Personal Development Introduction

Hello my friend.

I hope this post finds you well.

This is officially my very first post on Deen’s Hub. 😊

Initially before I started this blog, I thought it was essential to include a introduction to personal development.

I believe firmly that in order to be successful in anything, one needs to be in the best possible shape, physically, emotionally and mentally.

So that is why I’ve decided to start off with this piece on personal development as my first post.

I hope you enjoy it and find it beneficial.

I would like to commence by including an excerpt from The Strangest Secret by Earl Nightingale, he tells us:

“Suppose a farmer has some land, and it’s good, fertile land. The land gives the farmer a choice; he may plant in that land whatever he chooses. The land doesn’t care. It’s up to the farmer to make the decision.

We’re comparing the human mind with the land because the mind, like the land, doesn’t care what you plant in it. It will return what you plant, but it doesn’t care what you plant.

Now, let’s say that the farmer has two seeds in his hand- one is a seed of corn, the other is nightshade, a deadly poison. He digs two little holes in the earth and he plants both seeds-one corn, the other nightshade. He covers up the holes, waters and takes care of the land…and what will happen? Invariably, the land will return what was planted.

As it’s written in the Bible, “As ye sow, so shall ye reap.”
Remember the land doesn’t care. It will return poison in just as wonderful abundance as it will corn. So up come the two plants – one corn, one poison.”

So by having a look at the analogy by Earl Nightingale, we can clearly understand the importance of what you feed your mind with.

The excerpt fits perfectly with what I am about to layout in this post on personal development.

So let’s get right into it:

3 Key Areas of Personal Development:

  1. Work/Life Balance
  2. Goal Setting
  3. Time Management
introduction to personal development

The Work/Life Balance

If you don’t know how to maintain a balance between your work and your life you may feel that your work is your life.

In order to maintain overall happiness you need to master how to implement a balance between the two.

You don’t necessarily have to work harder, you just need to learn how to work smarter.

Here are 6 ways you can achieve a work/life balance:

  1. Prioritize your work in order of importance, and allocate enough time to complete each task.
  2. Make time for yourself and loved ones.
  3. Structure your working hours.
  4. Take breaks during the day.
  5. Make use of public holidays to ‘reboot’.
  6. Use technology to your advantage to help you work smarter.
  7. You need to retrain your mind. – I know it’s easier said than done, but it does take time, patience and persistence.
introduction to personal development

Goal Setting

A famous quote by Tony Robins, he said – “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”

It’s strange how, that when we conduct business, we develop a business plan which outlines the ultimate goal of the business.

But we often forget to develop a personal plan for ourselves, which is far more important.

Here are 6 proven steps for setting goals:

  1. Your goal must be specific
  2. The time in which you want to achieve your goal must be specific.
  3. You goal must be written down.
  4. You must create a plan to achieve your goal.
  5. You must decide the price you’re willing to pay.
  6. You must think of your goal everyday.
  7. Ensure that you set personal goals and that you are focused on the things that matter in your life.
introduction to personal development

Time Management

Benjamin Franklin once said – “You may delay, but time will not.”

Remember that time management is life management.

We all have just 24 hours a day.

You will find those who waste their time by letting days turn into weeks and then months without achieving anything.

On the contrary you will find others who make the best use of their time to achieve their goals.

How we use our time is almost completely in our control:

so if we want to be effective time managers, we must use it wisely.

Here are 8 tips for effective time management:

  1. Have written goals, and ensure that you are engaging in activities that support your goals.
  2. Prioritise your time, do tasks in order of importance.
  3. Learn to say, No!
  4. Plan ahead.
  5. Eliminate distractions. (this can be people who are time wasters, mobile phone’s etc.)
  6. Engage with people who have similar goals. (i.e: mastermind meetups.)
  7. Spend your time wisely.
  8. Take good care of yourself mentally, physically and emotionally.

Conclusion

To wrap up this post on personal development, I’m going to end off by saying that if you want to become a great person, implement:

The 5 ways to achieve work life balance.
The 6 proven steps for setting goals.
The 8 tips for effective time management.

– all outlined above in detail.

Enjoy transforming yourself into the best version of you!

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