As a never-give-up type of guy, Sylvester started seeing light in working on himself. He daily takes up tasks, that ordinarily would wear him out, just to keep updating himself for the raining days ahead. He figured out what he wanted and go after it because his life depends wholly on it. Well, you could imagine what good it has done to his life by reading this post.
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Developing yourself is like fetching clean water from the river. You’d be glad of such an opportunity when, later, you return to the same river and discover that the water has been torubled. That is exactly what it takes to re-invent oneself.
Development should a daily plan for you, if you really want to be relevant in life. Just imagine the rate at which technology is advancing today. (check: TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENTS AND THEIR EFFECTS ON HUMANITY). It will interest you to note that we are already in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, an era of Artificial Intellegence; a situation that spans from self-driving cars and drones to virtual assistants and software that translate or invest.
Further Reading: The Fourth Industrial Revolution: what it means, how to respond
With no doubt, the development we experienced today are as like-minded people who never stop re-inventing, I mean, embarking on personal development programmes. Now what actually is personal development and how can you start this life-enhancing programme?
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. Wikipedia
Another scholar says:
Personal development is a lifelong process. It is a way for people to assess their skills and qualities, consider their aims in life and set goals in order to realise and maximise their potential. Skillsyouneed
Read also: Practical Steps to Personal Development
Now that you graps what the concept is all about, the next question I believe you are waiting to ask is – how can I maximise this potential? Here are few tips to get you on the starter, as curated from a friend.
- Align With Successful People
It is true that bad company corrupt good manners. Therefore, strive at all time to make friends with successful people and occasionally show them kindness through gift-giving. Giving them a surprise package is a way of showing how much you appreciate them. Successful people value gift a lot.
- You Need A Mentor
Mentorship is a relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person. The mentor may be older or younger than the person being mentored, but he or she must have a certain area of expertise. Wikipedia
There is always progress and development when you have someone you could look up to for advice. That is basic truth! You need that Angel who is ready to pull you off your comfort zone into the realm of realism and success. In other words, get a mentor, follow his instructions and respect the relationship. Jesus had a mentor (God), Pastors also have mentors too, likewise every successful men and women you see succeeding today. but remeber never to beg your mentor for money or disrespect his or her privacy. This should always be your lookout. read on this topic here: Mentorship
- Who Are Your Friends?
There is no better way to say it than to beg you not to spend your entire time with negative people. This will hurt your dream(s) and hinder you from growing. Therefore choose your friends with care. I have experiences that pertain hanging out with negative-minded people. They actually do not have anything tangible thing to do to transform their lives, yet they will never be happy to see you developing either. The summary is – Make new positive friends as often as possible, while you examine your old ones, and ensure you keep the communication line open. Also, make efforts to create a network of friends and not just connections.
- Be Kind In Heart and Words
“True beauty is a warm heart, a kind soul, and an attentive ear.”― Ken Poirot
Did you know that One small, thoughtful gesture can make someone else’s day. The Holy bible also added that a merry words doeth good to the body. The short of the sermon is that you should endeavour to show kindness to everyone, whether strangers or people you know. The story od Alico Dangote is a lesson for all. (Read the full story here: How Benson Idahosa Blessed & Prophesied To Young Aliko Dangote). Things changes and people migrate but they will never forget anything done to them or the people they have met. Be good.
Further Reading: The Importance of Kindness
- Do You Have A plan?
Planning is a way of avoiding failure in life. That doesn’t mean that you are immuned from failing but it helps reduce the tendency of failing or making errors. Always strategize ahead and be proactive in whatever circumstances you find yourself. Remember that he that plans the future works less in the future.
- Be Attentive!
“People who take you for granted would be mad at those who regard you as something.” ― Michael Bassey Johnson,
- Get Training
Do not go a day without equipping yourself, if not for your personal development but for the good it will do to others who might be in need of your expertise on a particular field of human endeaviours. you should attend seminars and trainings on any area you need to improve yourself – Train the trainer, personal development, public speaking, sales, research, etc.
- Move Around With Writing Gadgets
Thank God that technology has made it eaier fior us to document information at a go. Yet I still advice that you go traditional because you never can tell what would happened which may demand you try write on a paper rather than type. This is where keeping a pen and a writing pad is adviced. A smallest pen can perform better than a big brain.
- Be an Avid Reader!
You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them. – Ray Bradbury
Make sure at every point in time you are reading a book. If you spend 20 minutes reading daily, for 52 weeks you would have consumed 1,000,000 words. Readers are always leading, no matter the circumstances the said words are used.
- Limit Your Relationship With you TV
I know it is hard to do, if you are the type that watch telemundo a lot. Yes, it is interesting to stay clued to the Tv set for long as you like but it will only shorten you personal development life-span. Therefore, stay away from television as much as possible. You can watch educational channels. Men with big TV sit in front of them to watch men with big libraries.
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- Hold it Now!
If you are the type that talk more than you think then it is advisable fro you to learn how to hold it now. Put control over your mouth. DO not be quite to talk but listen a lot. Never say evil of any man. Confirm and re-confirm things before to spread the news. above all, say good of all men.
- Be Thankful At All Time
Gratitude means thanks and appreciation. It’s the warm feeling you get when you remember the person who told you to drop your 1980s hairstyle and get with the new millennium already. Though they both recognize the instrumental roles others have played in our lives, gratitude is different from indebtedness. Vocabulary
Always show appreciation for any good deed you received. As a sign of contentment, it encourages the recipient to do more, ever for others who are in need. Having a thankful heart keeps the heart soft and jolly. So, as you embark of thejourney of developing your personal life, remember that you are responsible for every decision you make and accountable to only your maker. In this stead, always set out time to thank God for the breathe of life you enjoy today. Thanks Your spouse and children for making life sweet for you. Appreciate that person that sacrifice all just to make you attain that great height.
I’d like to appreciate Mayowa Adewusi, Tijani, Chrristopher Ovororie Omoshare, and you all for making this post fly.
Also, my warm thanks goes to the originator of the post that I have to work on to make life better for my audience. Shalom!
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