It cannot be claimed that everyone is familiar with the concept of individual development from an early age; Or, that all parents are aware of raising their children to reach their full potential. Of course, today we see many parents who look at their children as a machine of achievement and are constantly striving to have the best possible output. But the question is, what percentage of children have conscious parents? Are even those informed parents doing their duty properly? Do these actions help their children reach their full potential? Are they really familiar with their children’s inner talents?
In today’s overexposed world, most people can understand personal development when they really feel the need for it or even its vacancy. We have all experienced times when we feel unmotivated, being strangers to ourselves, and not feeling happy and strong. Or not, we may not even experience any of these, but we know deep down that we are not happy with what we are now, because we know we have the potential to become much more than what we are now.
Take the Helm of Your Lives
In these situations, it is up to us to decide whether we want to stay in that position and be passive; Or not! take the helm of our own lives and achieve what we love.
One should not look at individual development as a short-term job that has an endpoint; It’s going to be a lifelong activity. As we grow older, on the one hand, we may face different challenges, and on the other hand, we may become much more aware of ourselves and our undiscovered aspects. Therefore, we have to prepare ourselves for a full-time self-exploration and self-improvement journey.
Of course, individual development can be different for everyone; but it concerns all aspects of our lives. Experts have identified five general aspects of personal development that fall into the following categories: Spiritual, Emotional, Social, Physical, and Mental.
Spirituality can be considered a path to personal development. Of course, spirituality is different from being religious. Many people are seemingly religious but do not have a certain spirituality. On the other hand, we see many spiritual people who do not adhere to a particular religion. Spirituality is a quality with which one can relate to one’s higher power and true self and attain inner peace and tranquility. There are many ways to understand what spirituality is, but in general, any deep connection with nature and the environment and the true self can be considered spirituality, which can be achieved by walking in nature, talking to God in prayer, meditating, practicing silence, journaling, reading informative books, etc.
Emotional growth is another pillar of personal development and is closely related to emotional intelligence. Emotional development is the proper recognition of emotions and how to deal appropriately with different challenges and situations in which we experience different emotions such as anger, sadness, stress, and even excessive happiness. The goal is for the person to achieve such emotional growth that he or she can remain calm in all situations and be able to react to events with an open and calm mind and express his or her views with confidence. Although it is true that as we grow older, our knowledge of our feelings increases, the reality is that we can not consider an endpoint for emotional development, and people should always seek to develop habits that make them closer to that goal.
Another aspect of personal development is social growth. There is no doubt that being social is very important. The importance of this issue cannot be ignored; because no matter how much we want to do some of our work alone, our need to be in the community is inevitable. Therefore, it is better to pay attention to this aspect of personal development and prepare ourselves for it. Social interaction helps us a lot in different areas, for example, in how to communicate properly, strengthen our problem-solving skills, persuade others, negotiate, give feedback, and criticize.
The importance of this skill is such that parents are advised to send their children to kindergarten before school so that they can learn social interactions and prepare for social life.
The physical aspect of our lives is of great importance as well. I read somewhere that we are like a tripod and that our health includes physical, mental, and spiritual health. Therefore, each of these three cases should be considered. Of course, no one expects us to exercise like professional athletes, we just need to have a minimum of healthy living such as adequate sleep, proper nutrition, exercise, and self-care.
The importance of mental development is not hidden from anyone. We have heard several times that if someone can do something in his mind, he can easily do it. While many successes can be achieved with the power of the mind, why do we not spend adequate time recognizing and strengthening it? We have to set and adhere to routines to strengthen the power of our minds; activities such as reading books, listening to podcasts, doing mental exercises, etc.
Now that we have become familiar with different aspects of personal development, it is better to pay more attention to this issue and work on ourselves in such a way that we stay on the course of progress. It’s worth mentioning that the main goal of personal development is to have balance in all areas to maximize our potential.
Founder Dinis Guarda
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