As women we deal with a lot. However, what do we do for ourselves? Do we fully develop our potential? It is easy to think from college onward that we must have our lives planned out and it has to go in a specific order: career, marriage, home, children, and so forth. Does life truly work this way or have we learned from childhood that this is the way life is supposed to be? The truth is, there is not a road map for life. Whatever we learn from fairy tales, books, or movies, does not apply in adulthood. We can achieve a lot…if we allow ourselves. So how do we get there?
The Significance and Benefits of Personal Development
Personal development is important because it allows us to invest in ourselves so that you can manage yourself effectively. So, why is this so important for women? We always manage to put ourselves last. Personal development is a commitment to ourselves and the first step to personal fulfillment. What does personal development do?
The benefits of a personal development mindset are:
An increased level of self-awareness: This is where personal development begins because you get to know yourself on a deeper level. Are you fully connected to yourself? To your values, beliefs, and your purpose? Are you truly fulfilling your purpose and your life’s mission? In order to have lasting happiness you need to design your life around who you are. This will make it easier to chase your own dreams and goals and less likely you will get wrapped up in those around you. Chasing your dreams and goals allows you to enjoy the journey and when you achieve what you set out to do.
A sense of direction: Increasing your level of self-awareness permits the ability to have a clearer understanding of what you want from life. It simplifies decision-making. Those tasks that you used to find difficult and time-consuming are now completed with ease and in less time. Those things that do not move you towards your purpose are no longer worthy of your time and you maintain a clearer sense of what will bring you towards your purpose.
Improved focus and effectiveness: Clarity is another result of personal development. Even with an improved sense of direction, multi-tasking will always be necessary. As your personal development improves, you will have the capability to prioritize with ease because you will know what will give the best result or outcome and how to achieve it. It is also important to note that improved focus and effectiveness comes with an awareness and development of your strengths.
More motivation: Once you know what you would like to achieve, it is easier to know and understand the benefits of taking action towards those goals. Even if the task is a mundane, boring, not-so-enjoyable one you can see its clear benefits and you are motivated to take action because you know that you are doing what is necessary. Strong personal development helps you develop a strong will.
Greater resilience: We will always hit road blocks and have tough times in life. However, what is most important is how we effectively deal with those tough times. Personal development provides the skills and characteristics necessary in order to do so. Greater confidence, resilience, personal, and interpersonal skills to cope with any probability.
More fulfilling relationships: Relationships can be good or bad, right? They can either uplift you or drag you down. By investing in personal development you can see which ones are worth it and which ones need to be cut loose. It also enables you to develop the skills to make the most of those relationships which have the most positive impact on your life.
Methods of Investing in Yourself
Investing in yourself is always worthwhile. However, there are a couple of methods of doing so. Mentoring is one example. Mentors can be beneficial because they demonstrate strong leadership skills and focus younger generations on their goals and how to success. Mentors can be undervalued by many but it is the first years of an executive that shapes their career. Mentors can have a positive impact at this stage and impart the skills necessary. For women, it has been proven that we are behind in leadership skills so it is important that we find ways to continue to develop them in and out of the workplace.
Coaching is another method of investment. Coaching can help women personally and professionally. Some of the benefits include: the establishment of goals and taking action towards those goals, increased self-reliance, more personal and professional satisfaction, more effective contributions to team and organization as a whole, taking and increased level of responsibility and accountability for commitments and actions, more effective communication, and work more productively.