Stopping You?
- What Are You Going to Do About It?
Be brutally honest with yourself. All answers are good answers. As an example:
What do I want? To be a potter.
What’s stopping me? I don’t know anything about it.
What am I going to do? Take a class.
Try to avoid big answers, like “I want to be rich” – what would be the benefit you want from being rich – luxurious surroundings, never worry about the monthly bills, have freedom to travel? Because in your answers you may find ways to go about what you want that don’t require you to be rich to achieve it.
Congratulations! You’ve Started on the Path of Personal Development !
You know, just setting your mind on what you really want for a few minutes is taking a step toward Personal Development.
It’s a process, not a destination.
If you want Peace of Mind, try Meditation. Peace of Mind is your vision. Meditation is what you’re going to do about it. Break it down into measurable goals: I meditate once a week for 20 minutes…then: I meditate 3 times a week – and so on.
No matter what your Personal Development Goal, you’ll start to see positive benefits and many opportunities arise where you can practice as you learn.
It’s the Magic of the Universe. As the ancient Buddhist saying goes,
When the student is ready, the teacher will appear…
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