The Beginner’s Guide to Personal Development

I struggle with self-confidence and self-image issues. I have perfectionistic tendencies, a procrastinating streak, and tend to get over-stressed. I battle with managing my time, which is more of a challenge since becoming a mom.

A few years ago, I decided I wanted to start making changes to those struggles. I am still constantly working on overcoming these struggles, although, I am leaps and bounds ahead of where I used to be and am definitely a better version of myself today.

It is a process and along the way, I have discovered tips, tricks, and strategies to make the process a little easier. Change is always hard, but if I can do it, so can you.

What is Personal Development?

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Personal development is the conscious act of self-growth by changing the way you think about yourself. Once you revise the way you think, then you can work on changing your habits or by adding new habits that will lead to a better version of you.

It takes effort to change your mindset and to implement strategies that will ultimately transform your life. It isn’t always easy to make a change, so it might be tempting to not start.

However, if you do put in the time and effort the results might just take your breath away. You’ll be a whole new you.

Get Started with Personal Development

First, you need to identify what part of yourself you would like to change or improve.

Second, you need to determine what beliefs you have that are holding you back. Maybe you would like to work on gaining more self-confidence, yet you feel like your voice does not matter.

Third, you must be willing to tackle this belief head-on, which might take some courage or gear up. After you have faced this belief, now you are ready to change it.

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Tips for Success When Starting Your Personal Development Journey

It’s important to realize that any kind of change you want to make in your life will feel uncomfortable and can be really hard. This can make you feel afraid to make this change.

The best thing to do is to study and learn more about what you want to change. Once you do this, you will have more courage to start making this change, one small step at a time.

It is okay to feel fear as long as you don’t let it paralyze you. Embrace the fear and make the change.

The F.A.Q Section

How do I Improve my Self-Confidence?

Self-confidence is all about how you see yourself. Something that can be done to start changing the way you see yourself is by telling yourself a positive affirmation.

Affirmations are simple messages that when repeated over and over can change your thinking. Try saying one positive affirmation about yourself each day in the mirror, such as, I am beautiful, I am strong or I am a winner. It may feel foolish or silly, but it really does help.

How Can I Manage My Time Better?

For me, I like lists. I write down what needs to be done for that day.

I like to organize them by activity, such as, all the household chores that need to be done, all the errands that need to be run, and miscellaneous items. I figure out which tasks absolutely must be done that day.

I will then start completing them by the easiest or simplest task first. This way I have more momentum for when I get to hard or unwanted tasks.

I cross them off the list. Any tasks that did not get done get put on the next day’s list as a priority. 

What is Mindfulness?

 Mindfulness is the conscious state of being aware or in tune with something.

When you are mindful, you are more aware of your feelings and thoughts. This comes in handy when you are trying to change a behavior or thought.

This allows you to understand more of why you are having this thought or engaging in the behavior.

What Can I Do to Stop Procrastinating?

One thing that can be done to stop procrastinating is to set a specific amount of time to complete an activity.

Let’s say you need to clean your house. Set an alarm for a certain amount of time, such as 20 minutes. Work as hard as you can for those 20 minutes.

Once the timer is up, stop working. You’ll be amazed at how much you have accomplished in that short amount of time.

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Why is it Important to Decrease Stress?

First of all, not all stress is bad. This question is referring to stress that makes your quality of life decline.

When this happens, stress can cause a multitude of problems. It makes it hard to concentrate which makes your productivity at work, home, and in your daily life start to suffer. It can make you physically ill.

How Can I Be More Productive?

This question ties into managing your time better. You can use the same strategies to become more productive.

It is important to note that there will be days that you aren’t very productive. Recognize that those days happen. Do not beat yourself up over this.

How Can I Love Myself?

Great question. It can take time and patience. But there ways that you can fall in love with yourself. One thing you can do is to be kind to yourself. Talk to yourself the way you would want others to talk to you. Don’t belittle yourself or be mean or be too hard on yourself. You are human and make mistakes.

Wrapping Up

Personal Development is a way to evolve your personal growth. It requires change which isn’t always easy, but definitely worth it. And it is a constant process.

What is one thing that you are going to start improving and changing? 

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