What is personal development?
Personal development is the pursuit of developing, honing and mastering the skills that help us become the best that we can, with all that we have. It is the reaching for and realizing of our full potential as human beings.
We all want to live full, productive lives, but sometimes, we just don’t know where to begin. There is so much information ‘out there’ that it can be overwhelming and hard to sort out. Depending on the problem, what seems to work for one person, may not necessarily work for everyone. There are so many different programs, strategies and techniques, that it’s hard to chose the right one.
One thing, however, is certain. If we want to accomplish anything in life and realize our full potential, we must have some skills – in this case life skills.
In order to excel at a job, a sport, or any discipline, a person must acquire and master certain skills. Living life fully and productively is no different.
Furthermore, possessing life skills enables you to deal with the life’s inevitable difficulties and adversities more effectively. It lessens your chances of overusing prescription drugs, engaging in addictive behaviors and experiencing overall despair and hopelessness. When you have the proper tools and strategies at your disposal, you have more control over your life and are therefore happier and more productive.
Where do you begin?
You begin by establishing a firm foundation. That foundation is “you”. You must know who you are, what you want, and what you are capable of. You must then determine which values, goals and principles you will set up to guide your actions.