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Importance of Personal Development
Does it Really Make a Difference?

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compass brainRecognizing the importance of personal development can lead you to success or failure in life.  It's simply a matter of which direction you point your brain to make changes.

Here are two examples where you can decide for yourself if p
ersonal development is worth your time and effort, especially when it comes to positive thinking.

MEET ANNA AND BEA

Anna and Bea are both long time career gals who dream of having their own businesses. But they have ended up being salesladies in a department store because of the recession.

Anna

anna-is-positive

ANNA IS ADDICTED
TO BEING POSITIVE

Anna knows the importance of personal development
and spends time reading positive books, studying personal development programs, attending seminars and having support through her ups and downs.

Every day on her way to work, Anna puts positive energy into herself by reading a motivational book, doing affirmations or listening to a guided meditation while she's on the commute train.
 
Anna goes to work every day with a smile on her face and she does all her tasks thinking that everything will lead to her success in the future. 

Anna accepts where she is working right now, yet she keeps her eye faithfully focused toward having her own business some day.

Bea


Bea, on the other hand, doesn't look at life positively or feel much power or control over her life. She dwells on how unlucky she is because she can't seem to build her business.  

Bea uses her time complaining about things she can't change. 

Bea doesn't take her present job seriously so the customers in the department store treat her poorly...

Reinforcing her belief that she cannot have her own clients...


Or that she even deserves to have her own business.

What a downward spiral!
bea is negative

BEA IS ADDICTED
TO BEING NEGATIVE

Years later, if we look at these same two examples, we'll find...

anna-successful Anna has a full and balanced life with her own business...

While, Bea, sorry to say, is still at the department store complaining that life doesn't work for her. bea-un-successful

So what's the difference?

Anna knows the importance of personal development...

Anna takes every little thing that comes her way as a significant addition to her success in the future..

Anna takes time to educate and improve herself so she knows the true power of attitude.

And since Anna has been very pleasant with people, she hasn't had a hard time looking for employees and patrons, alike.

Bea, however, didn't know the importance of personal development...

Bea didn't take the time to develop a positive attitude or take a closer look at what was wrong with her life. 

Bea remained stuck in her past and couldn't move forward.  Her mental energy was focused on problems, rather than focused on “how to fix” things (solutions.)

WHICH ARE YOU.. ANNA OR BEA?

If you're someone like Anna – then, good for you – you've got a great start.

But if you are like Bea...

What can you do?

Take the importance of personal develoment seriously...

Start evaluating your attitude and behavior.

Start reflecting on your current life and find ways to improve it.

Look for ways to see the positive side of things.  

Get help turning your attitude around.


When you start doing that, you start recognizing yourself as someone of higher value, greater capabilities and closer to success.

Your brain is busy thinking of the good and doesn't have space for the bad.

You are motivated and have more reasons to live. Since your spirit is always up, people around you are attracted to you.

And, most of all, because everything that surrounds you is positive, you become happier.

Personal development helps you recognize the silver lining in every dark cloud.

Make it a habit and your body’s system gets addicted to it.

If some events in your life hinder you from being positive always, do it gradually. Improve parts of your life one at a time.

The real importance of personal development is remembering to make it a habit so your body becomes addicted to being positive.

HOW DO YOU START?

Just by recognizing the importance of personal development is a good start, but taking action to do something to improve your life and GET ADDICTED TO BEING POSITIVE LIKE ANNA, is your next step.

How do you do that?

A great place to start is by thinking about what you want out of life.

Next, start planning how to get it.  This is where a personal development plan comes in handy.  

Here's an article that gives you more information about getting on track with a personal development plan.

Personal Development Plan:  Four Key Things That Make Your Plan Work!
Making your personal development plan actually work, instead of just being pushed back into a drawer, takes certain elements that are key...



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