What is Personal Development?

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Hi Elma,
Thank you for sharing that with me Elhama. I love to exchange ideas with like-minded people.

However, I think to say it is all about enjoying life may give the impression that it is just some kind of luxury.
Can you please tell me a little more about what you mean by this? Am I correctly understanding that you're saying that what I said gives the impression that enjoying life is some kind of luxury?

I believe it is more accurate to say that personal development is about how to effectively live life, and sometimes, in extreme cases, it is necessary to the degree that it becomes about how to just live life.
Yes I love that Elhama! You're spot on with that in my opinion. Although I believe (and this belief is shaped from my own experiences) that continious learning allows you to learn life effectively. Also, since I started learning more about myself, through the knowledge of others (books), I started to figure out how "to just live life". That's the only reason that I'm where I'm today.

If it wasn't for learning, I bet I would've been another internet troll searching for some interaction. Now I love myself completely and am on a journey to give back to world that what has transformed my life :)
 

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Hi Mick IOM,
Thanks for discussing that subject with me. I also like discussing such ideas with people who share the same interest. I agree with you regarding the importance of learning. To me, I feel learning is the only thing that makes a person feel their youth is regenerating regardless of how much old they are. I did not at all mean that enjoying life is some kind of luxury nor I meant that what you said was giving that impression.

I believe life is like a journey or a group of several journeys. When a person set a goal as going through a journey, they plan for it and prepare for it to make it be enjoyable. During that preparing phase and during the journey itself, they should do things that might not be enjoyable but necessary for making the journey be enjoyable. So, I meant that in some cases, self-development becomes one of the necessary things that a person should do to be able live life even if they do not find fun (or not interested) in doing it.

Also, sometimes, the journey itself may not be the goal but the goal is something to be achieved after finishing it and so sometimes the journey as a whole may not be enjoyable at all, but soon after finishing it and reaching the goal a person has all the joy and fun they need.

I believe also that a life journey varies between individuals regarding how much it is enjoyable. I think the trick to have an enjoyable life journey is to make balance between things you like to do and things you just should do. In my opinions, that balance can be achieved if a person have self-discipline which in turn could be achieved through sticking to one's good manners and good principles; i.e., through ethics.

If life is enjoyable and positively productive in the same time, then in my opinion, it is effectively lived.
I hope your life journey be enjoyable as much as positively productive.
Kind Regards
 
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Hi Elhama,

Sorry for my late response and thanks for your discussion, I love it!

I believe life is like a journey or a group of several journeys. When a person set a goal as going through a journey, they plan for it and prepare for it to make it be enjoyable. During that preparing phase and during the journey itself, they should do things that might not be enjoyable but necessary for making the journey be enjoyable. So, I meant that in some cases, self-development becomes one of the necessary things that a person should do to be able live life even if they do not find fun (or not interested) in doing it.
I love this. I do agree that personal development is necessary to be able to live life in circumstances. The problem is that most people don't find it necessary and have a wrong stigma towards personal development. I think that personal development could be fun at any time, as long as you learn to change your mindset around it. After all, it's your own personal development. Also, you'll impact all the lives around you by developing yourself.

but soon after finishing it and reaching the goal a person has all the joy and fun they need.
I don't agree with this. I don't believe that reaching any goal in life brings you joy and fun. I very much believe that the ultimate goal is the journey towards a goal itself. I've seen many people reach their goals, and although they found joy in this, it never lasted long.

I wrote an article about how important goal setting is, not so much for reaching the goal itself, but to strive towards something and being on a journey in a certain direction. Surely, you can find joy in reaching a goal, but I've never had that long-lasting fulfillment from reaching any of my goals so far. I always set new ones and start chasing after them. That's why I started to focus on the journey and enjoying this as much as possible.

I think the trick to have an enjoyable life journey is to make balance between things you like to do and things you just should do.
I do agree with this as well. However, I think that so many people have a negative attitude towards the things they "should do" and focus too much on this part of their lives. The thing I'm trying to say is that even when you should do something, it's your choice to make it enjoyable or not. For example; when I'm cleaning the house, I put up an audiobook (I just love learning) and that makes the whole experience much more enjoyable. I also changed my perspective to; If I clean mindfully it's relaxing for the brain.

I think everyone deals with struggles of various levels throughout our lives. Of course, some people might have worse experiences than others, but we all have the ability to change how we feel about our experiences and what we focus on most of the time.

- Mick
PS. how do I get your name up the top of this message like you did with mine? I tried with the @ (like on social media) but I couldn't figure it out.
 

