Whether you’re looking to progress towards a goal you have or just seeking to become a better person, personal development is key. Personal development is defined as anything that improves awareness and identity to elicit action. It improves skills and maximizes your potential. It is also an inevitable part of progressing through life.
The most successful, happy and philanthropic people in the world will often dedicate time to personal development. This dedication is due to a key attitude these individuals have: change comes from within.
Whether you’re not happy with your health, social, financial or romantic life now, it is only you who can change it. This change can come through modifying your lifestyle. It also comes from how you respond and treat people, or your attitude and actions in certain situations.
Adopting this attitude allows you to focus on the only thing you can control: you and the choices you make.
Studies have shown that adopting personal responsibility alone can reduce anxiety and improve motivation. But, it is also the first step in personal development. Through improving yourself, you can make progress toward any goal and prepare yourself for any future problems or aims. But, adopting this attitude is only the first step. Carrying out personal development consistently can be tougher.
So, we put together this article with five tips on how you can lead a lifestyle that emphasizes personal development. This will help you make consistent improvement and personal change second nature:
5 Ways to Work On Your Personal Development
One of the biggest factors in self-improvement and development is self-doubt. After all, if you think you have the right answer all the time, there is no need to change. While excessively doubting yourself can prevent you from making decisions, some doubt is good.
It leads you to look back on your decisions or actions a second time and check if there was anything you could have done better. It also allows you to consider another person’s opinion more. So, to start your road to self-improvement, doubt yourself once in a while.
Enjoy the Time With Those Close to You
Some of the best personal development you can experience is when you’re around the people closest to you. This is because you can relax and be yourself. Whether it’s doing activities together or going away to a couples resort, being around people you care about can help your development immensely.
Self-development can also get stressful. Developing any aspect of your life will always take work and dealing with failure. So, sometimes you’re going to need a break.
Develop Your Inner Circle
After reading the above tip, this one should be an obvious step. Developing a group of people you’re close to, and trust can help your personal development and decision making. You can use your inner circle to bounce ideas off, ask for criticism, or get input on something.
This is the reason many athletes have experienced teams, and CEOs usually have trusted board members and staff around them.
Develop A System for Personal Growth and Problem Solving
One of the reasons many people have trouble consistently carrying out personal development after deciding to dedicate time to it is the lack of a system.
Creating a clear system for you to implement and follow will help you stay consistent with carrying out your personal growth and development. This system can also usually be used to deal with any problems you might have in the future, personal or otherwise.
One good system to use it to identify a problem or issue, find it’s underlying cause and contributors, develop a few ways to deal with it, and consult your inner circle. You can then evaluate your progress on your issues and repeat the process.
A system like this is reliable and consistent and makes you quicker and more efficient when it comes to implementing plans or dealing with problems.
Stay Calm and Learn to Accept Discomfort (and Failure)
Winston Churchill once said; “success is merely the act of going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.” No matter how good your system is for developing certain aspects of your personal life you’ll run into problems.
Some of your changes may not stick the first time, or you might find a particular task hard. This is a natural part of personal growth and something everyone deals with. Learning to accept failure and discomfort will ensure you don’t get discouraged.
This will allow you to be more consistent and see better results over the long-term. So, stay calm when things go wrong. You’re not alone.
Wrap Up And Take Home Points
Personal development is a key factor in leading a happier, more productive life. But many people fail to dedicate time to their personal development.
By following the above tips, you can create an environment for yourself that fosters personal growth. This can help you consistently develop several aspects of your life. This can also help you reach your goals and help you become a more successful and satisfied person. You want to be the best version of yourself, start today.