What exactly is self-development and why is it important to each of us? Self-development is the commitment that we make to ourselves to improve and grow spiritually, mentally, physically and financially. It involves being aware of and taking responsibility for our current situation in life, and making specific decisions that enable the attainment of our goals.
Focusing on your personal development means that you nurture your entire being, you identify those things that are important to your daily life (such as relationships, health, knowledge, core values etc.) and work consistently to strengthen those areas, ultimately expanding your potential and adding significant meaning and value to your life.
Self-development is closely linked to happiness because it is about elevating the self, the essence of who we are, from the inside-out. We’ve all heard the saying “happiness comes from within”, right? Well, that is what self-development is all about; it’s about nurturing who you are in the present while working on the person you are to become in the future.
A useful way to approach personal development is to start thinking about the things that are most valuable to you in your life. For example, do you want to be a better friend, son, daughter or sibling? Do you want to be more active, stronger and healthier in your daily life? Maybe you’d like to motivate and inspire those around you? Or perhaps you want to increase your income? Or maybe you even want to become well-informed about a specific subject-matter? Whatever your goal may be, identify why it is important to you and list 3 things you can do today to bring you one step closer to realising that goal and to becoming the person you desire to be.
We all know that change doesn’t take place over night. Nevertheless, by tuning into you desires and wants you give yourself a daily purpose, and by choosing to focus on your goals with optimism, a positive change becomes inevitable.
I really encourage you to practice self-development on a regular basis because not only will you start to see improvement in different aspects of your life, you’ll undeniably be on your way to discovering the very best version of yourself.