Updated: Aug 2, 2019
As we wrap up this short series on personal development, I want to encourage you because the changes you are making really are manifesting not only growth but self-confidence as well. Every time I work on my personal development my confidence grows by leaps and bounds in the area I have been working on.
I know I have said it before but change takes time, sometimes a lot of time, so be patient, be present in the process and enjoy every victory however small. In addition, it is important to fully understand that these things I am sharing with you are not the only means of personal development, they are merely a place to start. This is a process that for some is life long depending on the area of their life they are trying to improve, and for others the area may be a much shorter process. There is not a single one of us who is perfect on the first try of anything so be patient with yourself and as hard for some of us as that may sound it is also something that may take practice.
Practice, practice, practice to master a new skill, right? Practice makes perfect is the old saying. Honestly, that is what it will take. For example, when I was learning how to meditate it was really difficult to clear my mind and focus on one thing and there are days where I have so much going on that I feel like I am going to explode and just can't get my mind where I need it to be. Those are the days I am patient with myself and find ways to clear my mind. I like to jot down all of the clutter that comes into my thought path in order to in a sense file for future use. Knowing it is a written down allows me to relax and calm my mind enough, but that is a practice that has taken practice. When I first started when I would feel like that I would just give up (for the day) and try again the next day. Now, I begin prepared with a notebook in hand sometimes I use it and sometimes I don't need it.
Motivation is everything, it is easy to give up if you are not successful the first time but, it takes motivation and character to persevere. The failure itself is not important it is what we learn from the failures and how we are going to apply what we have learned to our next adventure. Take the words in the picture to heart, my favorite word here is perspective. Although each one of those words is important to the process especially "love" because we need to have a passion and love for what we are doing then we need to reevaluate our "why". Keep everything in perspective and whatever you do, do not give up self-mastery leads to self-actualization and that is the ultimate goal.
This is by no means a complete personal development plan but it is steps in the process that will lead you down the path you are looking for. You can go it alone or you can ask for help, I am here and would love to discuss your thoughts more thoroughly in regard to your personal development or your general life path. Be sure to listen to the podcast that accompanies this post on Anchor, Spotify, Google podcasts, RadioPublic and Breaker.
Until next time!