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Six Ways to Develop Yourself

Updated: Sep 30, 2022

Build your skills and talents with these high-impact strategies.

Creating the life you want can include any skill that you build to improve yourself—your emotions, thoughts, or behaviors. It doesn't really matter which skills you want to improve; the key to personal development is taking the right steps—steps that help ensure that you reach whatever goal you are pursuing.

What are the most important personal development skills? It really depends on what you're trying to achieve. But here are some you might want to try.

1. Explore your strengths and weaknesses

The first step is to take time to explore what you are good at, what you enjoy and what you want to do long term. It makes little sense to learn how to code if you don't plan to be a coder. It makes little sense to bench press 400 pounds if you don't plan to be a weightlifter. Figuring out what your passions are will help build skills to reach your goals. Long-term personal development is more about building skills based on your strengths and passions. So, it's good to take some time to self-reflect.

2. Develop creative entrepreneurial thinking

Everyone can benefit from learning how to think like an entrepreneur, regardless of whether you are one. Why? Because entrepreneurs are innovative, good at planning for all possible outcomes, and skilled at getting others to buy into their vision or dream. And perhaps more importantly for personal development, they tend to be adaptable to all sorts of situations.

By developing entrepreneurial thinking, you better adapt to whatever your circumstances are so you can more easily achieve your goals, whether those goals are to start a business that makes a positive impact in the world, or climb Mount Everest.

3. Develop a growth mindset

Fear of making mistakes can lead us to avoid challenges and new experiences—experiences which would help us grow, improve ourselves in important ways, and create the life we desire.

If we have a “growth mindset” we seek out challenges because we value learning and growth above worrying about what others think of our intelligence and capabilities. That's why those with a growth mindset often build new skills more easily. They believe they can and so they really work at it.

4. Learn to calm yourself

High levels of stress are not only bad for our health and well-being, they can prevent us from effectively pursuing and achieving our self-development goals. By learning effective, long-lasting stress-reducing strategies, your body and mind will be more equipped to handle the inevitable challenges that arise when you're trying to develop yourself.

5. Develop resilience

Resilience is that important ingredient that helps you keep going even when things are difficult. This is one of the most important skills for success because none of us will achieve anything

if we don't keep trying when we fail. We can build resilience by improving skills like emotion-regulation, mindfulness, and positivity.

6. Create a personal development plan

A good personal development plan takes all these factors into consideration—the WHAT, the HOW, the WHY, and the WHEN. So ask yourself:

● What skills will you build?

● How will you build them?

● Why will you build them?

● And when will you build them?

And record your progress to make sure you're on the right track. It also helps to have a trusted friend, family member or professional coach or counselor to help you stay on track. Being accountable to another person increases our changes of achieving a goal.

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