“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” ~ Carl Gustav Jung
Personal development is a powerful process that can enable deep positive and lasting change to how we see ourselves and see the world.
The benefits of investing in one’s personal development are many, the 3 core areas are:
The purpose of Personal Development or Personal Growth is simple, to stop, think and decide to be more. The process of developing one’s self are many, from self-help books to training programmes, meditation, and personal journaling, poetry to painting.
One definition of Personal Development says:
Personal Development is the conscious pursuit of personal growth by expanding self-awareness and knowledge and improving personal skills.
Personal development includes activities that improve awareness and identity, develop talents and potential, build human capital and facilitate employability, enhance the quality of life and contribute to the realization of dreams and aspirations.
Personal development is a lifelong process. It’s the keyway for people to stop and assess their skills and qualities, consider their aims in life and set goals in order to realise and maximise their potential.
The concept is not limited to self-help but includes formal and informal activities for developing others in roles such as teacher, guide, counselor, manager, life coach or mentor. When personal development takes place in the context of institutions, it refers to the methods, programs, tools, techniques, and assessment systems that support human development at the individual level in organisations.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” — Will Durant
At the level of the individual, personal development includes the following activities: