Self Image and Personal Development
Some tips for launching yourself forward in your personal growth so you can change your life for the better.
One of the key components in any personal development plan is creating a higher sense of self-esteem. Your self-image is very important and determines whether you are successful in life or not. Many things you encounter, including people and environment, can affect your self-esteem and self-image. There are those spiritually deficit people who will deliberately damage your self development and those you do it unknowingly. Circumstances can sometimes push hard against and make you doubt yourself and others. Situations can cause you stress and disillusionment. Never allow these destructive influences to affect you.
Do Not Let Others Affect Your Personal Growth
Don’t permit the behavior of others to affect your personal growth plan. Never get caught up in the game of believing that the negative comments of others are true. If a person wishes to berate or belittle you then see it for what it is - a lack of self-esteem on their part. These people feel so low within themselves that they must elevate themselves at the expense of others. Do not do this yourself. It is very damaging to your own self development. For in order to be good at something you will have to make another person bad at it. You aren’t good at it your just better than ‘they’ are! Start to build your faith in your own abilities and let others take care of their own. Stay away from toxic people who have such a bad self-image, low self-esteem and lack of belief in themselves that they must build up their own ego at the expense of others.
Beware of a negative work or social environment. Don’t get caught up in the competitive mindset. You are a creator. You were put on this planet to be productive, to add value to your life and the lives of others. You don’t need to be competitive, you merely need to be creative and this will bring its own rewards. By keeping a creative mindset you can share in the joy of another’s success without feeling it is depriving you in anyway. Trust me, this new mindset will launch you further than the competitive mindset ever could.
Be open and willing to change. Embrace the new. As you progress in your personal development you will find that your old paradigms begin to shift and make way for new ones. This is natural and desirable. Remain flexible and adapt yourself to your changing world. Many people fight against change and this internal resistance causes inner strife and hardships of all kinds. This is an ever changing Universe and we must be willing to change with it.
Look at the World in a New Way
Find a way of looking at the world, yourself, others and life in a new exciting way. Do not judge the present or make predictions about the future based on your past experiences. Use the past as a learning experience to help with your personal growth. See how you did things wrong and adjust your behavior, actions, outlook or mental attitude accordingly. Release all that old emotional baggage and embrace the present. Enjoy the journey and all the changes that are taking place in your life.
Watch where you direct your focus. Your focus determines the reality you experience. "One man’s meat is another man’s poison". Is your cup half empty or half full? Look for the good or at least the opportunity in every situation - "everything happens for a reason". Take stock of your personal mental attitudes and grow accordingly. How do you view YOUR world? Many people are fearful of the times we currently live in. They worry about the environment, economies, unemployment, war etc. Images on TV and in the news only lend further weight to these worries by showing the very things we should not be focusing on! This world is full to overflowing with abundance, riches, love and joy. You just have to start noticing it.
Thoughts for Your Own Development
Restructure your own thought & feeling patterns. Your feelings regulate your thoughts, your thoughts determine your actions and your actions restructure your life. What type of life have you built for yourself up to now? Are you content and happy? Probably not or you wouldn’t be reading this. Your beliefs really do affect how you live your personal life, what you believe is possible for you and what you believe you are capable of achieving or having. Many of your beliefs are positive and nurturing. However, many are not. Find a way to change your negative beliefs. Your beliefs are merely a cluster of thoughts brought together to form a view and you can ALWAYS change your point of view for your own development!
Enjoy the journey
Life was meant to be rich and abundant. Celebrate each small positive change you make and enjoy the point in your life where you are right now. Don’t postpone your happiness until some future event or when you have developed some desirable characteristic. You will always be changing and evolving, it’s a universal law. So enjoy where you are, celebrate the progress you have made, be prepared to embrace the new but let tomorrow will take care of itself.
What Is Personal Development?
It was long since held that self-development was an essential aspect of succeeding in a more and more competitive marketplace that left little room for those who would not be able to pull their own weight – usually because of self-image problems. Personal growth was considered to be the antidote to the possibility of failure very often experienced by job changers, vocation changers, and those who might embark on a new career at a more advanced age than most of their competitors in the marketplace.
A personal development plan was said to be effective in combining an individual’s innate wish for success with a change in the person’s mode of viewing her - or him self and also the way the person is portraying her - or him self to others. NLP - neuro-linguistic programming – is one of the favored tools of the personal development and growth movement. Since it offers a wide variety of tools and techniques, this application itself promises success simply because of its superior adaptability to the needs of the person seeking personal improvement.
Personal Growth Exercises
For example, for those with simple performance anxiety problems, there are a large number of personal growth exercises that will make an accomplished extrovert out of a phobic introvert who is sent into stammering or excessive sweating fits at the prospect of speaking in front of a crowd.
For the person suffering from extreme anxiety the idea of meditation – well within the framework of NLP – will quite often yield amazing results.
While traditionalists might scoff at the idea of personal development simply because it is such a subjective exercise, it is noteworthy that many people swear by it and attribute their business success to lessons learned and exercises attempted during a personal development and growth seminar. Perhaps the most important aspect to remember when discussing self development is the fact that it seeks to capitalize on a person’s good intentions. These intentions may be the wish to succeed in business, the innate need to be useful, or maybe just the wish to further the role of leadership a person has taken within a corporation or business.
Make Good Intentions Your Goal
The goal is to draw out the good intentions and turn them into marketable objectives which the client will be able to realize and develop further, so as to ensure that her or his confidence will grow enough to pursue the next level of professional development. For those who are gifted with a go-get-it attitude, this need may be hard to understand, but suffice it to say that in a world where corporate success is hard won, and abilities have to be proven time and again, those who may suffer from a lack of self-esteem have often found themselves relegated to the side-lines. If this is you, it is also important to understand that you do not have to be on the side-lines, but that you have everything it takes to make it up the ladder of success!
Personal Development Plans
Personal development plans are important to grow and change as a person. Learning how to change yourself will enable you to have control over your life. A plan is important as well because you will need to have an attainable goal. You can create this growth plan yourself. You know what goals you would like to reach and exactly what you are capable of. To create your own plan sit down and write out your goals in business or in life, this will need a timeline and a breakdown of exactly what goals you want to have reached and when. Having this personal plan for your life and for your business will help you to reach the goals you set for yourself.
Find a Personal Coach to Help With Your Plan
If you are a self-motivator once you have written up your own personal growth plan and set forth your aims, you will have no problems obtaining them. However, more people in this world often need motivators to get the job done. Sometimes a reward of getting your goals accomplished is enough and other times people need a coach to help them along. A personal development coach is someone who will help you learn new things, can help you reach your goals, can help manage your life, can help you make changes in your life to become more successful, and is there to support you. A personal development coach can be a trusted individual that will be on your side and help you reach your own objectives.
Be Patient One Step at a Time
Remember to be patient with yourself and allow some flexibility in your personal development plan. Patience is the key to keeping yourself from being overwhelmed and giving up on your own ambitions. Your plan should allow you a realistic time frame to reach achieve your aims in life. Dreams can come true one step at a time, and each goal reached is a dream realized. Being flexible with your own personal growth strategy is also important because sometimes life can change. Creating an idea that is reactive to things that will naturally occur will allow you to not be stressed over these occurrences. If you have a coach, they can help you understand how to accomplish this task while writing your plan. A big part of the process is to learn how to adapt and grow as a person, and flexibility is a big part of that.
If you are unsure how to go about creating your own personal growth plan finding a professional life coach, or a personal development coach will be a great asset to you. It is their job to understand and teach you how to create the plan, and follow it. Unlike a therapist, a personal development coach is ready to look toward your future instead of digging into your past.