I can see why some people are switched off by the term. It’s used by some to express some elite or highbrow activity.

In reality, it isn’t.

Taking driving lessons, learning to dance, learning how to use Microsoft Excel or attending relationship counselling are all personal development opportunities.

Why? Because at the end of it, you will have learned a new skill and learned something about yourself, if you were paying attention. 

That is what it is – improving yourself through conscious activity.

Here are some things I want to share that may help you to take full advantage of development opportunities.:

  • It is never too late to take active steps towards personal development.
  • You don’t have to need it to benefit from personal development.
  • You don’t have to be unhappy or unfulfilled to benefit from personal development.
  • There is not one specific way to do work through your personal development.
  • Your personal development journey is your own and it won’t look the same as anyone else’s. So, what works for your friend or colleague might not work for you, and vice versa.
  • Just because you experience failure does not mean you should stop. You simply need to find another way that works for you.
  • Personal development doesn’t end. Once you achieve one goal, you set another. It’s a process that will last you your lifetime.
  • Personal development can be uncomfortable. Sometimes it is supposed to be because you have to leave your comfort zone.
  • Personal development isn’t going to turn you into a different person, it isn’t about drastic change, it’s about those small, incremental changes that help you to get to potential.

What are you doing so far in 2023 to help your personal growth?

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