Personal development starts with you. To be or not to be in the game of life, that is the question? However, if you want to gain a freedom of expression as well as a life that is uninhibited by what others think, then you must consider personal development a high priority endeavor. But, if you do not care about growing as an individual in all areas of life, then you will become a slave to the negative circumstances, people ,and conditions in life.
Individuals who have developed themselves enjoy the most important things in life, including a sense of adventure, a strong people connection, and an appreciation for the small gains in life. They enjoy the progress of their development, regardless of how small it may be.
Because they go beyond their fears and emotional restraints they find good friendship, a love for work and a confidence that wins them lots of money and material possessions.
You can get started with your personal development plan by implementing the following tips on a consistent basis.
Create deadlines for the goals you set
Goals are important. Without goals, we are lost in a sea of confusion and indirection in every area of our lives. Many people get tired of moving aimlessly forward without seeing a real progress in their lives. The good thing is that they often discover that setting goals and making deadlines for the attainment of these goals gives them a sense of significant growth and progress.
Many find their lives totally transformed after a few months of using this strategy. Crucial Advice: You must create a deadline for your goals in order to have a sense of forward movement.
Break down Big Goal into manageable objectives
Big goals appear overwhelming. Whether or not we are going back to school, starting a new job or raising our children’s children, when we see all that we must accomplish in producing a successful outcome, we feel overwhelmed.
However, when we realize that our goals can be broken down into manageable objectives, we gain a sense of great relief. We can begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel and the task doesn’t provoke fear or intimidation in us any longer. Many times a sense of excitement replaces our once negative emotions.
Maximize your personal development with risk taking.
Risk taking can be intimidating. The thought of facing something that may embarrass us or make us seem like failures in the eyes of others, make us want to give up even before we start the journey. People just don’t like to feel as if they don’t count.
However once they discover that taking a risk, and facing our fears producing a great sense of joy, freedom and progress, they quickly embrace risk taking as a strategy for maximizing their potential . They discover that each step they take in the direction of their goals, regardless of fear, the more inner power and confidence they develop.
Risk taking is a normal part of everyday life for those who enjoy growth and development. You must adopt the same mindset.
Introduce newness into your life
A boring, non-progressive life is the hallmark of depression. Such a life can lead to many types of abuses, including alcohol, obesity, drugs and crime. People just get tired of the same old routines of coming and going without any sign of progress. However, an individual who introduce newness into life, don’t have to sit around waiting for good things to happen.
People who are oriented toward newness, make things happen. They don’t settle for the status quo, regardless of how many thousands of others believe that nothing can be done.
People who blaze trails in the world are people who love introducing new things in life. These could be new ideas for business, technology, education or just for everyday people to enjoy a life free from pain and sorrow.
Find something new to do every day, even if it’s speaking to someone at the job, a person who you have avoided each day. You will be surprised at how the experience creates newness within you.
Fire up your network with others
The best way to be lonely is to believe that you can do it all yourself. You believe that now one can think like you, perform like you or speak with the same expertise that you demonstrate. Wrong! You may be great at what you do, but you soon discover that many others are greater. They have more knowledge, more skills and more partnerships that back them up.
People who develop strong networks can move past the competition with lightning speed, leaving rivals behind. Having a network of partners will enable you to invest in areas that you couldn’t have possibly done alone. With a strong network of willing partners, you will have all the resources that you need to go forward, namely support.
Others can be there for you when you fall flat on your face, when confusion overwhelm you or when you feel that you have done all that is within your arsenal of skills and intellect. Great people and organizations didn’t obtain that status without others cheering them own.
Therefore each day, look to initiate connections with others, especially those who will back you up if you make mistakes or fall backward. They will catch you.
Prove you Value to others
People will distance themselves from those who are always looking for a handout. Such people will drain you out of money, house, and home. These are people who stick around long after the thrill is gone, desiring even more but giving nothing in return. However, people who have given up this form of selfishness have found that by making themselves of great value to others first is the way to the top.
When people see what you have to offer and it gives them great satisfaction, they choose you. Great value always attracts rather than repel. Therefore adopt the mindset of producing something of value to others before desiring something from them.
Here is the key: when we work on our personal development, we are not only producing value for ourselves, we are also producing value for others. In order to grow, we must connect positively to others, a strategy that creates value for both parties. Personal growth is not a selfish pursuit. We can’t develop ourselves without the help of others. We develop ourselves in order to help and inspire others to greatness as well. In this, we produce our value to others.
Our relationship with the world takes on greater meaning when we are on a continuous path of personal development. The journey will affect every aspect of your life. You will always sail into new horizons, surrounding by inner joy, adventure, and great expectations.