Today I want to talk to you about what is self development. Self development is when someone develops their full potential or capabilities.
I define your full potential as being the best “you” that you can be. Being the most fulfilled you can be, the most on-purpose, and where you’re making the greatest difference in the world. Knowing who you are, what you’re good at, and how to maximize that for the benefit of you and everyone you touch.
Self-Development is taking personal responsibility for one’s own learning and development through a process of assessment, reflection, and taking action. The aim of self-development is to achieve your full potential whether that be in your professional or personal life.
Many people just meander through life as though making their way through a dark tunnel. It’s time you switched on the light. Your life has endless possibilities, but it is up to you to begin fulfilling them.
Perhaps you were drawn to this article because of the title, ‘What is Self Development’ because you want more out of life than you have right now?
If like me you are interested in enriching your mind body spirit and ultimately nourishing your soul – then read on! This blog is all about helping you on your personal journey of self-development and enabling you to make the most of every single magical day.
If you’re ready to change your life, reach your potential and create the success you’re craving. There is no quick and easy way to achieve this. Yet the journey to self-improvement is incredibly worthwhile and can result in deep, lasting change.
Improving your life by determining your hidden potential will radically help you achieve what you really want out of life. We all have the same amount of hours in the day, and it’s what you do with them that counts. I challenge you to do more with the time you have, and live your life to your full potential.
It requires taking a hard look at yourself, consciously deciding what kind of person you truly are on the inside, and then getting your actions to be consistent with your true self. The goal is to help you achieve outstanding effectiveness while maintaining internal balance, where your thoughts, feelings, actions, and skills are all working together to create the life you truly desire.
You need to support yourself to make the most of every moment; you need to help yourself make the best use of everything you have within. You need to keep cultivating yourself, constantly. Yes, continuous improvement of the self, is the key. That is what self-development is all about.
Really, there are all sorts of reasons we delay or abandon trying to get closer to our potential. However, remember we only have one life, and it is up to each and every one of us to make the most of that life. Every day is precious; every piece of knowledge you have is precious; every talent we have is precious. All should be exploited and developed to the full.
My belief and approach to life as well as to business is that by helping others we fulfil our own destiny. When I help someone and see that I make a difference; something happens, I get a sense of fulfilment, happiness and I feel a sense of purpose, a surge of energy.
We are all gifted with a unique set of skills and abilities. With those abilities we can make extra-ordinary things happen in the world around us. It is completely up to you what you want out of life and what difference you are going to make. But it’s a no brainer that the one person you should be helping is yourself. And that’s what taking personal responsibility is all about.
But what does taking personal responsibility really mean?
- Acknowledging that you are solely responsible for the choices in your life.
- Accepting that you are responsible for what you choose to feel or think.
- Accepting that you choose the direction for your life.
- Accepting that you cannot blame others for the choices you have made.
“The willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life is the source from which self-respect springs.” Joan Didion
A great benefit of taking personal responsibility for our lives is not only do we gain control of what happens, we also tend to feel like we deserve more in life as your self-esteem builds and as you do the right thing more consistently. You feel better about yourself.
To take personal responsibility, and the action you would need to begin to make the changes, you have to find the desire within you, the motivation. To do this ask yourself these questions:
- What is it that you want to be? do? or have ?
- If you could wave a magic wand over your life right now and have whatever it is that you want what would be there?
- If, from the moment you wake up tomorrow morning your life is just perfect, how will you know?
- What do you want so much that it brings a big grin to your face just thinking about it?
- What would your life look like if it included the things you love?
- What would your ideal life look like if there were no limitations?
- What would you love to do if you had all the money in the world?
- What would you do if you knew you could not fail?
- If you could just achieve one big goal what would it be?
- What makes you say that is ‘Awesome’?
Always remember, that self-improvement is driven by the desire for something that you really want.
You have the power to change your life – to acquire new skills and fully use the skills you now have. You can improve your performance, your productivity, and the quality of your whole life. It’s within you, so when you are ready, make the changes. Why not begin today?