As the saying goes, before you can love anyone else, you must learn to love yourself. This is true because you come before others and how can you love them if you do not love yourself? Try to focus on the good things about yourself rather than the negative, and remember, no one is perfect!
Take an audit of yourself, and own every part of it; even the bad aspects that you may currently have. To really grow in your personal development, you need to both understand yourself and love yourself for who you are. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t want to change the bad aspects; you should. But loathing yourself will only hamper your ability to change.
Compare your progress only against yourself and not against others around you. You are trying to become the best you can be and not the best in the world. Remember, you will never be the best at anything as there will always be someone just a bit better. Focus on your own progress!
Part of any successful personal development program is finding your passion. Your goals in both the short- and long-term should be selected with this in mind. The personal satisfaction and fulfillment that comes from doing work you love should be a goal in and of itself. A goal that calls for work you hate, though, may be too hard to achieve.
Believe it or not, laughter will contribute to your personal growth! Watch a good comedy on the TV. If you feel that you have better things to do with your time, you are wrong. Stop and sit for an hour to watch something that is going to make you laugh. Laughter is good for more than just the soul. You will be in a much lighter mood when the show is over.
Try working in blocks of 10 minutes to get more work done. It’s true that 10 minutes is not an eternity or a great deal of time to accomplish everything, but when used correctly, you can get so much done in that short period of time. After that time is up, take a break and start again.
Admit your low-level in the universe. Admitting that you do not know all is the beginning of opening your mind, heart and spirit to the rest of the world. Each of us is but a speck in the whole universe, and we each have so much to learn, understand, know and improve.
If you are working towards a goal to better yourself, just picture yourself at the end of the journey. As an example, if you wish to lose weight, you don’t keep repeating to yourself that you are fat. In fact, you should visualize and repeat to yourself that you are slim. Having positive thoughts will lead you to your goals quicker than putting yourself down.
Find a mentor. One of the most powerful forms of learning is by mirroring best practices of those who are already where you want to be. Find someone that you want to emulate and study their lives. If it is realistic to approach this person, reach out to them and ask them for some one-on-one time. If you do get personal time with your mentor, come in prepared with relevant questions you want to ask. Otherwise, you will just be wasting your time and theirs.
Building on your spiritual development will get you to a more calmer peaceful state in your life. When working on personal development, you want to be able to fell a sense of calm. Spending some time praying and giving up some control to a higher power will help you to remain more centered in times of high stress.