Personal Development. Is it the real Thing?
I am relatively new to personal development, starting in earnest about 6 or 7 years ago. I genuinely wish that I was aware a lot earlier. I've attended many seminars and webinars listened to tapes and audios, read countless books and listened to podcasts. I get up most mornings at 4.00, write out my affirmations and goals, write down 10 things I am grateful for and then study through to approx. 6.30.
They say somebody like me is a good candidate because I haven’t been doing it long enough to create bad habits. This what I have learnt so far.
Failure. The best feedback ever.
Since starting this journey I have made so many mistakes. The mistakes have been good. Firstly I know I am trying and secondly it gives me the opportunity to course correct. It is only through the pain and discomfort that we grow and achieve. Our struggles push us out of our comfort zones and into new experiences that we dared not try before-and so we develop.
We need to put ourselves in an environment that supports our growth. Environment
undeniably helps when our willpower fails. We are very much products of the people we hang around with. The conditions and infrastructure around us drive both our good and bad behaviors, and when we acknowledge and understand that fact, then we are able to align ourselves with a favorable environment.
We also have to admit that some people are just not good for us. As much as we may love
someone negative or self-destructive, they will put us down the second we do something for
ourselves. I am still friends, but from a distance, with of a group of mates that were completely negative. The best thing I ever did.
What did I want to change?
It all starts with the mind. There is no personal growth unless we acknowledge this. We also have to recognize that we have two minds; the conscious and the subconscious-and that
our subconscious mind dictates our behavior most of the time. Therefore, in order to adopt a new behavior, we have to rebuild our subconscious mind.
Since joining WA I have learnt about blogs. The writing of blogs is a wonderful reinforcement of what I have learnt. I’ve built a new world of learning. Not as a writer but as a better student. My personal development journey has been one of new beliefs and thoughts that continues to build a new world for me. WA is a new member of my team.
If we switch to thinking in the long-term, then patience and perseverance become who we
are. There is a certain inner satisfaction that comes when we take our time to do things
without cutting corners. We recognize that not everything has to happen today, but in the
back of our mind we are also aware that it does have to happen, sooner or later.
My comfort zone.
Action is required to build a new world. In fact action is a major factor in any growth. WA provides another action pathway that provides momentum to move to greater heights out of your comfort zone. It provides additional support in overcoming your fears and obstacles. At worst the work you do provides a distraction from interfering paradigms and a blast through stale pathways and behavioral patterns. There is something magical and expansive about committing to action.
Creating consistency allows us to feel more content in the long run, regardless of the immediate outcome. It creates predictability which provides a supply of smaller happy moments that support our sense of well-being. WA provides that same sense of purpose through the training and even the desire to maintain or improve your rank.
Consistency allows us to become more productive without the burden of a big goal hanging around our neck.
Detach from results.
Don’t focus on your results. Do what you love. Go for your goals. But, detach from the results. If you focus on the results you will continue to get the same results. Detach from the
fruits of your actions. We can only control our actions-not their outcomes. But we should
never, never detach from our actions.
We are all different and therefore look for different remedies and solutions. The important thing is that you are genuine, you start and you maintain your persistence and discipline. If you are not genuine don’t start. Personal development tactics do work. I have grown in all aspects of my life and am a better person.
Have a great day.