Personal Development in 2 Easy Steps

"It is not how good you currently are, it is how good you want to be." -Anonymous 

So what is Personal Development?

Wikipedia defines personal development as, "activities that improve awareness and identity, develop talents and potential, build human capital and facilitate employability, enhance quality of life and contribute to the realization of dreams and aspirations."

Self development/Growth is about human potential.  As human beings we were all created with something unique. Mark Twain said, "The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why." Self Development is the journey that will help you find that "why."  It will help you find your authentic identity, and realize your true potential. 

 So where do you begin?

Know what you want.

    • Sounds easy right?  In his book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,Stephen Covey speaks about beginning with the end in mind.  Picture building a puzzle.  What is your first step?  (if you answered build the edges, you're wrong)  The first step is to examine what picture you are putting together.  Could you imagine having to put a 1,000 piece puzzle together without ever seeing what it is you're building!?  Picture building your dreams this way. If you don't know what you're building it's going to be a very long journey. Start by finding out what you love.  What do you want out of life?  What kind of legacy would you like to leave?  What kind of experiences would you like to have?  What would you like to own? What kind of relationships would you like to build? Once you can articulate these things, you can build a road map to get there.
    • Fun activity: Write down 20 things, experiences, and/or relationships you would like to have in your lifetime.  This will get your thoughts jogging. 

    Do something DAILY.

      • Now that you know what you want, find a way to invest in yourself everyday. For an example:  Read 10 pages of a self development book every morning. Some days you can power out 50 pages, but everyday read a minimum of 10 pages. At the end of the year you will have read 12 books! (nearly the equivalent of a bachelor's degree in your field).
      • Look for books in the field of what you are passionate about, attend seminars, and read online articles.
      • Listen to audio tapes in your car when you are driving to work.  

      These two steps will help you get closer to building the perfect You. What is your true potential?