Does Personal Development Work?

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The answer is yes! Personal development works when there is an emotional, spiritual and physical commitment to changing the negative habits that are no longer serving you and to consistently work on those strengths that will take you forward in positive, productive ways. Here are a few tips.

1. Do a self-assessment of your day-to-day habits, strengths and weaknesses.
Make some quiet time and ask yourself these questions:

** What do I consider to be my best success traits?
Make a list of at least ten traits – ones that make you proud and empowered.

** How often do I use these traits during my day-to-day life?
Now that you recognize and appreciate your positive success traits, give yourself an example of how you use them during an average day. Recognizing these positive qualities encourages you to focus on what’s working.

** What day-to-day habits don’t serve me as positively as my success traits?
Honestly look at which habits are no longer serving you positively. Ask yourself, “Am I willing to create powerful and positive changes that will enhance my ability to succeed day-to-day?” Personal development begins with a willingness to change for the better.


2. Be clear on the amount of time, energy and money you are willing to spend on changing negative habits into more positive ones.
Change takes commitment.  Personal development works when you are willing to commit emotionally, spiritually and physically to changing what isn’t working into a lifestyle that will better serve you now and into the future.

Personal development is ongoing – it becomes a way of living life. How much time per day, week and month are you willing to spend on reading, listening and learning about the positive habits of success? Like anything worth doing well, changing old habits into more productive ones takes time and effort – it takes a commitment to changing for the positive.


3. Form a network of like-minded people who also want to go forward in positive, empowered and productive ways.
Like energy attracts like energy. When working on your personal development, it is important to be around others who read personal and professional development materials, listen to empowering success leaders and are willing to spend time, energy and money to expand mind, body and spirit.

Part of the personal development process is being able to mastermind and network with like-minded people – people who want to focus on the positives of life. You’ll want to associate with those people who see life as overflowing with possibility. If you don’t know a group of people like this, form one!

Personal development works when you’re willing to develop yourself in positive, nurturing and empowering ways. Self-development is all about bringing out, appreciating and consistently enhancing your best personal and professional success traits and habits.

Yes, personal development works one positive step at a time!

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One Comment

  1. Posted 02/19/2012 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

    I’ve made a lot of changes in my life using personal development. Of course it always takes some time and effort but in the end it’s always worth it.