Developing The Self
Personal development is a journey full of discovery and a process that leads to the growth of life in all desired areas. It’s the best way to expand people’s general awareness and knowledge, assess their skills and qualities, consider their aims in life and set goals in order to realize and maximize their potential.
This page helps you to identify the skills you need to set life goals which can enhance your employability prospects, raise your confidence and lead to a more fulfilling, higher quality life. Plan to make relevant, positive and effective life choices and decisions for your future to enable personal empowerment.
Although early life development and early formative experiences within the family, at school, etc. can help to shape us as adults, personal development should not stop later in life.
This page contains information and advice that is designed to help you to think about your personal growth and ways in which you can work towards goals and your full potential.
The importance of personal growth. This book helps you to identify the skills you need to set life goals which can enhance your employability prospects, raise your confidence and lead to a more fulfilling, higher quality life. Plan to make relevant, positive and effective life choices and decisions for your future to enable personal empowerment.
It’s about your ability to identify and recognise what must improve and educate yourself in that particular area. The next step is to decide that you will make it happen and take action that is effective towards it. If you think you can’t do it alone, the best option is to get the first available help. That can be an online search, a book related to your needs, webinars, seminars, a private mentor or coach and online courses.
Today there’s no lack of sources and options available, which means that excuses and reason why it can’t be done are even smaller. The main obstacle between you and your greatest achievements – is YOU! That’s why personal development or self-improvement is the most effective and precise way to achieve any goal in life. But what is exactly the so-called Personal Development and how can it work for me? How can I manage it with so much stuff going on already in my life? How do I start?
These are great questions and there are a number of steps to take in managing your personal development. Here are a few:
1. Developing a Personal Vision
Personal development can simply be for fun. Most of us, however, find it easier to motivate ourselves to learn and improve if we have a purpose in doing so. Developing your personal vision – a clear idea of where you want to be in a few months or years, and why – is a crucial part of developing this purpose.
2. Planning Your Personal Development
Once you are clear about where you want to be, you can start planning how to get there. Drawing up a personal development plan is not essential, but it does make the planning process more realistic.
3. Starting the Improvement Process
There are a number of different ways in which you can learn and develop. When searching for ways to improve your personality or any desired area of life, have you ever thought of any mistakes you might be doing during the process? Actually, most of us often tend to ignore those mistakes that have high potential to hamper our personal development but on the other hand, One of the most powerful ways to learn and develop is from making mistakes.
While nobody would advocate deliberately setting out to do things wrong, mistakes happen to everyone, especially if you are prepared to take risks and try something new. You can learn also a lot from other people’s mistakes as they not necessarily have to be your own.
There are many different ways in which to learn and develop your skills. The above 3 are just some options, but there are many others.
The key is to recognise what will work for you, and to make sure that you do not focus on just one option. Variety is, after all, the spice of life, and this applies to personal development too.
Only when you discover more about The Self and what is your place in the universe, you will be able to see and go beyond the sphere of your own world.
“You don’t see with your eyes or hear with your ears. You see through your eyes and listen with your emotions.”
The real eye is your mind in connection with nature. Find the peace and harmony that have always been there.
Put yourself in an aware and relaxed state of mind and spend most of your time discovering and understanding who you are and how much more you can be… Use Your Higher Faculties to your advantage.
We have all the time there is to do everything we really love doing, even if it’s for a short period of time. That’s what fulfills life and promotes growth and progress. It’s all based on knowledge and awareness.
That’s when you start to master the art of life and become one with all there is!
“Inner isolation is a gift that shapes everything.”
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When searching for ways to improve your personality and all areas of your life, have you ever thought of any mistakes you might be making during the process? This book lists those common mistakes which most people make, but are either unaware of or they just ignore.
People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid.
‘Personal Development’ and ‘Personal Empowerment’ are two areas that overlap and interweave. It is recommended that you read this content in conjunction with our page: Personal Empowerment and also our page: Minimizing Distractions as it’s the everyday distractions that are the biggest obstacles stopping you from developing your mind and maximizing your potential.
A Theory of Personal Development
Ryuho Okawa and Bob Proctor, I find to be one of the best Master Mentors/Leaders or coach of all time in this industry but there are also many ideas surrounding personal development, one of which is detailed below – Abraham Maslow’s process of Self Actualisation.
Maslow (1970) suggests that all individuals have an in-built need for personal development which occurs through the process called self-actualisation.
The extent to which people are able to develop depends on certain needs being met and these needs form a hierarchy. Only when one level of need is satisfied can a higher one be developed. As change occurs throughout life, however, the level of need motivating someone’s behaviour at any one time will also change.
- At the bottom of the hierarchy are the basic physiological needs for food, drink, sex and sleep, i.e., the basics for survival.
- Second are the needs for safety and security in both the physical and economic sense.
- Thirdly, progression can be made to satisfying the need for love and belonging.
- The fourth level refers to meeting the need for self-esteem and self-worth. This is the level most closely related to ‘self-empowerment’.
- The fifth level relates to the need to understand. This level includes more abstract ideas such as curiosity and the search for meaning or purpose and a deeper understanding.
- The sixth relates to aesthetic needs of beauty, symmetry and order. At the top of Maslow’s hierarchy, is the need for self-actualisation.
Maslow (1970, p.383) says that all individuals have the need to see themselves as competent and autonomous, also that every person has limitless room for growth.
Self-actualisation refers to the desire that everybody has ‘to become everything that they are capable of becoming’. In other words, it refers to self-fulfilment and the need to reach full potential as a unique human being.Read more
For Maslow, the path to self-actualisation involves being in touch with your feelings, experiencing life fully and with total concentration.
Maslow, A. H. (1970), Motivation and Personality, (2nd Edition), Harper & Row, New York.
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