Aspects Of Personal Development

Aspects Of Personal Development

There are many aspects of our lives that help define who we are and how we feel. One of the largest areas of our lives is related to the work that we do or our profession. Therefore this aspect tends to form the most important part of our own personal development.

There are some simple questions that you need to ask yourself regarding the current job you do. Do you enjoy your work or do you just slog away to earn the money you need to survive? Does your work leave you with a sense of fulfillment or does it seem to suck the joy out of your life?

You may be surprised to know that a large percentage of people work just to earn money and take no pleasure in what they do. This in itself is not always a bad thing because money earned can be used to buy some enjoyment such as funding holidays, hobbies, etc.

On the other hand, people who work only for remuneration may not know what they are missing. True fulfillment can really only be achieved when all areas of your life are balanced and compliment each other.

Keep in mind that most of the hours of every day are spent working. If you are truly unhappy in your job, you may spend this time thinking about other things you could be doing or where else you could be. This means that not only are you making yourself unhappy going to work every day but that you are not giving your job the focus and attention it may deserve.

Finding yourself in this position does not mean that you should just quit and find something new to do. In some cases, for some people, this may be a good option, but losing an income in the current economy may leave you worse off than you are now.

There are however other actions that you can take to improve your work life. Find what it is about your job that you do like and focus on these areas. The parts of your job that you don't like are not going to go away, but you may spend less time thinking about the bad by focusing on the good.

Find out more about moving into a different position within the organization you are working in. This may not be a better position than you are currently employed in but could be a happier position.

Take a training course or find a mentor to help improve your skills. You will be amazed at how much better you feel about the job you are doing if you are better able to do the job. A life coach or personal development manager can also help you with more ways in which you can improve your work life.

In any aspect of personal development, it is important to take your happiness and well-being into your own hands. So take control of your work life by making better choices that leave you more fulfilled.
Creating a Personal Development Plan

Creating a personal development plan can transform an individual’s life. It can help a person get in touch with their internal feelings, determine exactly who they want to be, and how they want to live their life. A personal development plan is often used by younger individuals that are constantly bombarded by peer pressure. However, adults can benefit greatly by creating their own personal development plan, to take the single step forward to transforming a life.

What You Admire

It is imperative to first decide exactly what types of characteristics you admire and other individuals and would like to internalize on your own. These might be the types of characteristics that are easy to measure such as staying physically fit. It might include taking on a better and healthier diet or living a life full of integrity.

Choosing the right types of characteristics that you find in other individuals that you admire should be on the top of the list. Decide which three characteristics you would like to incorporate in your own life, to begin the process of transformation. The types of characteristics you should focus on are the ones that are outside your personal comfort zone. However, they should not be so unattainable, as to become quickly discouraged.

Setting Successful Goals

To be successful, you will need to set goals. If the characteristics you selected above are tangible, like physical fitness, you will need to understand exactly what the goal looks like. It might include participating in a marathon, simply walking the neighborhood, or changing bad eating habits to healthier ones.

If the characteristics include living a life with high integrity, you will need to detail exactly what that looks like to you. It may mean ending bad behaviors, making better habits, or asking for outside help to achieve the goal.

Flesh It Out

Once the goals are firmly in place, it is time to flesh them out, to give them substance. It is time to expand the plan to add meat to the bones. It is impossible to skimp during this part of the process. Expanding the plan might include attaching some form of timelines or benchmarks where you need to reach a specific goal at a specific time. Be realistic, and flesh out the goals on a timeline that can be easily achieved.

Find the Support

It is much easier to obtain these types of goals in your personal development plan with support. It can be a family member, friend, therapist, physician or an exercise buddy that simply wants to take the route with you. With enough support, it is easy to achieve nearly any type of goal as long as it has been set in a realistic time frame.

The last portion of the personal development plan should include a way to celebrate your success. This can be done through by keeping a journal or checking off a long list of necessary goals. Part of the celebration should also include a look back so that you can determine exactly how far you have come on the journey. Remember that slip-ups are part of the process, and you will need to forgive yourself if you need to start the process over again.

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