The importance of personal development in self-management

“Men are eager to improve their circumstances but do not want to improve; therefore remain bound.” (James Allen)

On the path of self-leadership, it is important to pay attention to the importance of personal development. Everything starts with dissatisfaction with things as they are. There is no one alive who can claim to be a finished product. We are all a work in progress. Personally, I’m not where I was, but I’m certainly nowhere near where I should be in terms of all that I can be. It takes humility and honesty to admit that you are not, “all that” and you are not, “all there.” We have good intentions and sometimes the right motivation, but that alone is not good enough. There must be a willingness to put in the necessary work to achieve the goal. It is wishful thinking to imagine that you can change anything important without improving yourself. Let’s look at some of the areas that need to be worked on.

  1. “self-talk” (positive or negative things you keep saying to yourself)

  2. “self image” (how you see yourself)

  3. self-motivation (what drives you).

  4. “self-discipline” (restraint, strictness towards oneself)

These are all part of the puzzle of self-leadership and when they come together, life just becomes beautiful. Sometimes the desire to change and develop is strong, but what if obstacles and reality speak louder than the desire you have? It is unwise to proceed without knowing exactly what you are dealing with. Let’s identify some obstacles that need to be overcome in order to start the process of self-development:

  1. Unwillingness to change – “I am determined”

  2. The power of the past – “It’s hard to say goodbye to yesterday”

  3. Inflexible way of thinking – “I’ve always done it this way”

  4. Associations – “I can’t give up some of my old associations”

  5. Idle mind – “There is too much work; I have a right to be lazy”

I encourage you to conduct a self-assessment based on the five areas listed above. There may be more, depending on your specific case. You will begin to notice that you need a shift mainly in your mind. It is the “battlefield” where most wars take place. Where the mind goes, the man goes! There are preconceived ideas, attitudes, habits and negative associations that need to be removed. If you are satisfied, you may not need to make any changes. If you don’t like what’s happening or the results you’re getting, you can always change, and that starts with deciding to become someone you’ve never been before. Albert Einstein said, “We cannot solve problems by using the same kind of thinking that we used when we created them.” Don’t wait until next year to change your thinking. The time for change is NOW!

We live in a time where there is a lot of learning. It is possible to learn all new skills and even spend a fortune, but without results. Acquiring new knowledge without a new mind is like putting new wine into old wineskins. Change your mind!

Solving mind problems sets you up for real transformation. Personal development does not happen by itself. Physical growth is an inevitability; personal growth takes decisive action. If you don’t grow, you can’t achieve greatness. What skills will you acquire to stay relevant in your chosen field? Now it has become easy to be a “self-taught person, thanks to the free online courses that are on offer. Ivy League universities like Harvard, Preston, for example, have resources on their websites that you can easily access. YouTube, we can learn almost anything, either when, spending only thirty minutes a day on lessons. You can read at least one book in a month. It’s time to grow!

I remember when we were trying to develop different concepts for an advertising campaign. We seemed to be stuck and no creative ideas came to mind. Then the director told everyone to stop and go online for “stimulus”, that is, exposure to different concepts to stimulate the mind. What does this have to do with self-development? You need the right environment, the right exposure to nurture your quest for improvement. A child who grew up in a poor home, in a poor neighborhood will never aspire to something different until he sees through exposure that it is possible to create a different, better reality. Guard your surroundings jealously; the people, places and ideas you are exposed to are important. There are a lot of good inspirational movies. If watching movies isn’t your thing, surround yourself with stories of people who have overcome adversity and achieved what you’re trying to do. Look them up, take them out to lunch, download their testimonials from the internet. You will save time to learn from their mistakes.

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