Personal development isn’t pointless.

Personal development isn’t pointless.

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How much time per week do you set aside for your personal development?

Don’t worry, if you’re like most people then you don’t set aside any time at all. You’re much too busy meeting your daily objectives. Even people with an interest in personal development might not set a specific time for self-improvement. It’s something that they tend to do when they ‘have the time’, so a massive opportunity is being missed.

Think about those daily objectives that we’re trying to complete. Ultimately we’re after results, right? We want to be successful otherwise we’ll just have to do it again. Or worse we’ll actually create a whole new set of problems that also need to be fixed. The pressure is on, we need to perform.

Personal development in perspective.

Thinking about performance, most people consider ability or skill-level to be of more importance than motivation. Our education and training programs are designed to give young people the skills they require. Meanwhile there’s much less focus on helping them develop their motivation. Consider this though: a person with lots of skill and no motivation will be in the same place today, tomorrow and ten years from now. They will have done nothing. Yet a person with no skill but boundless motivation could potentially flourish in the same time period. They will try, try and try again and acquire their skills through the experience of trial and error. It’s why some of today’s most successful people have little formal education.

The point…

The point is that in thinking about our capability we should be considering our motivation first. It’s what is being suggested in the famous quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln: ‘Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe’. Personal development enables us to make better choices, recognise opportunities and improves our performance. It facilitates our motivation and sharpens our effectiveness.

So are you ready to make some time in your schedule and make a wise investment in personal development? If so here are three motivational strategies to help you get started:

1. Read

If you can think about something you have an issue with there’s probably a personal development book that covers it. There are thousands of them, dealing with all areas of life. Otherwise you can have a browse and pick something that interests you. If you don’t have time to read, many texts are also available in audio book format – a really useful option. Alternatively you can subscribe to blogs (like the one you’re reading) which offer personal development tips in bite-size chunks to suit your modern busy lifestyle.

2. Review

Looking back over your past performance plays a big part in personal development. If you’re going to change your habits, whether internal or external, then you need to set up some self-assessment time. This will help you to see how you’re getting on, celebrate achievements and make adjustments. A simple review system you can use to look over any activity is to identify what went well, what didn’t go so well and finally what you will do differently in the future.

3. Rendezvous

Connecting with other people who have an interest in personal development is a great way to keep you moving forwards on your self-improvement journey. You’ll pick up new ideas and insights as well as gaining a sense of identity. You’ll discover more and more about yourself and how people with similar traits are meeting their own challenges. In this case, the old adage ‘a journey shared is a journey halved’ is certainly relevant.

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