Personal development is a term you’ll find in many self help books. And I mean maaaaany. For such an important term, there are so many different interpretations and definitions, which can make understanding it a little bit difficult. In my mind, it refers to having an ambitious view towards your curiosity, learning and growing process as you go through different stages of life. It isn’t a race, and although it’s good to have some cheerleaders in your inner circle, this highly personal process should not come with a scoreboard or with an excessive need for external validation.
Personal Development: A Foundation For Wellness
Having a broader wellness practice in place requires creating the right foundation first. The personal development journey is exactly the thing providing this foundation, and will help to make your practice a lot more sustainable than it would be otherwise. The idea is for slow and steady development, in most cases not happening in a straight line. Committing to personal development means doing so and recommitting over and over again. As I always say, cut yourself some slack and don’t forget to be gentle along the way.
Start Sooner Rather Than Later
The best way to begin your personal development journey is to start as soon as possible. The work might seem hard or draining before you get going (many people like to dismiss it with the idea that they don’t have time), but finding your groove and hitting your stride will not be as tough as you imagine it to be. The sooner you equip yourself with a view towards gradual personal development, the quicker the right tools for elevating your relationships and leading a happier life will start to take shape in your life. Tell this to the naysayers in your circle in a bid to encourage them to give it a go too.
Redefining “Seeking Professional Help”
If you feel like you need a bit of extra support on the journey, we should clarify a commonly stereotyped phrase first. “Seeking professional help” has long been associated with failure, stigma and often is dismissed as something that is a waste of money. It’s 2022, and mental health has never been prioritised around the world in the way it is today. Admitting to needing a bit of extra support or committing to weekly therapy or coaching is fast becoming a good thing. Change this perception in your own mind, remember that it’s an opportunity for growth and watch the magnificent process unfold right before your very eyes.
Arming Yourself with the Best Tools
If you’re looking to reach your goals and to tackle the challenges along the way, a commitment to personal development is an important starting point. It is one of a variety of different tools to help nurture your relationships, improve your self esteem and generally give you more clarity about who you are and what you want to achieve in your life. The sooner you get going with this process, the better. Once you’ve built some momentum, it’s natural to want to push yourself a little harder. When this happens, chat to me about a holistic health coaching session to stay focused and gentle as your goals begin to change. Enjoy the ride!