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Hi again, Mick IOM,
To high extent I agree with all what you mentioned in your post above especially regarding your words;
The thing I'm trying to say is that even when you should do something, it's your choice to make it enjoyable or not. For example; when I'm cleaning the house, I put up an audiobook (I just love learning) and that makes the whole experience much more enjoyable. I also changed my perspective to; If I clean mindfully it's relaxing for the brain.
You are right in implying that attitude make all the difference just as mentioned in the following nice youtube video:


Although, in my opinion, to be fair, sometimes, a person just can not like what they should do, no matter how hard they try because their heart and passion are set on something else and so they can not enjoy the other things that they should do. It is just that simple as the verbs love and like can not be used to form logical orders to be followed. Also, not all people exposure to the same kind nor the same quantity of stresses so, generalization is not fair to some people. That is why I made the following clarification regarding your following words:
I don't agree with this. I don't believe that reaching any goal in life brings you joy and fun. I very much believe that the ultimate goal is the journey towards a goal itself. I've seen many people reach their goals, and although they found joy in this, it never lasted long.
When I said that a person sometimes can not find joy in the journey itself but only after reaching the goal, I meant that in certain cases of journeys with certain goals such as great goals not relatively small goals such as buying a car or a house. When a person reaches such great goals, those goals themselves become another journey that shapes their life. For example, if a person does not have money to join a certain college to study a certain subject they like, they may work in a job that they do not like nor enjoy at all just to get to their dream college. Finally when they reach that goal they have all the joy. Soon after that, the goal of going to their dream college itself forms another journey but in this time, a journey they really enjoy. When they finish that later journey they can reach another goal which is working in a field they like that in its turn brings more joy to them and itself becomes a wonderful enjoyable journey for them that shapes their lives and lasts for ever.


If I got your question right, then in relation to your name shown in my post, I just go with the mouse to the name typed under your picture which shown on the left of your post and I copy it. Then I paste it after the greeting word "Hi".

Finally I would like to thank you for that interesting discussion.
With My Kind Regards
 
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Hi Elhama,

Yes, that works! Great haha :)

I see what you're saying here and I do agree. Of course, you won't love everything you do. Sometimes you've to do certain things in life out of necessity. But even though you might not like a certain job, if it's only short-term and with a clear goal, it becomes more bearable or even fun.

If you really hate the journey you're on, you might do something wrong. There're so many alternatives to for example college or a certain job you're doing. And even if there is no other option for you to pick, you've got the option to decide your attitude towards it, as discussed in that video you linked :).

I do get your point and I agree that sometimes we've to go through short-term pain to gain long-term satisfaction. Unfortunately, most people seem to seek for short-term pleasure at the cost of long-term pain. That's one of the reasons that I enjoy learning so much because there's always something new to learn and I know that it will never end.

It's a journey for life with plenty of fruits to pick along the way :)
That successful long-term mindset, continuous curiosity and eagerness to learn, whilst enjoying the road ("the moment") is for me the definition of personal development :)

I would like to return the Thank You, Elhama, for this discussion :)

Kind regards,
Mick
 
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personal development starts from within. my personality is just like very shy, fearful, pessimistic, negative approach towards my future and my mood completely depends upon the situation. but i am very fond of readinf or listening something positive on daily basis. and this attitude is the key to my personal development. i am on the way and much better than what i used to be earlier. if you love yourself then forget everything and make personal development your prime goal of life. i have given my brief intro on-https://journeyandgoal.blogspot.in/2018/03/Self-Development.html.
 
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Personal Development should be part of live of every person in the world. Sadly, a lots of people thinks, they don´t have to improve, they are satisfied with what they have, and then, complain about what they don´t have. So I think, Personal Development should be duty of every person, who wants to succeed in any area of life. For me, when I try to be better today, then I was yesterday, I feel Great, and I want more people to feel as great as I did, when I learn something new.
 
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Personal Development to me is about Self Satisfaction. You need be satisfied from the inner for it to show on the outer. It is about discovering things within yourself that needs improvement or overcoming the fear to develope what's already there in order to grow and flourish. There is always room in our lives for Personal Development. I could go on but I'll stop there.
 

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For my point of view Personal Development implies distinctive things to various individuals. Eventually personal development is tied in with concentrating on creating or refining your aptitudes, capacities, demeanor, and mindfulness for individual objective. As a classification Personal development covers different territories of human movement and can be connected to business and money related development. Socially Personal improvement can be connected to enhancing social relationship, with companion's family or associates, accomplices, representatives.
 
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"Be your best self, work your whole life on it. And when you die, you leave the best version of yourself behind."

This is a quote that I have posted today on my personal profile here on this forum, and I believe that personal development is all about to get the best out of your self. We all have talents, and we need to search for who we really want to be >>> the best version of yourself!

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