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What are some easy steps to self development?

I am really interested in taking steps toward being the best version of myself. For some time now, I have been feeling like I am stuck in a rut and I would like things to change for the better. Self development will not only help me achieve some important personal growth goals but also enable me to live a better and more fulfilled life. Therefore, I would like some tips on how to create an effective personal goal plan and a few self improvement ideas to get me on the right track.

Ashley Howard

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Jodi Brooks on January 30, 2018

Self-development is something most people feel the need to do at one point or another in their life. Striving to be a better person has so many advantages. First and foremost, you get to relate better with the people around you. This enables you to build strong and long-lasting relationships. You also get to perform better at your job and other areas of your life because you have dealt with some of the things that have been holding you back. There are a number of steps you can take towards personal growth and development. These include:

  • Honest Self Reflection 

This is a great self-improvement idea that you should probably start with. Nowadays, it is very difficult to engage in honest self-reflection. This is because we are surrounded by millions of people who would rather ignore their reality than face their own truth. However, if you want to become a better person, you will need to take some time to reflect on who you really are. What are your strengths and weaknesses and what can you do to improve them? You might have to take some time away from all the distractions around you to understand who you are and who you want to be. It might also help to ask some close friends and relatives to give you some feedback about yourself. However, if you decide to do this, keep an open mind and try not to get offended or defensive.

  • Therapy

If improving your self is an important personal growth goal for you, you should consider committing to long-term therapy. Seeking help from a professional makes it more likely for you to achieve success.

  • Come Up With a Plan

One of the causes of failure is not having a good plan. To make an improvement in yourself, you need to create a personal plan for growth. In the plan, you need to include all your strengths and weaknesses and how you plan to improve both areas. Be very specific about what you plan to do and try to stick to the plan. It might help to get someone to be accountable to. An accountability partner will help you stay on the right path every time you fall back.

  • Improve all Areas of Your Life

Do not just focus on improving your feelings. Self-improvement ought to be a holistic process where you strive to improve mentally, spiritually, physically and emotionally. Therefore, incorporate a healthy diet, exercise, meditation and other practices that will help you achieve this.

Jessie Thompsona year ago

Self-development is not an easy task and it’s okay to fail once in a while. Don’t dwell on the setback. Pick up from where you left off and keep improving yourself daily. Set personal growth goals on a sheet of paper/diary and tick off anyone that you feel is becoming second nature to you. For instance, you eat a lot and have been trying to quit. You have been working out more and eating healthier food for a year. Tick that off as a self-development goal that you have reached. Take your time. There is no fast lane to success. 

Wilson Hansena year ago

I disagree. I do not believe there are actual steps you can take towards self development. This is because in my opinion personal development is not a destination. It is a day-to-day choice to do something differently from how you did it in the past. For instance, if you struggle with impatience, self-improvement would be the intention to practice patience. Therefore, you would come up with a strategy of how to practice patience in situations where you normally get very impatient. I believe the only secret to developing oneself is to practice commitment to what we say we will do. Taking the example of patience, if you decide to be more patient, try as much as you can to practice patience until you get it right and do not give up. This is the only way you will achieve success. This is where the accountability partner comes in. They help you stay on track so that you have a better chance of improving.


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