Accepting ourselves for who we are makes personal growth a much easier process. Cultivating self-compassion, letting go of guilt, and learning to forgive ourselves are the first steps of self-acceptance. Personal development is the development of the inner self and the base for professional development.
Sometimes everything seems to be accelerating, in a fast forward mode and our whole life has turned into a to-do list. At some point, we notice that it is difficult to find things that we enjoy, and if we discover them, we do not have time for them.
Personal development is defined as having two dimensions: an individual dimension and a collective one. At the individual level, personal development refers to a process that you must apply to yourself, which is why personal development is sometimes called “self-improvement”. At the collective level, this process includes activities for developing alongside others such as a teacher, guide, adviser, manager, coach and mentor.
The concept of personal development also known as “self-help” or “personal evolution” includes the sum of all formal or informal activities and experiences, which aim to improve awareness, discover talents, develop personal skills, improve quality of life and achieve personal aspirations. Personal development is a continuous process of reprogramming the mind, focused on the following directions:
- improving mental clarity
- developing personal skills
- establishing much clearer directions in the personal and professional area
Personal development is the actions a person takes in their life to pursue their passion and to grow on all levels. In other words, personal development can only be achieved by each of us through our effort to acquire self-knowledge, new skills, new behaviours and new habits. The fact that this growth process covers all areas of life, from personal and family life, to professional life and to the relationships we have with those around us, makes personal development encompass life as a whole.
Why don't we finish our plans?
People avoid finishing their plans and projects when developing frustrations and dissatisfaction. The fear of failing to impress others can make a person postpone finishing a task or taking that pottery class that they always wanted. Leaving things incomplete can make a person feel bad about themselves. When starting new projects or finishing old ones it is important to stay motivated and to set up objectives that are not too difficult to achieve. Following the small-steps rule can help anyone achieve their goals.
What is the first step in personal development?
Many people feel the stress of an overloaded schedule, added to a job that involves our continuous evaluation, these elements push us toward self-evaluation. So a first step would be to return to oneself. Thus, some people turn to self-help books, others to therapists that help them become aware of things, or look for personal development courses.
Basic principles of personal development
- One of the basic principles refers to discovering the purpose in life by unleashing the inner potential. This idea from which anyone can start will activate the motivation and the will to follow the process in time.
- Personal development is a process; it takes time and effort. It is a life decision rather than an obligation that can create conflict and stress.
- Personal growth always occurs through exposure to something “higher”, which facilitates evolution.
Personal development means exposure to new situations that will teach a person new things. New situations mean new experiences and new emotions.
Professional self-development study and results
A 2010 study gathered the comments and opinions of teachers who benefited from several professional development sessions in a programme called Continuous Professional Development for teachers in England. This study found that teachers who sought professional help made a positive change in their work improving their relationship with pupils. Most teachers identified, as a result of taking part in the programme, the development of their individual professional skills and knowledge (77%) and increased awareness of teaching and learning issues (71%). 63% of teachers indicated that CPD activities improve pupil performance and 59% reported an impact of CPD on pupils’ learning practices. The results were reflected in the following statistics about teachers who took seriously their professional development and applied the advice of specialists:
- improved pupil performance/outcomes: 63%
- changed pupil learning practices: 59%
- changed pupil behaviour: 22%
- changed the climate in the classroom: 39%
- improved teachers’ knowledge and skills: 77%
- prompted teachers to use new curriculum materials: 66%
- made teachers more aware of teaching and learning issues: 71%
- changed the way teachers think about teaching and learning: 47%
- caused teachers to seek further information or training: 35%
- changed teachers beliefs about pupil learning: 26%
- improved school-level practices: 53%
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