Personal development covers activities that improve awareness and identity, develop talents and potential, build human capital, and facilitate employability, enhance the quality of life and contribute to the realization of dreams and aspirations. Personal development skills take place over the course of a person’s entire life. Not limited to self-help, the concept involves formal and informal activities for developing others in roles such as teacher, guide, counsellor, manager, life coach, or mentor. Personal development almost always starts with self-awareness and the ability to transform your habits.
If you’re serious about getting better at something, then one of the first steps is to know—in black-and-white terms—where you stand. You need self-awareness before you develop as a person. When you know yourself, you know which areas to work on.
For most of us, the path to personal development starts by setting a specific and actionable goal. What I’m starting to realize, however, is that when it comes to actually get things done and making progress in the areas that are important to you, there is a much better way to do things. It all comes down to the difference between goals and systems.
Once you realize what your goal is and which areas you think you have to work on start at that same point, don’t wait out of laziness or leave it on tomorrow
Methods of self development
- • recognize your strengths and weaknesses
- • start working on your weakness
- • try to beat your own record on things
- • learn from your surrounding
- • don’t hesitate to accept when you are wrong because denial is harmful to this process
Personal development skills
Personal development skills are attributes that help you grow both personally and professionally. One can learn these skills throughout their lifetime and sometimes from our surroundings unintentionally. Understanding and maximizing these attributes can help you a lot and can help better your life. These may help in reaching goals and to advance in career and at the same time you can improve yourself find your hidden talent, strengthen yourself, satisfy yourself and find fulfillment
These include skills that you already have and can work on it or the skills that you discover along the way. These skills may differ from person to person
For eg:- A salesman should have communication skills this is not only a basic skill but will also help him advance in his career.
Includes the ability to speak write and listen
One should clearly be able to understand what is the demand of customers and should be able to provide a suitable solution and covey it efficiently. Confidence and clarity are the keys to good communication. The tone should be humble and positive. Try to react as calmly as possible but at the same time react according to the situation because at certain places you need to be harsh.
There are many other basic skills such as
As the name suggests adapt + ability. i. e., ability to adapt or adjust. People who adjust easily get along with a variety of people and can handle even worse situations. They can thrive in any environment and can remain calm at the same time. Such people have immense chances of having good relations.
It is a belief in oneself. That one voice inside you that believes in you and says you can do it. This trait is very important because when you don’t trust yourself no other factor can motivate you. If you have faith in yourself you are more likely to pursue your ambitions and goals, try new things and when you do so you automatically discover the world and yourself. When you are more and more exposed to new situations and out of your comfort zone the bolder you become
It is the ability to solve a problem. For this first, you need to understand the problem and then find a suitable solution. When you are solving a problem you need to stay calm so that you can think of all the alternatives and analyze the consequences and finally find the best option.
How to improve your personal development skills
Overcome your fears
Fears may prevent you from developing and may become a hindrance in your path to success. Try to do the thing you are afraid of or facing the situation you are afraid of. This is the only way to overcome it.
Learn new things
When you learn new things you are more likely to encounter new situations, new difficulties, and in process of learning a skill you learn may other things during the experience. While doing so you may find a new hobby or something you are passionate about
Keep a diary or journal
Try to plan things and write down what you have to do. Write about your new experiences or can also write about something that you are not able to express. You can also use it to set and access goals. It can help you trace your progress.
Observe surroundings and people around you
Watch and learn from people around you. Try to replicate the qualities you admire in them.
Be a good listener
When you speak you repeat something you already know. But when you listen you may learn something new. So try to listen and be attentive.