The Path of Personal Developmen​t

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The Path of Personal Developmen​t

I would like to introduce you to a special guest blogger today, Corinne of Everyday Gyaan, an awesome motivational blog . She is an inspirational writer, speaker and life coach. I want to thank her for sharing this great article with us. I strongly recommend you give her blog a visit.

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Arun, an acquaintance of mine, called me the other day after he had read a post on my blog. He wanted to discuss a relationship that he was wondering about. A former classmate, let’s call him Gautam, called Arun over for a meeting of old friends. Arun accepted the invitation, and casually told Gautam that he had stopped drinking. Gautam then told him, “Please don’t come. You will make us all uncomfortable!”

Arun was naturally shocked. He told me, that Gautam was also rude enough to ask him personal questions like what his salary was, etc. Then Arun said something that really struck me. He said: ” I have made investments of time and money to develop myself and improve my personality, whereas Gautam is stuck at where we were in our college days. And yet he wants to compare himself with me.” Arun was not boasting – it was just a statement of fact. And having known him for a few years, I knew it was true.

I thought how much like the Ant and the Grasshopper. The ant worked hard, while the grasshopper played …and then the grasshopper expected to have the same results when winter came.

Sometimes we tend to envy people who seem to be very successful. They seem to have it all together: a great family, good friends, a successful business/job. They seem to be unstressed and at peace with themselves. And we kid ourselves in to thinking, ‘Oh, they just got lucky’ or ‘That was easy for that person, s/he didn’t have the problems I did’. Do we look under the surface, to see what how much of time and effort that person has invested to achieve what they have? We might be surprised when we do. What you will that is that these people are committed to achieving their full potential. They are walking the path of personal development.

‘But isn’t personal development something that just happens with age?’ you ask. No, certainly not.

Personal development is first and foremost a decision to commit yourself to realizing your own potential. It means that you have to commit to re-aligning your life to your goals. It means having to change ways of thinking and behaving. It means, that you have to grow up!

Sounds like a lot of work? Not really.

Once you set yourself on this journey of personal development, you will find, as I have, that things will steadily fall into place and growth will cease to be work, but will become a pleasure.

The moment one definitely commits oneself then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issue from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings, and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would come his way. ~ Goethe

Commiting to personal development is commiting to being You – the best possible YOU. Why would you not want to commit to that?

May you be inspired – everyday!

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18 Comments
  1. sulekha September 15, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Fantastic article by a great writer and good friend, thank you Larry for inviting Corinne to your blog. ” Commiting to personal development is commiting to being You – the best possible YOU.” It does become less work and more pleasure when you love what you do.

    • Corinne Rodrigues September 16, 2011 at 5:46 pm

      Thanks Sulekha. Yes, loving what you do makes things so easy, doesn’t it?

  2. Janaki Nagaraj September 15, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    I like the quote by Goethe. Wise words from you too Corinne…Great post.

    • Corinne Rodrigues September 16, 2011 at 6:00 pm

      Thanks, Janaki. I found that quote quite by chance and it really struck me.

  3. Savira September 15, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Absolutely TRUE! Larry and Corinne are two people that believe in themselves and in OTHERS…to me that is important…
    If you don’t believe in your self how can you believe in others… A great and must read

    • Corinne Rodrigues September 16, 2011 at 5:51 pm

      Savira, you always manage to humble me. I’m so happy to be connected with Larry and it’s all because of you!

  4. Nelieta September 15, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Great post and to the core! We should always strive to live to our full potential. I always believe what you put in you will get out. I have always believed in hard work. Love this Colleen-well done!

    • Nelieta September 15, 2011 at 5:50 pm

      Sorry typo..Corinne..

  5. Sonia Rumzi September 15, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    How true! Comparisons make for disasters. We each have our own path to follow. Thank you Corinne for another wonderful post. Thanks Larry for having Corinne here today. Great big hugs to both of you. 🙂

  6. Martha Orlando September 15, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Great post, Corinne! You are so right – we need to set goals in our personal development and strive to meet them. We only get there through determination and effort.

    So glad Larry invited you to guest post!

    Blessings!

  7. Bongo September 15, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Sometimes s personal goal or our personal being gets lost and sometimes it’s not as easy as said to find it..sometimes we need help with a lot of hard work to find it..it’s a long journey…As always…XOXOXOX

  8. Elizabeth Young September 16, 2011 at 2:17 am

    What a wonderful post Corinne! I wonder how you always come up with something so refreshing and new, and the fact that you have done ‘your work’ is evident for all to see. Love you!

  9. Mari Sterling Wilbur September 16, 2011 at 6:46 am

    What a great post! This past week I committed to getting back into shape, losing weight, and getting healthy. Perfect post to reread now and then as a reminder to myself that “Commiting to personal development is commiting to being You – the best possible YOU”. Thank you, Corrine!

  10. Anna Sides September 16, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Regardless what end of the social spectrum you are on, you are still YOU. YOU are the one who determines what choices are made in your life and all choices have consequences, good or bad. It’s very easy to look at others and make assumptions regarding how they got where they are at in life. An important note here…it is a lot harder to obtain it than to loose it. Sometimes, it takes just one bad choice and ‘poof’, it’s all gone. That is just a part of life 🙂

  11. Mary Hudak-Colllins September 16, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Corinne, it is so nice to see you here 🙂 What a pleasurable piece you have shared with us today. People do have to have personal goals in life and have to work hard to achieve great things. But before any of that can occur successfully, one has to be at peace within themselves. As Savira said above, “if you don’t believe in yourself, how can you believe in others”, the same goes for love and respect…if you don’t love and respect yourself, how can you expect yourself to be able to love and respect others? Great post! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  12. Corinne Rodrigues September 16, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    What you put in is what you’ll get out, indeed, Nelieta. Thank you for stopping by ..you always are an encouragement.

  13. Grady Pruitt September 16, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Corinne,

    Having two kids, I’ve heard the story of the ant and the grasshopper a few times in a few different ways, but what you said adds even more meaning to that story. Thanks for sharing this great post!

  14. G Angela September 17, 2011 at 5:31 am

    Corinne, I am happy reading this post, and just yesterday, I heard an inspirational speaker Prem Rawat talking about peace, and how peace in each one of us and peace is possible and what really struck me was – he stated that one day you will discover that one of the most fascinating person in the world is YOU, and to find YOU is very important, so true and that happens only when we commit ourselves for growth, thanks for sharing corinne ! am happy for you !

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