Learnings for Adults Motivation
How to Start In Personal Development
August 25, 2010

Everyone knows that motivation is important. Yet, not many people are able to practice motivation. Is it that hard? Or is it because they simply do not know how to?

You see. Personal development has a wide scope. There are several parts for you to consider like physical, psychological and emotional aspects.

Remember the saying “great things start from small beginnings?” That’s what personal development is all about. It all starts the moment you recognize your capabilities and take action accordingly.

Here’s a step-by-step guide for your personal development:

Step 1: Take initiative

Trust me. There’s always a tomorrow for things. But unless and until you take the initiative to start today, you’ll not achieve the outcome that you want for tomorrow.

See that the moment you commit yourself to self-development, sit down and strategize on adopting the changes you are about to embrace. Create achievable and realistic goals. Have the liberty to list your goals in your journal. Go back to the list as often as you like. Focus and take actions according to your goals and ask yourself: What’s my next step?

Step 2: Observe and learn from other people

Yes, experience is the best teacher. But you do not have to experience everything to learn from it. You can read books and listen from other people’s experiences, not tomorrow. Today is your best option. I suggest you read accounts of great people who have major influences in your life. Learn from these people, direct your thoughts on imitating their phenomenal approach to life then adopt their ways to success.

Aside from the books, you can also look for a coach or a mentor who can guide you along the way. Let’s face it, everybody has their mentors and can be a mentor at the same time. Why is that? Understand that you have a different approach to life than the other person. That’s the beauty of individuality!

Step 3: Take 100% responsibility and learn from your actions

Along the process of personal development, make sure that you do things that you like. It is easier for you to accomplish your goals if you are enjoying what you are doing. You can focus on the things that will make you a better individual but along the way, make sure that you are aware of the consequences of your movements. If you can not help yourself, no one else could.

Step 4: Value yourself

Give yourself a pat if you achieved something. It is not easy to change but if you did make some improvement then you deserve a toast. That’s considered achievement already.

Dare yourself to go on. Begin with achievable goals. Always set for S.M.A.R.T (Specific, Measurable, Realistic and Timed) goals and when you’re almost at the end of your rope, challenge yourself further. Keep going, don’t ever give up.

Now, put what you’ve learned into practice. Begin with the 4 keys to personal development. Remember Step 1? Start taking initiative and responsibility for your own success.

By: Dominic Tay

About author

Dr Shailesh Thaker

Dr. Shailesh Thaker is a world-renowned management thinker and trainer on organizational behavior and development. He is the CLO of Knowledge Plus Inc., a highly reputed training firm based in Ahmedabad, India, helping organizations to achieve international benchmarks in management practices.

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