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What is Personal Development?

Personal development consists of activities that develop a person's capabilities and potential, build human capital, facilitate employability, and enhance quality of life and the realization of dreams and aspirations. Personal development may take place over the course of an individual's entire lifespan and is not limited to one stage of a person's life. Personal development is a powerful process that can enable deep positive and lasting change to how we see ourselves and the world.

The benefits of personal development include three core areas:

  • Self-awareness - The first step of personal development is self-awareness. The journey of discovery begins with realizing who you really are so you can fulfil your true potential.

  • Develops Direction. The process of becoming more in tune with who you are and what you want will create a new belief that you can achieve your goals and be in a better place to make decisions about your future.

  • Motivation & action. Once a clear decision is made, personal development skills can help you stay focused and motivated on the path to achieving your goals.

There’s a common misconception that personal development is reserved for those who need to work harder to achieve their goals. In reality, even the most successful people constantly strive for improvement. Your brain needs new information so that you can continue to flourish. Learning is a continuous process and doesn’t stop unless you want to. Personal development may be time-consuming but there are many advantages to this process.

When you work on individual growth, you can efficiently address and avoid setbacks. Here are some advantages enjoyed by those who actively pursue self-growth:

  • Relationships with your friends, family, coworkers and even yourself are the foundation of life. Good social and networking skills will help you build healthier relationships. For example, if you face conflicts in the workplace, you address them instead of avoiding them.

  • You learn to regulate your emotions, thoughts and behaviors, therefore strengthening self-control. You start to differentiate facts and opinions. You build new habits and don’t get easily distracted by temptations and impulses.

  • Life throws us curve balls when we least expect them. Consistent efforts towards addressing and challenging difficulties make you more resilient. You’re able to move past your mistakes and look at every problem objectively. There’s enhanced self-awareness and emotional intelligence.

  • Activities like meditation and yoga can generate peace of mind. When you have a better understanding of yourself, there’s clarity about your hopes and dreams. Practicing mindfulness enables you to improve tolerance, concentration and flexibility.

  • Healthy relationships, better self-control and associated improvements in health create befitting environments for success. You learn to establish milestones and define success for yourself. After all, success is measured by finding meaning in your work and life.

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