Within society in many different countries you can see a great value put on formal education up to a point. However, once your formal education has ended do you stop learning? Do you stop working towards personal development? Education and self-improvement should be a life long action and should be a priority throughout your life.
The most successful people at reaching their goals in life, no matter what those goals might be, whether it’s career oriented, entrepreneurship, creative, or family oriented, live a life of learning continuously.
Personal growth is a process of both understanding yourself and pushing yourself to higher potential then you were the day before. Constant growth means you should learn new skills, improve strengths, overcome weaknesses, foster hobbies, create new healthy habits, and keep working to achieve your goals.
What are the benefits to making personal development a priority?
It Forces You Out of Your Comfort Zone
Everyone has a specific comfort zone. It may be larger in certain situations then others but either way it can be important to take opportunities to step out of your comfort zone. Stepping out of your comfort zone can give you the opportunity to grow, learn about yourself, expand yourself and your creativity, increase your self-confidence, help you learn to deal with different challenges, and build new relationships.
Develops Your Strengths
When you’re making personal development a priority in your life you may think you should focus on bettering your weaknesses but instead focus on developing what you’re already strong at. Your strengths are not necessarily just what you’re good at but what you love to do, what motivates you, what keeps you interested and intrigued.
Boosts Your Confidence
Confidence is the feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something. Self-confidence then is the feeling of trust in one’s abilities, qualities, and judgement. When we work towards self-improvement and personal development, we build our own self-confidence. We work on improving what we may have had little confidence in. Such as certain abilities, perhaps changing bad habits, and learning new skills, can help us feel more confident in our own skills and abilities.
In order to feel and see a need for personal development and growth in the first place we need some aspect of self-awareness. Self-awareness is the conscious knowledge of one’s own character, feelings, motives and desires. Understanding our own self and motivations, especially when those may be negative, changing those, and working towards personal development is the goal. As you learn more, personally grow, you will also become more self-aware and perhaps find new areas, new habits, or new parts of you that need further improvement.
Improve Mental Health
When you’re improving yourself, your life, your relationships, achieving your goals, you become happier. You’re improving your own self-confidence, able to stop or improve negative self-talk, and improving your self-esteem.
Sense of Purpose
As you become more self-aware you may find who you truly are, what you want, and what your goals are. As you do that, you’ll also gain motivation to work towards those goals.
How do you try to incorporate personal development into your day?