The need for personal development

There is a lot on personal development these days; actually it’s become one of the most flourishing markets on the internet, just look at all the sites on self help.

With all the buzz going on, the question you need to ask yourself is – do you really need it? Assuming you’re an adult, you’ve probably gone through the fundamental learning phases where first your parents taught you all they believed you need to know, then you went to school where you learned all the good things the education system provides. As you started working, you went through all sorts of training and education related to increasing your knowledge and skill sets. Today, there are a lot of training resources on line and you can even create your own products.
The simple fact is that we become adults learning for the most part what others believe we need to learn. There is an incredible expectation management issue as everyone relating to us has some idea about how we should be and what we should do.

Boston - Boston Common: Parkman Plaza - Learning

Boston – Boston Common: Parkman Plaza – Learning (Photo credit: wallyg)

My personal belief is that each one of is unique. When it comes to personal development, this all about learning, developing and practicing the skills and traits to be the best you can be. Most of the time we are unaware of our full potential. We manage our daily lives to meet and go beyond the expectations of our family, bosses, staff, partners, customers, community etc., but how well do you fare regarding self fulfillment? Are you living the life you want for yourself?

A boat without a captain will go along with the wind, the waves and the current. Even with a captain, you need a route mapped out and the appropriate gears to reach your destination. We are the captains of our own lives, if we steer the boat well we will go in the direction we want and enjoy the journey.

So take a minute and dream your ideal life. Imagine what it would look like. How would your body feel? What would people around you say? Then just jot down whatever pops up, don’t take it too seriously and make it fun. If you don’t end up with a smile on your face then repeat the process until you do.

So how did you do? Are you where you want to be in life? Are there areas where you need to improve yourself? Whatever comes out of this exercise is the answer to our starting question. So you know now if you really need personal development.

Until next time, take care and be your best,

Keir

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