Start Your Personal Development Journey Now

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 I accidentally took a 2-hour nap and woke up at 10 PM. This way you don’t take late naps, especially without an alarm. My life-juggling skills are a hot mess right now. But that’s beside the point. Today’s blog is about starting your personal development journey.

If you are a longtime reader of my blog, you know that personal development is my thing. It’s tagged in almost every blog post I make. I obsessed with personal development.

While that can be both a good and a bad thing, I think you need to start your personal development journey today. Everyone can benefit from a little personal development. But, Shika, what the heck is personal development? I thought you’d never ask. I knew you were curious.

What’s a personal development journey?

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I always get blank stares whenever I tell people I run a personal development blog. What is that? Yeah, not your typical fitness, fashion or lifestyle blog. But the personal development niche chose me. But I digress. Let’s dissect personal development.

Personal development is a broad topic that covers many activities. But the point of personal development is to improve awareness and identity. It strives to develop talents and potential, build human capital and facilitate employability.

It is the desire to enhance the quality of life and contribute to the realization of your dreams and aspirations. Doesn’t that sound like my entire blog?

But, personal development isn’t just limited to self-help. It’s a part of personal development but it’s not the only thing. Personal development can be both informal and formal as long as it’s helping to build you up to be where you want to be.

Personal development is not one moment in time. It is continuous and it lasts for a lifetime. I see personal development as a lifelong journey of constantly being aware of yourself, your identity, your happiness, your talents, your goals, and what you need in life.

It’s not just self-improvement. It is a form of self-care when done correctly. It is a journey.

What should your goals be for your personal development?

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If you haven’t already figured it out, goals differ with every person. Some people’s goals might be to build a higher emotional intelligence so they connect better with others. While yours might be to build a better self-awareness and self-worth.

But your personal development goals can also differ at many points in your life. One year your goal may be to become better at interviewing. So that you can get into your dream school and eventually into your dream school.

A couple of years later, your goal may be to develop more leadership skills. So, you can be ready to take on a promotion at your dream job. You don’t have to limit yourself to one goal.

Sometimes you’ll have a multitude of personal development goals along the way. Because in life we are not always striving for just one goal. And our goals change as our life changes.

Some goals are short-term and some will be long-term. Some days you may have 5 goals and other days, just 1 goal. So, with that being said you should be flexible with your goals on your personal development journey. You should also just enjoy the journey. The endpoint in your journey is not important because the journey will be lifelong.

How to start your personal development journey

Develop a personal vision

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What are your goals in life? Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Do you like them? If yes, how do you stay on course to become that person?

Maybe you need to continue school and graduate. You might need a couple of internships. If you dislike what you see, how can you make a better personal vision?

What do you need to work on? Do you need to learn leadership skills or time management? How can you acquire those leadership skills? You might decide to take a class or just throw yourself into a leadership position. You are a hands-on learner after all. Nothing beats learning from the real thing.

Connect to your driving factor

Why do you need to develop your leadership skills? Well, you want to be able to have a team under you one day. You want to be the Lead Marketing Strategist at Elite Company, Inc.

You don’t want to be like that manager you had in college. They were horrible and had no idea had to lead. You also realize that sometimes a manager is not always a leader and vice versa. In order to get to your goal of being Lead Marketing Strategist, you realize that leadership amongst other things is important.

Start now

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There’s no time like the present! Start now! Don’t wait until you have some fancy life plan laid out. Your plans can change at any time. Also, there’s no reason for you not to start now.

It doesn’t hurt. If anything, you’re just going to learn more about yourself and become more self-aware. You’ll realize that maybe you weren’t as self-aware as you thought.

You might realize that you are the type of person who recharges when they have alone time. But still enjoys the company of others and being a leader. So, you now have to figure out how to balance the two. That adds another dimension to your personal development goals.

Don’t be afraid to go back to the drawing board and start over

The personal development journey is flexible. If you realize that maybe you don’t want to be a leader, that’s fine. You can go back to the drawing board and tweak the journey. You learned a lot by trial and error by jumping into a leadership position for a while.

It takes a very mature person to backtrack and realize their boundaries. That’s what you did and you are helping yourself to stay sane in the long run. Don’t stay anywhere or try to go anywhere that you don’t want to be.

That’s a waste of your personal development journey. However, rerouting the journey can be something that can help you know yourself even more. It can be hard but, in the end, it will be worth it. We learn more from our failures than our successes sometimes.

Monitor your progress

How far have you come since you first began? You started your journey to get better at public speaking because you wanted to lead. Yeah, you realize that leadership in the traditional sense may not be for you.

But you found a new passion for public speaking and inspiring others. Maybe that’s the way you desire to lead? You’ve also made a lot of new relationships that make your life feel more fulfilled. So maybe your fail was more of a success.

Practice gratitude for your progress

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When you monitor your progress, have gratitude for all the great things that happened on your journey. Appreciate the journey and all that it brings. And have some mercy on yourself for all your downfalls.

Yeah, you dropped the ball halfway through your leadership. But you were also stressed and going through a depression. It was a struggle to even get out of bed. Give yourself some props where it’s due. You could’ve done worse. And you made it through!

Conclusion

Start your personal development journey today! It will be the best thing you could ever do for yourself. If self-help is not your thing, you can get formal help. The purpose of personal development is really to help you become the best you. And that can happen through whatever means you want.

That could mean focusing on your self-care, your education, your self-awareness, or even your plan for your professional career advancements.

Don’t miss out on a better you today! And don’t forget that this better you is not one defined by anyone else but you! So, don’t miss out! Whew, I wrote more than I expected. I actually cut myself off shortly before I got too passionate. I told you all the personal development life chose me.

Thanks for reading my rant,

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Shika Tamaklo is a pharmacy student attending Mercer University. She is a college lifestyle blogger who writes on fitness, health, student life struggles and, occasionally dabbles in creative writing.

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