10/30/13

Continuous Personal Development

images (10)A lot of people will complete a goal in their lives or they will come to a point where they believe that they are stable enough and they will do away with the personal development that they have put into their lives. I recommend that everyone should make self improvement a daily part of their life, and make it a habit that continuously keeps on going. By making a habit of having continuous personal development, you will definitely accomplish your goals plus do a lot more for yourself such as building self-esteem and really showing your confidence through the things that you are encountering.

10/30/13

How to Develop Personal Development Skills

images (11)It is quite undeniable that the word contentment exists in any dictionaries. However, it does not exist in real life. This may sound to be an absurd notion but this is really true. This is due to the fact that as a human being, you should continuously strive to be a better person for your own sake and to be successful in life. As a matter of fact, this is the very essence of the personal development skills that is within your system. Thus, you have to learn on how you can improve and develop personal development skills for you to become a better person in time.

Improving your self or striving to be a better person is not that bad. It is just that you want to be a better you. You want to be better in your field of career. You want to be a better individual. You want to be a better citizen of your nation. You just want to learn more and break away from your normal self. Furthermore, striving to be better and developing your skills can help you figure out if who you really are which can then lead you to the peak of success. Hence, it is just safe to say that aiming to be a better person can do you no harm.

Improving your personality skills or your whole self, per se, entails a step-by-step process, which you should be aware of. Here is the process on how to improve and develop personal development skills:

o    Set your goals. This is the very first thing, which you should do in improving yourself. You have to determine if what you want in life and what you want to attain in the long run. This is essential in order for you to find out if what you need do to be a better person.

o    Make your development plan. Once you have determined your goals in life, the next step is for you to make your own personal development plan. The plan will serve as your guide in achieving your goals.

o    Put your plan into action. Putting your personal development plan into action is the most difficult step in improving yourself. Nevertheless, you can make it somehow easier and simpler by just starting with small steps one at a time. After all, it is better to start with small steps slowly but surely rather than start with bigger insignificant steps forward.

o    Be responsible. You have to be responsible in everything and anything that you do. Accept all your shortcomings wholeheartedly and promise yourself to make everything correctly the next time around. Moreover, you also have to be open-minded when it comes to the results of your pursuit in becoming a better and successful person. In doing so, you can easily accept any possible failures and simply move forward.

o    Make sure to improve yourself daily. Personal development skills are already within you. You just need to improve those skills in order to be a better person, attain happiness, and be successful at the end of the day. In fact, it is preferable for you to improve your personal development skills daily to have fruitful results. You should be able to find some Personal Reflection Affirmations from some self improvement websites.

Indeed, improving yourself is not an instant process but rather a gradual one. Hence, you really have to be aware of how you can slowly improve, as well as develop personal development skills in order to be a better individual and be successful in time.

10/30/13

Personal Development Tools

download (4)Time management requires a structured mind. This will allow you to plan and organize things properly. It also requires that you have the willpower to go through with the schedules you have set for yourself. As part of your arsenal of personal development tools, it will require that you have:

  1. A set goal. This could be anything from getting rich to achieving inner peace, to specific or immediate goals such as finishing a task for the day.
  2. An action plan. This is the breakdown of the main goal into easily achievable projects.
  3. A timetable. This will help you to schedule each step of the project, as well as to prioritize each project in the main goal you have set for yourself.

Materials needed for effective time management are clocks and watches, alarm clocks, an appointment book or organizer, a calendar, pen and paper, and recently there has arisen the option of a computer with time management software installed.

This method for structure and organization is essential for a personal development plan, wherein the other personal development tools that are used aside from time management are

  • planning
  • goal setting
  • affirmation/auto-suggestion
  • visualization
  • and measuring progress

A personal development plan is a means of self transformation, where there exists much material about methods, techniques, workshops, books, and programs devoted to the idea. This phrase is present in the fields of psychology, education, philosophy, and it is also a common phrase in the workplace. As it is, a personal development plan is not necessarily limited to these disciplines. The tools and methods are adaptable and can be applied to anything you can think of at all. These can be learned through reading self help books, by attending lectures and workshops, by listening to speakers who have mastered the techniques, and then by practicing what you have learned in your daily life.

Methods for time management are especially useful for procrastinators, to help in maximizing their own time to achieve set goals. But taken as a whole, the personal development plan can be of help in goals such as developing innate talents, developing personal potential, improving ones self-knowledge and sense of identity, realizing one’s life dreams, achieving one’s aspirations, bettering one’s quality of life, and such other goals. It is said to also influence the thoughts and actions of others in one’s surroundings. This is through the power of positive thinking. Methods that are purported to achieve this are distinct from the methods of time management, planning, and measuring of progress; all of which is mostly done in the physical world. There are also personal development tools that are to be used in the realm of thought and imagination. These are the methods of creative visualization, self affirmation, and auto suggestion, all of which are done with the power of the mind. These are the methods that are said to influence physical reality as well as the self. The aim is to focus these thoughts on a positive goal.

