What even is personal development? Why should you even care? I have 5 reasons you should be doing some sort of it DAILY.
Personal development is a HUGE topic that I could talk about for hours (and probably days), but here are some basics about what it is, why it’s important, and why I’m going to try and convince you that you need some of it every single day.
What is personal development exactly?
Personal development… sounds like self-help… and now you’re saying to yourself but I don’t need “self-HELP”.
Well actually, you do. Everyone does.
Personal development can apply to ANY area of your life whether it be that you’re in a personal financial crisis, you are having trouble forming relationships or keeping relationships, you want to move up in your company, you want to be a successful entrepreneur, or simply, if you want to become a better person, personal development is for you.
OKAY, SO How do I do it?
I wholeheartedly believe that everyone is in need of personal development, no matter what their situation is in life. I sincerely try to do 1 element of personal development EVERY day. Now don’t come at me with that, “I don’t have time” B.S… When I was a full-time student, had two part-time jobs, and taught fitness bootcamps once or twice every day, I STILL made time for personal development.
There’s a quote that says, “If you want to be wealthy and happy, learn to work harder on yourself than you do on your business.” Because I knew this to be true, I went out of my way every day to be sure that I incorporated some personal development, because I knew that it would not only help me grow more as a person, but also help my business to grow, and help me get to my financial and career goals. (I’ll be talking about “wealth” a few times in this post, but keep in mind that “wealth” doesn’t always mean “money.”)
There are many different ways to get in your daily dose of personal development and some are REALLY simple – yes, even you “busy” people can find the time.
1. Read a book
This might seem like a foreign concept these days and a lot of people claim that they don’t have “time” to read. I find that reading a little bit every day has helped myself grow and my business grow by leaps and bounds. “The more you read, the more you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Every single day while I was in college, I would travel to campus on Denver’s Light Rail (parking is insane in this city). It was about a 20 minute ride, and every morning on the way to class, and every evening on the way back from class on the Light Rail, I would put my headphones in (even with no music playing), and pull out my book and a highlighter, and read.
2. Listen to an audio book
Now, I’m prepared for your objections. “But, Alex, I drive to class/work!” Yes, please don’t try to read and drive. However there are tons of other ways to get your personal development in. Listening to an audio book is a GREAT way to still hear the information without having to physically read the pages.
3. Watch a video
Here’s another one, “But, but, Alex, I forgot my book or don’t have an audio book!” Well how often do you not carry your phone with you? Now-a-days, everyone carries around their smart phone like it’s glued to their palm. Pull it out, go to YouTube, and do a search. If you don’t know anyone to listen to, search for something that you might be struggling with in your life, ‘how to overcome fear’, ‘how to become more confident’, ‘how run a successful business’…anything. If you do want to know a couple of my favorite people to listen to on YouTube, search for Jim Rohn, Les Brown, Eric Thomas and Tony Robbins.
If I’m driving to work so I can’t read a book, or I don’t have my phone handy, I watch a YouTube video on my laptop while I’m eating breakfast (usually something from Tony Robbins). You can also plug your phone into your car aux. or Bluetooth and listen that way.
No excuses, it’s SO simple!
But why do I need it?
Still don’t believe me? Here’s 5 reasons why you need personal development in your life.
1. You’ll be less “stuck”
Have you ever heard the quote, “if you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll only be where you’ve always been“? When you really think about it, how true is it!? If you’re not learning new things, you’re not growing, and if you’re not growing, then, well, you’re still in the same place.
2. You’ll make more money
From what I’ve learned about business, your income rarely exceeds your level of personal development. Sometimes you can make a lot of money right away, but someone who is irresponsible or doesn’t know how to handle it will always lose it.
As the saying goes, “if someone hands you a million dollars, you better figure out how to be a millionaire.”
3. You’ll be more productive
Not just in work, but in your personal life too. Learning time-management skills is critical for success. If you can learn how to be more productive with your time – which is different than being busy – then you’ll have more free time to do the things that you really enjoy.
4. You’ll build self-esteem
Personal development works wonders for building confidence. Typically, low-self esteem stems from the unknown or fear of the unknown, or a deeply rooted belief that you’re not good enough. Personal development forces you to take a deep look in the mirror and change the beliefs that you already hold about the world and about yourself.
5. You’ll have a better sense of direction
Personal development gives you the tools to go in the direction of your dreams. Sounds cheesy, but it’s true. If there’s something that you want in life, personal development gets you there. Stay with me here, don’t go getting skeptical now at the very end. When I say it gets you to where you want to go, what I mean is… it instills IT in YOU to get there…whatever your lacking. It also helps you identify what it is that you’re lacking and help you fill in the spaces that you need to get where you want to go. Make sense? Ish?
Personal development is all about investing in your greatest resource – yourself. When you take the time to improve yourself and continually learn more and more, every aspect of your life begins to flourish.
I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to know any personal development books you have read, or who you like to listen to or watch and what motivates you to be better!
Now, go out and be your best self today!