Personal development is the pursuit of developing, honing, and mastering the skills that allow us to become the best we can with all the talents and abilities we possess.
It is to strive, reach, and realize our full potential as human beings.
We all want to live full, productive lives, however, we don't always know where to begin. With so many opinions, information, and advice out there in the self-help universe it can be overwhelming and hard to sort through.
What works for one person, may not work for everyone. There are so many different programs, strategies, and techniques it can be hard to choose the right one for you.
However, there is one certainty. In order to accomplish anything in life and to realize our full potential, we must have particular skills - life skills.
Indeed, excellence in any job, sport, or discipline requires mastering skills. Living a full, productive life is no different. Moreover, possession of life skills enhances one’s ability to deal with life’s inevitable difficulties and adversities.
Not surprisingly, the probability of overusing prescription drugs, engaging in addictive behaviors, or experiencing despair and hopelessness greatly diminishes when you have the ability to navigate life skillfully.
So how do you begin to acquire Life Skills?
You begin by establishing a firm foundation. That foundation is "you". First, determine who you are. Take the time to know yourself fully. Second, decide what you want in life. Life is full of possibilities and opportunities for learning and exploration. Then decide which values, goals, and principles are important to you and choose them to guide your actions.
Learning about and applying the 9 Essential Life Skills will help you:
As we have all experienced, the hardest part of any endeavor is getting started, however, once we do, there is a surprising snowball effect. You almost immediately feel good about what you're doing and will want to continue. The progress and positive results you achieve will inspire you to strive to be the best person you can.
Your journey of personal development will reveal to you a wealth of knowledge and information beyond anything you thought possible - knowledge about yourself, knowledge about others, about life, and about the wondrous world around you.
According to Aristotle: "All men by nature desire knowledge."
Personal development is about desiring and pursuing knowledge.
With the pursuit of knowledge in mind, I encourage you to expand your horizons and explore the pages on the arts, philosophy, and sports. Not only do these fields contribute to your development, but they also balance the personality making you a more interesting, dynamic individual.
Without developing the Essential Life Skills you will always feel that something is missing in your life. What good is all the outward success in the world if you don't know who you are, what you want, or what you are doing here?
Furthermore, if you lack the self-confidence that comes with having skills and an appreciation of life, what does matter?
We've all witnessed many famous, outwardly successful who have been unable to find personal happiness. No amount of fame or fortune could fill the void they felt inside.
Consequently, in order to enjoy the fruits of any achievement we must first be happy with ourselves and possess the following:
Thinking that is needed to work on developing and honing the
rest of the skills including:
4. Having A Personal Value System
6. Have An Open Mind
7. Sense Of Humor
Personal development is an ongoing process and a journey. As Robert Louis Stevenson said:
"To be what we are and to become what we are capable of becoming,
is the only end of life."
Photo credit: https://kaboompics.com/