Personal development is something that’s such an important part of life. Not just my life, but all of ours. Whether we know it or not, personal development is something that impacts our lives on a daily basis.
As life progresses, we are bound to face more challenges, new environments, and greater obstacles. We go through life hoping to someday figure out all of the answers to the challenges we face, but we never set ourselves up to actually do so.
Not only that, but we were never taught how to actually develop into the individuals we want to become.
We are told to go to school, to get a job, to get married, to start a family, to save for retirement, and to wait until we are 67 years old to start living our lives.
This is terrible advice.
Many individuals live their life simply going through the motions and waiting for a lucky break. It isn’t that they want to be this way. It’s that they don’t know any different or how to create the life they want for themselves.
It’s just something that isn’t taught until the struggles begin to pile up.
Maybe the world would look different if we were taught how to care for ourselves instead of being taught how to find the angle of a trapezoid. Maybe the world would look different if we were taught the importance of developing a strong mindset instead of spending hours upon hours writing essays that cover topics we aren’t going to think twice about once they are turned in.
We will just simply never know.
Why Is Personal Development Important For Everyone?
Growing up, I was like the vast majority of adolescents in America. I played sports, I went to a public school system, hung out with friends after school, and occasionally got myself into trouble from time to time.
I was also somebody who was picked on… a lot.
Actually, I probably wasn’t picked on any more than the average adolescent, but I just handled it differently.
While some people have the ability to easily brush off what others say, I was different – I still am different.
For some reason, I take a lot of what others say to heart. The words and judgments of others will repeat themselves over and over in my head. I constantly replay events from my past again and again, much like a never-ending movie that I can’t shut off.
Some may call me a head-case, and a few years ago, I probably would have agreed with you. But now, I simply call it being me. We are all different, and this is just one of the many things that makes me different.
Part of me thinks I am the way I am because I wasn’t taught the importance of personal development. I wasn’t taught the importance of self-love, the importance of caring for myself before others, or how to brush off everything the assholes said and did to me because they were only trying to cover up their own insecurities. I wasn’t taught any of that.
But I have learned the importance of personal development since then, and now I am living the best life I have ever lived.
I think not.
That’s what happens when we practice personal development and self-improvement – we start finding the life we have always dreamed of living.
How Personal Development Has Changed My Life
Do I blame the kids who used to pick on me?
I used to. But honestly, I don’t blame them anymore. I actually feel sorry for them.
While I didn’t realize it at the time, I see that their attempt to bring me down was just a way for them to feel better about their lives. Some of them were broken – more broken than I felt.
This doesn’t make what they did acceptable or mean that I have since become friends with them. But I have forgiven them and chose to move on with my life. They have taken enough of my life away from me, I am not going to give them the luxury of taking even one more second.
Plus, if I am going to be completely honest, they are part of the reason why I am living my best life today. As strange as it may sound, I feel like I actually owe them a thank you.
Had it not been for the torment they put me through, I wouldn’t have felt broken. Had I not felt broken, I would have never indulged myself with as much personal development information as I could possibly consume. Had I not consumed myself with as much personal development information as I could possibly gather, I wouldn’t be living my best life today.
They are part of the reason I am where I am today. Am I perfect in the eyes of the world? No. But I am perfect for me, and that’s what matters the most.
It’s incredibly hard to prioritize anything good in life when you are going through the struggles. Trust me, I know. But no matter what has happened or how you are feeling, just know that everything happens for a reason. Maybe it takes you years or decades to realize what that reason is, but I promise you that it is there. Just never give up on yourself, and someday, that reason will reveal itself.
I would not be the person I am today if my past hadn’t panned out exactly how it did. But who I am today… I wouldn’t change that for the world. And it’s all because I realized the importance of personal development. Focusing on my own personal development has forever changed my life, and it is something I am incredibly grateful for.
Before You Go
You might be somebody who doesn’t necessarily know how to improve your life or where to begin. Don’t worry, we have all been there. It doesn’t matter where you start, all that matters is that you do start.
Personal development is an ongoing process of self-improvement that will change your life. It will help you to develop your strengths, it will help you to gain confidence in the individual you already are, and it will improve every area and aspect of your life.
Do yourself a favor and make your own personal development your number one priority. You owe it to yourself to do so.
If you need help getting started, try the following steps:
- Set goals that you want to achieve in all areas of your life.
- Practice self-love and positive affirmations on a daily basis.
- Always look for opportunities to grow from who you were yesterday into the person you want to become tomorrow.
- Take chances on yourself and see your failures as learning opportunities.
- Above all else, NEVER let anybody else define your self-worth or tell you what you can and can’t achieve. This is your life and it is up to you to live it to the fullest.