D is for development, that is personal development to me and you on week 4 of The A-Z of wellbeing blog post series. Personal development is quite a broad term and sometimes I think it can come across as being a bit cringy. Nevertheless it is so important when it comes to your growth and outlook on life.
The thing that is most exciting about the possibilities with crafting a personal development plan for yourself is the role that personal development plays in the level of success you can achieve in all areas of your life, physical, mentally and emotionally.
The fact is, anyone who can passionlessly observe where they are compared to where they want to be while identifying steps and assembling a plan that is truly doable to reach (and even exceed) the goals you’ve set for life literally cannot lose. Even if you slightly miss the mark or change your mind as you go – you still succeeded.
Personal Development Will Help You Become More Self-Aware
Being self-aware allows you to look to yourself, the only person you have any control over, for the change that is needed to reach the success you desire. For example, if you realize that you are defensive around criticism do you just say, “Don’t critique me because I cannot handle it!” No, instead you teach yourself with the help of books, courses, classes, counselors or coaches (or all the above) to learn to handle criticism better.
It’s important to not take critique from others too personally. Try to look at the advise of others as a valuable tool to help you see yourself and your development through the eyes of others.
Need to catch up on the other posts in this series? Here are the links.
You’ll Develop a Better Sense of Direction
When you really know who you are, who you want to be, and you know how to get it you’re going to have a much better idea of where you’re going from here than the average person.
Knowing what you want to get out of life is an important aspect of what helps you set your own course and takes your personal development to the next level.
You also learn not to overwhelm yourself trying to do too much at once because you know that when you set your goals right you will achieve them.
You’ll Become More Focused & Effective
One of the things that you want most from personal development is clarity. Developing SMART goals for your life in all areas of your life is one way to develop that clarity.
Once you have it you can become more and more focused on doing the right steps to get there that you will also become more effective at realizing each success. You’ll be able to toss away roadblocks, obstacles, and threats because you’re doing it with a plan.
You’ll be Much More Motivated
Motivation can be hard to come by for some people. However, with experience and success, comes motivation. Personally for me, motivation plays a huge part in my own personal development journey.
When I’m motivated, the ideas, passion and outlook on my life just grows and grows. Believe me though, I also know how difficult it can be to keep that motivation flowing. In order to keep that momentum going I find it helpful to re-focus on all that I have achieved no matter how small the win.
Think about how motivated you feel any time you get good news about an action you took that turned out positive. That’s why you will become more motivated. You’ll have more experience with success due to following your personal development plan.
Personal Development Helps You Become More Resilient
When you are sure of yourself and where you’re going, something happens along the way. You’ll feel good about the things you’re doing, too. You become a much stronger person and your personal development will flourish. One of the first things you may notice is that you can bounce back faster from issues and roadblocks.
When you know how to plan using actionable steps, to get to where you want to go, there seems to be fewer problems, issues, and roadblocks, simply because you know you’re capable and know what to do.
You will have tools, crafted from the development of your personal plan, to help you overcome issues that would ordinarily have delayed your progress. There is no way to control the negativity around you; however, you will have more control of your actions and reactions.
You’ll Be a Better Friend, Spouse, Parent, Etc.
One of the things you will learn very well as you work on your personal development plan is that you have full control over your own actions. It’s true that you cannot control sometimes how you feel but you can control how you react. It can be hard to realize it but once you fully accept it your relationships will improve dramatically.
The role personal develop plays in your level of success in all areas of your life is clear. People who spend time developing themselves tend to experience life more fully, make more money, have better and more fulfilling relationships, and are more satisfied with their place in the world.
The reason is that you cannot get to where you want to go without taking small daily actions to get there. Your personal development plan will be the map that guides you to where you want to go.