Whether you have contemplated your unique purpose in life, tried to deepen or build on your spiritual development, or sought to enhance your own self awareness, chances are very good that at some point in your life that you have tried to further your personal development. The quest to better oneself seems to be innate in humans.
“Can’t” should not be in your vocabulary. Take it out now. Any time you think you “can’t” do something, try to come up with five reasons why you can’t, and then remember YES YOU CAN!! It might take longer in the beginning to get used to this idea, but in the end, you will wonder why you ever thought you couldn’t.
To maximize your personal development performance, never procrastinate. Personal development is all about getting the most out of your time, and you have to remember that time is a finite resource. When you set goals, put a plan in place to begin working towards them immediately, no matter how slowly. Time will pass you by if you put off the tasks you could start on today.
Keep lists of your progress daily. When you have completed these lists, don’t be so quick to throw them away. Just because the lists are complete does not mean that you are done with them. Try surrounding yourself with your progress by keeping them and displaying them. This can give you drive and let you know that you can accomplish your goals.
If you want to properly develop your personal side, it is very important to be reflective. One simple habit that you can do is to practice talking to yourself and listening to yourself as well. I heard it stated once that it is good to pray but as you pray it is better to reflect on it as well.
Always carry a book or something productive to do with your hands. Whether we spend it waiting in the doctor’s office or on public transit, idle time is wasted time. Take along a book or perhaps some handwork to more productively occupy the time that would be wasted. You’ll be amazed at how much more you can accomplish in a day.
This may sound cliche but its the truth. You must employ positive thinking. Everyone worries and practices negative thinking. However, you must learn to notice when this is going on and practice turning those thoughts and feelings into something positive and practical. Positive thinking in any situation is a very powerful tool.
Find the areas in your life that you lack confidence the most. If you take the time to plan what areas you are lacking confidence in, you will find that it is easier to gain the confidence in those areas, rather than trying to gain overall confidence in all things in your life.
Value all of the choices that you make. Turn those choices into chances to improve who you are. The more we value, the more we will achieve. If something is valuable to you, you will be willing to do everything you can to make sure you keep that in your life.
While it might seem counterintuitive to growth you need to come to grips with the fact that you are small. In the great universal scheme of things, you are quite tiny and know very little. When you grasp this fact, it becomes easier to open your mind to learning and hearing (and accepting) other people’s beliefs.
Even if your schedule is packed with things that you have to get done, be sure to fit in some time to spend with your true friends. Even if it is just time for a cup of coffee together, these friendships are going to make your life a bit more joyful and contribute to your well being.
True personal development will come through being honestly happy with who you are and what is going on in your life. Being thankful will help you achieve real happiness. Every day make a list of all the things you are thankful for, from life itself, to family members and your home.
Don’t forget to breathe, and breathe deeply. Deep breathing helps to circulate the blood and can improve health and endurance. Take deep breaths frequently throughout the day to help clear your thoughts so that you can constantly start fresh. Deep breathing will also give you the energy you need to make it through your busy day.
To achieve your goals, turn the necessary tasks to reaching your goals into a habit. Make the habit something that you do everyday without thinking about it, like brushing your teeth. Habits are hard to break. If you successfully turn your small tasks into habits, you will reach the end goal in no time.
The quest to better oneself is as old as time, and numerous philosophers, religions, and industries have offered their perspectives and commentaries on how to best achieve this goal. Lasting change is possible, but it will take strength, determination and patience on your part. We wish you success on your journey!