Tips on Personal Development
Living Life To the Full
Getting support for any big changes or tasks you need to do in life is crucial if you want to live life to its fullest and direct your efforts positively. This support can come from within if you know how to access it and you can also find external support all around you if you know where to look, how to access it and what to do to use it to the best effect.
Part of any successful personal development program is finding your passion. Your goals in both the short- and long-term should be selected with this in mind. The personal satisfaction and fulfillment that comes from doing work you love should be a goal in and of itself. A goal that calls for work you hate, though, may be too hard to achieve. This passion will be your biggest and greatest internal support on the path you choose.
Setting goals is a critical step in improving your sense of direction and purpose in life. Depression could close in on you quite easily if you abandon a concrete schedule or the pursuit of worthwhile and interesting goals. Choose something important to you and strive for it from the moment you wake up in the morning. This can improve your holistic health and contribute to a happier mindset. Your goals should be aligned with your passion.
Changing habits can be challenging yet very rewarding in your quest to find balance. If you would like to change any habit, it is important to create a goal and a plan to get there. You also need a way to track your progress. If you wanted to quit eating junk food for instance, a good way to get to this goal would be to save up all the money you saved on junk food and buy yourself a nice reward to remind you of your success. If your passion is to get fit and healthy and you set goals for achieving this, then your habits need to align with these. If one of your habits is getting a big bun or bagel each morning, you will need to change that to something else.
Coach or mentor
It's difficult to achieve personal development alone. Your support system will be absolutely essential during this time, so make sure you have a great coach or mentor for the journey. You can hire a professional or consult people in your life that bear qualities that you would like to develop. If you cannot afford a coach or don't want one, develop your own mentoring team from people you believe are great in some way, living or dead. Think about them and the qualities they have that you want. Now, when you have a problem, consult your team, ask yourself what would that person do, in these circumstances.
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Kasman wrote on June 3, 2016, 3:00 PM
I was with you right up to the coach and mentor. I prefer to set my own goals and follow my own path and, for most ordinary people like myself, hiring a coach/mentor is beyond our means. Only those really driven to a certain goal will do so - top sportspeople, for example.
MegL wrote on June 3, 2016, 4:22 PM
Yes, however, I have sometimes asked myself, when mulling over a difficult problem, "what would .... do?", the person being thought about differing depending on the problem. Maybe you have sometimes asked yourself when climbing a mountain, "how would [my favourite mountaineer] tackle this?" Or even, when left to fend for yourself in the kitchen, "How would Mrs Kasman tackle this?"1
Kasman wrote on June 3, 2016, 4:44 PM
MegL - climbing the mountain part is easy - you just keep going up until there is no more 'up'! As for 'fending for myself in the kitchen' that's why takeaways were invented