10/30/13

7 Self-Reflection Questions for Personal Development Goals

images (9)We all have a dream that we want to experience but it can remain hidden without asking ourselves some self-reflection questions. If you are staring at your computer screen thinking to yourself “I don’t have a dream or what questions” do not worry. We will go over some great questions in order to help you with your personal development goals.

1. What one personal development goal if achieved tomorrow would give you the greatest feeling of success?

By discovering which goal is most important to us we can better focus our energy and time on what means the most to us. This does not mean we sacrifice the rest of life to get that goal but by being clear on what is most important to us we make better decisions. If you do not find the answer to this question your life goals will not align with your true purpose. Your intentions will not attract the individuals and circumstances needed to make your dreams come true.

2. Are these your goals or someone else’s?

Are you living into what you believe is a predetermined future for yourself? If your parents, grandparents and siblings are all lawyers do you feel obligated to be the same even though you dislike the profession?

You are not anyone but who you are and you need to determine your goals based on that fact in order to live your dream life. A life lived through others expectations, is a life that is filled with regret and what could have been.

You do not have to feel selfish for pursuing your own dreams and not the dreams others have for you. You have the right to listen to your heart and follow what you believe is your destiny.

3. Are you passionate about your vision of life?

If you are not waking up excited to live the day then chances are you do not have personal development goals that you are passionate about. People who are passionate about their lives do not want to go to bed at night because they love being awake. They live such fulfilling lives that they cannot wait to wake up and do it again.

If you just can’t wait until its bedtime so you can finally end the day you need to identify what you are passionate about. What could you wake up to tomorrow that would make you throw off the covers and practically run out the door? Your real goals will give you energy you never knew existed.

4. Do you understand what success feels like?

Success has a million different definitions and every one of those only applies to the person who is saying it. Success is a feeling we get inside and not our materialistic belongings.

Take time to reflect on what you consider to be past successes. Do not think of the achievement you got in terms of tangible rewards but try to express how you felt in that situation. Was it exhilarating and mind-blowing or were you just slightly happy.
Real goals make you feel like you are on top of the world. Internet marketers always say that their first $100 online is more memorable than their next $100,000. The reason is because that $100 made them feel true success inside. They actually did what they set out to do and it matched what they wanted it to feel like.

Spend the time needed to determine your definition of success. What will life look like, who will you be and what will it take to get there. Most importantly what do you expect to feel when you arrive at your dream destination?

5. What are the daily habits you can create to achieve your goals?

Successful people have successful habits. They didn’t just stumble upon those habits but through taking one step each day towards their personal development goals they developed them. By setting up daily routines that push you towards your goals you can create habits.

Most habits are always on autopilot which puts your success on autopilot. If you were in the habit of exercising 30 minutes every day in some form or another I am guessing you would be in fairly good shape. At first you may have to force yourself to go but before long you would wake up and consider doing nothing but go exercise.

This applies to every goal you have. Set up a plan on how to take small daily steps, they turn into habits and before you know it your goal is accomplished.

6. Are you telling yourself: “I can’t achieve these goals?

Most people don’t believe they can actually achieve the goals they set. They do a good job of writing their goals and planning the steps they need to take but the whole time they tell themselves inside that it won’t happen. So it doesn’t.

If your belief system is telling you to forget it this isn’t going to happen you will need to discover where those beliefs come from. Maybe you don’t believe following your passion will pay the bills or that you can’t be rich because your parents are poor. You could have been hurt by someone so you believe you can’t be loved. I cannot stress enough the importance of having a positive self-belief system.

You can, you will and you deserve to be.

7. Are you afraid of success?

You thought fear of failure was bad. Can you imagine the fact that some people are more afraid of being successful then failing? If they never get to be successful they can blame their failures but when they achieve success they only see one way to go and that is down.

Instead of going after their goals fully they essentially self-sabotage themselves by creating situations where they get fired, make people mad at them or anything that would give them an excuse as to why success wasn’t possible. Then they are like “Whew, I almost became more than I already am, dodged that bullet.”

Look at success as something you achieve and then do again, over and over. There is no going backwards just in a different direction.

I understand change is scary but I find it even scarier to think that all I am right now is all I ever will be. You deserve to live the life of your dreams so go out there and crush those personal development goals.