The journey of personal development is a lifelong one. You get to learn how to become more confident and happier by improving your self-awareness and identity, developing your skills and talents and setting goals in order to realize your dreams and aspirations. It is indeed an important aspect of life and it is a continuous process.
People embark on personal development to enhance the quality of their lives, develop others, and reach self-actualization.
As Abraham Maslow puts it…
” Self-actualization is the desire that everybody has to become everything that they are capable of becoming”.
When you reach your full potential as a unique human being, you can be said to be fulfilled. To achieve this, you have to embark on a conscious pursuit of growth. To become better than who you were, looking internally, expanding your knowledge, improving your skills, transforming yourself mentally, socially, emotionally, etc. It is a lifelong pursuit.
I see personal development as a CHALLENGE. The challenge to develop oneself and skills in order to create VALUE. Isn’t that what life is about? Creating value. How do you grow? How do you win without any challenge?
If we develop new habits in line with our aspirations, stretch our minds, maintain a sense of self-worth, and pursue our goals, we can BECOME who we want to be.
BECOME = To come into being. To change. To grow to be or be suitable for.
Ask yourself, what am I becoming?
As we progress in life, our environment and circumstances change. We grow to become a friend, a partner, a spouse, a parent, a leader, etc. All we can do to excel in these various roles is to keep developing ourselves. Keep learning and mastering new skills and grow with life. Life is about growth so why would you not want growth?
In addition to these, here are 5 more reasons why you should embark on personal development now;
- It helps you build better relationships:
You would be able to foster better relationships with the help of personal development. Why? Because you will become more self–aware. You will understand your values and be able to know which relationship is worth investing in or not. You will also be able to maximize relationships which makes the most positive impact in your life. You’d understand how to relate better with others.
- You’d build greater resilience:
Your ability to handle stress, adversity and change is enhanced with personal development. There are low times in life. Everyone needs the skill to deal with them effectively. Mental strength and emotional agility which comes with transforming oneself through personal development enables one to cope with any eventuality.
- It gives a sense of direction:
As you become more self-aware through personal development, and set your goals, You’d become clearer on which way to go.
In other words, you receive clarity through personal development because you will begin to set out things to achieve and how to achieve them. You will realize what tasks to do and how to effectively use your time. This gives you better focus and management of your priorities.
- It helps you create a balanced lifestyle:
A balanced lifestyle also known as work–life–balance covers;
a) physical health ( body, diets and nutrition)
b) mental health ( mindset, emotions)
c) environment ( your home, surroundings, world matters, media)
d) relationships ( family, friends, social life)
e) work ( career, businesses, education)
f) finances ( wealth, money)
When you create a balance of these elements of life and feel contented with what you have and hope to achieve henceforth, then you can feel invigorated.
- Contribute to the society:
We are part of the world- community. We cannot live in isolation. Therefore we need each other. Personal development for self alone cannot work if you aren’t contributing to the community. Volunteering, giving back, helping others. That’s the core concept of personal development. To develop yourself in relation to others by offering what you have and getting back. If you want to benefit from your surrounding, you give value. You have to give something. The world should benefit from you too. That’s what personal development does.
Understanding the concept of personal development is only the beginning of the journey. To know the “why” of personal development. There’s no final destination to it. It is a continuous growth. But you can measure your progress by the goals you have set for your self and the milestones you have achieved. It is a matter of personal choice and preferences.
We are responsible for our own personal development. No one else can do it for you. Others can contribute to the process, but it’s all up to you. Learning, evaluating our habits and actions, etc.
Growth may mean change, but as long as it’s for the better, then it’s a good thing.
” If you want something more, you have to become something more”.
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