Factors in Personal Development
The three most important factors in purchasing real estate: location, location, location. I know it seems cliche’, but it an essential part of understanding how to buy real estate as an investment. Similarly, the three most important factors in personal development are a vital piece to understanding how to make positive conscious changes in your life.
The first important factor for personal development and self-improvement is awareness. You must become aware of how you think, your feelings, your actions & behaviors, and your habits. You also must take time to recognize the things that you are not doing that can be detouring you from your success. Finally you must become clear on what it is you want and why it is that you want it. This level of awareness does not come easily. Much of the beginning of my coaching relationships focus on this area. I have discovered that many people believe they are aware of who they are and their problem areas, but are only aware of the symptoms of their issues.
Too often we are aware of the symptoms in our lives, like not enough money, overweight or stressed, but unaware of the true underlying problems that create these outward signs of distress. We are conditioned and programmed to treat symptoms in this country. If you have a headache there is a pill for that. Heartburn? Yep there is a pill for that. We are never taught to identify the true problems and treat that. Absolute awareness is critical in making changes in your life. You must know what you are up against.
Vision and Clarity
The second critical factor is vision. You must have a clear vision of what you are pursuing. Can you imagine hitting a target you can’t see? How about putting together a 3000 piece jigsaw puzzle without seeing the picture on the box? Can it be done? Sure it can. I takes a lot longer, is way more frustrating, and completely draining of energy.
By creating a detailed vision of what it is you are after you are more capable of seeing where the pieces belong. It will still require putting them together in the correct way, some trial and error, but you will not be aiming blind-folded.
Clarity of a plan is just as important as a clear vision. Once you have the picture you begin to create a structure for completion. In completing a jigsaw puzzle, you first find all the edges and construct the border of the puzzle. Then you begin to group the pieces by color or forms from the picture. So it is with your vision. First create a structure and then identify the steps that will lead to putting all the pieces together.
The third and final critical factor is application, application, application. Most people I speak to about personal and professional development have amazing libraries. They have books from all the gurus Napoleon Hill, Zig Ziglar, Tony Robbins, Jack Canfield, Steven Covey, Brian Tracy and Jim Rohn. The problem is not lack of information or content, their problem is lack of application and action. We all have access to the resources we need to create the life and achieve the goals we desire. The struggle arises out of applying those resources effectively. It’s like owning a Mercedes-Benz S-Class and never driving it. Instead you choose to take the bus everywhere and complain when the bus doesn’t go where you want to go. You have the resources, apply them.
Knowledge becomes wisdom when you experience it. Applying what you learn creates that experience. Don’t take my word for it, try it for yourself. Go and begin applying the lessons from this post. Become aware of yourself, create a clear vision and take action.
I hope that after reading this you realize that the true three critical factors in personal development are application, application, application.