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What is Personal Development and what does it mean to you?

Personal Development takes many forms and is not necessarily just about attending a course or seminar.  It can be learning to drive a car or raising funds for charity.

How do you know if and when you need Personal Development and why?   What would be the point of engaging in a given course of action?   What would be the steps you need to take?   And why would you even want to start?   When you engage in a given course of ‘Personal Development’, what are the components needed?

Say for example on the 1st of January as one of your New Year’s resolutions you decide to run in a marathon, where do you start.

First of all think about why you want to do the marathon and what is the result you want to achieve.

Are you competing or participating?   Do you see yourself actually completing the course?

Are you doing the marathon to raise funds for charity, and what is your objective?

If you are raising money for charity, is it a cause you feel passionate about and how much would you want to raise?   Will you advertise to raise funds, depend on your friends and family or seek corporate sponsorship?   Will you raise a lump sum or a set a goal per kilometre?

Are you doing the marathon as part of a group or on your own?

Or are you running in the marathon because you think you need to get fit and lose weight?

Are you already fairly fit or are you an ex-couch potato?

Did your Doctor suggest the programme or is this something you just want to do for yourself and why?

Will you have a buddy to keep you motivated?   Who will you buddy with and what is their objective?   Is it someone you know will stay the course?

Identifying your motive, where you are now and your end result will help you to clarify your objectives, and set the parameters of action steps to take.

What date is the marathon?   If it is 6months away and you are really unfit, how much time do you need to invest per day, and how many days per week?

Do you need to give up anything in order to start the programme?

What level of fitness do you have to achieve in order to last the course?

Do you have to make changes to your routine and or home life in order to participate?   What equipment do you need?   Do you have to change your eating habits and give anything up?

Before you start on any programme of Personal Development it helps to identify your reasons, what will motivate you and keep you going, what will you need in order to overcome the challenges that lie ahead?   Do you have the time to participate and what do you have to give up in order to set that time aside?

Lets assume you want to learn to drive a car and get a Driver’s Licence.

Why do you need to learn to drive?   Is it just because you want to, or because you have to?

How will learning to drive make your life different once you have gained your license?

Will you hire a Driving Instructor or arrange for a friend to teach you?

Do you have a deadline for achieving the license?

How will this help the people around you and what are the benefits to you?

In order to achieve any objective as part of a Personal Development plan, it helps to identify your motivations, your desires, your objections, the challenges, your final goal, and how will it affect the people around you?   Are you prepared to make the commitment needed, and most importantly, when times get tough, as they do, what is it that will get you to continue?

As with any course of action, having a solid reason and a plan for doing it will help you to achieve what you set out to do.

quote# “Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising, which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.’’  Ralph Waldo Emerson – Poet and Essayist

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