The Complete Beginner’s Guide To Personal Development.
What personal development is.
So a friend asked what I’d be blogging about and I said personal development. He didn’t quite understand what it means or entails. He’s not alone, I’m sure there are a lot of people who aren’t familiar with the term either. Not to worry, we’ll take care of that, alright? Since we’re going to be using the term or any alias for it on here a lot, I figured I should clarify what exactly it means and entails, especially to you as a student.
“Personal development is a major time-saver. The better you become, the less time it takes you to achieve your goals”. – Brian Tracy.
If what you thought of is anything bigger or better than where you are currently, and I’m assuming it is, personal development is what’s going to get you there. Imagine it’s a beautiful garden and presently you’re merely land that has been allocated for use as the garden. You know all the weeding, fertilizing, planting and nurturing that would transform that plot of land to the beautiful garden we imagined? That’s what we’re talking about! ?
Personal development, though a generic term, has categories. Some of these categories are family, friends, academics, finances, career, health, and even fun. It basically has to do with aspects of life with room for improvement.
Key things to do to make your self development journey easier.
1. Have a clear definition of your goal(s):
What exactly do you want? Where exactly are you going? What is it that you want to achieve? Goal setting is sooo important. This is because it gives you direction, it serves as a compass, a foundation for you to build upon. If you know where you’re going you can then begin to analyze the different routes that would lead you there and choose which to use.
As you grow it’s possible for your goal to get clearer, a little altered or changed entirely, and that’s okay. What’s important is that you define them as clearly as you can when this happens so you don’t loose sight of them, and so you can map out a new route, if need be.
I tell people to know their “why”. What motivates you? What’s the reason you want to do what you want to do, be what you want to be? What drives you? What keeps you going? What’s fueling your passion? Why do you want to come up with a solution to that problem? I’ve gotten to understand that if there’s a solid reason for your goal, a burning passion behind it, you’re less likely to give up on it or lose focus.
“He who has a why to live can bear almost any how” – Fredrick Nietzsche.
2. Surround yourself with the right people:
There are different angles to this. How can you tell who’s right for you and who’s not? How do you get to meet people that are right for you if you haven’t already? Okay, this is deep enough to be a post on it’s own, maybe I’ll elaborate on it one of these days. For now though, let’s briefly view the right people for you through the lens of people that support/encourage you and people on the same/similar mission as you. Okay? Let’s go.
Most of us have personal board of directors, whether we’re conscious of it or not. Ideally your personal board of directors is to be made up of people in your inner circle, people that genuinely care for you and want the best for you, people whose opinion matter to you and that you consult on major decisions you make. These guys, I like referring to them as your home team, are supposed to be able to talk to you, help you see reason when you’re being unreasonable without you picking offence. Your home team is also there to encourage you, root for you and celebrate your wins.